THE BLUE SUIT
The mayor’s Blue Suit and Leader Herald editor Josh Resnek discussing politics and life
Let’s all get out our checkbooks and make contributions to the mayor.
He’s having another fundraiser – or a celebration – as he likes to call it.
What better way to celebrate the coming of fall than heading over to Anthony’s in Malden and getting out your checkbook and writing out a nice big donation to the mayor.
For what, you might well ask?
He needs to pay his lawyers for the law suits he is involved in. “How much will you be giving, Josh,” the Blue Suit asked me with a smile and a hearty laugh.
“As much as I possibly can. He’s really worth it- and his law, too. I know how expensive lawyers can be. After all, the mayor is suing me for allegedly ruining his reputation! How does that work?” I asked the Blue Suit.
“Well, Josh, everyone has a reputation. Even Carlo has a reputation. Carlo’s claiming his reputation has been ruined is an entirely different matter. I’ve been with him a long time as you know. I have never believed he had a reputation that could be ruined. But this hasn’t stopped Carlo from asking for money to carry out a law suit against you, and others and to defend himself from others claiming he is a racist and a sexist and from those who claim he might have exposed himself to them inside his office at city hall when no one was looking.”
“Oh, has Guerline Alcy taken out a criminal complaint against the mayor?” I asked the Blue Suit.
“Not yet, I do believe,” the Blue Suit answered.
“That would be something for his reputation, wouldn’t it?” I asked the Blue Suit.
“You might say that but let’s keep on point, Josh about the celebration.”
“OK,” I reluctantly answered.
“How much will you and your wife and sons be contributing to the mayor?”
“He will get what he deserves from me,” I said.
“What’s that? How much, Josh?” the Blue Suit asked.
“It’s called the goose egg. It’s a big zero. Nada. I’d rather put needles in my eyes than give Carlo a penny to carry on his mayoralty,” I answered.
“I can’t imagine anyone these days except for stalwarts dragging their check books out and giving their hard earned cash away to Carlo DeMaria – unless of course they feel they owe it to him for keeping them on their city jobs.”
I added a few thoughts.
“You understand that in Everett certain protocols are practiced with religious zeal. What evidence do I have? What proof do I have. I’d ask the mayor what evidence he has it isn’t this way. What proof does he have that it isn’t this way?” I told the Blue Suit.
“What do you think about the fund raiser, the celebration, being held at Anthony’s in Malden?” I asked the Blue Suit.
“Isn’t that a step down for the mayor? Doesn’t he like parading around as a potentate at Encore? Has he ditched having the time at Encore because it’s too expensive and he needs every dime he raises?” I wondered.
“The last fundraiser he had at Encore cost him over $7,000. He apparently cut a check to pay Encore. I wonder if Encore ever cashed the check?” I asked the Blue Suit.
“Who knows? Who cares? What difference does it make?” the Blue Suit replied.
“I’m going to ask you once more, how much will you be giving Carlo so he can pay his lawyer’s bills, Josh?”
“Will it be $100 – $250 – $500 – $1,000? What will it be?”
I repeated myself to the Blue Suit.
“I would rather stick needles in my eyes than give Carlo a penny. Him having fundraisers all the time when he is not up for re-election for three years is ridiculous. In many ways, it’s outrageous. And by the way, you’ve heard that Davis Companies may have pulled out of the Everett land deal of the century – the development of 95 acres of Exxon Mobil land they were supposed to be buying?”
“Yeah. I heard about this. I’m not sure the mayor was aware of this.”
“You’ve got to be kidding me?” I asked.
“No. I’m serious. This news I think comes as a surprise.”
“Well, if the Davis Companies are really pulling out, will they want all the $1,000 and $500 contributions they already made to the mayor to be given back to them because they are not going forward with the project?” I asked the Blue Suit.
“That’s not how the contribution system works, Josh. Look, get yourself over to Anthony’s on September 29. Bring your checkbook. Cut Carlo a check. Maybe he’ll think more of you and look more kindly upon you if you write a nice $1,000 check,” the Blue Suit suggested.
“You know, you’re pretty funny considering who you work for,” I said to the Blue Suit.
“Yeah,” the Blue Suit replied.
“When I’m urging you to make a donation to Carlo’s fall celebration I’m about as funny as a heart attack, Josh.”
Yo, brother. You’ve got that right,” I concluded.