(Jim Santiago Memorial Water Park is pictured in the foreground)
The politicos that plague the City of Holyoke have been very good in the past at creating their own comedy but this Jeff Stanek guy really takes the cake. Much like Danny Boyle and his serial campaigns promising a “business professional” with his sordid leadership past; Stanek promises similar but with a much more impressive résumé of scandal and failures. These are companies that he won’t even name in any of his interviews or post on his campaign website – only providing vague references like “call center”, “direct marketing” and “yacht sales”. Yacht sales? Is that supposed to impress us? It is like when my kids see a limousine and then ooh and ah about how they want to ride in one and all I remember is the time I rode in one on the Vegas strip and found a syringe wrapped up in a dirty pair of underwear stuffed between the upholstery. You gotta be one totally smarmy soulless motherfucker to be a yacht salesman. …and what kind of real-world business experience can you achieve working with the out of touch customer base of the yacht market? Say it three times: Yacht sales, yacht sales, yacht sales… there, if you thought it was to begin with, it’s not interesting anymore.
So, what of the other jobs? Well…
Talk America filed bankruptcy while he was the controller (Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case No. 99-20765), Vital Basics (aka Talk America) had FTC charges resulting in a $1,000,000.00 fine (FTC Docket C-4107) for activities occurring while he was controller due to the sales of boner pills which were unlabeled prescription drugs claiming to be an herbal and safe alternative but which were actually counterfeit Viagra – very dangerous since they were marketed as “a safe alternative to other ED medications for those who take nitrates for chest pain.” – luckily nobody died as a result – and there were a number of other snake-oil type products (Avacor – an all-natural hair replacement, Vinarol – an herbal formula to increase sexual desire and performance, Thermal Carb – an all-natural fat burner and carbohydrate blocker and Glutotrin – a drug that supposedly cures, mitigates or treats diabetes). And then to top it off a company he was working for, MyFreeMedicine.com, was hit with a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) again by the FTC (FTC DOCKET CV5-1607). The FTC claiming “Since at least September 2003, defendants have deceptively marketed a program purporting to provide free prescription medications to eligible low-income consumers. Defendants target a particularly vulnerable group of people: those with low income and no insurance coverage for prescription medications who spend more than $100 a month for the medications they need for their health and well-being.” It was a case that made national news – ABC and NBC. …and yes, it was a case which was later dismissed in US District Court of Maine (Docket CV-00362). However, MyFreeMedicine.com was ordered to cease its operations. Stanek said in a Masslive / Republican interview that the case was dismissed and: “No, I wouldn’t say it shaped me. It’s just, I think it’s just business. Anyone under the sun can file a lawsuit at anytime.” He’s right, it was dismissed. He’s also right that anyone under the sun can file a lawsuit anytime. This is certainly true for personal injury, but let us just compare apples to apples here: The FTC does not normally pursue unless they believe in a solid case and this case was hot on the heels of ANOTHER FTC suit where his company was fined $1,000,000.00. Have you worked for one legit operation ever? Or, better question… with the exception of “yacht sales” did you only work for one operation that would change its name every time there was a lawsuit or a scandal as it does appear with those mentioned above? Alternatively, were you actually completely naive and oblivious to these wrongdoings? In that case you are a first class idiot.
At first glance I thought that this guy would be real competition for Morse… but illegal boner pills; taking advantage of low income people; bankruptcies; – cough – yacht sales; and FTC lawsuits are his business pedigree? I would not trust this guy to run a laundromat let alone a municipality.