[Ads-l] "distraction" -- the (not-so-)new euphemistic apology upon "resigning"? (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Mon Mar 2 17:51:44 UTC 2015


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> > On Feb 28, 2015, at 12:57 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
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> > "<something unacceptable, but personal, in my past> has become a =
> distraction".
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> > Not disqualifying from office, not having the potential for conflict
> =
> of interest or for malfeasance, not hindering or handicapping the =
> performance of official duties -- merely "distracting".
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> > Not new, but prompted by the resignation yesterday of Paul L.
> Barrett,
> >=
> named only a couple of days earlier "to lead a high-profile review of =
> the beleagured MBTA" by Charlie Baker, newly-elected Republican
> governor = of Massachusetts and former ten-year CEO of Harvard Pilgrim
> Health Care. =  Who should, given that background, know better how to
> vet.
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> > Barrett said in a statement released by Baker's office, "I regret
> that
> >=
> my personal financial issues have become a distraction and have =
> voluntarily offered my resignation to the governor."
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> > The financial issues in question are unpaid federal income taxes of =
> nearly $200,000, "multiple state and federal tax liens, several =
> foreclosure notices on his Cohasset home, and a $1 million legal =
> judgment stemming from a Cape Cod real estate development that went =
> sour.
> >=20
> 
> Well, that certainly does sound to me like a major distraction...

It wasn't a distraction until he got caught.

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