(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, SEPT. 21-23, 2018 THE WEEKEND EDITION) — Two simple, declarative sentences neatly sum up the state of the race for Berkshire County district attorney: (1) “This is going to be a wild one.” (2) Did she or didn’t she?

(1) This is going to be a wild one.”

Thus spake a comment on THE PLANET regarding the dramatic announcement of Paul Caccaviello to seek the office of Berkshire County district attorney by virtue of a write-in or sticker campaign. The irony is that he’s already the D.A. He’s the incumbent, appointed not elected but nonetheless the incumbent. That and several other factors remove his action from that of a typical “protest” bid, the kind, say, Dan Valenti “ran” when he finished third in the previous mayoral race, beating Peter Marchetti and trailing Dan Bianchi and Linda Tyer. This bid is real and not even close to the “sore loser” or “token protest” effort that mars most campaigns of this sort.  This bid has much going for it and, despite the loud assertions from Team Harrington that it can’t succeed, it assuredly can.

Caccaviello’s announcement seems to have thrown Harrington, who thought after her primary win she could put the machine on cruise control and bask in the trappings of an uncontested run, leading up to the coronation.

It won’t be that way at all. She’s got the Ticket, but Cacc’s jumpin on for the ride.

Harrington’s going to have to slog as she has never done before, more so than in the preliminary election, because Caccaviello comes into this with key advantages. Sure, he lost the party nomination with his name on the ballot, but his decision to run speaks of a man who BELIEVES what he is doing, and both he and the electorate should be excited at this second chance. This addresses one of the key faults that plagued his September primary bid: His failure to communicate to voters how much he wants to retain the office. This is a man who is rolling the wad on one roll of the dice, ignoring the odds and risking either career-ending defeat or pulling off a great political triumph that would go down with the immortals in local political annals.

Cacc says he’s not a politician, and he campaigned as such the first time around. This time, he will have to become one, at least as much as he can stomach. This time, he’s spoken the willingness of his message with action not words. THE PLANET calls it a flying start.

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The Harrington campaign is scurrying now, trying to figure out what’s next. Cacc’s unprecedented move has knocked them for a loop.  Caccaviello is on to something, and what’s wrong with letting the Democratic process play out fully, this time giving the 9,000 Republicans in Berkshire County a say in the outcome? Cacc’s comparative “tough on crime” stance compared to Harrington’s perceived “soft, coddling” approach should play well with GOPers.

(2) Did she or didn’t she?

THE PLANET also learned that on Tuesday night, Harringon placed a call to Melissa Mazzeo. That much everyone agrees upon. What was the topic of that call? That’s the crucial question. Mazzeo is unequivocal. She says Harrington threatened her.

Mazzeo said Harrington called asking the latter if she (Mazzeo) was running Caccaviello’s write-in effort, with help from Dan Bianchi. Rumors have circulated that Mazzeo is directing the sticker bid (including fundraising) with help from either (or both) Bianchi or Mark Tully.

Mazzeo told THE PLANET that “the [threatening] tone of her accusation caught me off guard. I [told her] I am NOT running Paul’s write-in bid nor am I in charge of fundraising.”

Mazzeo spoke further of the call: “I told her that I was confused as to why she would link me to all of this, considering I have never been to any of Paul’s campaign meetings nor have I been to any of the meetings that were taking place to encourage him to continue with this race. I said that I would support him 100% if he chose to move forward, since I was not aware of his decision at this time. This is when things got a little unsettling.”

Mazzeo continued, “Andrea told me by supporting his write-in efforts that I was messing with the Democratic process. She went on to say that the voters spoke and that I should accept that. She continued on to say that she is aware that I may have future ambitions and would need the help of the Democratic party and if I were to meddle in this that it could potentially hurt me politically. I have to say, after hearing the DA-elect allude to the fact that I should mind my own business or suffer the consequences, was concerning. So I gathered my thoughts and said that Paul was adhering to the Democratic process by allowing every voter, not just the Democrats/Unenrolled, to vote for the candidate most qualified for this job, and in my opinion that is Paul.”

Mazzeo said that Harrington “was also highly irritated that this would force her to continue to campaign while trying to get ready to transition into this new role. I reminded her that Paul had to campaign and run this office, too. So the long story is, I am not running Paul’s write-in campaign but I will do whatever is needed to help and continue to support him as I had before.”

THE PLANET contacted Harrington, who admitted she called Mazzeo, not to make threats but simply to ask for her support in the general election. Adam Webster of Castle Point Partners, a political consutancy based in Boston hired by the Harrington campaign, said that Harrington emphatically denies making any threats about Mazzeo’s future political aspirations. Webster said Harrington calls Mazzeo’s assertions “wholly untrue and completely absurd.”

