Cahill's Mess

The evidence suggests - well, the allegations do, at least - that Tim Cahill does have something to be aggravated about. It appears that his hired guns, who quit his campaign a couple of weeks back, had been plotting to get Paul Loscocco to quit as his running mate while they were still employed by Tim!

In a new, politically explosive lawsuit, independent gubernatorial candidate Timothy P. Cahill accuses his former top strategists and aides of conspiring to sabotage his candidacy, saying they orchestrated the desertion of his running mate and plotted to give damaging information and internal campaign tactics to the team of GOP rival Charles D. Baker and the Republican Governors Association.

It does not appear that the Baker campaign was doing anything wrong, despite Tim's overarching desire to make it seem that way.

Cahill also accused Democrats of "backroom deals," but he directed most of his fire at Baker, saying, "Charlie Baker and his Republican cohorts have been plotting to undermine the integrity of this race in an attempt to mislead the voters."

Tim says his gripe is with the Baker campaign, but his lawsuit, and the restraining order that was issued, was filed against his own former employees, not against the Baker campaign.

"On the campaign trail, Charlie Baker has been preaching that there are two sets of rules, one for remgular people and one for people on Beacon Hill," he continued. "Well it is clear now that Charlie lives by the very insider rules he so conveniently speaks out against."

Tim is trying to merge two things together - allegedly malicious behavior on the part of his campaign staff, and the obvious interest on the part of the Baker campaign in any good stuff for them that might flow from those employees as they quit the Cahill campaign. It doesn't seem that the linkage he's creating is fair.

As a reward for resigning from Cahill's campaign, the suit alleges, Meldrum was given a job by the RGA working on a campaign in New Mexico.

There were plenty of shenanigans going on, but they were being done by people Cahill had put his trust in.

The suit bases its allegations on email communications it obtained, in which Weaver, Yob, and Meldrum -- along with Loscocco confidant Jason L. Zanetti, a Boston lawyer and lobbyist -- discussed the best way for Loscocco to leave the ticket and, after he did, deciding several days later to give sensitive information to both Baker's staff and the RGA. The emails were obtained by the Cahill campaign from Meldrum's personal and official campaign accounts, both of which were routed through the Cahill campaign server.

However, the suit also raises concerns that the Cahill campaign may have been coordinating lottery advertising to benefit the Cahill for Governor effort.

At one point, the suit alleges, Weaver instructed Meldrum to contact a RGA staff member, identified as Dennise Casey, and "follow through" with ''the emails and other things you have re: cahill and coordination with lottery and ties to Patrick.''

Many have been suspicious that Cahill's campaign has been a satellite effort of the Patrick campaign. And one former aid to Cahill argues that the lawsuit itself is a Cahill dirty trick.

One of the aides, former campaign manager Adam Meldrum, issued a statement saying the lawsuit was a ruse to prevent him from gaining whistleblower status. He said he has been planning to present the attorney general with evidence of illegal coordination between the Massachusetts Lottery, which Cahill heads as state treasurer, and his political campaign.

All of this is good news for Deval Patrick, as it keeps the Baker campaign from telling its story. And good news for Deval is bad news for Massachusetts.