1. On the issue of the “Pleasant Crossing” parcel that Fran claims he was snubbed by the current administration over his plan we now have full disclosure from HEDIC’s Carl Eger Jr. to debunk Fran’s misinformation:
“Never did the O’Connell group allow any HEDIC staff or board members the opportunity to present and/or negotiate, knowing full well that HEDIC wanted to keep a good corporate citizen. One has to wonder why. Upon reading Mr. O’Connell’s opening remarks upon announcing his new political endeavor, one might surmise what this is truly all about. It is conceivable that, having failed to immediately get his way, he thought this whole ordeal would be a political ploy for a mayoral run. No one can say for sure. But now, at the very least, Holyoke’s voters know the facts.“
So… yeah, he’s full of shit.
2. There’s the matter of a suit against his nurse staffing company – a company which employs mostly part-time women with no benefits that work on a per diem basis from which he extracts a great deal of money from their labor. Surprise! He’s a union buster. He violated Federal Labor Law, appealed and lost the appeal. Of course, this should be of interest to Local 388, International Brotherhood of Police Officers and the Holyoke Teachers Association Unions when he seeks their endorsement.
Updated 11:57pm 09/04/2015:
3. As part of the WHYN debates Fran was directly asked about the revelation from Angela Gerhard that Fran wanted to have a highly-paid and qualified “right hand” that would take on much of what the day-to-day Mayoral duties would be. His idea is to give a part of his salary that person, because he “doesn’t need the money,” and this would free him up while someone else handles the day-to-day “minutiae” of running the city as he drums up business as the front man for Planning and Development. To which Fran responds:
“I have no comment”
If he’s going to hire someone to help him in his role as mayor, I think of that as an obstruction of democratic office. It is very disappointing to see such a critical issue being dodged.
4. At 09/04/2015 5:58pm Fran posts a request that people register to vote so that they can choose him in the 09/22/2015 preliminary election. Deadline to register was two days ago. I guess he did not get the memo:
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