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11-13-2009, 04:47 PM
Massachusetts governor dealing with Patriots controversy
Posted by Mike Florio on November 13, 2009 5:34 PM ET

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Typically, the New England Patriots face delicate issues relating to their football tactics. Now, questions have emerged regarding a possible link between political contributions from the family that owns the team and the allocation of federal stimulus money for the construction of a footbridge at a complex near Gillette Stadium.

"We're making these decisions on the merits," Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick said regarding contributions to Patrick's campaign and the state Democractic Party. "There are others who have asked for investment of Recovery Act dollars or federal bonding dollars who have contributed to us and we've said no because those projects did not stand on their own."

Our take? Welcome to the American political system.

Folks in elected office are able to exercise discretion on a wide number of issues, and folks in elected office often reward those who have supported them. If there's something wrong with that, then virtually every elected official in the country should be impeached. Now.

Indeed, decisions far more important than the awarding of federal stimulus money are made based in part on the money a person gives to the cause or, more importantly, the money a person raises. It's the way the system works.

And it's not a perfect system, either. Plenty of people make political contributions in the hopes of securing a favor that simply never comes, as Patrick pointed out.

So move along, sports media. As your colleagues who cover politics for a living will tell you, there's nothing to look at here.