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September 30, 2012

Murphy’s Law as defined by Paper

by at 8:38 am.

Today’s Sun Column leads off with a piece on City Council vote on the 219 Westview Road re-zoning. I am assuming this portion of the “inside political news” was partially or completely written by the editor, Jim Campanini. He is credited as one of the contributors in this week’s edition.

“The City Council’s defeat ….left Lowell Developer David Daly disappointed but by Friday he said he was most frustrated by the roles two like-named Lowell politicians played.”

And the two elected officials are State Rep. Kevin Murphy and Mayor Patrick Murphy; no relations to each other. First of all, isn’t it convenient that the two have been targeted in the past by the paper?
Lately, not as much for the former and for the latter, almost daily.

But let’s review the charges against the two:

State Rep. Murphy: “Daily believes Murphy and his brother Gary Murphy helped convince the club (Mt. Pleasant Golf Club) oppose the rezoning because Murphy wanted to curry favor with voters in his district, which includes Westview Road.”

Is the inference that State Rep. Murphy does not have the support of that neighborhood so he has to “curry favor”? Really? Is there an upcoming challenger in that legislative district that is planning to run against Murphy in 2 years and because of his/her stand on issues will win the hearts and minds of that neighborhood over Murphy? Because if there isn’t the charge that State Rep. Murphy did this for vote is politically naïve and ludicrous. Also if he had decided to stay home last Tuesday, would the Westview neighbors stop supporting him? I do not think so.

Now to the comments about Mayor Murphy:

“The mayor did not show any courage to speak to the reasons he was opposed. It was a cowardly vote.”

There are a lot of adjectives you can attribute to Mayor Murphy but coward is not one of them. This is a guy who has taken on the Sun, Bill Taupier and CC Rita Mercier, all within a month. He is figuratively and literally a fighter. Some people may not like the fights he gets involved in but no one can say that he is afraid to express his views and willing to go to the mat for his beliefs.

From the beginning of the public discussion on this project, the Sun has been leading the public relations campaign; both with articles and an editorial. I am not sure of the motivation but I am going to guess the project consultant’s relationship with the editor may have played a part.

Frankly, I think Mr. Daly’s opinions were used by the paper to prop up their views on the two Murphys. But I do agree with Mr. Daly that “The issue became so much about politics rather than what was best for the city.” But he should have added “inside” politics with the paper as one of the players.

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