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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
13 questions for Stephanie Burke's Mayoral Run Part 1
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Dear Candidate Burke:
want - after 28 years - a complete change from the same old same old.
These questions are designed to give residents an idea of where you
We'll start with QUESTION 13 and then 1-12.
13)Stephanie, you and I have both been victims of Medford Community
Cablevision, Inc. As Mayor, will you press charges on Francis R.
Pilleri, Jr. and his phony "board of directors?"
Hillary Clinton's new, initial campaign commercial is about the diverse
group of people in America, generating a discussion of their needs with
the candidate as a sort of a footnote, your official press release is
all about you. Don't you think in these difficult times people want to
hear about their issues, not yours?
the first paragraph of your press release alone you have 15 references
to yourself (I, Me, My) and three to your family (our, we) - as
cringe-inducing as a Marie Osmond self-absorbed autobiography. Is that the
kind of opening paragraph that really makes Medford residents feel like
you want to be their "partner in progress" or is it a Mike McGlynn "look
at my grandchild" for the nine millionth time moment?
Mike McGlynn, your campaign announcement is found on Inside Medford,
which is operated by the city's webmaster. Yes, the proprietor gives a
wide range of voices the platform, but shouldn't you have recused
yourself from her pages to show the difference between you and the
conflicted lame-duck Mayor?
is only one mention of your time on the City Council, a body that - and
you know this from personal experience - was ignored by Mayor McGlynn.
Why would you pretty much ignore the council, as McGlynn does, and
expect residents to believe you will be a "partner in progress?"
the proclamation of being a "16 year veteran" of the council smack of
the "same old same old" when - after 28 years of McGlynn and more years
with McGlynn's father before him, Medford residents want to feel like
THEY are part of this city, not mere pawns or slaves to McGlynnville.
How can you make a dramatic change for the citizens demanding it when
you left the council to stand in the shadow of McGlynn (that's a
rhetorical question, no question mark necessary.)
you left the City Council to become Budget Director, constituents felt
that you would be the sort of "ombudsman" for a notoriously recalcitrant
Instead you moved - strangely - towards McGlynn's agenda abandoning the independence that made you so popular.
Do you think the public will buy your
about face? And should they?
noun: ombudsman; plural noun: ombudsmen
an official appointed to investigate individuals' complaints against maladministration, especially that of public authorities.
you pledge to remove the Mayor's two daughters from the school system
and other McGlynn hacks on the people's payroll, and change the name of
the McGlynn School, or do you intend to be a "firewall" so that plethora
of sins of McGlynn can be kept hidden from the public?
Paragraph 2 there are 9 references to yourself and one to your position
of budget director. If Marie Osmond sues you for plagiarism in
speaking about yourself more than she does in a bio, what will be your
theme "Partner in Progress for the betterment of Medford!" is a
terrific slogan. If you fail to remove the kiosks and the bothersome
pay-to-park scandal, "Partner in Progress" will ring as hollow as the
highly fraudulent "Leadership that works" that McGlynn forced down the
you pledge to take a $75,000.00 pay cut, acknowledging the budget
problems Medford faces, or will you bully the city council to give you a
pay raise and rival Boston Mayor Walsh for highest salary in the
10)Will you pledge to NOT be the Chair of the Medford School Committee and not take the additional monies?
you pledge not to take $10,000.00 annually for the Mayor's Celebratory
Committee and the same with the golf tournament? and, instead, put those
Comcast monies into things that benefit the citizens, not the Mayor's
selfish political profile?
you going to meet with the City Council on a weekly basis and have a
transparent, open government, where residents are not greeted by a
phalanx of cold, anti-social secretaries (not Mary Merrill - she's very
nice, the two in your office) that show their contempt for citizens
working to make Medford a better place to live?
you and I have both been victims of Medford Community Cablevision, Inc.
As Mayor, will you press charges on Francis R. Pilleri, Jr. and his
phony "board of directors?" and demand accountability, restitution and
legal retribution on behalf of the citizens of Medford? Or will Pilleri
pull your strings as he pulled Mike McGlynn's for the majority of
McGlynn's failed leadership and failed administration?