Dan Duquette’s Ethics Problem

We didn’t think the State Ethics Commission had much time on its hands, what with the endless stream of complaints against House Speaker Sal DiMasi. But the agency has been working on cases that don’t involve Richard Vitale.

1214839352The Patriot Ledger reports that former Red Sox GM Dan Duquette is being investigated for offering to sell Pittsfield mayor James Ruberto two tickets to the 2004 World Series for face value.

The paper reports that Duquette, who currently owns the Pittsfield Dukes, admits he sold the mayor the tickets at face value to get the mayor’s support the team’s move to Wahconah Park.

The commission alleges that tickets were not available to the public at face value, and were selling online for $600 to $2,000 each. The commission said Duquette admitted that he sold the tickets to Ruberto because he wanted Ruberto to support the Berkshire Dukes playing at Wahconah Park.

This is why we decided against a career in politics. If anybody had offered us a face-value ticket to the World Series, we’d totally have taken it.