Audio from the October 20th City Council Candidate Forum
Audio from the October 20th City Council Candidate Forum held at Dean Tech High School.
The event was sparsely attended and was lacking H.U.S.H.’s favorite candidate Patti Devine. Rumor has it that she was afraid to show up because I was recording the event and planned on editing her statements into a musical remix. Rosado and Murphy’s main-squeeze McGee also had better things to do, but McGee was later seen in the audience during the At-Large portion of the forum. Rosado and McGee had placards with their name and empty seats. The same should have been done for Devine, not sure why she gets special treatment here.
The format was a little odd with a different setup for the Ward versus the At-Large candidates. The Ward candidates were able to ask the opponent a question and then have rebuttal where the At-Large were fielded questions, some repeated, asked by representatives of The Republican and El Pueblo Latino. As a result the At-Large forum did seem to cover a lot more ground. The issues of the night were casinos, attracting business with our tax rate and the charter question.
I do need to gripe about the audio… next time rent some mics so that each person has one, put foam wind-screens on them and before the event explain to the candidates that they need to not touch their lips to the mic when speaking. 6″-8″ away and a normal speaking voice should be used.
If there was one clear winner here it is Gordon Alexander. Sure, many of these folks might not have public speaking as their forte and might be nervous up there… and certainly Jourdain, Tallman and McGiverin presented themselves very well, but of the newcomers it was Alexander that stood out. I did speak to him after saying that I wished I lived in Ward 7 so I could vote for him. Menwer was also a pleasant surprise. I probably will be voting for him (and finding out who is his dentist). If there was one person that looked like they did not belong there it was Brenna Murphy. She appeared as if she was extremely bored. Maybe lemon-faced is simply her normal demeanor but she does lack the charisma that sells candidates in the media – maybe she should have taken Devine’s cue and pulled a no-show… I doubt that she won any votes with her performance.
There was a good deal of intentional and unintentional humor. Tallman did declare that “we should not sell Holyoke short, so vote for the tall man”. Yes, I will be voting for him and he is indeed tall. Though, I do wish he’d invest in some pants that fit him as it was his bare shins exposed by his high-waters that kept distracting my attention. Bresnahan went on a wonderful tangent about internal organs and sexual intercourse. I am glad I have all that recorded, his dialog will be uploaded into my sampler this weekend. Murphy stated that she went to college “because her parents told her to”… obviously, she’s running for office for that very same reason. Purcell claimed that some of the folks on stage were criminals. He’s correct, but it was just funny to hear it said. Vega was vague when asked about the charter question and wasted his time explaining to the audience that he did not want to tell people how to vote on the issue – thanks, we know how we are voting on the issue – we wanted to know where you stood. Leahy expressed his love for some of the people in Holyoke, not all of them. Fletcher claimed that the only crime to speak of at casinos is children and pets locked in cars at the parking lots?!? Good stuff!
Listen for yourself…
At Large Councilors: