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THIS D.A.’s RACE IS DIFFERENT: IT’S ACTUALLY SHOWING ON THE RADAR SCREEN

 


BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, AUG. 11, 2018) — It’s been clear since the race began that the contest for the Democratic nomination for Berkshire County District Attorney would not be about issues. For those just tuning in, this election will be decided in September, since there is no Republican challenger … or challenger from any other party, to be technical. The race features the interim incumbent, Paul Caccaviello, appointed by the governor following the premature resignation of D.A. David Capeless; Andrea Harrington, attorney; and Judith Knight, attorney.

Cacc has the backing of what we loosely term The Machine, which needs no definition. Interestingly, though, Harrington has garnered high-profile support from other politicos and players that in the past had been linked to The Machine, personages such as Linda Tyer, John Krol, Barry Clairmont, Peter Marchetti, and others. An interesting weather vane is councilor-at-large Peter White, a good one for taking readings of wind direction and pointing that way. Who, if anyone, has he publicly backed? This subplot indicated a split in The Machine, a division that could have implications for the city elections in 2019.

Typically, the D.A.’s race garners as much attention as the school committee farce (six candidates, six seats in the free and open elections). This one is different. Some think it’s not about the D.A.’s seat at all but the old Machine trying to hold power versus a new Machine trying to get off the ground and unseat the Old Guard. THE PLANET does not subscribe to this theory, but we have an open mind.

Does the New Guard think a Harrington win would pave the way for a municipal sweep in 2019? One must consider Cacciavello to prohibitive favorite at this point, for a number of reasons. It’s his election to lose. Thus far, he’s run a smart campaign — laying low, avoiding controversy, and largely “staying above” the fray. He has the hands-down edge on experience in one of the offices where experiences matters. With turnout expected to be low and with Knight splitting the “anti-” vote, it will take the miraculous for Harrington to win.

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Local elections, with their dismal turnouts, never get decided on issues. This is especially true for September primaries. What portion of the electorate finally gets to the poll won’t pay attention until after Labor Day, when summer is up and green, golds, and reds of autumn hint at their hostile takeover. The only ones truly paying heed before then, including the ever-elusive “now,” are the “bases.” Each candidate has a base, and the first duty has to be “energize the base,” as the dismal political cliche puts it. Caccaviello has done the better job of that, although Harrington has picked up steam of late, particularly with her “Did she or didn’t she” attend or “crash” Sheriff Tom Bowler annual picnic. As THE PLANET said, this race isn’t about issues.

The other matter that has thrust Harrington into the whispered headlines and street buzz concerns Knight and State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier. The rumor mill has it that TFB approached Knight with a job offer if Knight would withdraw and back Harrington. THE PLANET, reluctantly but not surprisingly, has been drawn into this palace intrigue. We had published an earlier column outlining the odds against and the winning strategies for each candidate. We said for Harrington to have a shot, she should do exactly what TFB is supposed to have done: Approach Knight with an offer. This became the dick-flimsy basis for the weird tale that we were the cause of the alleged TFB overture, to which we reply “Bullspit.” No evidence has come forward of any such offer, and we predict it never will. Those who make the allegation have the burden of proof. Their silence in the court of hard evidence and facts speaks shall have to speak for itself.

With that, let THE PLANET now turn this over to the various “interested parties.” First, we hear from Harrington on “Picnicgate:”

ANDREA HARRINGTON: “I am not sure that it’s possible to “crash” public events. It’s expected and normal that candidates attend events hosted by elected officials. I would not think anything of an opponent attending public events hosted by elected officials that are supporting my campaign. I very much value the hard and difficult work of the Sheriff and his staff and I hope that my attendance at Sheriff Bowler’s picnic communicated that. I have attended the Sheriff’s events in the past and my presence at those has always been in a spirit of support. Of course the Sheriff was, as always, gracious and welcoming. That being said, Congressman Neal’s staff requested that I meet with the Congressman at the event. Which I did.

“As to your other question [‘Did you say that people under 25 don’t have fully formed brains and therefore can’t be fully responsible for their actions?’] — The suggestion that people are not responsible for their actions due to their age is absurd. I would never say or infer anything so ridiculous. I have a 7 and 12 year old. I teach them that they are responsible for their actions. Everyone is responsible for their actions all of the time. To clarify why I was discussing scientific research around brain development: We have a serious drug problem here in Berkshire County and we have the resulting crime. We also have high recidivism rates. People from across the political spectrum have recognized that we need a new approach to these problems if we want to achieve better, cost effective results for our community. The recently passed criminal justice reform bill is the first piece of criminal justice legislation that actually looked at data and evidence in creating criminal justice policy. What I was referring to in my comments about the science around brain development- is that the human brain is still developing during the late teens and early twenties, which is something that should be taken into consideration when addressing criminal behavior because the science shows that developing brains can benefit from rehabilitation. Young people that are making poor decisions and committing non-violent crimes, may be good candidates for interventions like substance abuse treatment, job training, mental health treatment, etc. Because their brains are developing, they can be put on a better path which is preferable to the cycle of arrest, incarceration, and re-arrest. Conversely- the community always needs to be protected from violent offenders and I am committed to standing up for victims of crime irrespective of the age of the perpetrator.”

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THIS FROM A WELL-CONNECTED HARRINGTON BACKER: “I see your headline [of a previous column] is [about] moral corruption. I don’t know if you ever wrote about these cases, but check them out.

