On Beacon Hill: Beaton ‘saddened’ by retribution charges as State House inquiry lingers

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Beaton: Retribution charge overshadows work of thousands

Top Baker administration officials have said they are pushing for a swift investigation into claims of political retribution within the Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, but more than a week has passed since Gov. Charlie Baker said he wanted results “as soon as possible.”

Drought Management Task Force members -- co-chair and Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs' assistant director of water policy, Vandana Rao, left; Energy and Environmental Secretary Matthew Beaton, center; and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg -- met Thursday and received an update on drought conditions from various state and federal agencies.

Antonio Caban / State House News Service

Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton, center, finds his office tangled in controversy.

Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew A. Beaton of Shrewsbury, a Worcester-area state representative from 2011 to 2015, told State House News Service Friday, Sept. 30, he was saddened that the allegations might overshadow the work done in his secretariat, known as EEA, which oversees parks, environmental permitting and utilities regulation.

“I look at this generally and it saddens me, because I know the great work that thousands and thousands of amazing employees inside of EEA do day-in and day-out, and to see their great work get overshadowed by something like this – it breaks my heart to see,” Beaton said outside an offshore wind event at the InterContinental Boston hotel.

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