A meeting of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council got heated this week. The council is an eight-member panel, elected by voters, which primarily approves judicial nominees from the governor.
The council is a fairly obscure branch of government, and on Wednesday, it devolved into a shouting match, complete with fist-pounding. The argument stemmed from a vote on a nominee for a Superior Court seat. Some councilors said the decision to hold a vote was rushed.
Democrat Mary Hurley is the newly elected governor’s councilor representing the four western counties of the state. She’s a former judge and mayor of Springfield. She says there’s one key problem on the council that she intends to fix: a lack of rules.
Click the audio player above to hear Henry Epp’s interview with Governor’s Councilor Mary Hurley.