April 12, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Will Ritter
ICYMI: BOSTON GLOBE: SULLIVAN ACCEPTED PAY RAISE, SPECIAL PENSION
Boston, MA – Gabriel Gomez, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, today released the following statement in response to the front page Boston Globe report detailing Michael Sullivan’s efforts to secure special state pay raises and pension:
“Michael Sullivan’s history of lobbying for, and accepting, legislative pay hikes and special pension benefits for government lawyers is another example of what’s wrong with career politicians. The people of Massachusetts deserve a new fiscally conservative outsider who will fight for taxpayers and help clean up the mess in Washington. That is exactly what I plan to do as the next Senator from Massachusetts.
It’s time for term limits, a balanced budget amendment and new rules prohibiting Congressmen from becoming lobbyists. Today’s report shows there are two rules for career politicians like Mr. Sullivan: one for them, and another for everybody else. I’m running to fight for the people of Massachusetts.”
BOSTON GLOBE: Sullivan accepted pay raise, special pension
Frank Phillips, Boston Globe
April 12, 2013
Republican US Senate candidate Michael J. Sullivan, a strong advocate for curbing government fiscal excesses and inside deals, has been trumpeting his refusal to accept a legislative pay raise in the 1990s, which he decried as political horse-trading at its most offensive.
But Sullivan, who is drawing strong support from the antigovernment, Tea Party wing of the GOP, has not always adhered to those conservative principles.
The Massachusetts District Attorneys Association in 1999 — when Sullivan was its president — persuaded lawmakers to give top prosecutors a nearly 25 percent pay increase.
Three years earlier, the 11-member group won a controversial pension boost from the Legislature that Sullivan, who served as Plymouth County’s top prosecutor from 1995 to 2001, readily accepted.
Under the terms of that deal, which allow district attorneys to begin collecting full pensions at 55 regardless of how long they served, the 58-year old Sullivan has been collecting a state pension of $27,492 a year for the past three years…