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Took a spin around Lowell, except The Belvidere. Not much literature out, considering it is the weekend before.
If you saw lit, got lit, or dropped lit, please chime in. (I’m not talking mailed lit.)
I saw a bunch of Mitchell lit in Ward 8, Ward 10, Ward 11. Saw Kim Scott in Ward 9. Also, Ward 9: Joe Mendonca.
Saw lit in Lower Belvidere, but it was rolled up, so I couldn’t make out who it was for.
I heard Leahy was out in Ward 9 & Rourke was out in Ward 8.
6,750 of Lowell’s 55,000 registered voters voted in the September primary. Tuesday, Nov. 5th is election day in Lowell.
Let’s DOUBLE THE VOTE.
Over the summer, Mayor Murphy took A LOT of heat for stating the obvious. Shady Lowell has a long legacy.
Some politicians just never learn:
For those of you that need some background - Renee is a political chum of mine. We kinda agree on certain political principles, I would say. But, I think we express our political will in very different ways. So, that is Renee.
Matt Vieira is a blossoming politician that can’t get out of his own way. I think it’s because he gets bad PR advice from
JMatt. Er, .. um, I mean JMac. Sorry. Freudian slip.
So, now you have the context, and the back story of how I came upon this Facebook back and forth.
When one door closes, another one opens. To the embarrassment of riches that is the Lowell blogosphere (it’s turning into a thing here!) we welcome to our blogroll newcomers at Learning Lowell.
With several posts already examining the local election - musings from grow-ins trying to learn the ropes (amazing, to see brand new residents get so deep into local politics so quickly!) - it promises to be a great new addition to the conversation. (And yes, we’re sorry, we’re probably guilty of “assum[ing they] already know the decades of history these people have.” And yes, “for a town with such a history of new groups moving in, sometimes it isn’t the most accessible.” I agree - though, of course, putting all the long history of context in every politics post is really difficult. I’m always available by email, comment, or coffee to answer any question you guys might have on any post we do here!
So, put them on your list of blogs on your regular reading list!
What is going on in Dracut?
… a contract between Mr Bucuzzo and Dracut failed because of restrictions in the charter.
The current charter was approved in 1985, a copy of which you can find in the downloads section on the right of this page. (Click Here - Jack)
There are a number of provisions that could be of concern to an incoming Manager.
First, the charter does not allow for a time limit on a contract, only for a hiring agreement. It was the intent at the time, as explained in the introduction, that he or she “serve at the will of the Board of Selectmen, and may be dismissed by a simple majority of that Board.”
In a community such as Dracut, where politics and blame often overcome discourse, I could see an incoming manager being concerned about this section. Just witness the recent attacks against Mr Piendak.
Hmmm.. Protection from petty, kneejerk, pandering politics? In this regard, how different is Lowell from Dracut? Sometimes, even when everything is chill between the ‘electeds’ and the ‘appointeds,’ there can be simple ‘misunderstandings.’ Enter the Massachusetts Municipal Management Association (MMMA):
The Massachusetts Municipal Management Association (MMMA) is a professional association dedicated to serving appointed chief and assistant municipal managers and administrators in Massachusetts cities and towns. The MMMA was established in the mid-1970s, exists under its parent organization, the Massachusetts Municipal Association, and presently has about 250 members.
Wait, just one cotton pickin’ minute! I’ve been listenin’ to Councilor Ed Kennedy at the last several forums. He says the whole ‘professional City Manager’ thing is recent history. “the mid-1970s?” How could that be?! Maybe, he just means here in Lowell. I could see that. And, this,”… presently has about 250 members. ..?” No freeking way! Ed Kennedy said that most of the municipalities in the Commonwealth don’t get into all this ‘professional’ mumbo jumbo. Did he say that, or something like that? I get confused when C.Kennedy doesn’t simply Ditto whatever C.Elliott blurts.
Dan Rourke doesn’t say much, but when he does …
As for the talk about being anti-administration, Rourke said: “Where does that come from anyway?”
He then answered his own question: it’s because he opposes contracts fo city managers.
“Hey, I’ve only met Bernie Lynch one or two times, but I think he is doing a good job on the finances, and that is one of the most important things a city manager does. Just because I am anti-contract doesn’t mean I am anti-manager. I have no preconceived notions. I’m hoping I have a chance to work with him.”
I was wondering where John Leahy got his talking points from.
Whatever brain trust is stuffing Leahy and Rourke (Tipa is that you?!) better start burning the midnight oil. Not only do these folks vote for municipal Union contracts like they are going out of style, they won’t say SHIT when we are talking about giving contracts to School Dept higher ups? Or, the Top Cop? Will they argue to put the Superintendent of Police back in the Civil Service? Meaning, protected under the Union book.
