Today’s Sunday Sun Political column is basically a recap of the week’s news….
It’s lead it the RMV investigation and focuses on Tom Byrne and his long association with many of the local politicians naming Councilors Rita Mercier, Bud Caulfield and Sen. Panagiotakos Not really anything new here except a shot at Bud for trying to distance himself from Tom. What a friend Bud is..toss the guy aside at the first hint of trouble.
Speaking of friends the Sun takes a shot at Warren Shaw,a friend of Tom who not only had Tom on yesterday but also spanked the Sun for running a leaked story that damaged the reputation of the Lowell Delegation without any proof. The Sun didn’t seem to like Warren’s shot at them.
The Sun rekindles the questioning by the FBI of the Lowell Assessors dept especially Sue Lemay and her friendship with Joe Tully and his ability to get assessments lowered. Nothing new just another attempt by the Sun to discredit a longtime City employee who has never been proven to do anything but her job. The fact that she’s married to a former Councilor and daughter in-law of a former Mayor is enough reason for the Sun to take a cheap shot.
Just curious but what does it say about the paper when a reporter/columnist takes a job has a school custodian over continued employment by the Sun?
There is also a mea culpa of sorts by Bobby Cox, stating that he may have misunderstood the boards counsel when it gave Joe DiRocco the okay to vote on the license for the one day liquor license and not realized that has a board member of the Sportsman Club the same didn’t apply to him. It seems like a logical misunderstanding, now let’s put it to bed and move on.
The Sun also has an item about the end of the Paying Attention radio Program on WCAP. The new insight they provide is that rumor has it that Tom Duggan may have been looking to secure financing to buy out Clark Smidt.
Earlier the Sun had reported on a rift between owners Sam Poulten and Clark with Sam trying to rest control of ownership from Clark. Tommy apparently supported this attempt and sided with Sam. Looks like Dean Johnson who is on air and part of ownership sides with Clark and they are pushing out Tommy and Paying Attention sending a message to Sam that they are staying and he and his supporters can hit the road.
Tom Duggan is an opinionated voice who appears to have a chip on his shoulders when it comes to authority and has openly clashed with Clark and the WCAP management. On at least 1 occasion that I know of Tom posted a note on Facebook that had me questioning WCAP and Tom was reprimanded for that. The show seemed to have sponsors and make money but between Toms’s rants against fellow CAP host Warren Shaw, his battles with management, his Facebook messages and his support of Sam Poulton over Clark was enough for Dean and Clark to get rid of him.
Tom must see the irony, like Willie did in Lawrence after his victory, you get rid of those not loyal and Clark has control and by getting rid of Tommy , he sends a loud message to all on air and off air CAP employees’. Clark is in charge and the station will run HIS way and if you don’t like it…good bye!
That covers most of the local Sunday column…a few other things.
Get well wishes to two well know people, longtime Democratic Committee member Marie Sweeney and retired technical School Supt. Jim Cassin who are both on the mend.
Now that the primaries are two weeks behind us, look for an up tempo swing in campaign activities. Jamison Tomasek needs to be able to show Finegold’s continued support of Tax increases and anti-jobs (Casino especially) votes without cartoons or being overly negative. Eileen Donoghue will continue to work Lowell and the surrounding towns and wait to see how Pat O’Connor and James Bubba try to make a name for themselves against her. John Golnic will try to use Congresswomen Tsongas record against her but coming from a guy who did not bother to vote and was arrested for DUI at 35 years old is attacking anyone else’s record with that in your own background the way to go?
Matt Sheehan comes out of the shadows with a party today for his “independent run” against Colleen Garry for State Rep. Repulican challenger George Boag has been sending out emails and postings on this Blog dealing with issues on legislature term limits, per diems and no robocalls. Sheehan has said or done nothing of note to date.
Dracut Forum takes a shot at Lowell Bloggers stating “Blogs are awful quiet in Lowell on this Tully thing.. Maybe Shawn needs to read this Blog and Richard Howe more objectively. Both had stories on the day the story broke. I also had one Friday defending the Lowell delegation which Warren Shaw echoed on his show yesterday. What more did he want us to say?
While we are on the subject on being quite and objective, I missed the posting on Dracut Forum about the Sun story dealing with neighborhood concerns over drinking and shooting at the Centraville Sportsmen’s Club whose members include Selectman Joe DiRocco and Bob Cox. I also missed the story about the Sun reporter/columnist who quit the paper and went to work for the Dracut School dept after the new Supt. was in place and after I am sure was another nation wide search. I did read that because of what I wrote even using material direct from previous post on Dracut Forum Blog I am a Ziminnite, I have no idea what is going on in Dracut and “Oh, and it looks like there is a plan to start attacking Scott as well”. I Guess if you report facts that the Forum host doesn’t agree with he turns into Dracut After Dark’s Frank Zabierek and attacks your character and motives. I can live with that if that is how he feels but will continue to call things as I see them on all sides
I did note on his Blog today Shawn states “I don’t work directly for them” in referring to WCAP, so the question I have is who does he work for if not WCAP? Is it a volunteer position with or does he work directly for Warren Shaw has many in Dracut have long suspected?