Superman had Lex Luthor – Batman had The Joker – Bernie Lynch has Jim Campanini
Warren Shaw has Mike McLaughlin ….they are bitter enemies.
Okay I get it you don’t like Mike McLaughlin. He is a bad guy, done some bad things and deserves anything he gets.
Fine I’m just not buying that his “friends” are all involved in a conspiracy and are always doing things to promote his agenda.
My pal Warren Shaw in his Dracut Dispatch column takes John Ziminni to task for having the nerve to state a rumor about Dracut that most people had heard and do so on TV rather than in a formal setting such as a Selectmans Meeting.
Is it because Mr. Z is from “THAT GROUP” which is according to some the only “group” in Dracut that is perceived to be the McLaughlin group? Is it the fact he had the nerve to talk outside of Dracut about a Dracut issue ? or is it he is friends with Mike McLaughlin so automatically John is guilty of conspiracy to take control of the school system?
You have to read the column with the knowledge that Warren truly believes that McLaughlin is a corrupt politician and is evil, therefor in his view anyone connected with Mike McLaughlin is also of questionable motives and character. The Louisburg Square Issue was many believed the work of McLaughlin and many hold Mr. Z and others in “his” group responsible for missing out on state monies to build elderly housing in Dracut. Old wounds never heal.
I must point out that John was at least partially correct and there is a shortfall in the Dracut School Dept. Budget. There is also some Dracut residents who feel Dr. Scott got a big head from the passing of the Dracut High renovation project, feeling he not the parent group got it through so he is a little arrogant in the way he runs the school dept.
Rick Johnson the former Lowell City Clerk is good friends with Kevin Murphy and Rita Mercier. Because Rick stole money should we assume that Rita and Kevin are trying to take over city hall or are crooks because they choose to stand with their friend and support him?
Warren himself stood by his friend Tom Byrne when many longtime friends jumped shipped because the FBI wire-tapped him. No one attacked Warren for sticking by his friend.
John to my knowledge has never run away from his friendship / association with Mike. He simple states when asked about it, that Mike is his friend, but John is his own man. Many say that Mike helped John get two state jobs and therefore John “owes” Mike, so he MUST do what Mike wants.
In my dealings with John I have found John is a lot like me, a big opinionated guy who says what he thinks and is his own man. He doesn’t care who he ticks off, if he see’s it one way he says it. Probably why we both tick many people off.
Some question why a Selectman spreads “rumors” on a Lowell Cable show. Maybe because he is on the opposite political side from most of the school committee people and they refuse to meet with his Selectman subcommittee made him talk on TV. Maybe he thought the School committee was trying to “hide” the issue and he wanted it brought forward. Maybe he just needed something to talk about and knew this would have legs.
John did what I and on occasion Shawn does, and Warren on occasion will do, talk about a rumor either on our Blog or in Warren’s case his radio show. John did it as a private citizen even though he is also a Dracut Selectman, who is concerned about the schools. Warren, Shawn and I have all heard rumors of shortfalls and layoffs and some of us have heard higher numbers than what the Sun has published or Dr. Mike has said.
I understand there is a bitter dislike for Mike McLaughlin. I get he worked 15 hours a week for $300K and got people jobs with little work and high salaries and has beaten the Ethic Board and Indictments by a sliver.
I just don’t get the assumption that if you were his friend you are guilty and trying to take over a school system.
Mike McLaughlin is bad YES but can we please try to not paint everyone who knew him as being bad also. All John did was talk about a shortfall and possible layoffs, passing along a rumor. Something I and Shawn do all the time. To attack John and state he is trying to take over the schools system is not only untrue but also unfair. No proof is offered other than he’s a friend of Mike’s.
I’m NOT from Dracut, I haven’t lived through the Mike McLaughlin issues that Dracut residents have so I don’t have the dislike/despise that some do. I also have a friendship with Warren / Shawn who are on one side of the Dracut Political spectrum and a friendship with John Ziminni and Colleen Garry (who I’ve known forever) who are on the other side of the political fence. I tend to see both sides of the issue and since I have no dog in the fight usually just stick my neck out and upset one side or the other for saying anything.
Dracut Schools have a shortfall, the Supt. admits to thinking about layoffs. Those are both facts and both have become public knowledge BECAUSE John said it on City Life and a big mouth blogger ran with it and the SUN picked it up and covered the story.
THe Dracut School Committee should take a couple pieces of advise that Warren offers in his column. Stop having Thursday morning budget committee meetings (GN:when most of the public can’t attend because we have jobs) and rather discuss these matters during regular School Committee meetings and control the information by releasing it during an open meeting in front of a camera, it is far less likely to get spun into a speculative rumor.
I know there is no cure for McLaughlinitis and Mr. Z and Colleen Garry will be attacked for their friendship but just remember what has been proven by State Rep. Kevin Murphy and Lowell City Councilor Rita Mercier, TRUE friends stick by you even when you screw up and break the law.
I don’t recall people like Warren or Shawn attacking either of these two people for standing by their friend but then again they are NOT from Dracut or friends of Mike McLaughlin.