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Tomorrow is a huge day for Worcester. It’s the day we take back our city from Joe Petty and the McGovern Crime Family. Michael Gaffney is an independent voice for Worcester. A man with almost no connections, no powerful friends, and limited campaign contributions. All he has is a vision for Worcester. A Worcester where heroin addicts don’t take over the Worcester common, where principals don’t get punched in the face by students, where the police are respected by citizens, and where our streets and schools are safe for all residents. In case you needed it here are the Top 20 reasons to vote for Michael Gaffney for Mayor instead of Joe Petty…..
20. Joe Petty is sexist
In this video School Committee member Diana Biancheria dared to question why he didn’t have a safety plan ready for North High School, despite the school year starting three weeks previously. He didn’t like that too much, so her interrupted and yelled at her because he was “working his read end off.” We’ve never seen him yell at a man like that before. Meanwhile Mike Gaffney collaborates with female colleagues such as Konnie Lukes, Donna Colorio, and Jackie Kostas.
19. Joe Petty sends his kids to private school.
What else is there to say? The mayor is the chairman of the School Committee and he has such little faith in the system he oversees that he doesn’t send his kids to public schools. It’s good enough for poor kids, just not his kids. Not surprising since he’s not a WPS graduate either. Meanwhile Mike Gaffney went to Voke school and put himself through college by enrolling in the National Guard.
18. Joe Petty is using the “Tea Party” scare tactic to vote against progress.
Michael Gaffney is a registered independent. He has the audacity to think outside the box and do what he believes in his heart is in the best interest of the citizens of Worcester. Joe Petty is bought and sold by a powerful political machine that doesn’t tolerate anyone who isn’t a card carrying member of the democratic party. That’s why they’re always doing everything in their power to paint Gaffney as en evil Tea Party republican. Mike Gaffney is loyal to nobody except the citizens of Worcester.
17. Joe Petty is supported by Deb Powers.
You are the company you keep. And nothing better illustrates what a Petty supporter looks like than Deb Powers. This is a woman who has been vocally anti-police in schools, and has supported the Kelley Square protesters. She hasn’t worked in years and while she’s complaining that Turtleboy Sports is the worst thing to ever happen to Worcester her apartment was raided by the FBI and they found a whole bunch of downloaded child porn in there. Logically she’s voting for Petty. Gaffney supporters do not download child porn.
16. Joe Petty hired Paul Giorgio to run his campaign.
Paul Giorgio is a man who has been convicted of voter fraud and had charges brought against him that he had sex with a 16-year-old boy. This was settled out of court conveniently. Logically then Joe Petty chose to hire this deviant as his campaign manager, because this is the type of person Petty associates with. Meanwhile the Gaffney campaign is a grassroots effort run by Mike Gaffny and his wife.
15. Joe Petty has an identical voting record with Tracy Novick.
Everyone knows Tracy Novick is a disease that Worcester is trying to eliminate. However, few people know that while he has been chairman of the SC, Petty has an identical voting record as Tracy Novick. This is a woman who sued the city so crackheads can beg motorists for drug money. Petty and her vote together 100% of the time, which is weird because Lenny Zelauskas and the EAW endorsed Petty but NOT Tracy Novick. Gee, wonder why? It goes without saying that Gaffney is the polar opposite of Tracy Novick.
14. Joe Petty snuck in Ed Augustus to be City Manager.
The whole purpose of a City Manager is to prevent political corruption. It was a progressive reform system created back in the day when machine backed politicians got elected as mayors and then dipped their hands in the city treasury. The whole point is to put someone with a degree in management in charge so that they are not loyal to anyone and run the city efficiently. Petty snuck Ed Augustus, a career politician, in as City Manager, claiming it was temporary. But yet he’s still here, and just this past year he tried selling Chandler Ballfields to WSU so they could convert it into a parking lot, and later tried to see Newton Hill to the Worcester Tennis Club. Mike Gaffney would do what he could to find a new City Manager.
13. Joe Petty gets most of his money from rich people who don’t live in Worcester.
Petty’s got tons of cash in the war chest, most of which comes from people who live outside of Worcester. Michael Gaffney has financed his own campaign with mostly his own money and will be loyal to no one once elected mayor.
12. Joe Petty has lost control of City Council meetings.
City Council meetings have turned into a complete circus under Joe Petty’s watch. The perfect example was the Mosaic audit meeting, where hippie after hippie stood up, went over the allotted time to speak, called city councilors racist, degraded the police, and asked the city to build statues for the Kelley Square 4. The environment has become toxic and Worcester residents are intimidated to go and speak their minds for fear of being called racist or other derogatory names.
11. Joe Petty opposed police at North High School.
After four VP’s were punched in the face at North High last year Joe Petty refused to budge on putting cops in the building. He deferred to the wisdom of his girl Melinda Boone instead. Well finally after a week in which guns were found in Worcester Tech and Burncoat High School, Petty finally gave in because he had no choice. Gaffney would’ve had cops in the schools a long time ago.
