Back in the day we had some fun terms for being drunk: cocked; legless; plastered; bamboozled; three sheets to the wind; out of commission. But now we can add a new word to the dictionary of intoxication terms: Galluccio-ed, as in Sen. Anthony Galluccio.

 

Cambridge police were forced to drive the lawmaker home 13 hours before he got behind the wheel of his car and slammed into a family of four in a minivan in Cambridge, not far from the legislator’s own home. Only, when they gave Galluccio a ride home he didn’t know where he lived. He was so Galluccio-ed he couldn’t tell the cops where his own home was. That’s legless. And brainless, if you ask me.

 

Here’s the real problem with the hit and run accident Galluccio got into on Oct. 4. Not the fact that he rammed the rear of a minivan containing a family and then fled the scene. Not the fact that at 4:39 a.m. that same day Cambridge police responded to a gas station not far from the party spot where Galluccio hosted an open-bar fundraiser the night before. Not the fact that his friend had tried to drive him home, but Galluccio could not tell him where he lived.

 

The real problem is the fact that Galluccio had not owned up to his alcohol problem and tried to get some help. It could have been easy. There is no shame in admitting to being an alcoholic, a disease recognized by the American Medical Association. Most people would react with empathy if he admitted to having a problem and then went to a rehab to get some help for himself.

But instead he has ducked questions about the incident; refused to answer questions about whether or not he was drinking; and he has brazenly ignored hints that he enter a rehabilitation program.

Considering that he has two drunk driving convictions logged onto his rap sheet — and a very questionable crash — Galluccio is clearly someone who could benefit from a little dry time.
But what’s worse is the lack of any disciplinary action taken by his boss, Senate President Therese Murray. Considering the bad press that the Senate has endured this year with bra-stuffing bribe takers and perverts getting arrested under her watch it would send a very powerful message if Murray followed through on her ethics reform promise and demanded Galluccio’s keys — the ones to his office.

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