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April 13, 2008

I do not believe it!

by at 12:20 pm.

Today’s Lowell Sun “The Column” had a brief mention that Lowell School Committee member Jim Leary may not run for reelection next year. That piece of information is believable. Jim and his wife have just adopted a baby boy; he is self-employed and his demanding career that requires a lot of traveling.

However, I do not believe the comment by a “some political insiders” who whispered to the Sun that “it is more likely because he [Leary] has lost political allies and isn’t getting his way on the committee.”

My guess is that those “insiders” are the so-called former political “allies.” (As the going goes, with friends like these, who needs enemies?) I have met and spoken to Jim on a number of occasions. He fully understands the fine art of political compromise and believe me he is not afraid of being a lone wolf on any issue.

I hope Jim reconsiders but we fully understand that family comes first. Given the financial burden and time restraints on elected officials, anyone who is not retired, self-employed in the City, independently wealthy or has a partner who is supportive will not be able to serve. This is not good.

One Response to “I do not believe it!”

  1. Eleanor Rigby Says:

    When former CC Peter Richards decided not to seek re-election after his second term because his kids were coming to the age where they needed him the Sun did the same thing to him…that he had lost his allies Steve Gendron and Matt Donoghue.

    I guess the Sun just doesn’t understand the concept, it couldn’t possibly actually be about the family!

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