Misogyny and Loathing in Holyoke
The microphones were on before the City Council meeting began and those of us with cable TV (or DVR) were able to witness a very interesting conversation between Dan Bresnahan and Todd McGee where they made mockery of their post; used profanity; engaged in misogynistic dialog; talked disparagingly of their colleagues; made jokes about their wives and insulted some community members – all of which could be heard in the comfort of your own home via Holyoke’s public access channel 15. Priceless. It really goes to show what little intelligence and integrity it takes to qualify as leadership in Holyoke. So, here it is, posted as audio and transcript:
The audio began mid conversation. They are talking about the agenda. Presumably, at start, they are talking about item 24. ”Petition for a Zone Change for Whiting Farms Rd. from BG to IP” which brought a number of residents into council chambers for public comment and in support of this item.
McGee: …unless it was for Dan, if Dan wanted to change things.
Brezzy: I wanna put a Walmart there… (McGee laughs) and a casino.
McGee: Roll the dice baby.
Breezy: …and a strip club.
McGee: [fumbling with papers] Yay! The Directory!
Breezy: A city-wide bicycle master plan? I like Aaron. (the Breezy makes an aside) If you smell garlic it is me, there is no doubt about it… I am just telling you right now. (back on topic) A city-wide bicycle master fucking plan? Oh my god. What’s going on?
(Rebecca Lisi walks into view, she’s 9-months into pregnancy with a due date of TODAY yet she’s still hard at work)
Breezy: That’s gotta be uncomfortable. The way she’s carrying…
McGee: She’s due today! Today’s her due date.
Breezy: I still don’t see that glow in her face… unlike most of the pregnant women I am attracted to. She’s just not doing it for me. But YOUR wife on the other hand – whoa ho, oh boy… when she was pregnant!
McGee: I’m not gonna lie to you. I was pleasantly surprised. Anyone want a Twizzler?
Brezzy: [unintelligible, presumably speaking to agenda] What’s going on?
McGee: That’s going to committee too.
Breezy: Did I get the wrong agenda? [Is Dan only reading the agenda now, not reviewing it prior to the meeting?]
McGee: Nah, that’s going to committee. Speaking of which, I better get… [unintelligible, gets up from his seat]
(not sure who does a mic check, sounds like Gordon Alexander TAP TAP TAP – blows into mic “hey Ryan” TAP “it is not on yet”)
Breezy: I saw him.
McGee: Look at him. Ah… Man. How did MassMutual hire that? What the fuck were they thinking?
Breezy: Just keep an eye on him when we do the Pledge of Allegiance. He doesn’t fucking… he sits down. (McGee laughs) I am telling you, he’s a fucking communist.
[audio was shut off with video feed continuing]
Good job boys. Well done. Way to make complete fools out of yourselves. …and oh, FYI: Mr Bickford was hired because he is much smarter and more professional than you two, obviously.
In regards to not saying the pledge as qualification of ‘communist’ – Requiring people to say a prayer to an object is more akin to authoritarianism than is the reluctance or protest to the participating in it. What an idiot.