KROL-MAZZEO LETTERS GET TO HEART OF FERRIN ‘MONKEY TRIAL’ … TACTICS OF GANG OF FOUR MAY BOOMERANG … plus … SHERIFF BABEAU GOING DOWN IN FLAMES
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, PRESIDENTS DAY, MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2012) — Back at the ranch after road time, and THE PLANET enjoys a rare day off — day off, we said, and MRS. PLANET insists, thus, we will keep this brief.
Tomorrow, we present the back-and-forth of a series of e-mails two of my Right Honorable Good Friends sent to each other following the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, also known as the Jeff Ferrin Monkey Trial.
The exchange began after our coverage of the issue, when John Krol questioned Melissa Mazeo’s comments on the Ferrin matter. Krol wanted to know if THE PLANET had quoted Mazzeo accurately (we had). That began a series of back-and-forths that are revealing on several levels. Those will be presented here, in full, and exclusively, tomorrow. It’s a can’t miss.
‘Character’ Issue May Boomerang
The bitter feelings and reverberation stemming from the actions of four councilors — Jonathan Lothrup, Barry Clairmont, Christine Yon, and Paul Capitanio — have only begun to surface. It may take several more council meetings, AND PERHAPS AS LONG AS THE NEXT TWO YERAS, but the “character” issue that the Gang of Four raised in reference to Jeff Ferrin will come up again like the uncomfortable remnants of a poorly cooked meal improperly digested.
If “character” now becomes the issue with appointments but also, retroactively, to include anyone holding public office, things are going to get mighty interesting. Many sins heretofore hidden will become sins to be waved before the public. If the action is to proceed in this direction, THE PLANET suggests that councilors, in the name of We The People, start with Cliff Nilan and Carmen Massimiano.
After the dust settled, it has become clear that the pre-emptive attack on Jeff Ferrin was launched as a tacit strike against Mayor Dan Bianchi. It appears that in rejecting this otherwise solid appointment to a nondescript commission, the Gang delivered the message that the mayor is in for a struggle. If that’s what is indeed happening, we warn the Gang: Don’t attempt to derail the government for strictly political reasons. This is not a warning. This is not a threat. This is the inexorable logic of We The People, who are sick of Pittsfield’s poisonous politics and the fetid fractures it produces.
Krol-Mazzeo: Love Letters in the Sand, Hardly
We shall publish the Krol-Mazzeo message exchange in full tomorrow. We won’t pre-empt what the messages say, but we will tell you of the surprising conclusion. Mazzeo offered to discuss this issue and any others in open forum with Krol, suggesting that Dan Valenti moderate. We immediately wrote to the two councilors, extending our offer to serve as facilitator of a “public discussion” on the Ferrin issue as well as any and all others. To our delight, both immediately accepted.
It’s just a question of where and when, and not if. So be looking for this soon, on a TV set and/or computer screen near you: Krol vs. Mazzeo: A Community Discussion. We think the discussion will serve a great community purpose, and we commend our two Right Honorable Good Friends for agreeing so eagerly to share so openly, in the same room as the dreaded PLANET.
BABEAU CASE: GOING DOWN IN FLAMES
We said this would be quick. Please allow one more observation: Paul Babeau: GD Phony Bastard.
The former North Adams city councilor and Berkshire County Commissioner, who moved out to Wacko Land, Ariz., got the tight-side-walls haircut before shaving his head, and taking his plays directly from the Mein Kampf playbook, soiled the bed big time out west. Sheriff Babeau, who has made trogladyte, reactionary, rabid-right poltics his ticket to the national stage, went down in flames after his man lover and he split, and the jilted party went airborne to the press.
That Eerie, 1000-Yard Stare
In Babeau’s time as a wannabe in Berkshire County, THE PLANET did a few radio shows with him. We never felt comfortable with the guy’s manner or that eerie, 1,000-yard stare. Now this. We can share that when the Babeau for Congress brain trust began to go to work, they approached THE PLANET exploring if we were for hire to supply writing and political consultation services. We immediately and politely declined. Goes to show that often, going with your gut is the best thing to do.
We are sorry to see what has become of an apparently troubled person, who Went West, Young Man.
THAT’S IT. WE’RE OUTTA HERE. DON’T FORGET THIS COMING SUNDAY, THE REAL PITTSFIELD BENEFIT FOR PETER MOORE AND FAMILY, 12:30 TO 5 P.M., SUNDAY, AT CHAMELEON’S NIGHTCLUB. PLEASE ATTEND AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT.
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.