Three little words signal the difference between the local dailies today in their coverage of the new Suffolk County sheriff.
Tompkins began inmates program
Governor Deval Patrick appointed a former aide to Andrea J. Cabral to succeed her as Suffolk County sheriff on Tuesday, saying he was not concerned that Steven Tompkins could be seen as a political hire.
“By the way, it’s a political job, so the folks that are criticizing it as a political hire, tell them: they’re right,” Patrick told reporters shortly after administering the oath of office to Tompkins, who will serve until the 2014 general election.
Gov. Deval Patrick unabashedly admitted the hiring of new Suffolk Sheriff Steve Tompkins — a career public relations man and former campaign adviser to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren with no law enforcement experience — was a “political hire.”
“It’s a political job,” the governor said with a smirk last night. “So the folks that are criticizing it as a political hire, tell them they’re right.”
With a smirk. How very Herald.
Also very Herald: Howie Carr’s column on who got screwed in the deal (Boston City Council President Steve Murphy) and why (“Andrea Cabral hates Murphy. He ran against her once” and “Mumbles Menino hates ex-city councilor Michael ‘Flats’ Flaherty,’ who would return to the City Council if Murphy exited).
How very Boston.