You’ll see what having a good last name can do for you in this community, with this[current] D.A [Caccaviello]. While these cases were under D.A. Dave [Capeless], Paul was first assistant and should have tried for a more equitable outcome. These are just a small example of why I can’t support the guy.” [NOTE: THE PLANET was unable to publish these as “hot” links because of technical translation issues. We invite readers to enter in the sites to check our the information]:

  • https://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/11/pittsfield_marijuana_guns_in_h.html
  • https://www.mass.gov/news/mazzeo-pleads-guilty-placed-on-probation
  • http://www.november.org/stayinfo/breaking06/Capeless.html

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THIS FROM “BARNEY FIFE”“I read your post advising Andrea Harrington to “take the gloves off. [NOTE: We did not ‘advise’. What ‘Barney” refers to is our column in which we outlined a strategy for her to win. THE PLANET did that for all three candidates]. I see your interest is more global – addressing the corruption in Pittsfield – a sentiment with which I completely agree.

“The biggest issue in the race is the awfulness of David Capeless, and the awfulness of allowing such a man to anoint his successor.

“I believe that one glaring example of Capeless’s corruption and moral vacancy deserves more attention. Thanks to a compliant Berkshire Eagle, this story has gone almost entirely under the radar. I started looking into it as I reviewed the case of Mitchell Lawrence, the high school kid who was sent off to jail for 2 years by David Capeless for selling one joint. When Lawrence’s sentencing appeal was rejected, Capeless crowed about how justice had been done, the kid deserved what he was getting, and on and on.

“That mindset did not seem to apply to a man named Roberto V. Mazzeo. Mazzeo, a 36-year-old former corrections officer, was arrested in late 2014 with 63 lbs. of pot, some quantity of psychedelic mushrooms, over a dozen weapons including a stolen handgun and assault rifle, a bulletproof vest, a lot of cash, and scales and dealing paraphernalia. See the link below.

https://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/11/pittsfield_marijuana_guns_in_h.html

“For about three years, the case appears to have been kept idle and quiet. Then, last October 2017, it was announced that Mazzeo had pled guilty to a handful of reduced drug charges — the weapons charges were all thrown out at the ‘request of the Commonwealth’. His sentence, at the recommendation of the Berkshire DA’s office, was ONE YEAR OF PROBATION. See link below.

https://www.mass.gov/news/mazzeo-pleads-guilty-placed-on-probation

Mazzeo is the cousin of John Mazzeo, a Pittsfield PD investigator who is the treasurer of the police union that just endorsed Caccaviello.

one joint = two years in jail
63 lbs. of weed, shrooms, automatic weapons, etc. thrown out by D.A., then guilt on remaining charges = one year probation

Something is terribly wrong with this.”

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THE PLANET ALSO RECEIVED THIS NOTE“I would very much like to give you my identity, but for the time being I need to remain anonymous. I am not a direct party, but I know some people who have suffered terribly at the corrupt hands of David Capeless. Their case is very likely the reason Capeless resigned – under pressure from the MA Attorney General’s Office. Maybe you have heard whispers about this situation, maybe not. But I can’t be the one to break the whole story to you, because I am not a direct party and it is not my place. I am one of many who knows the loose sketch of what happened and it is awful. Sometime in the near future, big news is going to break and the floodgates will open up. Until then, I will send you independently-verifiable information as I discover it.

“I hope you understand my caution. I care about the parties involved and they have suffered mightily.

Thought you might be interested.”

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FINALLY, ONE INSIDER’S REPORT ON ‘PICNICGATE’ “Now, OFF THE RECORD, from what I understand whatever happened at the sheriff’s picnic was due to the rude behavior of Robin McGraw. To begin, Robin McGraw is an aging trust fund baby whose fragile ego was recently wounded deeply when his planned big dollar fundraiser for Paul Caccaviello in Great Barrington turned out to be a total flop. In fact, the event was such a disaster that Sheriff Bowler was seen giving McGraw a tongue-lashing outside Crissey Farm, where the sparsely-attended event took place. McGraw was wounded. Such a sad thing for this flamboyant drama queen who prefers to enjoy the adoration of cocktail party types with his over-acting as the master of ceremonies at the Berkshire Museum Gala and other such events. He overpromised and underdelivered. Perhaps to prove to his GOB friends he was still valuable in this race, McGraw took to the opportunity to take his frustration out on Andrea Harrington. As all the aging, sexist old school men began to whisper outrage that this woman (Harrington) dare set foot at their annual male ego massaging sausage fest, McGraw couldn’t help but lash out at Harrington. To her credit, Harrington kept her cool and batted away the ridiculous attack.”

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Given the lack of serious coverage of this race by local media, particularly the local daily, THE PLANET sees it as a journalistic duty to air the issues and the allegations of, on, and around this race. We shall continue to do so and will be open to all information from all these candidacies. Passing along missives from other parties should not be construed as any kind of endorsement, either explicit or implied. We do so because of our belief in getting as much information into the hands of the electorate as we can. It is and shall be our dual function to make judgments on the known facts, offer assessments on the rumors when we feel it is relevant, and serve as a forum for the views of others. As always, our editorial judgment is final on this site.

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117 Responses to “THIS D.A.’s RACE IS DIFFERENT: IT’S ACTUALLY SHOWING ON THE RADAR SCREEN”

  1. Jonathan Melle
    August 12, 2018 at 9:18 pm #

    What is your prediction for the number or percentage of voter turnout for the Berkshire County District Attorney race on September 4th, 2018? It is usually around 20% of voters.
    I wonder how much it will really matter which one of the three Democratic candidates win the primary election. I don’t think it will make any real difference!
    Pittsfield has lost over 80% of its living wage jobs over the past 50 years. It is one of the most economically unequal communities in the state and nation. A majority of residents live in or near poverty. Pittsfield is a fertile area for criminals to prey on the weak, vulnerable, and powerless. The Good Old Boys ran Pittsfield into the proverbial ditch! Pittsfield is in a never-ending downward spiral!

