July 20, 2012Gaming pick reaction misjudged, emails say - The Boston Globe
The newly created state gambling commission badly underestimated public reaction to the fact that Carl Stanley McGee, the man tapped to be executive director of the new panel, had been arrested in 2007 in a sexual assault on a 15-year-old boy, internal e-mails show.
The e-mails, obtained by the conservative blog RedMassGroup and given to the Globe, show that the commission’s public relations consultant predicted in one e-mail that the allegations “will be no more than a paragraph deep into an otherwise extremely favorable story about Stan.”
In late April, public relations consultant Karen Schwartzman drafted a background summary of the allegations against McGee and concluded McGee’s history would probably not pose a problem for the fledging commission, as long as the public relations were “managed.”
Schwartzman could not be reached last night, but CommonWealth Magazine quoted her as saying that she did not have complete information at the time she predicted little controversy from the McGee appointment.