State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson announced Friday afternoon that she was ending her bid for re-election to the Second Suffolk District's state Senate seat. Wilkerson's decision to shut down her campaign came after her arrest Tuesday morning on charges that she accepting $23,500 in bribes from undercover agents that she believed were local businessmen. (Don West photo)State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson announced Friday afternoon that she was ending her campaign for re-election, three days after her arrest by federal agents on charges that she accepted $23,500 in bribes.
The state’s lone black senator who lost the Democratic primary last month was arrested by the FBI on Tuesday and charged with accepting $23,500 in bribes from undercover agents she believed were local businessmen. More »
Following their arrest of state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson on Tuesday morning, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents released a 32-page affidavit detailing the charges of public corruption that the 15-year incumbent now faces. You can read the full affidavit laying out the government's case here. NOTE: The affidavit is presented in PDF format, and Adobe Reader is required to read it. You can download the latest version here.
"The Bay State Banner has always endorsed [state Sen. Dianne] Wilkerson's achievements, even though her administrative irregularities were troubling," the Banner wrote in its Oct. 30, 2008 editorial. "But now, Wilkerson has been arrested by the FBI and Boston police, and stands charged with the felony of extorting payment from constituents for official services ... It is evident that Wilkerson has breached the public trust. Consequently, the Banner can no longer support Wilkerson for public office." More »