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The link goes nowhere, now. Now that C.Elliott is focusing on what councilors write on blogs about? Go to several of Lowell’s blogs and find the blog roll. You’ll find a link to C.Elliott’s (former) blog on most. It used to be there, but now it’s not. Honestly, the blogscape isn’t being cheated much by this development. However, there was a diary that used the work of the Blog of Record to take a swipe at the Mayor.
Does anyone besides me remember this? I distinctly remember the link to a Sun spinning of the Mayoral follies, right in the time of the inauguration of this council and the heading of ‘Insightful’ or something like that. Normally in a time like this, I just go over to the website and take a screen grab. Which is what I just did, and there is no website there. Oh, well!
Which Column Blog did C.Elliott link to? Was it this one?
Murphy flexes Mayoral Muscle
When asked by Elliott at Tuesday’s meeting why he selected Mendonca, a second term councilor, as finance chair, Murphy said he was choosing someone with the most “expertise and experience.”
But Elliott, who is in his 8th term, said Wednesday Murphy’s decision to end his 12-year run as finance chair was “personal” and likely made at City Manager Bernie Lynch’s request.
Or, was it this one?
Leahy speaks out on mayoral sweeps
Leahy told Martin, in his opinion, the mayor (who also chairs the School Committee) needs to be experienced, given the committee will have three freshmen members.
He urged Martin, if he is not going to vote for Councilor Rodney Elliott, to vote for himself. Martin served as mayor in the 2006-2007 term.
I think it was the former, not the latter.
Update: More clues lay over at Gerry Nutter’s Lowell - A Native Lowellians view of Lowell Politics
The blog in question, appearing on a web site subsidized by taxpayers dollars, via legal notices:
Posted by phelpsrephlections on December 31st, 2011
Murphy is a one-term city councilor. The other councilor who put his hat in for mayor is Rodney Elliott, who is starting his eighth term and has never been mayor. He was a councilor when Murphy was in diapers. And Elliott came in second — second — in the November election behind Rita Mercier, who may just be able to lay claim to the title “most popular Lowell city councilor ever.” Murphy came in a very respectable fourth — but not second.
If the voters elected the mayor, who do you suppose would get it?
In Lowell, the title of mayor is largely ceremonial. You’re expected to show up at all the ribbon-cuttings and parties and whatnot, and you make a few more bucks than the other eight city councilors. That’s really about it. Oh, and you chair the School Committee, which is where the real power the mayor lies.
Apparently, though, some councilors have had their feelings hurt by Elliott, who is known to ruffle feathers, especially those of City Manager Bernie Lynch, which is a no-no for some councilors.
This is Elliott’s comeuppance. It’s his fellow councilors’ way of saying to him, maybe if you voted with us more often and didn’t make so many waves, we’d support you for mayor. And that’s just plain wrong.
Most disappointing is that two of the three new councilors — Marty Lorrey and Vesna Nuon — have pledged their support for Murphy. It remains to be seen if this is a good move by Lorrey and Nuon.
At least, Murphy stands next to his bladework.
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