Cacc’s announcement forced Harrington into her first major blunder. He acted. She overreacted. It was her first huge blunder.

Yes, friends, this is going to be a wild one.

Have a great weekend.


“Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that” — Martin Luther King.



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  1. Non Essere Uno Stronzo
    September 22, 2018 at 7:51 pm #

    Christine Blasey Ford named a few people other than herself and Brett Kavanaugh who attended the now infamous pool party in the early 80’s.

    Mark Judge, the man who supposedly saved her from being raped, has officially stated he doesn’t recall anything even remotely similar to what Ford is alleging EVER happening.

    Patrick J. Smyth, who Ford identified in the letter as “PJ” has reiterated those statements. Nothing of the sort ever happened.

    Christine Blasey Ford also mentioned there was another girl there. This girl turns out to be her lifelong friend.

    …and she is now denying this ever happened.

    According to this:

    As the Senate Judiciary Committee staff negotiates with attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a past sexual assault, over a potential hearing on Thursday, Republican staffers are working to interview those who may have information about the alleged incident.

    CNN has learned that the committee has reached out to a longtime friend of Ford named Leland Ingham Keyser.

    On Saturday night, her lawyer, Howard Walsh, released a statement to CNN and the Senate Judiciary Committee..

    “Simply put,” Walsh said, “Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford.”

    The lawyer acknowledged to CNN that Keyser is a lifelong friend of Ford’s.

    Keyser is the latest person alleged to be at the party to say she has no recollection of it.

    • dusty
      September 23, 2018 at 4:47 am #

      Mark Judge has a questionable history of his own. The last thing he needs is to open up any investigation into his own life. No way in hell he wants the FBI looking into any aspect of this or the parties that went on in that school.

    • Trump Derangement Syndrome
      September 23, 2018 at 7:07 am #

      Ford has mental issues. She should let her mental illness destroy people.

      • dusty
        September 23, 2018 at 7:34 am #

        I assume you feel that way about all sexual assault victims, but then you are a Trump guy so that is to be expected.

        • Trump Derangement Syndrome
          September 23, 2018 at 9:04 am #

          Where did I say that? The woman needs help. No one she said was there has any knowledge of the incident she describes. She probably mentally ill like the Trump hater who set four fires last night.

  2. The school committee
    September 22, 2018 at 8:10 pm #

    Harrington wants an elected job but the DAs office is no place for a rookie.

    • Benigno Numine
      September 22, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

      Especially an angry unhinged one who thinks she’s some kind of queen.

  3. CosbiesLadies
    September 23, 2018 at 6:19 am #

    It’s very clear what’s going on with the Justice Appointment

    1- delay tactics by Dems to put off vote until middies
    2- Feinstein held onto info for that reason
    3- Dems don’t want Kav – Trump does
    4- doesn’t hurt the prez that this deflects
    5- Kav wants to go forward, what else is he supposed to say
    6- Ford is very vague on accounts
    7- Susan Collins was the swing vote on tax cuts,plays key vote here……
    8- anyway you look at it,Trump wins this one,confirm or not…….

  4. The school committee
    September 23, 2018 at 6:22 am #

    Stoplight at East New Lenox road and Williams could stop speeding and at stoplight at Egremont Ave…….the chief allows OT at double time and a half on Sunday for speed control……3 to 6pm during the week a cop could pull speeding moms and dads over all day long

    • 12 Gauge
      September 23, 2018 at 7:05 am #

      Speeding is a problem on ENL but we don’t need more traffic lights in Pittsfield.

      • Harrison
        September 23, 2018 at 7:25 am #

        Does anyone know anyone who has received a citation for speeding in Pittsfield? I know enough not to speed in Lenox.

        • Johnny Absurd
          September 23, 2018 at 8:34 am #

          I think it is too much paperwork. And people are so pissy these days that who wants to deal with them bitching about getting a ticket? Easier to ignore it all and keep your fingers crossed that anybody that may get maimed is not in your family

          but I do hope they will pull up all the stop signs and traffic lights if we aint gonna use em…Could prolly sell the lights to a town that gives a shit if people pay attention to them or not. thems expensive ya know…great kickbacks when ya buy em though

        • The school committee
          September 23, 2018 at 10:18 am #

          Pittsfield School System has been in lock down since schools opened .Herberg out of control with kids verbally abusing staff becausevYon ,Mccandless,Taylor ,Elias ,White,Moon Tyer let them…..Mccandless is afraid to walk the halls of Herberg…..he needs to move his office with Curtis to the Halls of this building….he won’t because he knows he can do nothing… took the building over 2 weeks aho

