Henriquez stuck in jail as deadline comes
Colleague says bid for old seat now unlikely
Former state rep Carlos Henriquez, who was expelled from the House in February after an assault and battery conviction, will not be out of jail in time to gather and file the voter signatures necessary to get on the ballot and make a run for his old Dorchester seat, a close friend said Monday.
Rep. Russell Holmes of Boston said parole delays, caused in part by a state official being away on vacation last week, will result in Henriquez being released on Wednesday, too late to meet the Tuesday deadline for submitting signatures.
Holmes, who was relying on information conveyed by Henriquez’s family, said he wondered about the timing of the ex-rep’s release. “I can understand why conspiracy theorists would have a lot to theorize,” he said.
A run by Henriquez for his old seat could have created an awkward situation for the House, which voted to oust him in February largely because he had been convicted and sentenced to jail for assault and battery against his girlfriend. If Henriquez had succeeded in reclaiming his old seat this fall, the House would have been confronted with the same situation again, although this time Henriquez wouldn’t have been fighting expulsion from a jail cell.
Holmes said he thought Henriquez may have had enough time to get on the ballot even if he had been released on Friday, but the delay until this week made that impossible. Holmes had predicted Henriquez would win his old seat back if he made it on to the ballot.The only option left for Henriquez to reclaim his old seat would be to mount a sticker campaign, but Holmes said the odds of him doing that are slim. “I doubt it,” he said when asked whether he thought Henriquez would consider a sticker run.
A special election is being held on Tuesday to fill Henriquez’s old seat until this fall’s election. The winner is expected to be Evandro Carvalho, who won the Democratic primary race.