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Mayoral candidate Joe Petty’s campaign strategy?

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

By Rosalie Tirella

So this is it? Mayoral candidate Joseph (Joe) Petty’s strategy to keep Worcester’s mayoral seat in the mitt’s of the Rushton/Murray brigade?

A reliable source said political operative – and alleged pedophile – Paul Girgio could be seen racing around after Joe Petty at a public event. Hot on Joe’s heels Paul was! Well, well, so Joe Petty – the guy who says he’s got integrity – is taking advice from Giorgio, a guy who was taken to court by a man who said he was sexually assaulted by Giorgio as a kid. So Joe is listening to Paul Giorgio – a guy who was taken to court yet again for voting in the East Side of the city when he lived on the West Side of the city – just to keep his mitts in the Italian/political side of the city. A federal offense.

Thank God Joe Petty has hooked up with Paul Girorgio!

I wonder if it was Giorgio who gave Petty the “wise” advice to mail out election push cards to people like my mom – campaign “literature” that listed Joe Petty’s accomplishments (zero) like being pro-education and pro-neighborhoods. I don’t know a Worcester city councilor who is ANTI these issues. The truth is after watching Worcester City Council meetings for years, I have never ever ever heard/seen Petty get up and get passionate about Worcester neighborhoods or education. Mostly he just sat in his seat and stayed quiet. Voted for these issues but certainly never led on them.

Which, to me, signals: STAY A CITY COUNCILOR, JOE! You are an OK councilor but you don’t have the vision or leadership skills to Worcester’s mayor.

But Petty’s mailing (in which his lackluster city council record was burnished into a shiny piece of BS) revealed something more insidious: Petty was focusing on subtext when he “wrote” in his mailing that he would not be “polarizing,” would work with everybody, blah, blah, blah.

What Petty was really saying: his opponent was the above. Which Konnie Lukes, when she was mayor, proved NOT TO BE. She was NOT polarizing and she got along well with her peers on the council. She led a great council meeting – business got done in a timely, productive way – and in an atmosphere where everybody respected everybody else.

But let’s go to last night’s meeting. Lo and behold! City Councilor “pinhead” Ric Rushton had to roll out a birthday cake for Konnie last night – just to be ageist. Just to be an asshole.

Konnie should have thrown it into his dopey puss.

Really, do we want this crew back in the saddle again?

“A hundred fannies in the cell”!!!

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

By Rosalie Tirella

We have never been a huge fan of Worcester City Councilor at Large Ric Rushton, but we’ve always liked the way he puts things. From “exploding heads” to imploding downtowns, Ric never fails to amuse/bemuse when it comes to syntax, American history, etc. Last night was no different! During yet another heated City Council debate re: the boozers/students of Holy Cross College and their inability to respect the blue collar neighborghood in which their school is located, Rushton threw this line out to his fellow councilors: “A hundred fannies in the cell.”

A HUNDRED FANNIES IN THE CELL! A HUNDRED FANNIES IN THE CELL!

Right on, Ric! This must be Worcester’s new rallying cry!

This is what all Worcersterites must think when it comes to boozing Holy Cross students! This is what we must all say and do to the Holy Cross alcoholics/play boys/play girls who recently held a big kegger on Caro Street, which culminated in their PAINTING it! Painting it!!! City Councilors were given photos and they were all dismayed/enraged.

What is it with Holy Cross? I can drive down Dewey Street, Florence Street, Claremont Street, alll sorts of Main South/Park Ave streets where Clark University students live – and you never see these problems. The streets are busy, people go about their business. The Clarkies blend in – go about their lives: being students, eating in the nearby restaurants or coffee shops. They are hip and cool, these Clark kids. They respect the people of Main South – the urban village in which they live 3/4 of the year. Maybe it’s because lots of them come from New York City and are just hip to the street scene.

