Marty Meehan…Jim Moriarty…John Kinney…?
For a LONG time the tradition in Lowell was that the Mayor was allowed an aide and whoever was Mayor would bring in a person who they could work with and who would represent them in the Mayor’s Office.
In Lowell the past 6 Mayor’s have chosen to keep the same aide Diane Bujnowski. She was respected by all who dealt with her and gained a great many admirers for all she did for the various Mayors.
Mayor Murphy apparently tried to work with her but ultimately found that he was looking for more than a secretary and was instead looking for someone who would be a true aide and represent him at the office and maybe even in the community and he has chosen to replace Bujnowski.
The Mayor’s aide is NOT a union position and serves at the pleasure of the Mayor.
Mayor Murphy has chosen to go a different way and he is allowed to do that.
The SUN this afternoon has the HEADLINE “Longtime Lowell mayoral aide fired” and that makes it look bad for both Murphy and Bujnowski.
The Sun article never mentions that BEFORE Bujnowski it was a tradition for the Mayor to hire his /her own aide but when you have a cub reporter covering City Hall who was only 8 or 9 and growing up in the people’s republic of Cambridge when Bujnowski started, he may NOT know the history.
Oh well Mayor Murphy sure took advantage of the stage this morning and skewered the SUN so payback this afternoon was theirs.