        • Mad Trapper
          September 23, 2018 at 10:48 am #

          50 MPH is the norm on Holmes rd. in Lenox (35 MPH posted)

          LPD is AWOL

  5. Art Seller
    September 23, 2018 at 10:41 am #

    Cicero I do not parrot the crowd and measure my responses carefully. I do not look at the Williams college situation as a joke. In fact a full scale investigation should take place to get to the bottom of this situation. I also feel that the Kavanaugh Ford case should also be thoroughly investigated. Let me give you a tip. There are many on this thread that disagree with what I just stated but remember they also are not aware that Scump has told over 5000 confirmed lies. I take your posts seriously and anyone who doesn’t you shouldn’t waste your time with. A human can not communicate with a stone although many on this thread will say they can and when they surface ignore them like I do.To do otherwise is a total waste of your time.

    • Trump Derangement Syndrome
      September 23, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

      Your information is a fake as Krol’s business.

      • Art Seller
        September 23, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

        An old professor of mine told me if you reach half of your audience you have succeeded The other half is just along for the ride and will never amount to anything. You belong to the second group. How sad.

  6. u
    September 23, 2018 at 10:49 am #

    Art, great comment as always. Are you still going to India Ana!

  7. Bill Q
    September 23, 2018 at 11:24 am #

    Yes, it is my pleasure on here during weekends free for all to have intelligent discussion, without the name calling, seems to have to toned down, a lot. We can agree to disagree and don’t need to add the insult factor. However, all public figures are held to a higher scrutiny and to bad if they get called out.

  8. The school committee
    September 23, 2018 at 11:38 am #

    Has anyone seen Trumps birth certificate?He was not born here.I am a Trump birther

    • dusty
      September 23, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

      And Mueller is the only one who has seen Trumps tax returns. I guess he was too ashamed of them. Why?

      Not really a billionaire
      No donations to charity
      Off shore tax shelters
      money laundering business s
      phony deductions

    • Wilson
      September 23, 2018 at 4:52 pm #

      I saw Trump’s birth certificate at a party during high school.

  9. U
    September 23, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

    trump was born here,unfortunately. S C …why haven’t you talked about the Crosby incident?

  10. u
    September 23, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

    sc? sc? sc? Asked like Jodie Foster Ina telephone call to Dr. Lector.

  11. Wondrous
    September 23, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

    Planets, didn’t know Vicki Lawrence was still around? She has a New Shown. It won’t be the quality of Gaetani News Hour, but still…just sayin

  12. amandaWell
    September 23, 2018 at 12:31 pm #

    giants are going to lose!

    • Gary Wood
      September 23, 2018 at 4:26 pm #


  13. THE school committee
    September 23, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

    What happened at Crosby?

  14. u
    September 23, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

    Dunno, heard ambulae and coppers were there a week ago.

  15. THE school committee
    September 23, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

    Dangerous unsafe building,needs to be closed.

  16. THE school committee
    September 23, 2018 at 1:45 pm #

    Bouvier,Pignatelli,And Hines have a University of Ma. System that gives preference to out of state kids,,imagine they say they represent you but they are lazy…..make them work for a living…..electric rates and college acceptance are elite right wing policies

  17. Art Seller
    September 23, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

    Deborah Ramariz another accuser of Kavanaugh during her time at Yale. Put his Pud in her face.story is developing. Know very little at this point. Received this info from MSNBC.

  18. Art Seller
    September 23, 2018 at 5:15 pm #

    Supposedly the pubs are aware of this and some reporting has been done by the New Yorker

    • Art Seller
      September 23, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

      Can someone who monitors Fox please check in to let us know what they are reporting. In light of this if I were kavanaugh I would ask for a extensive FBI investigation. I now believe this Thursday hearing will be postponed or at least should until a full investigation by the FBI.

      • Art Seller
        September 23, 2018 at 5:23 pm #

        This info hitting all news media now.

        • Trump Derangement Syndrome
          September 23, 2018 at 5:39 pm #

          Are you too dumb to see these lies are orchestrated by democrats?

  19. Trump Derangement Syndrome
    September 23, 2018 at 5:46 pm #

    Ramirez, was at first hesitant to speak publicly, partly because her memories contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident. In her initial conversations with The New Yorker, she was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh’s role in the alleged incident with certainty.

  20. Rudy Baker
    September 23, 2018 at 6:01 pm #

    My guess is that the democrats have several liars lined up. They’ll do anything they can to keep a Justice who actually follows the constitution of the court. And TDS is correct.This whole thing is orchestrated, choreographed and scripted. Even Helen Keller would see that.