    • danvalenti
      August 13, 2018 at 7:28 am #

      JON
      Turnout will be 20.6%, rounded off to 21. I am forever an optimist, you see.

      • Thomas More
        August 13, 2018 at 10:56 pm #

        I’ve lived a very long time and this is the strangest election I’ve ever witnessed. As the Trumpster would say, ‘there’s good and bad on both sides’. Having no dog in the fight both sides tell us how important it is that we vote while both hope we stay home.

        • danvalenti
          August 14, 2018 at 8:42 am #

          I love that last sentence, TM.

  2. SisterGoldenHair
    August 12, 2018 at 9:31 pm #

    Cacc is not the machine candidate – Harrington is, which is why all the machine is backing her. Bowler is not part of the machine. Massamianno was and he challenged him and Massamianno scrammed. He worked with cacc for years. And John Mazzeo is not the cousin of, or the nephew of, the guy caught with the weed, or Melissa Mazzeo. And the kid that did 2 years was given the minimum sentence when he was found guility of dealing drugs in a school zone. And Harrington is out to lunch on violent crime -no one is going to jail for being a drug user, they are going to jail for being drug dealers, and drug dealing leads to violent crime all the time. For her to suggest rehab for drug dealers under 25 is a joke. And these drug dealers are not paying taxes while my husband and I work our asses off to get by. And let us hope Harrington and Knight split the women vote so we can keep a competent DA in office.

    • Pat
      August 13, 2018 at 5:19 am #

      I also received a flyer in the mail from the Harrington campaign and it was all about women’s issues….domestic abuse, rape, etc. I agree that Harrington is being backed by the machine more than Cacc. True, they are all progressives, but Harrington seems to be more far left. Violent crime is of concern to this community and I also agree that Harrington would not be tough enough on that issue.

      • Turk
        August 13, 2018 at 6:22 am #

        This makes no sense. Are you suggesting “domestic abuse, rape, etc” aren’t important issues in a DA race?

        • dusty
          August 13, 2018 at 8:37 am #

          Pat is a Trump worshiper if that helps you understand her concern or lack of it for women’s issues.

        • Pat
          August 13, 2018 at 2:52 pm #

          The flyer mentioned only women’s issues. Sorry, but that sounds like something out of the far left playbook. Women’s issues are important, but not the ONLY issues as the flyer would suggest.

      • The school committee
        August 13, 2018 at 1:09 pm #

        Pat to you a progressive means not regressive.

    • The school committee
      August 13, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

      Yes she is,lets just call her WHEN candidate.No more rookies

    • SoupToNuts
      August 13, 2018 at 4:02 pm #

      This is perfectly put, SisterGoldenHair!

  3. Doomiedoger
    August 13, 2018 at 12:54 am #

    Dan you say that Cavv is running a smart campaign, laying low, avoiding controversy, staying above the fray. Maybe but maybe not because there seems to be folk firing heavy artillery at Harrington even on this site. And it has a dirty campaign odor to it. Also, the female attack on the restaurant owner who expressed an opinion was not exactly “above the fray”. It was a kind of below the belt hit job that suggested a “do not cross me” attitude.

    The DA position is a powerful one and can easily be weaponized. Choose your candidate wisely.

  4. Turk
    August 13, 2018 at 6:40 am #

    This is a Whitman’s Sampler of fetid political confections. In other words, everything we come to the Planet for! If we have to live with another 14 years of business as usual in the DA office at least we’ve been briefed on what to expect.

  5. NIB
    August 13, 2018 at 6:57 am #

    No matter who is elected DA, the favors for the politically connected will still happen. Count on it.

  6. NIB
    August 13, 2018 at 8:07 am #

    Another example of the radical left showing why they are no better than the radical right.
    Members of Antifa were seen launching eggs, fireworks and water bottles at police officers and the Secret Service, beating people in the street and threatening members of the media during the uber-left, so-called anti-fascist group’s counter-protest of rightwing rallies this weekend in Washington, D.C. and Virginia.

    • Shakes his head
      August 13, 2018 at 8:13 am #

      I don’t mind white supremacists and Nazis getting beaten in the street.

      • Doomiedoger
        August 13, 2018 at 8:38 am #

        yah, but they had eggs…that crosses a line

      • NIB
        August 13, 2018 at 9:22 am #

        So police officers and Secret Service agents are white supremacists and Nazis in your world?
        It’s obvious you are part of the problem.

        • Shakes his head
          August 13, 2018 at 9:27 am #

          If you could please read your comment, which apparently you did not type yourself, it says “beating people in the street”. I suspect that if an officer had been assaulted and beaten, there would be dead protesters.

          It’s obvious you are part of the problem.

          • NIB
            August 13, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

            Refuting your stupidity is so easy.
            ‘A video posted on Twitter showed Antifa members violently attacking a police officer on a motorcycle as he drove through the crowd.’
            And…
            ‘Charlottesville police said they are investigating the assault of an officer who was knocked down during a demonstration related to the rally. The officer was knocked to the ground and swarmed after approaching a man whose face was covered, according to police. The officer wasn’t hurt, but the investigation is ongoing.’
            In a battle of wits it’s obvious I’m fighting an unarmed opponent.

          • Shakey Shakey
            August 13, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

            You are back to name-calling. Lame, simple, and common. Bet you know the water weirdo pretty well.

            Its the police’s job to be in those situations protecting the scared little Nazis. Doesn’t seem like anything more than one of them fell over.

          • 12 Gauge
            August 13, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

            Shakes, your posts are very stupid.

        • Pat
          August 13, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

          I agree with you NIB. The Antifa members are out of control. If these were Trump supporters, we would never hear the end of just how violent they are and this just shows the hypocrisy from the left and the in bed with the left media.

