PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 2011) — It appears that the biggest political swindle since the Consent Decree, Teapot Dome, and the Cardiff Giant  has been successfully pulled off by the GOB, the Special Interests, and other Interested Parties with a (financial and otherwise) stake in the outcome.


You have to admire the planning, the chess playing, and the subterfuge, even though for the electoral process and for people’s confidence in government, this reeks more than Hill 78 on a blistering August day.

The elements of the plot seem simple, but in orchestrating them, particularly through the obstacle course of two elections — yes, for the crooks, elections are not opportunities to seize but obstacles to be overcome, because they see voters as stooges who can potentially derail their plans — the planners had to be precise. They played with a shaved deck and cheating. They cheated because they get to make the rules. That’s why there was a Special Election held separately from the General Election. That was the key to the plot, as inside sources are telling THE PLANET.

The following information comes from several sources, but one in particular who claims knowledge of the plot.


These are the elements, as best as THE PLANET can piece it together from the ample amount of evidence, using a large dollop of inductive reasoning, and working the phones with several key sources:

(1) Back in July 2010, Lt. Gov. Tim Murray comes to Pittsfield as the conclusion of a series of secret meetings with local officials, including Mayor Ruberto, the two Gerrys (Doyle and Lee), and other Usual Suspects. The meeting, held in the back room at Del Gallos, includes 3rd Berkshire District Rep. Chris “No Show” Speranzo. Remo gives them drinks and pizza, on the house. There money is no good at Remo’s.

(2) Speranzo is up for re-election in November 2010. That’s Key No. 1 to the plan.

(3) The plan calls for No Show to run for re-election but never tell the voters that soon after winning, he will resign his seat and become the next clerk magistrate of central Berkshire District Count, a lifetime post that pays $110,000 a year plus a generous benefits package. No Show gladly licks the boots of his masters in return for his lifetime payday.

(4) The plotters know that getting No Show approved by the Governor’s Council will be a slam dunk, since the panel is split along party lines, with Democrats having the deciding vote.

(5) Thus, No Show doesn’t even bother to campaign. He ducks debates and public appearances. He refuses every attempt by THE PLANET for a discussion about all this, including carrier pigeon.  Meanwhile, Green Party newbie Mark Miller campaigns hard. He gives No Show a scare, but No Show gets his seat back.

(5a) As an aside, No Show is also know as “Larded” in honor of how he was given the seat gift wrapped when Peter Larkin got re-elected, never telling the voters he was going to quit for the private sector. That set up the first special election, in which Larded beat Terry Kinnas. Otherwise, Larded would have been unelectable. No surprise there, since, in the private sector, he’s unemployable. It’s not far-fetched to see that the seeds of this plot began with Larkin’s resignation, when the GOB tapped the pathetic Larded for the state rep’s job.

(6) No Show, as planned, resigns. That sets up a Special Election. Common sense would say, OK, we have a General Election coming up anyway, in November, and we can put that on the ballot. A double bill would handily take care of both. No, the GOB says. That would confuse We The People (as if they gave a crud about the electorate). We The People are far too stupid to handle the situation. Actually, they fear We The People. They know they won’t have a chance to win the seat legitimately, so they decide that the 3rd Berkshire Seat will be determined by a $40,000 election (paid for by taxpayers, oh the irony!) in two phases, each conducted in between the two phases of the General Election. Now THAT will confuse the peons.

(7) Back in July 2010 (see Step 1) as part of Larded’s assumption as clerk mag, the GOBs decide they need a compliant stooge (oxymoron!). They decide on Tricia Farley-Bouvier. She is sooooooooo beholding to them, and that will assure that once she gets to Boston, she will “play ball.” She won’t rock the boat. The leadership will have her vote, and it will throw some doughballs her way. The potential problem of her inexperience and the fact that she’s a light-weight (figuratively speaking) leads to …

(8) The appointment of TFB to a fancy new title in Mayor Ruberto’s office at a $15,000 raise. TFB goes from junior secretary (admin assistant) to Chief of Staff and Director of Lots of Important Stuff. With her new title and money, she can use that on her resume when she stumps for state rep.

(9) With no one paying attention in the invisible election, she can easily sake by the massive inconsistency of being so pro-education for Pittsfield at the same time that she takes two of her chittlins out of the Pittsfield public school system in favor of the superior Lenox schools. The Lenox teams are known as The Millionaires.

