Today’s front-page Boston Globe story, McLaughlin raised money for Murray, employees say. Fund-raising may have been illegal; worries kept lieutenant governor awake on night of crash, contains some fascinating revelations. For instance, Lt Governor Tim Murray’s worry/anger-induced sleeplessness in response to the revelations about McLaughlin may have contributed to the Lt Governor dozing at the wheel and crashing his car on November 2. But the most startling thing from today’s Globe story was this about what the Globe now calls “the Sun of Lowell”:
A week before the Globe story that disclosed McLaughlin’s salary, McLaughlin told Murray that the Globe was preparing an article and outlined his plan to counter the bad news by getting a political consultant to write a favorable article about McLaughlin’s career.
A few days after the Globe story, consultant Michael Goldman wrote a column in The Sun of Lowell that glowingly described McLaughlin as “a warrior from the old school.’’ Goldman acknowledges that McLaughlin asked him to write the column.
Goldman, of course, was brought in by the Sun to replace columns written by John Edward (who now posts his columns on this site) and UML’s Bob Forant. I doubt John or Bob ever used their columns to do damage control for old friends – they actually used the space to share substantive ideas and not advance anyone’s agenda. Perhaps that’s why they were dismissed from the paper.
Unfortunately for McLaughlin, it doesn’t seem that Goldman’s damage control piece in the award-winning Sun editorial page did the trick because the Globe story and its contents make it clear this controversy won’t fade soon.