Sound Off: Should Massachusetts Get Rid of the Governor's Council?

The board that advises the governor on his or her appointments has been a source of embarrassment, the Boston Globe writes in an editorial, and the board has little function.

A few days after the primary selected the candidates who will face off for the Governor's Council, the Boston Globe ran an editorial calling for the end of the board that advises the governor on selections for judgeships, parole board and other posts.

The council predates the United States, having been set up by King Charles I of England. The editorial suggests that the Governor's Council no longer serves a necessary purpose and has had a negative effect, "... thanks to a few councilors whose clownish antics have been an embarrassment to the state..."

The Globe also maintains that the council process has deterred qualified candidates from seeking to become a judge, clerk or another appointed seat.

Members of the Council would maintain that they prevent the judge seats and other posts going to buddies of the governor and other politicians. 

The editorial also states that the council's authority has shrunk, and "Approving judges and clerk magistrates is virtually all that’s left." The board also reviews appointments to the Parole Board, the Appellate Tax Board, the Industrial Accident Board, notaries and justices of the peace, according to the Secretary of State's website.

Do you think the Governor's Council should be scrapped? Do you even know what it does? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

[Editor's note: This item is posted on all eight Boston Patch sites.]

j k01 September 11, 2012 at 12:36 PM
No, any check on the Patrick administration is worth keeping.
Stephen Smith September 11, 2012 at 06:54 PM
While I can see the Globe calling for the elimination of the Governor's Council, the editorial failed to address what body would them have the responsibility for the confirmation of judges. This really is the main responsibility of the Governor's Council & at times we have seen the current Council ask questions relavent to the confirmation process but at the same time we don't need a body that just rubber stamps any person who comes before them
Edward W Wagner September 16, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Lets face it: After 300+ years in existence--and a considerable history of corruption--the only reason it is being proposed to croak the Governor's Council NOW is that the recent behavior of some councilors and recent trend in Council elections threatens the interfere with the lawyers' club that runs our judicial/legal system. That the Globe pops up--right on que-- with a call for it's abolishment just indicates how in league, in the tank, completely in collusion that institution is with the establishment against the people.
Edward W Wagner September 16, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Edward W Wagner September 16, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Right on.


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