Former Senate president Billy Bulger
practiced the trade with such abandon that MBTA was said to stand for “Mr. Bulger’s Transportation Authority,” an only partially tongue-in-cheek reference that seemed to make him beam, not cringe. One of his Senate president successors, Robert Travaglini
, spoke of it as something more akin a solemn duty when he defended landing jobs for East Boston residents at Massport
as mitigation for a community saddled with all the negative impacts of having an international airport in its backyard.