In full transparency, the following is a press release from the Palfrey campaign submitted to SOURCE media. (stock photo)
BOSTON – Yesterday, August 19, former Assistant Attorney General Quentin Palfrey called for a three-part Attorney General investigation of the MBTA to look into public safety, civil rights, and fiscal mismanagement issues plaguing public transportation in Massachusetts.
“The AG must get to the bottom of how we have come to a place where the T poses a threat to public safety,” Palfrey said. “Our trains should not be on fire, people should not be dragged to their deaths, and we should not have to shut down public transportation to a significant portion of our population for a month, disproportionately impacting communities of color.”
Of the three Democrats running for Attorney General, Palfrey is the only candidate who has called for an AG investigation into the Baker Administration’s mismanagement of the MBTA.
In statements to the Boston Herald, Shannon Liss-Riordan suggested the state Auditor should conduct any investigations, while candidate Andrea Campbell has been silent on the issue.
“When a tunnel collapsed during the big dig and killed a driver, the Attorney General investigated,” said Palfrey. “We are at a point with the MBTA where the status quo of the Baker Administration is no longer acceptable. We need an Attorney General who will take bold action on public transportation, and who will hold state government responsible for its obligations to the many people in Massachusetts who rely on the MBTA.”
Palfrey is a former Assistant Attorney General and was the first chief of the office’s healthcare division. He also served in senior roles in both the Obama and Biden Adiminstations, and is the founder of the Voter Protection Corps, an organization that works to combat voter suppression.
In the race for AG, Palfrey is the endorsed candidate of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, several of Massachusetts leading progressive and environmental advocacy organizations, and over 300 grassroots endorsers from communities in every county in the Commonwealth.