(10) Everyone from Gov. Patrick on down, all good loyal Democrats, will provide TFB with an instant organization all all the money she wants. Was all of the money, in-kind services, and other organization support transferred legally? We don’t know the answer to that question. As for Mark Miller, Pam Malumphy, and Mark Jester, well, tough cookies. They have to organize and raise funds on their own. They won’t have Big Daddy to hold their hand to do ALL the heavy lifting.

(11) Having the Special Election in September (primary) and October (final) guarantees that We The People will be confused and — MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL — there will be low turnout.

(12) For the primary, the GOBs convince Ward 2 councilor Peter White to run for state rep. White poses no threat. He couldn’t possibly win, but he will split the vote so that the kid Ryan Scago can’t shock the world. White, innocent as he is, doesn’t realize he’s being played for D&D (deaf and dumb, in street lingo). They appease White by saying, no problem. If (they mean “when”) you lose for state rep, you run a sticker campaign. We’ll get you in to reclaim the ward 2 seat. Guaranteed. Actually, they don’t know that. White may get beat in Ward 2, but they don’t care about Peter White. He has served his purpose, and now he’s disposable.

(13) Low turnout triggers TFB’s narrow win.

(14) For the General Election, they realize they have three strong candidates opposing the Chosen One. They’re not worried about Mark Jester, since he’s a Dreaded Republican. Not enough votes there about which to fret. With Mark Miller and Pam Malumphy, though, that’s another story. Both are former Democrats. Both have political experience. Both will tap into the electorate’s anger. And, fortunately, both will cancel each other out.

(15) The GOB got the scare of their life in Miller’s near upset of Larded in November 2010. They are afraid of his bid. They get the break of their lives when Malumphy decides she’s going to run as an independent. That prevents a smear campaign against Miller, because they know Malumphy will take care of Miller for them. They also know that Malupmhy has burned too many bridges within the party to win. She is the perfect person to help assure that her enemy, TFB, wins. It’s a delicious irony for the GOB. Not only will they get their girl in, they will see a girl they despise go down to her fourth straight election defeat, rendering her Officially Unelectable. AN INTERESTING QUESTION THAT KNOW ONE HAS ANSWERED YET IS WHY DID MALUMPHY RUN? Was this her decision, or was there something much deeper involved? We can’t answer. We just know that Malumphy’s presence prevented Miller’s victory and assured Tricia’s.

(16) Or so the GOB hoped. Even then, they knew it would close. Internal polling done for TFB indicated “Too close for Comfort.” They worried sleeplessly about Miller pulling off the upset. Solution: Bring Gov. Deval Patrick in for the photo op on the Friday before the election. Have the Boring Broadsheet pump it up, big.

(17) In the campaign, especially late, avoid all debates or meaningful discussion of issues. Don’t let TFB have a chance to shoot herself in the head. Give her the talking points and tell here, “Honey, stick to the script.”

(18) Election Day. Special Election, held at a time that will assure the lightest of turnouts. Success! Only 20-something percent vote. Low 20s, their polls say, will translate into victory. And that’s what happens.

(19) TFB beats Miller by little more than a percentage point. Of the total electorate, Miller loses by fractions of a percentage point. But a win is a win is a win. The GOB celebrates. They pop the Dom late into the night, thanking God that 80% of the unwashed slobs (they meant We The People) didn’t vote.

(20) And so TFB, unqualified as she might be but with portfolio, goes to Boston. Like the plot to kill JFK, the plan is pulled off brilliantly. As with JFK’s death, the victory comes with a huge added bonus. It assures that We The People will be even more disgusted and become more jaded, thus ensuring the snakes will retain their stranglehold on the republic and the democratic process.

And that, according to the evidence and sources, is how they did it: The Perfect Murder. Victim: We The People.






  1. Still wondering
    October 20, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    Remember TFB gets to keep all the money the Dem State committee gave to here. Instant war chest for a year from now.
    And watch how next time the BB praises her as the “experienced” candidate.

  2. Dave Bubriski
    October 20, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    Look for Paul (the nomad) Mark to get a deal just like No Show did. Take note this is what happens when a carpetbagger comes into a town like Hancock. He folded his tent and went to Peru. At least TFB has community roots if nothing else.

    • Jim Gleason
      October 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

      Just like the nomad Squiggy ruberto came back to Pittsfield as the prodigal son and ruined our city for years to come. As k the people of Hancock Rd. what they were promised and what they got.

