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Jack has just posted on last night’s City Council meeting and posted the video of the entire meeting. I want to raise another issue regarding that meeting.
I know I had previously announced that I would not link any longer to a Lyle Moran report on City Council meeting but today’s article is a gem.
Moran is quoting City Council Rodney Elliott quoting Moran. And at next week’s City Council meeting, we will have CC Elliott quoting Moran quoting CC Elliott quoting Moran.
“City Councilors Rodney Elliott and Ed Kennedy voiced outrage Tuesday night about the recent events in the embattled Lowell Regional Water Utility, including an employee arrested for allegedly harassing and trying to intimidate three co-workers.”
I would not characterize CC Kennedy’s comments as “outrage.” Extremely Concerned? Dissatisfaction? Yes. Did he want to make a public statement? Yes. But did his comments reach the level of outrage? The guy did not even raise his voice.
As for CC Elliott, yes, it was outraged but that has become the norm with him. And yesterday was no exception. By the way, when he waved a copy of the newspaper, is that considered product placement.
My take on it, it would have been awkward, even by Lowell Sun standards, to have a the opening sentence of your article on the City Council meeting to read: City Councilor Rodney Elliott voiced outrage….” Really, so what else is new? So, it was best to lump CC Kennedy’s comments, therefore his demeanor in with those of CC Elliott’s. It fits the chosen narrative.
Also, there has been this effort to paint CC Kennedy in the same light as Elliott when it comes to the relationship with the City Manager. Perhaps at the beginning of the term he may have been giving those signals but now it is evident that he does not want to be anyone’s wing man. On the contrary, he wants to be the pilot and he is not interested in crashing the plane either.
When are the rest of the City Council going to take back their meeting? Or do they want Mayor Murphy and CC Bill Martin to do the heavy lifting for them?
So back to the City Council coverage of the Sun, I only have one question: Where have you gone Mike LaFleur? (Jen, I know where you are ).
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