Dracut Housing Authority member Brian Bond made the following statement at tonight’s Dracut Housing Authority Board Meeting:
Thank-you Mr. Chairman.
I would also like to thank all of the seniors that are here tonight.
Mr. Chairman I ask for this point of personal privilege so that I can have an opportunity to clear up the misconceptions that are now part of the public discourse. The first issue is the charge that my intentions are motivated by politics. That is simply NOT TRUE. I came to my first meeting on August 22, 2011. I was handed the agenda on the Friday before the meeting. I did not place anything on that agenda. That agenda included a discussion on the contract of the executive director. This was placed on the agenda AT THE REQUEST OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.
Since that time, the Lowell politicians and their operatives have been applying political pressure on me and, unbelievably, my family. As the misquotes, half truths and name calling escalated, I began to believe that it goes with the territory. But to have this political pressure placed on my family goes beyond the bounds of decency. I have a family member that has been employed by the Lowell Housing Authority for approximately 20 years and has an excellent record of public service. Her superiors have been trying to get to me and have place undue burden on her in an attempt to influence me to vote for Mary Karabatsos. They have spoken to her while she is at work. I can only imagine how uncomfortable this is for her. When I heard this I was beginning to think that this was getting too much and going too far. Mary, these are your friends and former colleagues
Then, I spoke with my mother who is in her 70’s. She told me that while she was attending a wake for a friend of hers at a Lowell funeral home she was verbally harassed by a Lowell politician. To say that my mom was upset would be an understatement. Here is a woman whom I’ve always thought is the pillar of strength. As she is attending a wake, with her thoughts and emotions focused on the loss of another dear friend, she is a victim of political pressure. While this may be acceptable to some Lowell politicians, it is not acceptable to Dracut. If anyone wants to question Brian Bond, they should talk to Brian Bond and LEAVE MY FAMILY OUT OF IT.
I have read this statement to ensure that there are no misquotes, I have plenty of copies for anyone who wants one.