    • The school committee
      August 13, 2018 at 1:12 pm #

      Its all racism empowered by Trump

      • 12 Gauge
        August 13, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

        And your posts are beyond stupid.

        • dusty
          August 13, 2018 at 3:35 pm #

          They were out of control Pat? How many people did they run over with a vehicle? None?

          Ooohhh

        • The school committee
          August 13, 2018 at 6:38 pm #

          That was brilliant

          • shakey
            August 14, 2018 at 5:00 am #

            How dare the liberals be violent like the Nazis and white power thugs that you support, huh 12 Gauge, NIB, & Pat?

            ,

  7. Fugimoto Hockalugi
    August 13, 2018 at 9:48 am #

    Harrington is definitely the machine candidate. The moonbat machine.

    Her prepared statements are carefully worded . But like 0bama. Take away her TelePrompTer and she comes off as dumb as a stump.

  8. mi
    August 13, 2018 at 9:56 am #

    Trash dumpster taken away at Albany Youth Basketball Court because it hadnegative comment about the City.

    • Mr. Fritz
      August 13, 2018 at 10:07 am #

      Mi,
      So what??

  9. Buck Rogers
    August 13, 2018 at 10:02 am #

    A little birdie told me that one of our city councilors sends his kids to school in Lee, akin to TFB’s kids going out of town also.
    Does his last name rhyme with Troll?

    • Cicero
      August 13, 2018 at 9:45 pm #

      You have tried your little birdie routine too often. I have looked at your Facebook exchanges as well, so I know exactly who you are – ethics complainant BCM!

      Unfortunately, a little birdie also told me your Twitter address, which you never figured out how to erase.

      This is your best tweet, by far. Any comment?

      @Brian_C_Marquis
      Jan 6
      More
      @UMass I swear i will sue your ass for giving me that C- that should have been an A+. That is the reason i have no fucking job for more then 1 month and cant afford http://blac___.com premium. (website address concealed to comply with decency rules)

      • Brian C. Marquis
        August 14, 2018 at 6:13 am #

        You have the wrong Twitter account, Mr. Creative one. My account went under a pseudonym. Idiot!.

        And besides, the actual grade was A-.

        You really are a twister one, Cicero. The incident happened in 2010; it’s been long forgotten since the day the University won an MTD in federal court. To think UMass Amherst kept me around until 2014, when up to that date – they conferred three (3) degrees upon me. How many have college degrees have you earned? Not five, no doubt.

        Your comment is pretty funny. Did you have much trouble stealing my identity?

        You must be Tyer hack!!

        • Flogging Molly
          August 15, 2018 at 7:06 am #

          You can have as many degrees as you want Brian, but you can’t hold a job to save your life. Those degrees will look lovely in your casket when you pass on. Talking about passing on why don’t you jog backwards off a cliff?

  10. Mr. Fritz
    August 13, 2018 at 10:14 am #

    The DA’s race is a no contest – neither female lawyer has the experience of Caccaviello. I look at facts and not all the rumor & innuendo connected to this race.

    • Doomiedoger
      August 13, 2018 at 11:48 am #

      Some might suggest that the job warrants much more than the most experience.

      One of Pittsfield biggest problems is its huddling of insiders to the detrient of the general population

      • NIB
        August 13, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

        Anyone elected becomes an insider very quickly, if they aren’t already.

  11. Brian C. Marquis
    August 13, 2018 at 11:51 am #

    Ms. Harrington can’t manage a campaign staff of four or five w/o running afoul of OCPF rules & statutes. How would any reasonable mind conclude she’s skillful enough to run a 6 million dollar annual budget and a 50 member staff? She owes the I. R. S. to the tune of $20,000 and the Town of Richmond back taxes.

    This is the same Berkshire district attorney candidate who thinks texting defendants in advance of court dates, to ensure their appearance in court, as an office reform measure. All the while ignoring her Rules of Professional Conduct, which precludes her from contacting defendants, or anyone else, represented by counsel.

    And you gotta love the fact she’s now a self-acclaimed opioid expert, and she’s never tried a case in a superior court, and the list goes on and on.

    No doubt, my favorite is dispatching TFB to offer Judy Knight a job if she withdraws from the DA’s contest. Gotta love Ms. Harrington’s gumption, though.

    And now I learn John Krol went storming into Jerry Doyle’s house one night demanding her remove his Caccaviello lawn sign. My understanding is Jerry did but put them back up days later. Henchman Krol to the rescue!!!

    And how convenient a Harrington cartoon character now claims that former DA Capeless resigned under pressure from the Mass. Attorney General’s Office. A couple weeks before the September 4th primary. Imagine that, huh!!!

    Ms. Harrington is incompetent. If any of you bother to attend one or more of the scheduled debated you’d discover for yourselves just how stupid she sounds pinned up against two well-versed former ADAs. Who I might add ARE qualified to be a district attorney. But only one is a district attorney – and will be the next four years; he his Paul J. Caccaviello.

    Ms. Harirngon is clearly outta her league this time! She allowed a couple of political hacks to push her into this contest, knowing full well she’d be humiliated by a couple of seasoned lawyers. She was used as a pawn in a political power-play. Stupidity knows no boundaries!!

    • NIB
      August 13, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

      I take it you are not voting for Ms. Harrington? Hard to tell from your post.

      • Doomiedoger
        August 13, 2018 at 3:39 pm #

        He is clearly a member of the Cavv hit squad. Wonder if he was promised a position. Kelleyanne got one from Trump for her pit bull attacks on his opponents and the approach has become quite popular.

