The Fresolo soap opera ends
The on-again, off-again run by John Fresolo to recapture his old state rep seat in Worcester ended on Wednesday when he sent a letter to state officials asking them to take his name off the September ballot. “I just don’t think it’s the right time now,” Fresolo told the Telegram & Gazette.
So ends, for now, one of the strangest soap operas in a long time on Beacon Hill. Fresolo resigned his House seat last May as part of what he called a negotiated agreement with the House Ethics Committee amid fairly vague media reports that he was being investigated for improprieties with his per diem expense claims and improper use of a State House computer. No official report from the committee was ever released.
Fresolo stayed out of the limelight for awhile, but then he began raising money and plotting a return to Beacon Hill. Folks in Worcester were incredulous. State House insiders fretted that his run for office would be an embarrassment for the House, in part because some Worcester media outlets had begun reporting more detailed and lurid accounts of what the Ethics Committee had been investigating.
Walter Bird Jr., who works for Worcester Magazine, reported that Fresolo “was the subject of a complaint that allegedly involved him sharing a photo of Little John over a State House computer.” Bird later reported that Fresolo was telling people the allegations were untrue, that a girl sent the picture from his phone to hers and it ended up on his computer.
I suspect there were hardball discussions going on behind the scenes between House officials and Fresolo, much as there were when he initially resigned his post. In the end, he decided to pull his name from the ballot. His withdrawal leaves two candidates in the race, incumbent Rep. Daniel Donahue, who won the special election to replace Fresolo, and Martin Cariglia Jr.
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