PETER LUCAS: What a Patrick run for presidency might look like

www.lowellsun.com | 8/8/2017 | By Peter Lucas
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Remember Jeremiah Oliver?

Probably not.

Coincidence - Stories - Boy - Fitchburg - News

By coincidence, stories about the 5-year-old boy from Fitchburg made the news the same time that reports broke about former Gov. Deval Patrick being urged to run for president.

What's the connection? Patrick was governor in 2013 when the boy, missing for seven months, was found dead in a suitcase dumped off a highway in Sterling.

Jeremiah - Protection - Supervision - Run - State

Jeremiah was under the protection and supervision of the badly run state Department of Children and Families when he was murdered after the agency had lost track of him.

The agency did not know where he was, nor did it seem to care.

Week - Alberto - L - Sierra - Jr

Last week Alberto L. Sierra Jr., 26, the boyfriend of Jeremiah's mother Elsa Oliver, was sentenced in Worcester Superior Court to six to seven years in state prison for assaulting Jeremiah's siblings and mother.

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early's office indicated that it reserved the option to charge Sierra with Jeremiah's death later in the ongoing investigation.

DCF - Employees - Department - Fire - Patrick

While three DCF employees were fired after the department came under fire, Patrick defended and stuck by Commissioner Olga Roche, his appointee, for months.

Patrick only "fired" her in April 2014 following the deaths of two more children -- 4-week old Aliana Lavigne and 2-week old Baily Irish. They were also under DCF supervision.

Patrick - Health - Human - Services - John

While Patrick agreed with then-Secretary of Health and Human Services John Polanowicz that Roche should "step aside," he said he only did so "with some sadness."

As it was, Patrick allowed Roche to stay on the payroll as an "adviser" for another six months at her salary of $137,000. She finally retired when she turned 60 and was pension-ready, according to the Boston Herald.

Patrick - Opponents - Ad - Willie - Horton

Just think what Patrick's opponents could do to him with an ad pointing out all of this. It would be closer to the devastating Willie Horton prison furlough ad that the GOP...
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