In part 3, we discuss a few interesting tidbits about Senator King’s second wife, Mary Hermon. During his initial run for governor in 1994, one of his opponents, John Brennan, gave the following criticism:
“But during the 1994 campaign, the Democratic nominee, ex-Gov. Joseph Brennan, criticized King for his business practices, airing ads that accused the independent candidate of receiving special treatment from Central Maine Power because his spouse, Mary Herman, had worked as a lobbyist for the power company. Brennan asserted Herman had lobbied on bills that helped King’s business.” Source: https://www.eenews.net/stories/1059961522.
Regardless of whether this was true or not, there’s more to the Herman family than meets the eye. Enter Mr. Thomas Herman, Mary’s brother. Tom is a lawyer for the law firm Smith Duggan, in Boston, MA
Why is this important to our story? If you go back to part 2, you will note that we found that Eastern Utilities company had FMR Corporation as a stockholder with 7.57% voting stock in its ownership. FMR Corporation would have been required to approve King’s company buyout by Eastern Utilities, no able bodied business person would refute that. So, what’s the issue? The issue is, the firm Mr. Tom Herman is employed by, Smith Duggan, is very proud to show the world that one of it’s clients is non other than FMR Corporation: Smith Duggan Client List. You will see their name 3/4 way down the page.
So, let’s recap. King becomes an overnight millionaire, and the law firm his brother-in-law works for represents FMR Corporation, a stockholder of Eastern Utilities, the purchaser of Angus’s energy company. One might wonder, did you marry for love or mammon Senator King?
In part 4, we’ll spend a little more time on Tom Herman and FMR Corp. Are you awake yet readers?