Councilor Mike McLaughlin’s re-election to a ward seat on the city council is another example of the city’s changing political landscape.
Because McLaughlin was not supported for re-election by the mayor and his cabal of city employees, cousins and paid supporters, it was taken for granted that he couldn’t win against the businessman first-timer Al Lattanzi.
Even Lattanzi had been persuaded by his best friend the mayor that he couldn’t lose.
Lattanzi campaigned hard. He spent some money. He went through all the motions and he got thoroughly beaten.
McLaughlin ran a high road campaign with no negativity.
The city council voting to have an executive session of the Committee on Legislative Affairs as requested by Councilor Anthony DiPierro to get to the truth of a highly questionable and rather meaningless political sign incident, is an absurdity.
All of us with an ounce of common sense understand this an effort by DiPierro to ridicule and to humiliate Councilor Michael McLaughlin to satisfy DiPierro’s cousin the mayor.
DiPierro alleges McLaughlin, tore down several political signs in a fit of anger last July. The incident was apparently reported in October.