Joe Petty is getting tons of cash from non-Worcester residents. Here’s how they are benefitting from Worcester’s incompetent mayoral moron.
Joe Petty is a machine backed candidate who has been lying to Worcester residents for the past several months about how safe Worcester is. He has to. You can’t win reelection in a city if it goes to hell under your watch. His only hope is that people will be dumb enough to believe him. But in order to run a propaganda campaign a machine backed hack needs money in order to mobilize. And there just isn’t enough money in Worcester in order to do that.
As I was driving down Salisbury Street the other day I crossed the line into Holden. A couple miles into Holden I came across this house, with an interesting sign out front:
Holden residents for Joe Petty for Mayor of Worcester. It made me think, how much is this election being influenced by non-Worcester residents? When you think about it, if you’re living in a town you should be strongly in favor of Joe Petty remaining mayor. His policies will make sure that scumbags remain in Worcester. After all, this is a man who said that we can’t “arrest our way out of the crime problem.” So if you’re a criminal, why would you wanna leave? This is exactly what I would want to happen if I lived in Holden or Shrewsbury.
So we went and dug up Petty’s campaign finance records. Let’s check out the list of Petty donors….
Mark Aaronson is a powerful speculator from Shrewsbury. He recently bought up land adjacent to the Hanover Theater for development. The property taxes he pays go to the town of Shrewsbury, where many people move to in order to get away from the high property taxes and violence that plague the city of Worcester.
Paul Belsito has previously worked as a political consultant. He grew up in Worcester, owns a business in Worcester (autobody shop), and previously worked for Hanover Insurance. Once again, someone else who does business here, but pays property taxes in Shrewsbury. With the epidemic of break ins, car thefts, and shootings, I can’t say I blame him.
Christienne Bik is originally from the mean streets of Cape Cod. She eventually moved west and went to Notre Dame Academy in Worcester, before graduating from Suffolk Law School. Today she is a successful lawyer….living in Shrewsbury.
Robert Branca tossed $300 Joe Petty’s way, so you know he’s heavily invested in a Petty win. And why wouldn’t he be? Petty’s been buying donuts off of him. In all honesty, Branca is doing a lot of good for the city, revitalizing old buildings and turning them into successful commercial enterprises. But yet again, this is a person who doesn’t mind making money off of Worcester, but would never consider living here. I don’t blame him for that, I blame a mayor who turns a blind eye to crime and violence in the public schools that he ultimately oversees.
Douglas Brown is from Sherborn, the second wealthiest town per capita in Massachusetts – far away from the violence plaguing Worcester. So why would he give $150? Because this is what you do when you have a lot of money. You give it to random people that the machine tells you to give it to. He’s also the director for UMass Medical Health Inc, so that would make him yet another person who makes his bread here and spends his property taxes elsewhere.
Beverly is a good hour and 20 minutes from Worcester, so it would make perfect sense that William Cahill would be cutting Joe Petty a check for $125.
Gail Carberry is the president of Quinsigamond Community College, an institution that does not pay payments in lieu of taxes. Coincidentally Joe Petty has been steadfastly opposed to PILOT taxes on colleges. Once again, she makes money off the city, but yet her business pays no taxes to the city, and her property taxes go to the town of Auburn. Makes sense.
James Chapdelaine is a man who has been charged with DUI not once, but twice. As a wealthy electrical contractor he has gotten a lot of business from the city of Worcester, but once again doesn’t see the city as a safe place to live.
Michael Cohen lives in Holden, but his company is based out of Worcester. He previously worked for Worcester Magazine and UMass Medical School. He doesn’t mind giving $200 to Petty’s campaign, so long as Petty keeps crime from crossing into Holden.
Kevin Condron lives in Rye, New York. Logically then he has a financial interest in the city of Worcester’s election. According to the Worcester Business Journal, “he began a long run as one of Worcester’s key brokers of power and influence.” Once again, projects that this guy has financed have done a lot to improve the look of Worcester….if you’re visiting for the day. But just like all the others he doesn’t mind coming here, it’s the sticking around that’s problematic.
Susan Consigli, may or may not own Consigli Construction in Milford. It’s a very successful construction company – one that just so happened to get a contract with the Abby Kelley Foster Charter School, for a building project. This is a school that siphons public money away from needier, underfunded public schools. Consigli Construction also built the newer dorms at Worcester State College. You may recall that WSU keeps building new dorms, but has nowhere for students to park. As a result Joe Petty’s boss Ed Augustus made a secret deal with WSU to build a parking lot on the Chandler Ballfields. Oops!! Naturally then they would donate $250. That’s a pretty cheap investment for someone who doesn’t have to live here, profits, and causes more problems for the citizens of Worcester. Business is good as long as Joe Petty stays in office!!
Tim Cooney is a former Worcester City Councillor. Anyone who took Driver’s Ed in Worcester has more than likely funded his salary at one point. That’s because the Safety Council, which he is the executive director for, basically has a deal with the city when it comes to driver’s licenses – you will fail if you don’t go to driver’s ed with them. It’s happened to too many people to count. They get the message after their second failure usually.
Robert Cox is a partner at Bowditch and Dewey, LLP. So coughing over a check for $125 to some schmuck who promises to keep crime from crossing into Paxton and eventually his town of Rutland, is obviously a good investment.
Those are just SOME of the donors whose last names begin with A-C. So far we’re up to $1,950, which has come from less than 1/8 of the alphabet. We’ll be analyzing the whole list in the coming days. Wait until you seem some of the rest of the heavy hitters on this list.
But just understand that we don’t have a problem with what ANY of these people are doing. Turtleboy Sports believes that economic prosperity comes from business investment and people like this. We also don’t blame them for moving outside of Worcester either. After all, who wants to drive down Harding Street and get shot? Who wants to have their home ransacked on Parsons Hill? Who want to see their neighbors dog get assassinated during a home invasion on Flagg Street?
Not Turtleboy. TBS don’t blame anyone who wants to leave the Woo.
But that’s the problem here – all this outside money is directly going towards a mayor whose job is to pretend that crime is not rampant in Worcester, so that business owners like this continue to invest in it. Meanwhile their property taxes fund nice schools like Shrewsbury, Auburn, and Wachusett, while South High Football has to have a GoFundMe in order to put together a football team.
If you think all of this is cool, then continue to vote for Joe Petty. But if you think Worcester can do better, vote for the guy who doesn’t have influential and wealthy campaign donors – Michael Gaffney.