Granted an extension to respond to a state ethics commission decision, gubernatorial candidate and Cape and Islands State Sen. Dan Wolf will now remain in office until at least Sept. 19.
Mr. Wolf announced last Thursday that he would resign his seat on August 29 and suspend his campaign for governor because of an ethics commission decision that his partial ownership of Cape Air created a conflict of interest.
In a statement on Wednesday this week, Mr. Wolf announced that he was granted an extension and will present a petition to the ethics commission next month.
The statement comes amid an increasingly confusing series of events surrounding Mr. Wolf’s status as a state senator and also his campaign for governor.
The petition referenced by Mr. Wolf in his statement Wednesday was not fully explained. Mr. Wolf said the petition will be made public after it is presented to the ethics commission.
“I intend to join with a group of civic-minded people to petition the commission to adopt a regulation that would allow and even encourage citizens form many walks of life to enter public service while protecting the public from any conflicts of interest or undue influence,” the statement said.
The commission’s August 2 decision said Cape Air’s contracts with Massport, which runs Logan Airport, created a conflict of interest under state law. The decision gave Mr. Wolf 30 days to pursue one of three options: divest of his 23 per cent ownership of the company he founded 25 years ago, cease having Cape Air fly into and out of Logan Airport, or resign his senate seat and end his candidacy for governor.
Last week, Mr. Wolf said he could not in good conscience pursue the first two options, and instead intended to resign his seat “under duress. I would do so believing that the Cape and Islands senatorial district is being denied duly-elected representation.”
In the statement Wednesday, Mr. Wolf said that the commission extended his deadline for the decision until Sept. 19. The extension was granted in response to a request Mr. Wolf made on Monday, August 26.
The statement was issued by Mr. Wolf’s campaign for the governor’s office. Mr. Wolf said the commission has agreed to consider the petition and extend his deadline to comply. He said a positive resolution to the matter would allow him to resume his campaign for governor.
Ethics commission spokesman David Giannotti confirmed Wednesday that the commission approved Mr. Wolf’s request to allow him to present information to the commission at their Sept. 19 meeting.
Mr. Giannotti said Mr. Wolf will ask the commission to consider a regulation that would allow the senator to do what the law currently prohibits. He noted that Mr. Wolf is not asking the commission to reconsider their initial decision.
He said that if the commission considers adopting an amendment to state law, it would go through a public process, including a draft regulation, public hearings, the publication of the law in the central registry, and a vote to formally adopt the amendment.