We like State Senator Anthony Galluccio.
Since becoming senator, he has served this city as if it were his own – and he and his office are always ready to do the right thing for Chelsea.
We respect Senator Galluccio because he works hard and he takes the job seriously.
Bottom line, we are all well represented by Senator Galluccio.
This being said, Senator Galluccio’s actions Sunday afternoon, when he smashed into the rear of an automobile and then fled the scene, not bothering to contact the police until Monday, is an egregious error in judgment, and we believe, it goes a bit deeper than that.
The senator’s driving record is extremely poor. He has a checkered driving record.
The senator told the press Tuesday that he fled the scene of the accident because everyone would assume he was drunk behind the wheel.
The senator has a previous OUI and other infractions, a more recent one dismissed by a magistrate in Cambridge court not too long ago.
He was right about what everyone is thinking even though what everyone might be thinking is not necessarily what the true facts of the matter are.
Why did he leave the scene of an accident?
How can you be a senator and leave the scene of an accident when senators are held to a higher standard?
State Senate President Therese Murray said exactly that. She was not pleased with Galluccio’s behavior. She said she’d have to see how the event plays out before ordering any action against him.
We are disappointed with Senator Galluccio’s shrug and his statement that he’s sorry.
Frankly, he needs to do better than that to regain our confidence in him.
Sooner or later, and most likely it will be sooner rather than later, it will come out where he was before the accident, who he was with and what exactly led up to the accident.
We wish Senator Galluccio the best but we regret that he has put himself, again, in a position where he looks rather foolish and irresponsible when we know him to be a much better public official than that.
Honesty is the best policy here.
And so far, Senator Galluccio has not been entirely honest.