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Is The Governor’s Council a Respectful Body?

Governor’s Council, is the council a respectful body?

In recent years the question has arisen as to whether the Governor’s Council is respectful of those that appear before it.

As someone who has attended many hearings in the past four years I can say whole heartedly, YES.

At times some members of the media have attempted to portray the Governor’s Council as clowns (Boston Phoenix January 14, 2009), that accomplish nothing and are of little value.

The most well know function of the council, the approval of nominations to the judiciary, certainly is of great importance.  Imagine if the US Senate were stripped of its ability to vet nominations to our federal courts. 

The conduct of the council came under fire as they moved from being an office that often rubber stamped appointments to these positions, to an office that actually questioned the nominees about their experience and qualifications for the positions they have been nominated to.

Two issues seemed to drive the criticism of the Council.

First as they became more involved there was a learning curve, people that were not necessarily great public speakers had to grow into that role.

Second, there are those that wish to protect the judiciary from any criticism.  As a body politic made up of human beings the judiciary should be as open to criticism as any other body politic, there are apparently those that disagree and some of those are employed by the media.

The view often presented by the media is interesting because media personnel seldom attend the meetings or hearings of the Governor’s Council, and when they do their reporting they often miss the points of the issue being raised.

The governor’s council meetings are like many other public meetings, where one has the opportunity to hear views and comments not their own.  They can be contentious, as town meetings may be, but in my view they have always been respectable.

The role of the Governor’s Council is an important role that needs to be done until a new way for accomplishing the tasks put before them is created.  I have not heard anyone suggest that there is a cheaper way to accomplish this task.

Just think, how easy is it to tell someone NO, when they are applying for a job they are not qualified for.

If there is anything you would like to know about the Council please feel free to contact me at patrickmccabegovernorscouncil@gmail.com.

To learn more about the council and what it is currently doing, please check out my site, patrickmccabegovernorscouncil.com and like it on Facebook.

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Ben Edwards August 05, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Devany is a clown and is not respectful or civil and has tried to influence events through the media and get off on her own unlawful actions by abusing her position. Someone who recently had to appear before a judge on aggravated assault charges should not be the one confirming their appointments.
Patrick McCabe August 05, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Ben, Councilor Devaney is one of only two councilors who might remain on the council from four years ago. Readers can go to my site: PatrickMcCabeGovernorsCouncil.com and listen to the audio files to see if they feel she is respectful or not. I am unaware of any recent issue that the councilor has had regarding an aggravated assault charge. As to who should be allowed to be on the council, I believe that has been decided by the law and that she is fully qualified if the voters choose to return her to the council. I am concerned that when I have found comments on this blog to be hostile towards a specific person, that I have found that those comments have been made by an opposing candidate's supporter. Hopefully this is not your situation. Patrick McCabe Candidate for Governor's Council District Two

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