Holy Cross slobs, on the other hand, come from the suburbs of Jersey, Pennsyvania and Connecticut. Daddy and Mom have spoiled them – left them more immature than the little kids who attend the nearby Quinsig Community School – and have probably taught them that it’s OK to unwind with booze after work/school. I mean what else is there to do in the suburbs of New Jersey except drink martinis and cheat on your wife with the hottie two streets down?

So when Holy Cross students get to Worcester, they have no idea how to relax after school work. So it’s: Let’s trash this ugly city! Let’s paint these losers’ streets! They look funny! They wear polyester! They are not what we see in our hometowns!

We’ve fuckin’ had it, too, Ric! We are on your side – for once! For once we feel you, as you would say, have nailed the head on this hammer!

Yes! Let the WPD hammer some of these kids! Oak Hill residents get hammered by thugs (see our cover story in this week’s ICT)! Let HC students get to know the REAL Worcester!

Rushton intimated that an arrest by Worcester Police, a very bumpy ride in one of Wormtown’s paddy wagons and a night in jail would make the party-hearty students of Holy Cross stop breaking the law, stop making noise at all hours on Caro Street, stop pissing in public, stop having parties that spill out into the street and keep Worcesterites up all hours of the night, stop have sex in hallways of local apartment buildings (ICT got a letter re: that little nugget a few years ago). The kids, if Ric’s advice is to be followed, would have “a record.” Their moms and dads would have to go to court and hire lawyers. These families, Rushton said, need a “crisis” in thier kiddies’ lives before they take Worceter seriously.

City Councilor Phil Palmeiri was also incensed, telling his colleagues that Worcester has not received “blessings” from HC president Father McFarland, that the head honcho/Jesuit has always dismissed Worcesterites’ complaints re: the trashing of Caro Street and other off-campus hell-holes. He said the “coddling” must stop.

100 Fannies in the cell, Phil! 100 Fannies in the cell! This is our call to arms!!!

That must be our rallying cry, if anything is going to improve in Worcester’s south end neighborhood.

Let’s hope Councilor “Ric” Rushton (Dope-a-rama) and Mayor Joe O’Brien don’t pig pile on Dr. Boone

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

By Rosalie Tirella

We will see if this bullshit continues at tonight’s Worcester City Council meeting: the not-so-latent attempt to pull the rug out from under the sturdy feet of Dr. Melinda Boone, Worcester’s new school superintendent.

We know that City Counilor Frederick Rushton was a big fan of “connected” school superintendent candidate Steve Mills (now working in some Boston suburb), and that he wanted his boy to get the superintendent job big time. Infact, last year Rushton was the city council member who was most vocal in his opposition to Boone. And he pushed for Mills, who thought he was a shoe in because he worked on Tim Murray’s first political campaign and all that crap.

But, hey, Rushton was powerless and then Worcester Mayor konnie Lukes wasn’t. As then-chair of the Worcester School Committee (as is for all of Wormtown’s mayors), Konnie created a professional search committee comprised of community intelligent non-biased community folks who would look at all super candidates. The search committee recommended the best candidate – Dr. Melinda Boone, a female, Black educator from Norfolk, Virginia. Our school committee OK’d the recommendation and – voila! Worcester actually looked smart, cool and progressive. … Click to continue »

City Councilor “Ric” Rushton and his incredible, shrinking brain (or: Dope-a-rama cont.)

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

By Rosalie Tirella

Regular readers of InCity Times and this website know that for the past few years I have chronicled the evaporation of Worcester City Councilor Frederick “Ric” Rushton’s brain.

In columns entitled “Dope-a-rama” I have written about Rushton’s incredible, shrinking brain as evidenced by his mangling of the English language every Tuesday night/City Council night (I’ll never forget when he told his colleagues about exploding brains) and his half-cooked history lessons that he dumps on his council colleagues. All of this is dished up with extra helpings of arrogance.

