The mayor forever, who cannot lose, who no one can beat is not guaranteed reelection this year.
The world has changed, the nation is a different place. Everett is hardly recognizable to the old-timers responsible for re-electing the mayor over and over.
What worked four years ago will not likely work this election season.
The mayor is facing two candidates.
Gerly Adrien wants to take the mayor and his cabal of highly paid order takers and send them packing.
She is transparent, honest and she has integrity.
If Adrien can put 500-1000 women in front of city hall with the eyes and ears of the local media world listening to her undress the mayor in public because of his past reported sexual assaults and payoffs to keep women quiet, the general belief is that she can quite possibly pull an upset. Women wanting to be equals in the mayor’s man’s world, women who want their place in city government, and who are excluded or kept out of city government by the mayor could have a big impact.
“Carlo wants everyone to think he’s turned into a powder puff.”
– The mayor’s Blue Suit to Josh Resnek
By JOSH RESNEK
I picked up the Blue Suit a few blocks away from the mayor’s mansion on Abbott Avenue. It was Tuesday afternoon on a partly cloudy early summer day.
The Blue Suit waved for me to pull over. He was standing on the sidewalk on Elm Street. I came to a stop in front of him. He opened the passenger side door and sat down. He slammed shut the door.
“Let’s go. Let’s go. Let’s get out of here. I don’t want Carlo to see me with you. He is so uptight and paranoid. I can’t stand it.”
I pressed down on the accelerator. We darted forward. We took off on our weekly jaunt around the city.
The Blue Suit lit a Marlboro.
“You want one?” he asked me.
“You know I don’t smoke,” I answered. “You shouldn’t be smoking either. Bad for your health.”
“Open the window, please,” I demanded. “I hate the cigarette smoke.”
“Get a life, Josh. I’m just smoking a cigarette.”
He opened the window. We passed the police station. I turned right onto Ferry Street.
“Funny thing. I was just thinking. You know how you like to call the mayor’s house the mansion…well, I’ve got a story about the builder of the mansion. I still feel sorry for that guy. I think he was from East Boston. The mayor stiffed him.”
The mayor of Everett is paid $232,000 + a year for a part-time job.
Let’s face it, the mayor spends as little time as possible at Everett City Hall.
He spends hundreds of more days away from city hall than presiding over city hall which is the job he was elected to do.
Candidates for mayor Gerly Adrien and Fred Capone have labeled the mayor’s salary “outrageous” and about “greed,” respectively.
With these simple statements, they have slammed the mayor directly, a move very likely to cause the mayor to strike them back.
We are told the mayor has hired a big-time campaign manager.
The campaign manager has ordered the mayor to look and act like a mayor rather than a despot, as is his public tendency. Good luck with trying to keep a handle on the mayor’s tendency for excess, waste, derision, racism, misogyny, sexism, sexual assault, using ISD as a battering ram against those who don’t contribute properly to him or who refuse to attend his political fundraisers.