State Treasurer Steve Grossman talking with Attorney General Martha Coakley in 2009. Grossman is running for governor in 2014, as is Coakley.

Credit: Martha Coakley / Flickr

BPR Politics: Mass. State Leaders And Conflicts Of Interest

December 16, 2013

Monday in the Boston Globe, reporter Frank Phillips wrote about Massachusetts Treasurer Steve Grossman and potential conflicts of interest. involving state business and his family's marketing firm. Last week, Gaming Commissioner Stephen Crosby admitted to business ties that could put his impartiality as commissioner in jeopardy.

Frank Phillips and Shannon O'Brien joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to discuss public officials' private dealings, and how best to insulate the public from potential favoritism.

Also on BPR:

  • Boston Globe reporter Patricia Wen joined Jim and Margery to talk about her blockbuster reporting about the Tsarnaev family, called "The fall of the house of Tsarnaev."
  • Tufts University Prof. Peniel Joseph was the Open Mic guest. Joseph talked about controversies over race and — yes, this happened — Santa Claus.
  • Berklee College's Rob Hochschild, WCRB's Brian McCreath​ and WGBH's Edgar B. Herwick III  provided some choice upcoming holiday shows in the Boston area.

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