January 30, 2014
Inmate lawmaker Rep. Carlos Henriquez is doing his Beacon Hill business from his Billerica jail cell, thumbing through bills and budget proposals, and speaking to staff by phone “at least once a day,” according to the disgraced Dorchester Democrat’s legislative aide.
“We’ve been in regular contact with him, and at this point he’s concerned with the issues of the district,” aide Jessica DaSilva told the Herald.
DaSilva said Henriquez’s office is fielding four or five constituent calls a day, mostly from people concerned about cuts to unemployment benefits. She said Henriquez also has been reviewing budget amendments, though she would not say which.
“There’s a few. Obviously I can’t speak for him on it,” DaSilva said.
Asked whether the 37-year-old lawmaker is sponsoring any new bills, DaSilva said, “At this moment, I’m not sure.”
She declined to characterize the telephone calls further, and said she had not visited Henriquez in person at the Middlesex House of Correction.
Henriquez is serving a six-month sentence there after a jury convicted him Jan. 15 for the July 2012 assault and battery of a woman he was dating.
Well, he is from Ted Kennedy’s home state.