Fehernstrom: Secret Origin revealed! – Boston Sewer deal smells foul – Grand Old Party to bring the Party to Tampa – Lofty Leaving

SECRET ORIGIN: Back in the dark ages of the late 90s – when the internet was young, Barack Obama was a freshman state senator and the innocence of a generation was embodied in a fresh-faced Britney Spears – Eric Fehernstrom wrote an autobiographical essay for BoMag detailing his switch from rascal tabloid reporter to notorious political operative. So take a trip in the Way-Back machine and remember that we knew him when.

LOFTY’S LEAVING: Patrick administration deputy press secretary Alec Loftus is headed across the street to take over the communications operation at HHS. So remember to call him personally next time to complain about open enrollment or wheelchair ramps or whatever.

TRADING BROWN FOR GREEN: Is the Boston Water & Sewer Commission dirty? Investigators are plumbing into a foul smelling land deal that may have lead to a real estate movement that left two comission managers flush with cash. If you leave the seat up, you’re going to get caught, guys.

The Mass. GOP, Paul-letariat in tow, is headed to Tampa in sunny, ground-standing Florida. (Presumably each GOPer will strap a Ron Paul supporter to their roof for the drive down.) Book your hotel now to experience the fun and excitement of partying with Massachusetts’ LOLoyal opposition.
Activities include:
– Mitt Romney policy position Twister
– Introduction to Etch-a-Sketch portraiture
– Windsurfing (shh, don’t tell anyone it’s really, really fun)
– Nature hike/extensive graduate-level vocabulary lesson with Bruce Tarr

It’s Friday, so use #MAGOPactivities on the twitters if you have any better ideas.

Marian Walsh, ESQ Consulting Services - Experience that informs. Passion that performs.
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