EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 13, 2013

Letter: DiZoglio’s vote switch was disappointing

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

After reading about the recent tax increases and the senseless flip-flop of several legislators, I felt compelled to write this letter. While there are several legislators who switched their votes, I am especially turned-off by State Rep. Diana DiZoglio’s hollow explanation for why she flip-flopped in deciding to override Gov. Deval Patrick’s tax veto.

Rep. DiZoglio tries to defend her switch by saying that she is opposed to tax increases, and that she voted for these taxes to avoid yet even higher taxes. When criticized for the flip-flop, DiZoglio cried foul and accused her critics of “political games.” Really?

While I know Ms. DiZoglio would like to justify her flip-flop, the facts betray her. The Legislature requires a two-thirds majority to override a veto. Had every legislator voted consistently, the governor’s veto still would have been overridden. There was no reason for Diana DiZoglio to abandon her principles. And, with the Speaker of the House declaring he would be opposed to even higher taxes, it makes Ms. DiZoglio’s ominous prediction of more taxes disingenuous.

I am not someone who expects to always agree with our elected officials, but I do expect that those officials will always strive to be honest with us voters. I’m disappointed that several officials so easily switched their positions. I’m even more disappointed that, when challenged on her flip-flop, Ms. DiZoglio resorts to accusing her critics of games. Unfortunately, it has become apparent that the only one playing games is Diana DiZoglio.

William Kelly

North Andover