Animal House — the sequel
Globe says rep grabbed female colleague’s backside
IN ONE OF the more bizarre State House stories in a long time, the Boston Globe is reporting that state Rep. Paul McMurtry of Dedham grabbed the “backside” of a female legislator at an orientation session for lawmakers last month in Amherst.
The sourcing for the story is complicated. McMurtry, chairman of the House personnel committee, denies the incident ever happened. The unidentified female legislator whose backside was allegedly grabbed isn’t talking. So the Globe’s confirmation comes from one legislator who allegedly witnessed the incident, two who talked to the alleged victim, and others who heard about the incident second-hand.
The Boston Herald reported that the speaker received four reports about an unidentified lawmaker’s “inappropriate behavior,” but those reports were characterized as rumor. (The Herald refused to acknowledge the Globe story.)
New England Cable News reported that DeLeo received secondhand reports about an incident of “inappropriate behavior” on December 19. “The Speaker’s office was subsequently made aware on January 4, 2019, of a rumor conveyed by one member, by way of a second member, of a name that Matt Stout of the Boston Globe provided,” DeLeo’s spokeswoman said in a statement. (Stout wrote the Globe story with Andrea Estes.)
Of course, all of the alleged inappropriate behavior hearkens back to stories and columns the Globe wrote in 2017 unearthing a “climate of harassment” at the State House, which leaders vowed to address.