The Sun’s “Column” has a few interesting items…
Up first is a story involving another Chris Doherty Flyer. This one has my former Centraville neighbor and well know Dalton family member Joyce Dalton Moriarty on the Flyer. It talks about how Chris has made it easier for women to get restraining orders protecting them from abusers and says for that reason alone he has my vote.
Only issue is Joyce lives in Chelmsford and not in the district. oops..Joyce is from a well known Lowell family and has been involved in many Lowell races and she has many Lowell friends so it was smart to use her but they probably could have worded the flyer better.
Speaking of flyers it was noted in yesterday’s Sun that Barry Finegold had 2 more issues with flyers containing names of of town or state employees that should not have been on the list. Again Barry just shrugs and says ah gee “we are working with the (state Office of Campaigns and Political Finance) to address the situation.” He even tries to downplay it by saying “a women’s event invitation in Andover, which had over 100 names on it, contained three names that we know of who either worked for the town or the state: Only 3 out of 100 but a total this year (so far) of 3 incidents. If a campaign can’t get something as clear as names on a flyer printed correctly what else will they overlook. He continue’s to implode his chances at winning the democratic primary.
The Sun recaps the 2 Council issues that I mentioned early this week. The Mayor/Caulfield shots and the Mercier involvement of passing out a letter by Lowell Officer Crowley and doing so without the Manager knowing. Nothing new there in either case except the Sun (not surprisingly) semi-defending Caulfield stating that he fills in for the Mayor and Vice-Mayor on many occasion. The fact he is retired and time on his hands while the Mayor and Vice Mayor have full time jobs might be the real reason Bud “fills in”.
There is quite the discussion about councilor Rita Mercier “coming around” to be a Lynch supporter from her original position of being against him end voting to get rid of his asst. Andy Sheehan. To her credit Councilor Mercier states that the Manager has been very responsive and has worked on building relationships in the community and applauds him for it. Rita has always been the voice for the neighborhood communities and Manager Lynch has worked very well with all the neighborhood groups.
It also mentions that the Garage issue involving the letter and the police support of the Meadowcraft St. property might be more then just the building being in better shape. It seems one of their own’s brother In-Law owns the property and maybe they wanted to help him out.
The Column also features a COMPARE AND CONTRAST item about two votes this pass week in Dracut.
On Tuesday, Dracut Selectman Bob Cox appeared to buck state ethics laws when he approved a liquor license for a private club where he sits on the board of directors. State law prohibits selectmen from taking any official action on matters involving organizations for which a selectman serves as an “officer, director, partner, employee or trustee.” While Later at the same meeting, Selectman John Zimini abstained from voting on accepting a total of $8,000 to the Board of Appeals to pay for a financial peer review and traffic study peer review at Allard’s Grove, an affordable-housing plan for Nashua Road. Zimini regularly abstains from voting on 40B projects that come before the board because any action he takes as a public official could be considered a conflict of interest with his day job working at MassHousing, a quasi-public agency that bills itself as the state’s affordable housing bank.
I have pointed out that many people blamed Zimini for leaking that story instead of pointing out that Bobby Cox was wrong. Yesterday on his radio show Warren Shaw blamed the reporter who he claimed is “always negative about Dracut” or words to that effect and defended Bobby. Today Dracut Forum continue’s that defense with “Box Cox has a problem.. he wears his heart on his sleeve. When he believes something is right, he pursues it, sometimes going too far to fight the good fight(again, remember Louisburg Square and the millions we lost over that).
” While the same column states ” John Zimini has been careful to recuse himself since it became public knowledge that he works for Mass Housing. Thats good to hear. And it will probably help him some in his election in the spring, because the Louisburg Square issue will follow him there. Oh so because John didn’t agree with Bobby, Warren and many that the Louisburg Square project was a good one that will be held against him while Bobby was just wearing his heart on his sleeve violating a conflict of interest situation?
Friends of Booby need to admit Bobby screwed up (In a matter that is getting much more attention than it deserves. It is a stupid minor violation that doesn’t get Bobby anything on a personal level, but a violation none the less) and the fact that fellow board member Joe DiRocco had spoken to the town counsel prior to the meeting, and he had determined that there was not a problem with their voting on the liquor license means nothing. Joe D has a club member not an officer would not be in violation voting on it. It is NOT up to the Town council, Manager or anyone else to know and enforce the Conflict of Interest Law it is up to the Selectman, Councilor, State Rep or candidate.
If those so interested in defending and protecting their friend had let it drop instead of trying to blame a Selectman they dislike or the reporter who wrote the story the whole thing might have blown over instead of blowing up into a 3 ring circus. I don’t live in Dracut, I like Bobby Cox, I like John Zimini, I like Shawn Ashe and Warren Shaw but the extreme manner in which friends of Bob have gone out of their way to blame others to this observer is so transparent it is laughable.
One thing that is clear (at least to me) is that those that claim a ‘group” of like minded people or friends or whatever you want to call them don’t try to control the town is BS. If this had been John Zimini, Cathy Richardson, Brian Bond, Ken Cunha or Mae Paquette these people who are defending Bobby Cox and throwing Zimini and a reporter under the bus would be leading the fight calling one of these people out as being irresponsible and in violation of State law and not claiming John, Ken or Brian “wear his heart on his sleeve. At least 2 groups do exist and we are watching one group trying everything they can in any media they have at their disposal to defend and protect their friend.
Spent some time with my wife and daughter at Kimball’s yesterday in Westford and sitting to have some lunch, who comes walking by but Chris Doherty and his lovely fiance’ who were finishing up shaking hands at the 4 H Fair adjacent to Kimball’s. Chris is good with names and stopped to say hi and talk for a minute.
This race is going to be closer than anyone thought at the start and if the young people can get the vote out a Doherty win would not shock me.