        • Cicero
          August 13, 2018 at 9:57 pm #

          He is a member of the cavv hit squad, but probably the most twisted one of the lot.

          If you have strong stomach, do a Twitter search for “Brian C Marquis”.

          Brian’s interests will come across loud and clear. And outside of Alex Jones, those interests appear to be limited to interracial porn.

          What better person to opine on our next DA.

          • Brian C. Marquis
            August 14, 2018 at 6:27 am #

            Still trying desperately to smear the message with stupid innuendos, Cicero? Good try, though!!

            At least readers know who I am. How about if you reveal your true identity? Nah, that wouldn’t work, would it? Cartoon characters are all alike – they hide behind their creators. Much like 3-year-old when someone points out the obvious!!

            You’re a funny guy, Cicero (or are a guy?). Do keep up the smear campaign; no doubt it’s the best you can do to offset Harrington’s chances of winning a post she grossly unqualified to hold.

            Instead of insulting me, you should be promoting your candidate. But I guess when all else fails, beat up on the closest thing to a winner!

            And for the record: I do not represent the Caccaviello campaign. I’m merely expressing many of Ms. Harrington shortcomings as to why she should never see the inside of the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

            And unlike your Ms. Harrington, I admit I am not qualified to work in the DA’s office.

            Keep up the good work, Cicero!! I am entertained by your constant barrage of unsubstantiated claims.

            Oh, by the way, Have you met Luca “kiddy pron” Jackson; you know the one who might be facing possession and distribution of kiddy porn charges after September 4th. You’re not doubling as Luca, are you, Cicero? If you are, you might think about hiring a good defense lawyer; you’ll need one!!

    • Cicero
      August 13, 2018 at 7:52 pm #

      Well, this was a bit of a revelation. Perused the Caccaviello Facebook page and reached the attributes of his greatest supporter. https://twitter.com/Brian_C_Marquis

      for the record, this is offensive crap that may offend people. Mr, Marquis appears to be addicted to interracial porn.

  12. Brian C. Marquis
    August 13, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

    A retraction is warranted: I wrote earlier about a confrontation between Jerry Doyle and John Krol. I misspoke about the incident.

    To be clear, the incident did not happen.

    BCM

    • Gobsig
      August 13, 2018 at 1:12 pm #

      Does Doyle still have the neon Budweiser sign in his window ?

      • Doomiedoger
        August 13, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

        No but he has the GREAT NEGOTIATOR sign General Electric gave him for his work on the PCB settlement.

        • Gobsig
          August 14, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

          You topped me there

      • Flogging Molly
        August 15, 2018 at 7:14 am #

        Noo wayy, he’s a vodka guy all the way.

  13. The school committee
    August 13, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

    Trump being accuse by Amarosa of being unfit to be president and his staff prepares him to lie everyday.The country is nuts and wall street wont budge

    • Trump Derangement Syndrome
      August 13, 2018 at 2:04 pm #

      0morosa is a low life scum ball.

    • Wondrous
      August 13, 2018 at 2:50 pm #

      The street has a mission, hold off the collapse until next terms, then they’ll swallow up all profits,win or lose trump. You’d
      be suprised who really benefited from these tax loopholes.

  14. Amanduh Brane
    August 13, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

    Check out the websites of the three candidates. Caccaviello is the only one that has a contact tab. This tells me that he wants to hear from you. Harrington and that other candidate don’t want to hear from you unless you provide your contact information. No questions please.

    Also a check of OCPF campaign information show Knight and Harrington to be flush with GOB cash and Caccaviello has a more modest amount on hand. I guess when you’re the best choice you don’t have to have a lot of money to try and bullshit people into voting for you.

  15. Bill Q
    August 13, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

    Stabbing near Courtland Place and Tyler lass night, didn’t a City Ouncilor used to live there? Ah, the Renaissance.

  16. Sum Ting Wong
    August 13, 2018 at 2:17 pm #

    If you’d like to ask Tricia if she tried to make a deal with Judy Knight here’s how to contact her. I’m sure she’d love to hear from you.

    Contact Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier
    District Office:

    33 Dunham Mall
    Pittsfield, MA 01201
    (413) 442-4300

    Boston Office:

    State House, Room 156
    Boston, MA 02133
    (617) 722-2240

    If possible, please direct correspondence to my Pittsfield office. Thank you.

    Primary Email:

    Tricia.Farley-Bouvier@mahouse.gov

    • Brian C. Marquis
      August 13, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

      Yeah, we’ll do that. We’ll ask TFB to confess to violating G. L. c. 268, sec. 4 (a), (c). Sure!

      I can tell you personally, there are at least 5 Ifive) confirmations that TFB tried, unsuccessfully, to push JK outta of the DA’s contest – at the behest of the Harrington Campaign. How do they know? Well, Judith Knight told them; that’s how they know!

      So, please don’t insult our intelligence with this stuff about calling TFB for a predetermined denial.

      The only tragedy here is that Judy Knight is too scared to come forward. But that tends to happen when a powerful public figure approaches you with a do or die ultimatum!!

      When you align yourself with deadly toxicants like John Krol and Barry Clairmont – you tend to inhale more than what’s normally acceptable.

      Hopefully, someone mounts a serious challenge to TFB in two years. It’s time Beacon Hill politics is pushed outta Berkshire County.

      P.S. No doubt TFB will lie her tiny backend off, to anyone who comes calling, just to save what’s left back there!!

      • Mr. Fritz
        August 14, 2018 at 4:23 am #

        So Brian – what are the ramifications of Trish violating c. 268, sec. 4? Would you educate the average Joe like me, who would love to see Trish tossed out of office? I find her election meddling appalling.

        • Brian C. Marquis
          August 14, 2018 at 6:32 am #

          Thank-you for the invitation to respond to your question.

