City councilor Rodney Elliot called into WCAP this morning defending his accusations against the CFO of the city and stating his belief that all he was doing was asking a question not interfering in the appointment of a Manager Hire. He truly believes that he didn’t violate the Plan E Charter. Hopefully time will tell and someone makes a formal complaint and lets the state decide.
Rodney either blacked out his memory of the attack against the character of Mr. Moses or chooses to forget he ever did it. In his mind it boils down to getting resumes released which in this election year has been one of Rodney’s big issues.
The fact he has been on the Council for 13 years and never before requested these resumes be released, well he would like everyone to forget that also.
Pay no attention to the fact that the CITY Council hires the Auditor and our current Auditor Sheryl Wright worked with the City Manager in Chelmsford. The Councilors were all aware of that and yet he expressed no reservation or issues and The Council including Rodney voted for her 9-0 and AT NO TIME DID RODNEY ASK FOR OR OFFER THE RELEASE OF RESUMES. Being the Primary body that did the hiring, why was Rodney NOT concerned then about “transparency” and about releasing names then?
It is somehow wrong for the Manager to hire someone Mr. Moses is friendly with in the 2011 Election Season but okay for the City Council to hire an Auditor that the Manager was friendly with in a non-election year. WHY?
Ralph Snow DPW hired in 2010, No request by Rodney to release resumes, Kenra Amaral Inspectional Service Dept. hired without Rodney asking for the release of names. Was transparency not important to Rodney last year?
Election Year 2011 we MUST release names!! He’s very transparent, it’s about saving his seat and getting headlines and his name in the SUN!
Does he really think the voters of Lowell are so stupid they will not see thru this and that they will forget that for 13 years this supposed Fiscal Watchdog had no idea what was going on in the Clerks Office (which is under Council Oversite) or that for over 10 years the books in the Treasurer’s Office haven’t balanced and he the supposed Fiscal Expert did nothing about it.
Rodney’s attack on Tom Moses is just the latest in a series of desperate moves to appeal to the anti-Administration / Anti-Gov’t crowd and try to hang on to his council seat which he manages to do in 2009 by 210 votes in a weak field.
This year we have many strong challengers so Rodney is desperate. He needs to fool the voters into thinking that he is the transparency candidate. What is transparent is his attempt at trying to fool the voters and attack the Manager and the Administration.
Laughingly at the City Council Forum on Monday he said he supported the Manager.
I’d have to say by his actions, he’s real transparent! (It’s all about HIM and getting re-elected)