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“I had a dream” – The Blue Suit


By JOSH RESNEK

The mayor’s Blue Suit let out his deepest thoughts to me this week when he told me: “I had a dream.”

“Tell me about the dream,” I asked him.

“You know dreams are all about our conscious lives, in part. That’s how Freud puts it in his famous study about our dream sequences,” I added.

“What do you mean?” the Blue Suit asked me.

I’ve read a lot of Freud although I don’t claim to be an expert.

I answered the Blue Suit.

“The things we do, the people we see, the places we go, the hassles we have, the triumphs we enjoy in our awake hours often become the subjects of our dreams. In other words, in our awake hours, our brain is absorbing everything about our lives – the weather, our homes, relationships with friends, discussions with parents. When we go to sleep, our dreams are caused by impulses in our brains related to what we did while awake,” I told the Blue Suit.

“Josh, I don’t need cheap psychotherapy from you.”

“I get it,” I responded.

“Tell me your dream.”

“I think it comes from me hearing the mayor talking with Anthony DiPierro, the mayor’s personal sign man in the rep race. Anthony held the same position for the mayor when McLaughlin ran against the mayor’s best friend last time out and lost,” the Blue Suit recalled.

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McLaughlin picks up UFCW 1445 nod, rep race tight


UFCW Local 1445 members Matt Farrell and Walker Barnes carry signs alongside candidate Mike McLaughlin in downtown Everett Monday as he campaigns for state representative. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

Mail in ballots might make the difference

By JOSH RESNEK

Councilor Mike McLaughlin, hoping to become Massachusetts State Representative Michael McLaughlin has been pulling out all the stops since his effort to defeat the incumbent rep in the September 1 primary.

On Monday afternoon in Everett Square, McLaughlin drew a large crowd of sign holding supporters led by members of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union 1445, who represents, among others the employees of Stop and Shop.

Several councilors and city officials attended the visibility cum endorsement campaign stop.

“All the UFCW 1445 members have been on the front line of the virus and never stopped working their jobs at Stop and Shop during the darkest days of the pandemic,” McLaughlin told the Leader Herald.

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McLaughlin for Representative

Michael McLaughlin. (File photo by Joseph Prezioso)


Mike McLaughlin is a young, hardworking, honest Everett man on the rise. He has been a watchdog and a bold, transparent positive force during his time on the Everett City Council.

Whatever he has accomplished in his life he has gotten on his own as a reward for his honesty and integrity and his personal will to succeed.

Mike McLaughlin is interested in people, all kinds of people, not just the politically connected.

He is a good friend to the city’s elderly, to its minorities, to the old-line residents, to its hardworking men and women, to young people transiting through the public schools, to city employees and to all those who call upon him for his support and who have come to appreciate the respect he shows at all times.

He is a unique politician because he is always trying to help out those who approach him.

In the past few years he has become one of the best known leaders in this city.

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McLaughlin vs. DiPierro, “Paper Boy”

Terrence Kennedy and Mike McLaughlin campaign signs around town. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Running against the machine takes guts

By Josh Resnek

Generally, during the evenings, Councillor Anthony DiPierro fills his automobile with political signs for the rep. He then rides around the city putting up signs for the rep.

He does this, and whatever else the mayor asks at the city council, with letters to the editor expressing the administration’s wishes to show his loyalty to the mayor, who is said to be preparing to name DiPierro assistant city clerk – or as some predict – to back him for mayor when the mayor leaves.

At the very same time, many of Mike McLaughlin’s signs seem to disappear from in front of homes until the next morning, when McLaughlin assesses the situation and goes around the city replacing them.

Regrettably, for the mayor, there is only one DiPierro. They are cousins. Politics is a family affair. The councilor does whatever he is told.

But the mayor has a big bag of tricks and tricksters – like Jerry Navarro, “the Paper Boy”, who likes to steal our newspapers, like stealing away certain businesspeople he can persuade not to advertise with us.

The mayor’s tricksters don’t just try to destroy the Leader Herald, they try to destroy positive candidates like Mike McLaughlin or anyone who stands in the way of the DeMaria city hall machine, or as Councilor Mike Marchese dubbed it, the DCF – the DeMaria crime family.

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