          Since I am not a lawyer, I cannot dispense legal advice. Such opinions & dispositions are left up to those qualified to dispense legal advice. I am not such a person or entity!!

          But again, thank-you for the opportunity to respond!

  17. Jonathan Melle
    August 13, 2018 at 2:27 pm #

    Patrick Muraca was found guilty of wire fraud and lying to federal investigators, and he is facing up to 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

    Part of me still admires Patrick Muraca for speaking out about how the Ruberto regime and his G.O.B.’s failed city residents and businesses.

    But like Jimmy Ruberto, Patrick Muraca turned out to be yet another fraudster!

    The only difference between Patrick Muraca and Jimmy Ruberto is that the former may be heading to prison, while the latter still runs Pittsfield politics behind the scenes via the lovely Linda Tyer and their G.O.B.’s!

  18. Amanduh Brane
    August 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

    A few of Harrington’s GOB donors

    Date Contributor Address City Employer Amount
    10/10/2016 Thomas Dillon 114 Lyman St. Pittsfield $100.00
    4/16/2018 Christine Yon 33 Kittridge Rd. Pittsfield Weight Watchers $1,000.00
    4/16/2018 Joyce Bernstein 479 Hartsville, New Marlborough Rd. New Marlborough $250.00
    4/19/2018 Helen Moon 37 Deerfield St. Pittsfield $100.00
    5/23/2018 Andrea Nuciforo Jr 14 Waubeek Rd Pittsfield Nuciforo Law Group LLC $250.00
    5/23/2018 Helen Moon 37 Deerfield St. Pittsfield Fairview Hospital $25.00
    5/23/2018 Mary O’brien 117 Pollock Ave Pittsfield $100.00
    5/23/2018 Shiela Harrington Po Box 856 Lanesboro Mass Dot $100.00
    5/23/2018 Frank Engels 71 S. Church St. Unit N303 Pittsfield $100.00
    6/1/2018 Thomas Auge 117 Kittredge Road Pittsfield City of Pittsfield $500.00
    6/2/2018 Sarah Eustis 135 Taconic Ave Gt. Barrington $100.00
    6/21/2018 Benno Friedman 120 Kellogg Road Sheffield Self $250.00
    6/27/2018 M. Janet Dohoney 80 Taconic Ave. Unit 19 Gt. Barrington $100.00
    6/27/2018 Louise Farkas 69 Spadina Parkway Pittsfield $100.00
    6/28/2018 Richard Dohoney 74 Blue Hill Rd. Gt. Barrington Donovan O’connor & Dodig Llp $500.00
    7/3/2018 Bernard W. Fallon Jr. 25 Albany Rd. West Stockbridge $100.00
    7/5/2018 Michael Wilcox 217 East Rd. Alford $100.00
    7/13/2018 Dina Guiel 20 Crosby Place Pittsfield $100.00
    7/13/2018 Joyce Bernstein 479 Hartsville, New Marlborough Rd. New Marlborough $500.00
    7/17/2018 Thomas Sakshaug 222 South St. Ste. 116 Pittsfield $100.00
    7/18/2018 Katherine Yon 83 Vista St. Pittsfield $100.00
    7/18/2018 Mary McGinnis 58 Pomeroy Ave. Pittsfield $50.00
    7/18/2018 Mary O’brien 117 Pollock Ave Pittsfield $40.00
    7/18/2018 Shiela Harrington Po Box 856 Lanesboro Self $50.00
    7/18/2018 Thomas Auge 117 Kittredge Road Pittsfield City of Pittsfield $20.00
    7/18/2018 Mary McGinnis 58 Pomeroy Ave. Pittsfield $50.00
    7/20/2018 Dennis Powell 21 Meadowview Drive Pittsfield Not Employed $250.00
    7/24/2018 Helen Moon 37 Deerfield St. Pittsfield Fairview Hospital $25.00
    8/2/2018 Mary O’brien 117 Pollock Ave Pittsfield Retired $75.00
    8/2/2018 Sheila Irvin 63 Commonwealth Ave Pittsfield $75.00
    8/6/2018 Edith Dobelle 180 Elm St. Suite 1 Box 233 Pittsfield $150.00
    8/6/2018 Peter Marchetti 63 Valentine Rd. Pittsfield Pittsfield $200.00
    8/7/2018 Barry Clairmont 3 Pleasant Way Pittsfield Lombardi, Clairmont & Keenan $500.00

    • 12 Gauge
      August 13, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

      I guess this shows who the machine candidate is.

      • Brian C. Marquis
        August 13, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

        By my calculations, Ms. Harrington has accumulated in excess of 47% of her contributions from outside Berkshire County. This in addition to the rogue machine funding her Harrington shipwreck!!

        I thought this was the Berkshire District Attorney’s contest?

        Ms. Harrington has accepted donations from as away as Florida to New Jersey to New York City to Cambridge, Mass. to Timbuck to.

        Although when she loses on September 4th, Ms. Harrington could very well liquate her campaign account and use those funds to pay off a tax obligation to I. R. S. @ $20,000 and Town of Richmond.

        FYI: She did begin this second campaign in debt to the tune of $8,000. Go figure!!

    • Thomas More
      August 14, 2018 at 5:21 am #

      Barry lives at 3 Feasant way, not pleasant, like in the bird, pheasant.

      • H
        August 14, 2018 at 6:17 am #

        And Burger King

        • Gobsig
          August 14, 2018 at 6:31 pm #

          I think that nit wit lawyer, Bernardo has his office in Burger King too.

  19. Wondrous
    August 13, 2018 at 3:01 pm #

    Trump doesn’t care about the military as long as he continues to make his buddies rich off of it. Does he real the citizens want war and have to use needless equipment.

