Battle Against Bulger
The Hiller Instinct: Battle Against Bulger
"The day before university trustees meet to decide the fate of UMass President William Bulger, the governor repeats what he wants."
Governor Mitt Romney, (R) Massachusetts
"It's time for President Bulger to step aside."
"Mitt Romney keeping the heat on Bulger, who's become his top political foe. But the governor admits he can't predict he'll get what he wants from the trustees tomorrow."
Governor Mitt Romney
"It's very difficult in a board of directors, to make a difficult decision and ask someone, whom you've worked with for many years and who has accomplished a great deal to step aside... But that time has come."
"7's Political Editor Andy Hiller has been tracking the trustees. Andy do you have any indication what they will do tomorrow?"
Andy Hiller, Political Editor
"Reporting tomorrow's news today is always risky, but my sources say the headline from the trustees meeting will be: "Board Backs Billy... Disses Mitt".
"The trustees may not even take a vote on Bulger, instead, at the end of the meeting, board chairwoman Grace Fey is expected to issue a statement supporting him.
"The trustees have reviewed Bulger's contract with an attorney and a majority conclude there is no just cause to terminate him now. The trustees, however, will continue to monitor his performance to see if that changes."
"At least one trustee came out in favor of ousting Bulger... What can you tell us about him?"
"Lawrence Boyle is a well-connected republican attorney and a former fundraiser for Jane Swift. His brother, John, who's also a lawyer, is a member of the GOP State Committee. In the past, his brother wanted to become a judge and at one time, Lawrence was interested in becoming a member of the judicial nominating commission.
"He's the kind of trustee Romney would like to clone."