From the get go, I could see Ric Rushton was a dope who was too full of himself (dopiness); now most of Worcester can see this, too! The dope has been caught doing something extra dopey and kinda sneaky, too, and he has been outed by T & G columnist Clive McFarlane. (Kudos to Clive-o!)

According to McFarlane, Rushton, a gas bag Worcester lawyer who does his lawyering downtown, has avoided all Worcester parking garages/parking lots and their fees ($10 a day) in favor of putting quarters in Worcester’s downtown parking meters, figuring out (how impressive! Ric can add!) that he saves money this way! That’s right! For Ric – and he told this to McFarlane – hogging a city parking meter and getting a parking ticket costs him less money than paying $10/day for garages/lots! Click to continue »

I love candidate Grace Ross, but …

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

By Rosalie Tirella

… she shouldn’t run for governor of Massachusetts.

I have known and worked with Grace Ross for a while now. InCity Times endorsed her for governor last time around (I put her on our cover and ran a huge story, too!). I also endorsed her for Worcester City Council three years ago, when she ran for an at-large seat. She would have made a great at large city councilor. I mean, look who we ended up with instead: a totally incompetent nabob – Mike Germain.

I remember going to her “support Grace meetings” when she ran for that at large seat council seat – when she really had a chance of winning (until Mayor Joe O’Brien’s wife, Lisa Weinberg, began her smear campaign against Grace, calling her anti-semetic – the last thing Grace would ever be). Grace had so many great folks backing her then – all the city’s neighborhood activists, it seemed! She was so inspirational when she spoke! You just wanted to get up and clap after one of Grace’s beautifully worded speeches. Click to continue »

Konnie Lukes is still mayor of Worcester …

Friday, January 29th, 2010

By Rosalie Tirella

as far as I can see.

Why?

Because after watching this week’s Worcester City Council meeting, I still see the new mayor, Joe O’Brien, doiing or saying anything of interest. He hasn’t offered any intelligent thoughts on anything. I think, at this point, he’s just happy to be able to run the council meeting without fucking up. Like a big kid – happily heading the class while the real teacher (Konnie Lukes) is out of the class.

So, the guy is affable. Big deal! We need Konnie – or at lease her courage, ideas and articulate-ness.

For instance, this week Konnie came up with this: banning plastic bags. That’s right. No plastic bags for shoppers at Price Chopper, Shaw’s etc. Bring/buy a tote to the store. Save the planet. Click to continue »

Konnie Lukes: Why can’t the T & G treat her the way they treat the boys?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

By Rosalie Tirella

… with respect, deference, etc.

Why must the T & G’s Clive McFarlane trash a Konnie Lukes or a Dorothy Hargrove – both strong, smart, articulate women – and give free rides to bumblers and idiots like City Councilors Ric Rushton and Mike Germain?

Listen to the boy pols and you hear: dopes.

Listen to the girl pols and you hear: complete sentences, clear ideas, plans … Click to continue »

How dumb can they get?

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

By Rosalie Tirella

Why is it that we have a plethora of yahoos on the Worcester City Council? First there is City Councilor at Large Frederick “Ric” Rushton, whose trials and tribulations I chronicle in “Dope-o-rama” – ’cause he’s so dopey. Whether Rushton’s talking about the “vortex” in his brain or browbeating his council mates with a half-baked version of some historical event, Rushton never seems to get anything right.

Then there’s City Councilor Joff Smith, who, when recently complaining about the Asian Long-Horned Beetle in sentences cobbled together with thumb tacks and dangling participles galore, took his moron-ness to an even higher level: During a recent city council meeting Smith said that some of his conversations with officials reminded him of “episodes of Scooby Doo.” Scooby Doo?!

For the uninitiated, Scooby Doo was a 1960s Saturday morning cartoon – the star of which was a goofy Great Dane named Scooby Doo. Scooby had all these silly adventures with four 20-something kids (they’re Joff’s age) - one of whom always yelled: “Scooby Doo, where are YOU?!” Click to continue »