  20. Kleptocrat
    August 13, 2018 at 3:01 pm #

    Not employed but gave $250.00?

  21. Shelly Liver
    August 13, 2018 at 3:14 pm #

    Can you drive a motorized by cycle on the Ash Trail? skate Boards?

    • acheshirecat
      August 13, 2018 at 5:55 pm #

      No motorized vehicles are allowed. Electric assisted bikes are allowed. Not sure about skate boards. Never seen one on the trail.

  22. Amanduh Brane
    August 13, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

    Mr. Melle, it seems your friend can’t make up his mind.

    Date Contributor City State Zip Occupation Employer Amount Recipient
    Link to these resultsExport results to textExport results to excelExport results to PDF
    5/25/2018 Nuciforo,Jr, Andrea
    100 North Street Pittsfield MA 01201 $200.00 Caccaviello, Paul J.
    5/23/2018 Nuciforo Jr, Andrea
    14 Waubeek Rd Pittsfield MA 01201 Attorney Nuciforo Law Group LLC $250.00 Harrington, Andrea

    • Brian C. Marquis
      August 13, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

      Mr. Nuciforo is known for playing both sides of the political fence. Sad!!

      • Jonathan Melle
        August 13, 2018 at 4:20 pm #

        Nuciforo contributed to two campaigns! Luciforo gave “Caccaviello, Paul J.” $200, and “Harrington, Andrea” $250. Andrea must have gave Andrea $50 more than Paul because they have the same first name! What about Judith Knight? She should campaign on this issue! She is the best candidate because she didn’t get any of Luciforo’s money.

        • Gobsig
          August 14, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

          What a cheap bastard. Why didn’t he give Judy any money?

  23. John
    August 13, 2018 at 4:18 pm #

    Valenti has reached a new low posting a made up story about Da Capeless without bothering to call the AGs office which would deny it. Shameful partipation in fake news Dan at minimum. You ought to retract it.

    • Jonathan Melle
      August 13, 2018 at 4:22 pm #

      Please elaborate! I don’t understand your argument against blogger Dan Valenti!

      • John
        August 13, 2018 at 8:01 pm #

        Why would Dan run that anonymous bs from the Harrington campaign about DA Capeless? He’s made several fishing attempts to unearth tales of misdoings at the Da’s office and come up handed because there’s nothing there. The anonymous phony tipabout Da Capeless clearly comes from the lowest form of political malfeasance and at this place and time that source is Harrington/Krol/Farley-Bouvier. Disgusted.

        • danvalenti
          August 14, 2018 at 8:45 am #

          JOHN
          I ran it as an editorial decision, strictly, and not as a political one. It’s not “fishing attempt” but rather a act of reportage over a strain of thought that is, whether you care to admit it or not, very much part of this campaign’s undertow. In my editorial judgment, it is relevant.

          • John
            August 14, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

            No, it was wrong. It’s disgusting. Truth or titillating factor, that is all you seem to care about. The statement you posted is false. Did you make it up? Previously, you posted the fishing attempt: “What devastating secrets must that office protect? It’s just a question: Are there Very Powerful People who would be embarrassed if an “anarchist” became DA, that is, someone willing to expose whatever hidden injustices that office has up-covered?” There never was a whiff of scandal out of that office. But what is it that you are hiding from your past, Dan? I mean, as long as we are making stuff up?

  24. John
    August 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

    In his post under “The planet also received this note.” The Krol/Clairmont/Harrington campaign is a giant turd that Dan allowed to leave its foul skid mark on him. The das office does its job well. Stop fishing Dan. You won’t catch anything because it’s not there.

  25. Cos
    August 13, 2018 at 5:43 pm #

    Trump is a goof saying he will do a one on one, he knows it and now has his goofy team saying not to. Save your breath Guiliani, we don’t buy it.

    What happened at Wahconah and pecks?

  26. SisterGoldenHair
    August 13, 2018 at 6:10 pm #

    Well Dan, here is your evidence, served up in the form of a confession. Even Harrington could get a guilty on this one.

    https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/state-rep-farley-bouvier-floated-idea-of-single-challenger-to-incumbent-da,547559

    • Mr. Fritz
      August 13, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

      Thanks for posting the Eagle story, Sister. I want to see Trish voted out of office.

    • Mr. Fritz
      August 14, 2018 at 4:36 am #

      Collusion! Collusion!

    • Brian C. Marquis
      August 14, 2018 at 6:40 am #

      Be sure to focus on Judy Knight’s quote. It leaves the Eagle’s readership with the inference that TFB did act in concert with Harrington to not only oust Ms. Knight, exchange her sudden departure with a job later on. In order for Ms. Knight to draw the “job” impression, TFB must have made overtures of the kind to her, on behalf of the Harrington campaign. Andera Harrington is as culpable as TFB.

      Don’t be fooled by the author’s bias slant; Ms. Knight is the tell-all!

    • danvalenti
      August 14, 2018 at 8:58 am #

      Thanks, SISTER. The story didn’t interest me, but I knew that The BB might follow up on it (don’t ask me how I knew!! That’s a trade secret) … and they did, although not with the force needed. This was election tampering, flat out.

      • SisterGoldenHair
        August 14, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

        Dan,

        You’re welcome. Us Planeteers can’t expect you to follow up on everything in this tained town.

        • SisterGoldenHair
          August 14, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

          Sorry folks, meant “tainted”

      • dusty
        August 14, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

        I am actually shocked that the BB followed up. They usually turn a blind eye to things involving the elitist crowd. But once it hit here they were probably embarrassed into it.

  27. Corrective Invective
    August 13, 2018 at 6:35 pm #

    Boucher is a lying sack of cellulite.

