Apparently being a Democrat in Massachusetts means you can pretty much do anything and still remain on the public payroll. Do they have any standards up there??
Inmate lawmaker Rep. Carlos Henriquez is doing his Beacon Hill business from his Billerica jail cell, thumbing through bills and budget proposals, and speaking to staff by phone “at least once a day,” according to the disgraced Dorchester Democrat’s legislative aide.
“We’ve been in regular contact with him, and at this point he’s concerned with the issues of the district,” aide Jessica DaSilva told the Herald.
DaSilva said Henriquez’s office is fielding four or five constituent calls a day, mostly from people concerned about cuts to unemployment benefits. She said Henriquez also has been reviewing budget amendments, though she would not say which.
“There’s a few. Obviously I can’t speak for him on it,” DaSilva said.
Asked whether the 37-year-old lawmaker is sponsoring any new bills, DaSilva said, “At this moment, I’m not sure.”
She declined to characterize the telephone calls further, and said she had not visited Henriquez in person at the Middlesex House of Correction.
Henriquez is serving a six-month sentence there after a jury convicted him Jan. 15 for the July 2012 assault and battery of a woman he was dating.
It is unclear whether Henriquez called a private phone or his State House office; a spokesman for the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office declined to provide specific information about Henriquez’s phone use.
The spokesman said jail policy allows inmates to make collect calls to as many as 10 preapproved telephone numbers, not counting lawyers and clergy.
The spokesman said inmates are specifically forbidden from calling victims and people with active restraining orders against them.
Inmates’ phone pals are required to establish accounts with Securus Technologies, the jail’s phone service provider. A Securus spokesman was not immediately available last night.
Each call carries a $2.50 connection charge, costs 10 cents a minute and is limited to 15 minutes, the Middlesex jail spokesman said.
Supposedly the governor and state Democrats are looking to remove him from office. Where have they been since the crime took place nearly two years ago? Next time some imbecile mentions the so-called War on Women, ask them about Carlos Henriquez. Chances are they won’t even know his name.