CHARGES LAND HEAVY ON FALL RIVER MAYOR

Just one more dis­ap­point­ment for gov as pol pal put in cuffs

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How “dis­ap­pointed” is Tall De­val in his dear friend, Fall River Mayor Jasiel F. Cor­reia II? I mean, the gov­er­nor of Mass­a­chu­setts is al­ways so “dis­ap­pointed” in Pres­i­dent Trump, not to men­tion in Brett Ka­vanaugh (and to­day, most likely, Kanye West) but none of them is un­der in­dict­ment this morn­ing.

But the 26-year-old boy mayor is — and this is a guy who gave Tall De­val $200, who’s all over Twit­ter pos­ing with both Char­lie and his lieu­tenant gov­er­nor, Karyn Polito.

Cor­reia, whose en­dorse­ment Baker slob­ber­ingly ac­cepted just five weeks ago down in Bris­tol County, now stands ac­cused of tax fraud and swin­dling in­vestors out of at least $231,000, some of which he al­legedly used on a girl­friend, a Mer­cedes and “adult en­ter­tain­ment.”

How mil­len­nial is that, steal­ing money for “adult en­ter­tain­ment?”

There’s only one way to de­scribe these al­le­ga­tions against Tall De­val’s de­voted dis­ci­ple — dis­ap­point­ing.

I can hear the gov­er­nor whin­ing now: “As very dis­ap­pointed as I am in these dis­ap­point­ing dis­ap­point­ments, mov­ing along in dis­mal dis­gust, can I tell you how much I dis­like and dis­trust the dou­bly dis­may­ing dis­ap­point­ments of Don­ald Trump. …”

I thought the gov­er­nor was sup­posed to be a mi­cro-

man­ager, a hands-on guy. So if I knew that Hiz­zoner was about to get lugged, why didn’t Amer­ica’s Most Pop­u­lar Gov­er­nor have a clue what was about to go down?

It wasn’t ex­actly a state se­cret that Cor­reia was so crooked he needed a corkscrew to get into his trousers in the morn­ing. But oddly no­body thought to give Tall De­val a heads up, not even the Repub­li­can U.S. at­tor­ney in Bos­ton.

The state sen­a­tor down there is Mike Ro­drigues, a three-watt bulb who a few years back voted to put a sales tax on the ex­cise tax on booze, af­ter which he im­me­di­ately drove to New Hamp­shire in a car with Se­nate li­cense plates to buy a trunk full of tax-free booze.

Tall De­val goes to Ro­drigues’ fundraisers in West­port, even though he’s a Demo­crat. Are you telling me Ro­drigues didn’t know the boy mayor was in a photo fin­ish with the grand jury?

Tall De­val doesn’t care though. When it comes to money, he’s been touch­ing ev­ery­thing but the third rail. He took cash ear­lier this year from the late Ge­orge Rogers, a former leg­is­la­tor from New Bed­ford who went to prison for steal­ing. Ditto, from a trash-hauler in Con­necti­cut who once threat­ened to mur­der a busi­ness ri­val.

What the hell does Tall De­val care? As long as he keeps putting the blast on Trump, the alt-left me­dia will give him a good leav­ing alone.

They’ll even let him pre­tend to be a Repub­li­can.

I have a ra­dio af­fil­i­ate down in Fairhaven, WBSM. When we heard Baker was go­ing down to Bris­tol County af­ter the pri­mary to pick up some en­dorse­ments, we tried to line up a pho­tog­ra­pher to get a pic­ture of Tall De­val with Cor­reia, be­cause we knew this day was com­ing, sooner rather than later.

Lit­tle did we know then how many pho­tos the mayor had al­ready tweeted out! We didn’t need to pull any sneaky stuff.

Do you re­al­ize there are more pho­tos just on Twit­ter of Cor­reia and Karyn Polito than there are of the very eth­i­cal LG and her BFF, ex-state trooper Leigha Gen­duso, the ad­mit­ted drug king­pin, per­jurer, money laun­derer and in­come-tax evader?

Which by the way is one of the crimes Cor­reia is now charged with — fil­ing false tax re­turns. Maybe we need a photo al­bum of the lieu­tenant gov­er­nor with tax cheats, ac­cused and ad­mit­ted.

Of course the Demo­crat mayor also posted pho­tos with the fake In­dian, Cong. Jo-Jo-Jo Kennedy, the lo­cal gov­er­nor’s coun­cilor (a former cop) etc., but some­how it’s more … dis­ap­point­ing that Tall De­val is busted with him.

Once he re­cov­ered from the shock of be­ing the last politi­cian in Mass­a­chu­setts to re­al­ize that the ham­mer was com­ing down on his pal, Tall De­val took the kind of coura­geous ac­tion we have all come to ex­pect.

He re­moved Cor­reia’s en­dorse­ment from his web­site. And he do­nated Cor­reia’s con­tri­bu­tions to one of the Lawrence dis­as­ter-relief funds.

And he is­sued a state­ment of, well, dis­ap­point­ment, say­ing that he and Leigha Gen­duso’s BFF con­sider the charges “very se­ri­ous and (we) will con­tinue to work with other lo­cal of­fi­cials.”

Gov­er­nor, we’re all very … dis­ap­pointed.

STAFF PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI

IN­DICTED: Fall River Mayor Jasiel F. Cor­reia II speaks to the me­dia yes­ter­day.

STAFF PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI

THAT’S ‘EN­TER­TAIN­MENT’: U.S. At­tor­ney An­drew E. Lelling an­swers ques­tions about the ar­rest of Fall River Mayor Jasiel F. Cor­reia II, who was ac­cused of us­ing in­vestor money to fund a lav­ish life­style.

GOV. CHAR­LIE BAKER

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