How is it, with a straight face, a guy like Rourke can say he thinks a City Manager should be an ‘at will’ employee, when City Councilors cannot be recalled? Won’t @dannyballgame be given a 2 year contract, via election? How’s that?
We are stuck with a City Councillor for 2 years; no if, ands or buts. However, giving a City Manager a two year contract, that can be revoked on any Tuesday night; is somehow taboo?
Dick Howe is on a tear. This is a must-read (again) from him. Oh hell, just go to his main page and read all his recent posts.
At its first public hearing, the Nutter Commission can take evidence on the following comments made by past elected officials:
When a group making a presentation set up their easel facing away from this elected official, he blurted out “What am I black?”
When asked what he thought of a t-shirt imprinted with an anti-gay slur, another elected official said he found it “very humorous – it’s Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve.”
After these utterances were made, the city of Lowell named a building or a street for each of the three.
Just to give you a taste…seriously, Mr. Howe is starting to scare me! You never, ever want to get on the wrong side of him. Bad move, Rodennedy!
Thou shall not impede The Sun’s meddling in local affairs.
In the role of “activist newspaper,” The Sun is legend.
In the wait-your-turn political culture of Lowell and nearby Lawrence, Kerry was a carpetbagger trying to cherrypick a seat in Congress.
In the general election campaign, Kerry was lashed relentlessly by The Sun, which questioned his patriotism, his loyalty to the district, and his financial backers. He blew a huge lead and lost to the Republican nominee, Paul W. Cronin, a former state representative who had served on Morse’s staff.
Suddenly, the fast track to political glory vanished beneath the feet of the war hero turned war protester. …
The Gerry Nutter appointment political battle continues. Yesterday, I as well as Jack, Chris and others were involved in discussion on facebook.
Also, Gerry was on the Saturday morning show to explain himself and speak about under what conditions he will participate in future shows. He did ask the Ethics Commission for a ruling and received one. For the record, I called in and publicly expressed my support for Gerry’s appointment once more.
So, I was not surprised that the lead item in the Sun’s The Column was about the appointment and vote.
I am not going to repeat what Jack laid out in great detail what occurred back in 2011. The facts are being misrepresented in the Column. Please read Jack’s post below to understand the context, the chronological order and the players.
The wrath of the Column was aimed at CC Rita Mercier, Jon Leahy and Marty Lorrey. Interesting!
Why not the other four Councilors who voted in the affirmative? Well, CC Bill Martin gave a brief statement “the perfect candidate does not likely exist.” Is there another local elected official that is more comfortable in their own skin than this guy?
Mayor Patrick Murphy never listened to the drum beats coming from the paper so they have stopped trying to make him listen.
As for CC Joe Mendonca and Vesna Nuon, if I were them I am feeling pretty good about myself as a representative of the people. You see the Sun either thinks that they cannot be dictated to or that the people who read the Sun are not their supporters or constituency. If that is the case, then both CC Mendonca and Nuon represent those of us who are not “prominent Lowellians,” whose voices and concerns are not covered by the paper; whose political influence is irrelevant to the paper’s agenda. That is freedom.
Now back to CC Mercier, Leahy and Lorrey.
First and foremost, CC Mercier will finish first in November. Those who vote for her will not judge her by one vote or even two or three votes. They are judging her by her body of work; her style of representing the people, her love of retail politics and her accessibility. She is so right when she said “‘The people who say they won’t vote for me now would not have voted for me anyway,’ she said.”
As for CCs John Leahy and Marty Lorrey, the paper wants/expects them to be like CCs Rodney Elliott and Ed Kennedy and when they “misbehave” they are disappointed and will let them hear about it.
The paper wants them to look to their right, not at the gallery and certainly not glance to the guy on their left.
By the way, I found it interesting that both CC Elliott and Kennedy would not let nominee Nutter speak prior to the vote. When has a citizen been denied the ability to speak on his behalf? How many I do not recall any one being denied that opportunity; I could be wrong.
There have been 9 articles written about Gerry’s appointment in the paper, including the editorial. The Sun also published a letter to the editor from another blogger criticizing the CM and Gerry’s appointment. To date, I have not seen Gerry’s letter printed in the Sun (yes, both Dick and LiL did print it). If I am mistaken, please let me know and I will link to it.
Also, can just once The Column identify who “many observers” is. This person whose first name is Many and last name Observers is not listed in the any data base. Somehow they only speak to the Column and they use this moniker. So it is difficult to assess their comment when they chose to remain anonymous. Are they a sock puppet?
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