  3. Richard
    October 20, 2011 at 9:29 am #


    • Mr. Bossman
      October 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

      Agree but she doesn’t have her own agenda. She’s carrying water for the Bog Boys, and she will do as they order. That’s part of the deal. She says nothing and does nothing, on her own. She’s totally bought and sold.

  4. Silence Dogood
    October 20, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    I understand that the famous political consultants, Dewy, Cheatem & Howe were hired by the GOB’s

  5. Silence Dogood
    October 20, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    Dan did you make your predictions for this election based on the respective war chests of the four candidates?

  6. ambrose bearse
    October 20, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    Are you kidding? – this is great! the BB’s got a new cover girl – can you wait for tomorrow to get your paper to see if she’s front page above the fold or below – followed by her life story continued to page five where you’ll see a few more pics with her family and mayor Jimmy – hopefully she’ll reveal a little more leg – and with a name like Bouvier, there might even be a greek shipping magnet waiting in boston – On a brighter note, read todays Lenox honor roll – you’ll be happy to see that you only have six more years to ship your tax $ out to Lenox

  7. Silence Dogood
    October 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    Who will the job as Tricia’s aids? (1 in Boston 1 in the district) They must have the person picked out by now.

    • Mr. Bossman
      October 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

      They have both of them picked out.

    • Jim Gleason
      October 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

      I think she’s gonna offer one to me. HA!!

      • Silence Dogood
        October 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

        I thought you might help the mayor write his biography

        • danvalenti
          October 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

          I would love to do that, providing he names names.

      • Steve Wade
        October 21, 2011 at 4:49 am #

        Jim That would be nice! Its about time you got a job.

  8. Silence Dogood
    October 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Is it true she’s gonna have her district office in Lenox near a school?

  9. beezer
    October 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    vote for a good person..Joe Nichols!

  10. Jonathan Melle
    October 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    So who are the Good Old Boys backing for Pittsfield Mayor this year? Pete Marchetti or Dan Bianchi?

    • Mr. Bossman
      October 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

      Marchetti. The residual anger from Tricia’s “election” has and will damage Marchetti, more than he realizes. You can bet on it: Her win meant Marchetti’s upcoming loss, though certain interested parties will try to prevent that and pull out all stops for Peter. Look for the campaign to get ugly on his end.

  11. Ron Kitterman
    October 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    I’m going to say something that may surprise you I voted for TFB not because she’s a Democrat, but because she was the most qualified in her personal and professional life. And as a bonus she can get right to work for us. Good thing she is going to Boston, because she is sucking the oxygen out of the air here. We need some shovel ready jobs Tricia….

    • Steve Wade
      October 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

      Heller, I mean Dan that was the best blog Ive read in a long time! Are there secret tapes in Baltimore too? Did the GOB have anything to do with the Kennedy assassination? Dan don’t use your phone I think they might have put a tap on it. PS Did they hack your computer too?

      • Silence Dogood
        October 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

        whatever happened to the secret tapes in Baltimore guy?

    • Jim Gleason
      October 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

      R on, I gave you credit for more intelligence than you have, evidently.

      • danvalenti
        October 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

        Ron’s a sharp guy who knows the score. As you do, my good friend. Thank you for being A CITIZEN.

    • Silence Dogood
      October 20, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

      I can only think of the words of Vinny

    • ambrose
      October 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

      “she’ll hit the ground runnin’ baby’ G.LEE said so

      October 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

      RON KITTERMAN ” I VOTED FOR TFB NOT BECAUSE SHE”S A DEMOCRAT” Come on Ron that is the MAin reason you voted for her and you know it!!!!!

        October 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

        Ron: Also how could you vote in Pittfireld, thought you live in LEE

  12. Ray Ovac
    October 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    DV, which public official specifically makes the ruling as to whether or not a Special Election is held versus waiting til Election Day in November to cast ballots?

    • Jim Gleason
      October 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

      The state legislature has to vote yes and then Galvin has to approve their decision.

    • danvalenti
      October 20, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

      Ultimately, it’s Bill Galvin, secretary of state. Gerry Doyle works for him and cashes in to do the Local Bidding.

      • ambrose
        October 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

        $27,385.00 per year for Gerry

  13. Ray Ovac
    October 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    JG, who was the solon who introduced the bill?

  14. Jim Gleason
    October 20, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    Galvin is the secretary of state in MA.

    • danvalenti
      October 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

      Remember, too, that Gerry Doyle is an employee of Bill Galvin. Small world, isn’t it?

