Pam Malumphy, the person whom the evidence STRONGLY suggests has filed an ethics complaint against Pittsfield Mayor Jimmy Ruberto and OCD director Deanna Ruffer, sent THE PLANET an frenzied e-mail in response to our repeated attempts to get her to say something, on the record, about our story. We present, unedited, her words:
What can one say to such an over-emotional missive? As you can see, Malumphy has a bee not just in her bonnet but elsewhere, where it has apparently decided to reside. We don’t think the sun shines there, either. We’re sorry, but the big boys don’t fight in the arena this way. Pammy, woulded as she apparently is by this website’s dedication to the truth, has decided to play to “helpless female” role, and she is trying to paint THE PLANET and Jimmy Rubedrto and … well, we shall stop there … as the “men who think they know it all.”
Message to Pam: I thought you said you were ready to play in the big ring, by big boys’ rules? Apparently not.
THE PLANET responded to Pam that we did, will, and continue to tell the ABSOLUTE TRUTH about the circumstances surrounding our attempt to contact her for comment on the report that she has taken action against Ruberto. From her response, she says she never got that e-mail. We will take her at her word, and believe this is true, because of what seems to be an error in the automatic address features of our computer system.
She did learn of the matter, though, from this website, and immediately contacted us in unprintable words, including one of a personal nature directed at us. Our question, which we still pose, is why, then, did she not address the issue?
THE PLANET notices that in her anger, Malumphy avoids the question. She has now sent THE PLANET four e-mails in the past two days and has not once responded to our question. We answered each of those e-mails in a forthright and respectful manner. Nonetheless, she has decided, for some reason unknown to us and known only to her, to continue with personal attacks on Yours Truly. That is her right, and , while we accept it [BBs against a battleship!], we can only shake our head at her approach. This is uncharacteristic of the Pam Malumphy we know. Perhaps there is something else going on with her that would explain the odd behavior.
She could have responded, the first time she heard about this, with a simple confirmation or denial. It would have prevented the tempest that she herself has created. Instead, Malumphy has decided to react in a way that will severely damage much of whatever political credibility she still retains after several losing campaigns. We’ve lost count; we think it’s three (at-large, state rep, and mayor).
For whatever reason, Malumphy has a dislike of Jim Ruberto that has spilled over into “personal” and that borders precipitously on the irrational. Instead of addressing this matter reasonably and with honesty, she has responded in a way that I would have thought uncharacteristic of her, that is, with hysteria.
Pam does her cause and her viability no good, nor does she do justice to her gender by acting as the stereotypical “emotional female” that deserves to be retired.
We can only speculate, since Malumphy chooses not to address the issue, as to why she has reacted this way. Speculations sometimes are useful, but here they aren’t, except to observe by way of footnote that perhaps she’s upset that THE PLANET’s sleuthing is so adept at finding out something that she wanted to keep hidden.
We understand why she would want to file an ethics complaint secretly, because that’s how the process works. However, we at THE PLANET also have an obligation on behalf of The Little Guy to report news like this. If it was not true, she’s now had four direct chances to tell us that. She has not done so. We can only conclude that what we currently report — that she has again gone after Jim Ruberto — is true.
And it is news, if in fact she has filed the complaint. We believe she has because we have the information from a CLOSE friend. It’s news because it involved the mayor, the CEO of a city. It’s news because if what she’s alleging regarding the mayor is not true or even some picky thing that should be left alone, it harms every person in the city of Pittsfield. It does so because the mayor and other city staff must direct time, energy, and resources to reply to this — what shall we call it, take your pick — “investigation” or “harassment.” Yeah, “harrassment” seems like a good word here.
Malumphy has always spoke about her respect for the truth. She’s also been supportive of the notion that sunshine is the best disinfectant in public affairs. As anyone knows who has followed our career, that is one of THE PLANET’s key philosophical assumptions. What we don’t get is why, when the sunshine is directed to her actions, she has such a problem.
That is for her to answer.
We look forward to her attack on THE PLANET in the upcoming Gazette. It will help sell papers. Meanwhile, we genuinely wish Malumphy well. As she has proven in the past, she is a woman with some talent and a desire for public service. We only hope she decides to use these God-given gifts in a productive way.
REPLY and NO REPLY
The subhead to this item comes from one of our correspondents who uses the name of one of the great Beatles songs, “No Reply.” It got us here at THE PLANET to think.
This website, as all do, have a feature allowing people to respond. That’s the excitement of the web, an interactivity that can’t be matched by any other medium. It’s the webmaster’s choice to activate this feature, and here at THE PLANET, we have and will continue to do it. I will say, though, that for each legitimate response to a post, there’s several (sometimes many) that have to be deleted, for one of two reasons. The post is either spam or spam-like, or it contains gratuitous vulgarity and other unpublishable content.
It’s interesting, being backstage at a site like this, to see such how the traffic moves. It is a small thing, but maybe not as small as we would all like. For if the percentages of reasonable posts to unreasonable ones stays at its current level or goes even higher, it doesn’t bode well for our society, culture, country, or democracy.
But we are happy. Good stuff lies ahead, including tonight marquee match of THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. To good maybe great teams, deciding who’s tops in football.
AND THAT’S ALL FOR NOW, FOLKS, BECAUSE IT’S SUNDAY, AND WE HAVE A DINNER PARTY SCHEDULED AT VILLA VALENTI THAT IS THE TALK OF THE TOWN. LOVE TO ALL.