    • 12 Gauge
      August 13, 2018 at 7:17 pm #

      Bouvier is indeed corrupt

    • Doomiedoger
      August 14, 2018 at 7:15 am #

      She is only doing as instructed….just like she has since the day she accepted her shepherded position in office. She is basically a “coffee boy” who will soon be forgotten as soon as her usefulness as a tool is over.

  28. The school committee
    August 13, 2018 at 6:45 pm #

    The WHEN candidate always win.

  29. SisterGoldenHair
    August 13, 2018 at 7:03 pm #

    WHEN – Women Helping Empower Nobody (but themselves of course)

  30. Jonathan Melle
    August 13, 2018 at 9:10 pm #

    Checking In With Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer

    http://www.wamc.org/post/checking-pittsfield-mayor-linda-tyer

  31. Ron Kitterman
    August 14, 2018 at 12:49 am #

    Good piece Dan, Hopefully Samuel J. Tilden’s message on his tomb stone still hold true, ” I still trust the people”.

    • danvalenti
      August 14, 2018 at 8:41 am #

      Thanks, RK.

    • Gobsig
      August 14, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

      In any case I’ll bet Tilden always cut the cards Ron.

  32. dusty
    August 14, 2018 at 12:53 am #

    Someone listed the campaign donors for Harrington but for some reason did not list those for Paul Caccaviello. Was this an omission or a purposeful tactic?
    Would be nice to see both sides.

  33. Ron Kitterman
    August 14, 2018 at 4:01 am #

    http://www.ocpf.us

  34. The school committee
    August 14, 2018 at 4:12 am #

    Bouvier needs to answer as does Smutty why our Electric bills have doubled in 7 years.Trisha is WHEN,she is the political mover and shaker around Women of Berkshire county….WHEN was a good political idea and now it’s the good ole boys group…she gave up on the ideals of WHEN as River to took over the group.

    • The school committee
      August 14, 2018 at 4:13 am #

      Not river but Ruberto

    • Doomiedoger
      August 14, 2018 at 4:56 am #

      i assure you that there were no kickbacks when the latest electric rates were approved. None whatsoever so get any thoughts of that out of your suspicious mind. Stop being so negative with regards our honorable politicians

  35. The school committee
    August 14, 2018 at 6:41 am #

    Tricia looking hard for a higher paying no show job…..absolute 100% WHEN

  36. Shell Liver
    August 14, 2018 at 9:19 am #

    Everyone is talking flat yields, geo political risks, tax revenues, where is the catalyst for significantly higher rates? On all ends? And where is the talk on the housing starts relating to high yields?This President is inflating the debt, trumps tweets are irrespomsible and increased Military spending to the Zenith is not what we need.

    Good luck maintaingthe new high school.

    • dusty
      August 14, 2018 at 10:38 am #

      and INFLATION

  37. Mr. Fritz
    August 14, 2018 at 10:44 am #

    Where is the outrage over TFB attempting to interfere in the DA’s race? I’m ready to pop an artery over this. This “public servant” has done little for the taxpayers of this county. Checking into filing an ethics complaint over her behavior.

    • Wondrous
      August 14, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

      They’re (pols) going to jail over in N Y state for this,ie job seclusion, one just got sentenced, wheres the Planet on this? You can’t broker a deal during an election as a state official?

    • Doomiedoger
      August 14, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

      There will be flash in the pan coverage and then disappear. Mass. ethics board is part of the problem…fox in the henhouse thingy

  38. The school committee
    August 14, 2018 at 12:07 pm #

    If your watching you have noticed the presidency is a incompetent immature shit show with markets around the world stuck in Trumps next sophmoric tweet to again prove hes a ignorant racist moron.

  39. h
    August 14, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

    Also, someone who may care should look into the 500 g given to Covanta, very, very suspect.

    • Doomiedoger
      August 14, 2018 at 2:50 pm #

      Garbage in…garbage out

  40. Pat
    August 14, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

    So Tricia Farley Bouvier has been caught election tampering. Where is the punishment for her? Her good buddies on the far left just voted her as their favorite for this area. She really needs to be called out for this blatant attempt at election tampering. Has anyone contacted our esteemed Attorney General?!?

    The definition of election fraud:

    “Electoral fraud, election manipulation, or vote rigging is illegal interference with the process of an election, either by increasing the vote share of the favored candidate, depressing the vote share of the rival candidates, or both.”

    It’s obvious that TFB is guilty of trying to increase the vote share of her favored candidate (Harrington) by pressuring Knight to drop out of the race.

    • Sara
      August 14, 2018 at 4:02 pm #

      Agree, and to make matter’s worse TFB got the Eagle to do a softball a story on how she only “floated” the idea. Either you said it or you didn’t. And Knight is not being truthful about what was offered either. Harrington, Knight, TFB, all shady underhanded and incompetent. What an embarrassment it is to be from the same county.

  41. U
    August 14, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

    Pat, get a clue. No state official can broker a plan to include any candidate,running for any position,in the state of Massachusetts. It is a crime punishable up to five years and a 250 thousand dollar fine.

  42. Unwanted Carl
    August 14, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

    Congrats to the Berkshire force for winning the world series in girls softball, way to go. The G man, our next Mayor was even clapping at the feel good Tyred proclamation. Now, get the hell out of the City Council Chambers

  43. Ron Kitterman
    August 14, 2018 at 6:32 pm #

    I don’t see the tampering or fraud thing here myself. TFB comes to you and asks you to drop out to elect a progressive. And you don’t tell her you are going to mop the floor and do everything in your power to beat her and show her the door ? Excuse me Trishia I’m going to be the toughest DA since Hamilton Burger so have a nice day.