Over on Left in Lowell, my fellow Blogger Jack seems to have an issue with an item the Sun and I featured on Sunday in our notes columns, about John MacDonald being viewed has “City Manager Bernie Lynch’s man in the race ” Jack ask,
But, why tie Lynch and MacDonald together?
There is a faction of this city that hates, if not Lynch personally, they hate how he runs the city. Of the roughly 7,500 Strong City Voters in Lowell, I’d say about half cut against Lynch. Connecting Lynch to MacDonald will slap the brakes on any traction that MacDonald is getting with those Lowellians. Someone is scared of MacDonald and they, thinking Lynch is an albatross, are attempting to tie Lynch around his neck . …Later he say’s ….This is dirty pool
Jack, long time Lowellians know that Fred Doyle is a well known BOMB tosser and doesn’t need a who to attack people..he is very capable of attacking on his own. Go to You Tube and type in his name. His rant against the Sun and others from the 1970′s is a thing of beauty and shows Fast Freddy at his best. He stated on City Life earlier this year (before walking off) that he was going after Lynch and so it begins
Why tie MacDonald and Lynch? Because very few Lowellians know MacDonald and because he has among others in his inner circle former Asst. City Manager Matt Coggins, so people figure he’s an insider. Plus a lot of his funding to date has come from outside of the city and people figure it’s Bernie, SAL and their connections. I seriously doubt anyone is scared of MacDonald, unless it’s Rodney Elliot who finished 9th in the last election.
I think you are wrong and I don’t believe it is anywhere near half of the 7,500 voters against Lynch. I’d say it is closer to 5,000 fore and maybe at the high end 2,500 against.
When I asked the Manager about MacDonald he replied the same way he did in public, he has no candidate and will speak with anyone who ask. Seeing he responds to a couple Loud mouths like You and I is proof of that fact. Say what you want about the Manager but HE IS the SMARTEST POLITICIAN IN LOWELL and would never run 1 candidate nor get involved in a city election for 1 person. He can count and the Magic # is always SIX not ONE!
So Jack, On the one hand it is unfair to MacDonald or Lynch to tie them together but it is okay for a clearly Democratic left leaning Blog to state that this man running for office is doing so just to get ready for higher office? That he is a farm team player being groomed for better things? That isn’t demeaning or playing dirty?
It appears to me that YOU and Left in Lowell are doing what you are accusing Fred Doyle and your favorite villain the unknown/unnamed “Them” – (“who” is using Doyle’s mouth to get that message out?) of doing. Attacking and smearing a candidate because of who he is affiliated with.
You’re attacking a Republican but trying to do it while saying some of my best friends are republicans. I was shocked you didn’t mention your love of the Right Side of Lowell BLOG and your membership in the PAC Move Lowell Forward to show that no matter how much this appears to be an attack against the Republicans I am trying my best to NOT make it obvious. I do like your little disclaimer “John MacDonald is a Republican. That doesn’t make him a bad egg. I voted for Joe Mendonca, a Republican, in 2009. Glad to see this isn’t a partisan shot your about to take..Oh wait it is!
” Let’s start at square one. John MacDonald is a Republican…However, for those pulling for the MAGOP, the effort to build a farm team is paramount. Thus, Republican State Committeeman Jeff Wilson is bent on making his play…There are those, me being one, that think John MacDonald is running for City Council with the intent of quickly jumping up the politcal ladder. A quick stint will segway into a run for higher office. Now, you can care little about my opinion, but don’t dare state that it is poorly formed.
MacDonald is running a campaign that is head and shoulders beyond the realm of the typical city council race. He is effectively running the caliber of campaign seen in US Congressional races. I surmise the intent is to demonstrate that “grassroots” folks can be trusted with running effective high level campaigns. Some may remember the rift created when monied GOPers lined up behind Jon Golnik, as opposed to the local activists’ fave, Sam Meas. It sure don’t hurt to prove to the MAGOP that the locals ain’t yokels
Saying the Republicans are setting this guy up to be their poster boy for future higher elected office and they are using a non-partisan city council race to get him name recognition and a starting point for a political career is okay but tying him to the City Manager is somehow wrong?
Should Cliff and the Republicans start attacking Marty Lorrey saying he has been a long time active Democratic foot soldier and the party is behind him to help him launch his political career? Should he be dismissed has just be a part of a farm team the way you paint MacDonald?
So using your Democratic Left Leaning Blog to attack the Republicans isn’t Dirty Pool?
It is Okay to call him a Republican Farm teamer but not okay for someone to say MacDonald is Bernie’s man in the race?
I guess the term Dirty Pool depends on which side your swimming on… the Red or the BLUE.