10. Joe Petty said we could not “arrest our way out of “ violent gang epidemic.
The Worcester Summer of Love was problematic. Every day there was another shooting. Gaffney proposed more cops on the street and Konnie Lukes proposed collaborating with the State Police. Gary Gemme, Petty’s boy, considered this a slap in the face. That’s when Jumpin Joe infamously said that we can’t “arrest our way out of the gang problem.” Instead he proposed more social programs and long term plans that wouldn’t work. Mike Gaffney would’ve arrested our way out of the problem because you’re supposed to arrest bad guys.
9. Joe Petty backed Lisa Dyer.
North High principal Lisa Dyer started a shitstorm when she called teacher Janice Harvey racist for publicly saying that she was “color blind” when assessing her students. Her reputation was permanently damaged as a result and Lenny Zelauskas and the EAW demanded that Dyer be fired as principal. When this did not happen Petty was confronted at a SC meeting by Lenny, and Petty told him in no uncertain terms that he was siding with Dyer because she was doing a “great job.”
Mike Gaffney would’ve supported the teachers, not the incompetent principal.
8. Joe Petty did not want to audit Mosaic.
Despite evidence that Mosaic was cashing checks from the city and not providing services, and despite the fact that the Kelley Square and Lincoln Square blockades began and ended there, Petty was hesitant to support Gaffney’s audit of Mosaic. Ultimately he voted for the audit but only to prove to Gaffney that it would come back clean. But now we know that it came back dirty as shit because Mosaic wasn’t paying anyone but was still asking for reimbursement for payroll.
7. Joe Petty gave outside special interests groups influence and private meetings about school safety.
After 4 VP’s were assaulted by students at North High 499 North High students signed a petition to put police in their school. Instead of listening them or meeting with teachers, Petty had a private meeting with several people who don’t live in Worcester and wanted to sell the city diversity trainings. Thus they influenced him to keep police out of schools until months later when the gun incidents occurred. Gaffney favored police in the schools since the day this became news.
6. The Worcester Police overwhelmingly support Mike Gaffney.
Unions are supposed to be in the bag for democratic machine politicians. The fact that the police union was willing to cross lines and support the independent candidate Gaffney tells you just how bad Petty has failed the police. He allowed City Council meetings to turn into anti-police rallies and his two biggest supporters in the Council – Sarai Rivera and Dicky Rushton – both voted against the resolution that supported the Worcester Police because they didn’t want to offend the “black lives matter” protesters.
5. Joe Petty is satisfied with the “vibrant” downtown.
According to Joe Petty our downtown is thriving. There are college students and doctors walking around, eating lunch, and buying things at the stores. As a result he is trumpeting the luxury hotel that will be built at City Square while our schools remain underfunded. Meanwhile this is what the City Common looks like at 2:00 PM on a Tuesday:
4. Joe Petty said the DOJ talks were successful and he’d do them again.
The DOJ talks were a slap in the face to all Worcester residents. Their presence here suggested that Worcester has a race problem, which it does not. But Petty not only invited them here, he said he’d do it all again!! Mind you at these meetings students accused their teachers of being racist, and a handout was given to participants that said that only white people were capable of being racist. Mike Gaffney proudly attended none of these meetings because he realized what a farce they were.
3. Joe Petty supported Melinda Boone 1,000%.
Everyone realizes what a massive failure Booneghazi was as superintendent. Everyone except for Joe Petty. He was her biggest supporter as she brought in terrible principals like Carenza Jackson and Lisa Dyer, refused to suspend students in order to improve attendance and graduation rates, and brought in a $50,000 a year “spokeswoman” so she didn’t have to face the media. Here’s what he wrote about her on the way out:
Mike Gaffney opposed Melinda Boone the whole way and she likely left because she feared he would be elected mayor.
2. Joe Petty is part of an inclusive, rich, white men only club.
Joe Petty and his friends call themselves “progressive.” They’re not. Jim McGovern, Joe Petty, Ed Markey, Ed Augustus, Dicky Rushton – these are all just politically connected, upper middle class white people who scratch each other’s backs and pretend to care about issues affecting people of color and women. Gaffney is widely supported by leaders in the community of color like Mesfin Beshir and Jackie Kostas, his fundraisers are held at blue collar establishments like Rocky’s. Meanwhile Petty had a $500 per person fundraiser at the Worcester Club. Here’s the flier for it:
You’ll notice that of the 46 people on there, 40 are men, and no one is black. This is the group that supposedly represents progress and warns you about the evils of Mike Gaffney and TEA PARTY!!
1. Our city is safe.
This is the biggest problem with Petty – he’s a liar. We wouldn’t have a problem with him if he’d admit there are issues in Worcester that need to be addressed. But it’s simply unacceptable to deny that our schools are not safe, our neighborhoods are being encroached by hooligans, and our police could use more resources. Gaffney often is criticized for being too negative, but in reality he’s just pointing out the things he is going to try to fix as mayor. If you think it’s a bad thing to fix problems, then vote for Petty. But if you think problems need to be addressed then vote for Gaffney.
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