From Liar to Lobbyist

Fmr Massachusetts State House Speaker Lied Under Oath, Now Lobbying in Rhode Island

A Massachusetts Democrat who pleaded guilty to a federal obstruction of justice charge in 2007 is now lobbying lawmakers in Rhode Island on behalf of a Boston-based hospital group.

Thomas Finneran, formerly a Massachusetts House Speaker, was accused of lying under oath about the state’s 2001 redistricting process.

Boston’s WPRI reports:

Finneran is lobbying state officials on behalf of Steward Health Care System, the for-profit Boston-based hospital group that’s trying to buy Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket out of receivership.

Finneran and his consulting firm, Finneran Global Strategies of Boston, will earn $2,500 for pressing Steward’s case with legislators and executive-branch officials between Feb. 1 and June 30, according to the secretary of state’s office.

Finneran, a Democrat, was the powerful speaker on Beacon Hill from 1996 to 2004, when he resigned amid an investigation into whether he lied under oath about the state’s 2001 redistricting process. Finneran was indicted in 2005 and reached a plea deal in 2007. He now hosts a morning radio show on WRKO-AM in Boston.