She also raised a lot of eyebrows when she told a reporter from the Daily News that Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio offered her a $5,000 bribe to drop the legislation when he met with the lawmaker in 2007. (Markey originally told a reporter it was in 2010, but later corrected the year.)
Markey said the Bishop told her the money was to help pay for counseling for a family member who had been abused, and in return she would withdraw her bill.
The accusation didn't sit too well with the bishop, who immediately fired off a two-page letter to Markey demanding that she recount the accusation. Meanwhile, a nun who says she was present at the meeting backed up the bishop, saying the subject of a bribe never came up.
Markey refuses to back down, and the issue is at a stalemate. Unless of course you plan on mounting a challenge to Markey in next year's election, in which case the issue is very much in play.
Brian Barnwell has already started aggressively fundraising and getting his name out there well in advance of the 2017 primary, and he wasn't about to let the bribe accusation and the bishop's denial sit untouched.
Barnwell focused on the fact that it took years for Markey to finally bring the bribe offer to light, calling the assemblywoman's silence “troubling.”
“If true, it begs the question, has Markey been offered other bribes that she hasn’t felt required to come forward about?” Barnwell wrote in an email to supporters and the press.
We have a felling this isn't the last we are going to be hearing about this $5,000.