    • Ray Ovac
      October 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

      JG, for the legislature to vote yes on a bill, someone in the legislature first has to introduce the bill and I was wondering which hack introduced the bill?

  15. Jim Gleason
    October 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    What’s a solon?

    • danvalenti
      October 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

      A solon is a Senator, either state or federal. LAzily, it is used to describe all legislators.

      • Ray Ovac
        October 21, 2011 at 11:42 am #

        Howie Carr often uses the term ‘solon’ when referring to specific crooks in the Mass. state legislature.

  16. beezer
    October 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    I’ve heard of Solon, Ohio..maybe it’s a typo?

  17. Silence Dogood
    October 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Note to Tricia: when they call the roll at the State House don’t be confused if the democrats say not guilty your honor instead of present.

    • Tony Truran
      October 20, 2011 at 9:20 pm #


  18. Silence Dogood
    October 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    Top reason Mark Miller lost

    Michael Moore marathon on MSNBC

    October 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    Never can get rid of this GOB demo’s (Doyle etc.) even after they lose quit or whatever. Another example: Barett uo North!!!

  20. Tony Dinsmore
    October 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    Just some good old fashioned politics from the state that invented gerrymandering.

  21. beezer
    October 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    @Planet..what exactly does Mr. Doyle do for Bill Galvin?

    • JoeBlow
      October 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

      Gerry Dolye is Gavin’s liquor roadie.

  22. Steve Wade
    October 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    Dan You are such a fool!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. just saying
    October 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    Your comments are childish, they belong on Topix.

    October 20, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    One thing Steve Wade can do is: MAKE NO SENSE

    • Mr. Bossman
      October 21, 2011 at 6:30 am #

      JS and CONCERN
      Yes, I’m relatively new to this site and was drawn here by the coverage of two issues: PCBs and the campaign. I’ll be honest. I’ve never been much of a Valenti fan, but I have great respect for his work. On these two issues he’s been the leading media voice. I’m writing, though, to be in agreement with your assessment of S. Wade. I don’t know him from Adam, but I do know that he has yet to make a comment that adds to the discussion. His type of comment is what you find on Topix and that ilk.

  25. Tony Truran
    October 20, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    Gerrey Doyle, should be drawn, quartered, and buried on Hill 78 with the REST OF THE WASTE,

  26. HadToSaySomething
    October 20, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    I have to disagree that the democrats have to “persuade” elections. What you described was a cigar smoke filled backroom from the 50’s. When was the last time the 3rd district wasn’t represented by a democrat? Any democrat should be able to hold down that seat. Democrats hold a 127-33 advantage in the house. Do you really think they would go to all that trouble to ensure another democratic seat? I believe that a conference probably took place, but it was to determine what lackey they would “promote” into that seat. Ruberto probably feels he still owes TFB for her vote to get the Colonial Theater a $1 million dollar hand out and promoted her. She is willing to travel to Boston and “bobble” her head and vote “yes or no” on the democratic platform. Will she make a dramatic and heart felt speech once or twice a year? Probably. Will anyone listen? No. The vote will be 127-33. Can she bring home something extra for the schools? I hope so. Larkin brought home the computer initiative. Or was that just for being a good soldier in the consent agreement with GE? Good luck Tricia. You’ll need it.

  27. beezer
    October 21, 2011 at 3:11 am #

    What happened in front of Broulees last night?

  28. rick
    October 21, 2011 at 3:23 am #

    its really humorous this cast of charecters in this comedy, it seems all the players are boozers….. doyle , lee. remo…..roberto….its kind of sobering to think the drivers of our community are drunkards,,,,

    October 21, 2011 at 5:55 am #

    you can add Peter Marchetti to that list I’m told. His office I was told is Lach’s Lounge on Fenn St.

  30. Mr. Bossman
    October 21, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    I have seen Mr. Marchetti in several states of inebriation at various barrooms and gin mills. From what I gather, his drinking has increased during the campaign.

    • Jim Gleason
      October 21, 2011 at 8:41 am #

      Then he’ll fit right in with two of the recent mayor’s, Doyle and ruberto.

    • Jim Gleason
      October 21, 2011 at 8:43 am #

      Then he’ll fit right in with two of our most recent mayor’s, Doyle and ruberto.

      • Curious
        October 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

        Jim, curious with GD did to make you so angry. I thought he was close friends with your dad and actually did a lot to help you.

    October 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    Silent Dogood I seen the guy with Balimore tapes a couple of weeks ago walking near Park Square. He no longer holds the sign. He looked real good however.