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I’ve witnessed some very poor behavior.” – The mayor’s Blue Suit to Josh Resnek

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By JOSH RESNEK

“We have to stop meeting like this,” The Blue Suit said to me. He was concerned, looking from side to side to make sure the mayor wasn’t going to catch him talking to me.

“He’s going to slice me up, tear me apart, and toss me into the trash. I know he is,” the Blue Suit said.

“How do you know?” I asked.

‘I can tell by the way he looks at me, and tugs at me, and stretches me. He’s guaranteed pissed off at me,” said the Blue Suit.

“Look. You don’t want to risk him getting really angry because I know what the mayor is capable of,” I answered.

“I’m the one who knows what he’s capable of,” the Blue Suit insisted. “After all these years of being abused by him, I’d like out of his world. It is a dark world. Plus, I’m tired of being broke.”

“Is the mayor broke?” I asked.

“He never has cash reserves. He lives from week to week off his salary – and other things.”

“I can’t believe he’s broke. What other things?” I asked.

“You know, other things I can’t talk about in specific. I don’t want to get myself arrested or in the crosshairs of the FBI. Take it from me, there are other things that produce a steady round of income for the mayor.”

You mean he gets payoffs?” I asked. “Is that what you mean. I can’t believe that,” I answered. “Or should I believe that?”

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Do you know what happens when you get arrested?” – The Blue Suit asked Josh Resnek

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By JOSH RESNEK

“Have you ever been searched by the police, told to turn around and to put your hands behind your back, handcuffed, read you rights and arrested, Josh?” the Blue Suit asked me.

“None of the above. Not only have I never been arrested but I’ve never been indicted, tried, and convicted of anything. I’ve also never signed an agreement with the FBI or been involved in any way with a federal investigation into municipal corruption,” I added.

“Why did you ask if I had ever been arrested?” I wondered. “Just curious,” said the mayor’s Blue Suit.

“Did you actually think I had ever been arrested? Are you kidding me? What kind of person do you think I am?”

I implored the Blue Suit to be honest with me.

“Come on. Spit it out,” I said to the Blue Suit. “What’s on your mind?”

He hesitated for a moment as if in suspended animation. “Do you know what it’s like to be put in handcuffs, to be placed in the police car, to be driven to the police station with your hands handcuffed behind your back? As if that isn’t bad enough, do you know the experience gets worse”

“Of course I do.”

The Blue Suit let out a big sigh. He said he had just eaten a huge meal and was having problems with his digestion.

He began again.

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“I know everything about his deals” – The Blue Suit

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By JOSH RESNEK

The Blue Suit this week is the magnum opus of Blue Suit interviews I’ve shared. It is a bigger story than the president removing his mask before entering the

White House Monday evening spreading COVID with every Godzilla type breath he took.

The president was breathing fire and virus.

The Blue Suit, I strongly suspect, was breathing the truth. We met earlier this week for about an hour, unbeknownst to the mayor.

“You know,” the Blue Suit began, “that the mayor made another payment to the criminal law firm Greenberg Traurig.”

“Yes. I knew that.”

“Do you know how much he paid?”

“$7,300,” I answered.

“So you do know after all.”

“Yes. He paid the money from his campaign account,” I told the Blue Suit.

“What is that payment for?” I asked. “Do you know?” The Blue Suit thought momentarily.

“It is supposed to be about his lawyer, A. John Pappalardo reading all your stories,” the Blue Suit answered.

“If you can believe that you can believe in anything,” I replied. “Can you imagine the mayor paying someone, any- one, $7,300 to read my stories in the Leader Herald? And then can you imagine Pappalardo actually having to read about the meetings we have and what we discuss?”

“No I can’t, to tell you the truth,” the Blue Suit said.

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“Iv’e got a tip for you, Josh” – The Blue Suit

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By JOSH RESNEK

“Did you hear who’s leaving city service to go elsewhere?” the Blue Suit asked me during a discussion earlier this week.

“Not really,” I answered. “There’s almost nothing you can tell me about what’s going on that I already know.”

“You seem pretty confident about that, Josh,” the Blue Suit said to me.

“How can you know everything when no one talks with you?” the Blue Suit asked me.

“The mayor orders everyone not to speak with you, not to tell you anything, not to communicate with you. I know this. I hear him tell people not to return your calls or to tell you anything,” the Blue Suit added.

“Yeah, you’ve got that right. He thinks by ordering people not to speak with me that they will do as he demands. Guess what? That strategy doesn’t work. In fact, people are more willing to speak with me just knowing it pisses the mayor off as long as I promise not to say anything or to reveal my source,” I said.

“Then the mayor comes back with his lackeys claiming I write articles without sourcing them. That’s a joke,” I said.

“Everyone paying close attention to the Leader Herald knows I’m right on the mark about what I have to reveal about the mayor and his cronies.”

“I know it,” the Blue Suit replied. “That doesn’t stop the mayor and his pals from warning everyone that you’re the enemy and that the Leader Herald is the enemy,” he added.

“Enemy of what?” I asked. “What is the Leader Herald to be considered an enemy about?”

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Fiction seems like truth at times – The Blue Suit

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By JOSH RESNEK

I’m really upset,” the mayor’s Blue suit said to me earlier this week.

‘What’s bothering you?” I asked.

“He is,” the Blue Suit answered. “The mayor says one thing and does another when no one is looking.”

“He’s a hypocrite,” he added.

“Did you just find that out?” I asked.

“No. I’ve known for a long time. It’s kind of hard to take. He is, after all, supposed to be the leader of the city. Everyone is supposed to look up to him. He is supposed to set the right example in public and private, but he doesn’t. He is two people, a regular Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” the Blue Suit said.

“He makes me uncomfortable. It is difficult to trust him to do the right thing. There are times when I wish I could be taken off and thrown into the trash, that’s how uneasy he makes me feel. But he would never do that unless someone else was paying to buy him a new suit.”

“What has set you off this week? Tell me, please.”

“It’s about him wearing a facemask,” the Blue Suit said.

“So?” I answered. ‘What about it?”

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