dick howe does a much more thorough job in citing chapter and verse, in case you're looking for the complete rundown.
having observed a fascinating coincidence of rita mercier campaign signs at a good number of addresses sporting the kazanjian banners, it raises an interesting question about how much of the voting solidarity among the gang of six is coincidence vs real racketeering collusion. (KMLEMC--Keep Making Lowell Elections More Competitive--Kazanjian, Mercier, Lenzi, Elliott, Mercier, Caulfield--remember those names so you can happily forget them next november). on the one hand, it's plausibly deniable, since kazanjian raised his own motion to ax sheehan, that they were just voting along because of how much they respect a well-tanned politician. on the other hand, the sheer consistency of the coincidental voting records on all sorts of motions, including the one to eighty-six the primary, suggests that only an idiot would believe someone who claims they are shocked, shocked i tell you, that alan kazanjian has turned up dirty.
oh, due process, and innocent until, and all that, but it's pretty clear to me that things aren't being run according to hoyle down at city hall, and that mssr. kazanjian is more than well aware of the shortcomings, to the point of taking active steps to perpetuate the status quo. this alone merits being thrown out of office by legal means if not via the ballot. (oh, i do sure hope the fbi investigative teams have improved their swing since they failed to make the goods on ted stevens stick).
what's amazing to me, echoing nixon in '72, is how comfortable the electorate can remain with smoking-gun evidence of corruption. (you know what they say--democracy just means you get the government you deserve). it's, i suppose, not surprising that i'm taking this assault on my home city very emotionally and personally. for every "how long have you lived here?" i've ever heard pass the lips of the gang of six in council session i'm feeling a lump of bitterness rising in my throat. who the eff you see kay do they, you, or anyone else think they are, to collude with criminals via their bald persecution of anyone who might rock their little dirty boat. i think of all the beauty that's here, and i say a silent little prayer for all the beauty that was never let to be while dirty little men and women choked away its promise in a selfish and petty little game to line their own pockets.
it's not proportional voting that fixes this sort of thing, it's VOTING.
alright, fellow babies, as johnny fever used to say, it's time for us to do OUR jobs.