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The Blue Suit

He wobbles from pretend kindness to real time uncontrollable anger. He is very, very nervous that the end is here.

– The mayor’s Blue Suit to Josh Resnek

By JOSH RESNEK

“What’s inside his head? You know him better than anyone. Tell us all, what would it be like to be inside the mayor’s head?” I asked the Blue Suit.

The Blue Suit thought for a moment. He closed his eyes. He tossed his head back. He cleared his throat. He thought about all the time he has spent with the mayor during the past ten years. It wearied him to think so much of his life has been wasted hanging around with Carlo, serving Carlo, being abused by Carlo.

“What would it be like inside the mayor’s head?” The Blue Suit took in a deep breath. He let out a long sigh.

“It would be like living inside a volcano. Wait. Let me change that. It would be like drowning in a thick mess or like sinking inexorably in a patch of deadly quicksand. Better yet, it would be like being in a dark cave with hideous monsters lurking all around making horrible sounds. The mayor is up one moment. He is down the next. He remains calm with some people. He explodes with anger with others. All in all, he’s in a big twist. He’s spinning out of control. Being inside his head would be like being inside a mental institution. Believe me. I know,” he added.

“Yes, indeed. You do know,” I answered the Blue Suit.

“What is he thinking about?” I asked. “What’s bothering him? Shouldn’t he feel like he’s at the top of the world and that he’s going to win again? I mean, what’s on his mind?”

“You just don’t understand, Josh. When you’re Carlo DeMaria you’re living on the edge – I mean the edge. He doesn’t know how or he is incapable of controlling himself about some things. Those of us with self-control cannot imagine the things Carlo does out of habit. He’s a guy who has lived with bad habits all his life. He’s a total mess. There’s the money thing, his almost insatiable need for money. No amount is enough. There’s the personality thing. Everything must be about him. Everyone must submit to him. If you don’t agree or submit to him you are his enemy. He has many, many enemies. No one, however, confronts him. He gets his way. He buys his way. He finagles his way. He bullies his way. The really incredible thing about Carlo is that he gets away with so much. How can one man get away with so many allegations of wrongdoing with no consequences? You have to wonder about that,” he said.

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The Blue Suit

What’s he going to do if he loses? Yikes. I hate to think about that. He won’t take to losin’ kindly, i can assure you of that.”

– The mayor’s Blue Suit to josh Resnek

By JOSH RESNEK

“He better win. That’s all I can say about Carlo. I don’t want to be around him if he loses. What a bad scene that will be for everyone near him. Can you imagine me being worn by him on election night and him losing!! God, I hate to think about it. I could end up completely trashed in the aftermath of a loss!”

That’s how the mayor’s Blue Suit, my good friend, put it to me Tuesday morning when we palled around Everett for a few hours just killing some time. We drove up and down some of my favorite Everett Streets in my red Honda, the corrosively ugly piece of aging junk I drive around in.

“Why do take so much pleasure in driving a piece of junk?” the Blue Suit asked me.

“You have to know Carlo would never be caught dead letting people see him in your car – let alone to be seen in it with you driving! Your type of car is way below his perceived class level. Only poor people drive cars like yours, Josh,” the Blue Suit added.

“Oh really,” I answered. “I don’t view my automobile as a function of my status in the world, if you don’t mind,” I said to the Blue Suit.

“Obviously you don’t do that, Josh. I might add you do a very good job of looking poor in that car.” He laughed. He reflected for a moment.

“Carlo’s been driving around the city in his father’s red truck. It is a pretty nice truck by comparison to your car. It’s a newer pickup in perfect condition.”

“What the hell is Carlo doing riding around in a red pickup truck?” I asked.

The Blue Suit raised his eyebrows.

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We lost out on a $130 million firehouse

It is impossible to imagine just how badly the city was ripped off by Steve Wynn and his crew when they took the mayor to the cleaners on the host community agreement that was ultimately negotiated by the mayor.

The mayor settled for $30 million when Everett could have received $130 million for a new fire station in South Everett with all new equipment to be an adjunct to safety precautions necessary because of the presence of the casino and hotel.

The train left the station on that one back in 2018 when Encore was being built.

Why didn’t the mayor consult with others before shooting from the hip?

Was he star-struck by Steve Wynn and all his cohorts? Yes, he was.

Did it affect his performance? Yes, it did.

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Mayor’s favorability rating seen sagging

By JOSH RESNEK

The stakes are high.

The political infighting and intrigue are intensifying.

Fred Capone and the mayor have never worked as hard at an election as this one.

The mayor cannot afford to lose.

He has been irascible and uptight since scoring the weakest vote in his political life.

Gaining only 45% of the vote in the primary indicates the mayor’s favorability has tanked and is continuing to tank.

The mayor has acted accordingly, veering dangerously from a campaign strategy dedicated to having him act and appear like a leader of the people and to not be come involved in fighting or answering of any kind.

He is spending enormous amounts of money from his campaign account to ensure a victory.

However, some things cannot be bought.

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Capone calls for $40K longevity pay to end

Questions why one of the state’s highest paid mayor’s needs more

By JOSH RESNEK

Mayoral candidate Fred Capone asked his colleagues to wipe out the city charter provision which provides longevity payments for the mayor.

His motion was met by the council’s decision to move the issue, which is likely to be hotly contested, to the Legislative Affairs committee.

The mayor’s voices on the council piped up quickly when Capone’s measure was offered, with the mayor’s cousin, Councilor Anthony DiPierro, rushing to the microphone to derail Capone’s effort immediately.

Councilors at Large Mike Marchese and John Hanlon voted against sending the measure to committee, which is the rough equivalent of killing the issue.

The measure sending Capone’s ask to committee passed 6-3.

Marchese told the Leader Herald the mayor is robbing the taxpayers.

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