From Thursday’s Boston Globe:
Ex-Patrick aide now lobbyist for gambling firm
Doug Rubin, a former close political adviser to Governor Deval Patrick and the state treasurer, has registered as a Beacon Hill lobbyist for GTech Corp., the gambling giant that holds multimillion-dollar contracts with the Massachusetts State Lottery.
The partnership raises questions because last year Rubin served as a $60,000 campaign consultant to Steve Grossman in his bid for the treasurer’s job. As treasurer, Grossman now oversees the lottery.
Swell photo (via massdems.org):
From 2003 to 2005, Rubin also worked as first deputy to state Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill, a position that required him to supervise the lottery.
Rubin said he is well aware of the potential conflict and has informed clients of Northwind Strategies, his consulting firm, that they cannot expect him to draw on his connections to gain access to or influence government officials.
Raise your hand if you believe that.
Just as I thought.