    • Trump Derangement Syndrome
      September 23, 2018 at 6:06 pm #

      If you don’t have the spine for what’s coming then don’t turn on the television next week. You’re about to witness the radical-Left completely unhinged. I know you think you’ve already seen this but prepare for unprecedented new levels of depravity from these extremists.

  21. U
    September 23, 2018 at 6:16 pm #

    Art Seller is anything but dumb, what and ignorant statement.

    • Art Seller
      September 23, 2018 at 6:38 pm #

      Thank you u. I do not know who is telling the truth in this situation but if we can find the truth thru further investigation by a background check by the FBI why not. The republicans stalled Garretts Merritt’s hearing for 13 months and did not even give him a hearing. Kavanaugh and the republicans on the judiciary do not want this FBI check.Why not. I just heard Michael Avanatti has a 3rd accuser who will come forward. In light of all this the Thursday hearing must be postponed until every I is dotted and every t crossed. Like I said this will be the swan song of Scumps presidency.If he were smart he would bring another candidate forward to save face. By so doing he can save Kavanaugh and his family any more prying into his life which seems that there is much more to come. Cut your losses scump and live to fight another day. Time has expired for kavanaugh. Will he take my advise? You scumpsters tell me.

      • John Duns Scotus
        September 23, 2018 at 6:46 pm #

        Do you mean ADVICE genius?

        • Trump Derangement Syndrome
          September 23, 2018 at 6:48 pm #

          Maybe he means Advil.

        • Art Seller
          September 23, 2018 at 7:19 pm #

          Yes I do. You see the sliver in my eye but you miss the telephone pole in your eye. Sometimes I am thinking so fast that I misspell. It is not difficult for you to make a mistake because your posts are two or three words. Please read my posts for content. I can’t read yours because there isn’t any.

          • John Duns Scotus
            September 23, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

            Actually your thinking is half slow and half fast.

      • Art Seller
        September 23, 2018 at 7:11 pm #

        Dianne Feinstein calling for indefinite suspension of kavanaugh hearing until after full FBI investigation. This I believe is the fairest method for all parties. Find out who is lying and who is telling the truth. Any party that is not for this has something to hide. I do believe we can get to the bottom of this case and we should take as much time as needed. I also think that an investigation should be undertaken to find out about the goings on at Williams College. If what has been reported on this board is true this investigation must commence yesterday. Tomorrow is too late. Only when we can conclude collectively that a crime has been commuted can we move toward justice. Evidently justice hasn’t been metted out at Williams and it is never too late to bring perpetrators to justice.

        • John Duns Scotus
          September 23, 2018 at 7:39 pm #

          News flash there smart Art. Rape on a college campus isn’t a problem just at Williams. I’d say it’s a nationwide problem.

          • Art Seller
            September 23, 2018 at 8:45 pm #

            Wherever it exists it should be prosecuted. Does that make sense to you? I wonder if it occurred at Scump U?If it did I am certain you would call it fake news. Where do you people come from?

  22. Rudy Baker
    September 23, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

    Christine Blasey Ford’s timeline of events:

    1982 – Something may or may not have happened with another 2 (or 4) teenagers at a party, she cannot remember who threw the party, where the party was held, who she was with or how she got home. She was drinking and said nothing to anyone.
    2002, She said nothing.
    July 25, 2003: President George W. Bush nominated Kavanaugh to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C Circuit. She said nothing.
    May 11, 2006: The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary recommended confirmation. Kavanaugh subsequently confirmed by the United States Senate.
    She said nothing.
    June 1, 2006: Kavanaugh sworn in by Justice Anthony Kennedy. She said nothing.
    2012, She remembered ‘something’ happened in 1982, yet doesn’t name Kavanaugh, still said nothing to authorities. This comes up as it appears Romney may actually win and Kavanaugh is on the top of Romney’s list.
    2017, Becomes an anti-trump activist.
    2018, Now 36 years later, with Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS confirmation looming, she pens an anonymous letter with grave accusations against Kavanaugh regarding foggy circumstance that occurred while they were both minors, then reveals herself and DEMANDS an FBI investigation before testifying to her incredible allegations.

    • h
      September 24, 2018 at 3:54 am #

      Many victims of this type of assault are traumatized.

  23. Ham Anex
    September 23, 2018 at 7:36 pm #

    Why are the women who come out of the wood work with these outlandish allegations all far left moon bats? As if any man would want anything to do with them. These type of women attract men like John Krol, you know, the wimp types.

  24. Rudy Baker
    September 23, 2018 at 7:51 pm #

    What a surprise! Debra Katz, the lawyer representing the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has donated thousands of dollars to Obama, Hillary and the DNC