Back in the glory days of the Republic, this SOB would have been run out of town on a rail, but not before he'd had a generous coating of tar and feathers applied by the good citizens of the area. Instead, he chairs the Massachusetts House Committee on Ethics.
Explains a lot about Massachusetts, when you come to think about it.
UPDATE: It seems that the SOB in question was on Jim Braude and Margery Eagan's talk radio show yesterday. No walking back from the ledge. Michael Graham has a post at his Natural Truth blog that includes a link to the audio.
I wonder if Hoppes #9 cleans tar?