Under fire from state ethics law regulators, Sen. Dan Wolf will spend Monday night in Marblehead, the first stop on a statewide tour that’s part of his campaign for governor.
The State Ethics Commission recently ruled that Wolf's 23 percent ownership stake in Cape Air, which has two, non-competitively bid contracts with Massport, raises "a substantial issue" under the conflict of interest laws, and suggested it has "consistently required" other state legislators to divest their financial interests in state contracts.
Winning could force him to choose between Cape Air and his Senate seat
The ruling could force the Harwich Democrat to choose between his company, Cape Air, his seat in the Senate, and his candidacy for governor. Wolf says he's exploring his options, including whether to seek an extension on the 30-day window from Aug. 2 in which he is required to comply with the ruling. Wolf and some of his colleagues have suggested the Cape Air agreements are unlike other contracts, and Senate President Therese Murray called the ruling "harsh."
Today he said that if he is elected governor in November 2014, he would take whatever steps were needed to clear his campaign of potential conflicts of interest even if that means cutting ties with Cape Air..
MASSPORT: Fees are non-negotiable, in place over a decade
Massport says the fees paid by Cape Air to fly through Logan are non-negotiable and have been in place since 2002 and 2003, renewing each year under terms extended to all qualifying airlines. Wolf has said that he has always believed that his relationship to Cape Air, and Cape Air’s use of Logan Airport dating back 25 years has never constituted a violation of the public trust or state ethics laws.
Wolf plans to address a Marblehead Democratic Town Committee Picnic at 6 p.m. at the VFW Post 2005, 321 West Shore Drive, Marblehead.