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The Blue Suit reveals secrets

“I never believed he was such a common crook.”

– The mayor’s Blue Suit talking about Carlo to Josh Resnek

By JOSH RESNEK

The pressure of the campaign has been getting to the mayor’s Blue Suit.

The mayor’s Blue Suit told me Tuesday afternoon he felt terrific pressure coming from the mayor. He said the mayor’s attitude had gone from rotten to worse than rotten, that his greed had turned to avarice, and that the mayor’s bullying tendencies were at an all-time high.

‘He is not dealing well with the pressure caused by having two candidates who are going after him. Don’t forget, Carlo hasn’t had a real candidate in 14 years,” the Blue Suit recalled.

“Remember Bob Van Campen’s campaign?” the Blue Suit asked me.

“Yes of course I remember his campaign. It was an exercise in futility by a pretty smart guy who should have known better. Some candidates fight to win and some fight to lose. Bob didn’t fight much. He lost convincingly,” I told the Blue Suit.

“I don’t see any comparison to Van Campen with Capone and Adrien,” I added.

“You’re right about that, Josh,” the Blue Suit said to me.

We were, as usual, driving around in my red Honda Fit, kind of gazing at the Everett landscape and talking about our favorite subject, Kickback Carlo.

“He hates being called Kickback,” the Blue Suit reminded me.

“No kidding,” I replied. “Not many seem to mind that he’s called Kickback. A lot of folks who work for him laugh among themselves about such an assignation.”

“They laugh about the hassles he’s had losing control of himself with women. The same people who give Carlo a pass as Kickback give him a similar pass with the sexual assault and harassment allegations,” the Blue Suit added.

I thought about this for a moment – that is – that Carlo’s personal history is checkered, really checkered. In some respects, his personal history is appalling, yet he gets a break from many Everett people.

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Mayor’s chief named In MCAD complaint?

By Josh Resnek

It appears the mayor’s chief of staff Kevin O’Donnell is in the middle of the Wellness Center investigation now before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

O’Donnell is apparently mentioned several times in the MCAD filing by a former Wellness Center employee alleging sexual harassment and bullying in her discrimination complaint, according to a source close to the investigation.

O’Donnell is said to have used obscene language and intimidation during a questioning round he held with the alleged victim with others present apparently at the Wellness Center.

If this is in fact the case, it would be the second time O’Donnell has been among the subjects of an MCAD investigation into employment discrimination issues lodged against him.

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EPS Rejects ‘Bullying’ Tactics

By Josh Resnek

A small demonstration at the end of the Everett School Committee meeting Monday evening protested changes the school department made at the underperforming Parlin School for the new school year.

A group of protesters comprised of a few teachers, union members, and out-of-town activists apparently disgruntled by the changes made at the Parlin School, hooted and howled at members of the school committee at the end of the meeting.

“We will not be bullied and we will not allow ourselves to be shamed for shaking up the staff at the Parlin School,” said Superintendent of Schools Frederick Foresteire.

“With low scores and under- performance all around at the Parlin, we had to make changes in the teaching staff to insure that students in that school receive the very best they can from their teachers and administrators,” Foresteire added.

The changes weren’t all about teachers.

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