(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY SEPT. 17, 2018) — Acting D.A. Paul Caccaviello will not attempt a write in candidacy against Democratic nominee Andrea Harrington, according to a well-placed source who requested anonymity. The source, self-described as a “close confidante” of Cacc, also says it appears “likely” that Harrington will not ask him to remain in the D.A.’s office, though “that hasn’t been fully determined.”

THE PLANET asked if Cacc wants to stay on, and our source replied, “I don’t know, but I think he’s planning for something else,” including private practice or retirement. If he steps down, “I don’t see him taking a lot of time off. Maybe some, but he would want to stay involved.” Another source, closer to the campaign than Caccaviello’s personal inner circle, denied a decision has been made and would not elaborate.

Our judgment here is that the first source has a more intimate, more up-to-date knowledge of what the second source called “a fluid situation.” THE PLANET will read tea leaves: There will not be a runoff. Democratic bosses have put a lot of pressure and brought muscle to bear on Caccaviello, essentially telling him not to “sticker himself to political death.” Who are the bosses? No one would name names, though the names would likely include Congressman Richie Neal and Pittsfield attorney and former state rep Sherwood Guernsey.

A Harrington source told THE PLANET that she is “disinclined” to want Caccaviello to remain in her office. We asked why, since he would add a wealth of experience. Could it be pure politics? The source answered with a chuckle and said, “I didn’t say that. You did.” This campaign produced the usual amount of rancor, hurt feelings, and mistrust to believe there’s little chance of Caccaviello staying on with the D.A. as a second banana.

When we asked for specifics of how Harrington would affect the change that she promised in the campaign, The H source said that part of the “new thrust” under Harrington will be to “pursue a cultural change.” But what does that mean, specifically, as it translates into the day-to-day running of the office? That questions remains undefined. It sounds like the softer, more understanding approach to crime that has the hard-liners in knots. They see it as coddling, an enabling of young drug offenders and other criminals that will backfire. Will it work, or will it exacerbate the near-out-of-control issues that plague Pittsfield and to some extent the rest of the county: Drugs, gangs, domestic violence, break-ins, robberies, and the like?

If this “fluid” scenario holds true and Cacc does indeed eschew a sticker run, Harrington has a clear path to office, leaving us with the uncertainty of the question: Is she ready? Is she qualified? Will she be able to handle the hot seat? Critics point to her inexperience and her “soft” approach. Supporters try to paint a different picture. Her so-called lack of experience means  she comes into office with the kind of clean slate required for a fresh approach to take hold. She won’t be saddled, they say, by “old-boy GOB white guys. It’s their time to go.”

THE PLANET has not seen anything yet from Harrington to justify either view. She was savvy enough to win a tough race against a seated incumbent, who had the backing of “the right people.” As far as criminal justice and the requirement now upon her to be the top law enforcement official in Berkshire County, perhaps she knows what she’s doing. Perhaps not. It remains to be seen. The barometer for whether or not her campaign was all politics or an occasion marking a new and better era for the D.A.’s office will be in her performance in office, simple as that.

The true story of this campaign lies hidden as a low but emanating buzz that, as the time goes by between now and the November 2019 elections, will become more pronounced and evident. There’s an internal civil war being fought in the local Democratic establishment. The old guard is trying to maintain power. The newbies are climbing up the hill, and they want to knock the kingpins for a loop. Mark THE PLANET’s words: The ultimate showdown in this war will come in the 2019 municipal elections.


“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them” — Albert Einstein.



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  1. Cos
    September 18, 2018 at 2:57 pm #

    Planet, any chance to bring out, for old time sake, the Generalissimo. You could re-visit the old spots that the current Mayor said was part of her blight program???. Chicken Hess et al.
    If you need help or a bodyguard,I’m available.

  2. Minister of Intoxication
    September 18, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

    Kavanuts did It. You know he did. And his biggest cheerleader is trump? ha?

    • Doomiedoger
      September 18, 2018 at 3:47 pm #

      Stormy Daniels new book is coming out. Apparently she talks about the Donalds member in detail. I am sure his worshipers will want to read all about that. Give them something to fantasize about

      …or not.

      • 12 Gauge
        September 18, 2018 at 5:13 pm #

        You’re the one who brought it up weirdo.

      • Art F. Di Diehl
        September 18, 2018 at 7:48 pm #

        Sounds like your fantasy weirdo.

  3. Gigi
    September 18, 2018 at 5:39 pm #

    Kerry should be charged with violating the Logan Act!

  4. Gigi
    September 18, 2018 at 5:43 pm #

    Where is the outrage over DNC Co-Chair Keith Ellison’s abusive treatment of his girlfriend? Two levels of justice in this country!

    • Art Seller
      September 18, 2018 at 7:04 pm #

      Gigi brietbart? Enough said.

      • 12 Gauge
        September 18, 2018 at 7:16 pm #

        Art prefers the gobsig national media. Way to go Art.

  5. Nota
    September 18, 2018 at 5:58 pm #

    Pittsfield needs a wake up call before Halloween,it is TIME,for the Generaal!!

    • danvalenti
      September 18, 2018 at 8:17 pm #

      I will relay this to The Generalissimo’s people. He may just “tink it be a beddy, beddy goot idea.”

  6. The school committee
    September 18, 2018 at 6:48 pm #

    She reports it as smaller the average,not surprised thats his problem

    • Trump Derangement Syndrome
      September 18, 2018 at 7:41 pm #

      Only weirdo men worry about another guy’s junk.

  7. AlaskanBushClowns
    September 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm #

    Does she say what color his hair really is? Just sayin.

    • Art Seller
      September 18, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

      Senator Grassley says Christine ford request for FBI investigation shouldn’t be allowed. He further states the senate has all the information they need for Kavanaugh confirmation. Well what does everyone think about this? Let’s here from everyone.

      • Art Seller
        September 18, 2018 at 7:50 pm #

        Now senator Bob corker says if we don’t hear from both sides by Monday “let’s vote” why does anyone want to rush this process. Is it because this judge will insulate scump from any wrong doing. I truly think this is the reason. Our democracy is in real trouble and it has been nothing but down hill since scump has been elected. Is it possible that we could have another civilwar in this country? Does anyone want to live in a country where the truth isn’t the truth. Alternate facts and a leader who has told over 5000 lies an average of 7 a day. This is the most vile individual on the planet and I feel more strongly than ever that we aren’t going to have a blue wave in November we are going to have a blue mega tsunami and I for one can’t wait. We have to stand up and say enough, that we value the truth and we have seen enough to know we need a total correction of the federal government. It is time for all decent people to say enough and say it loudly in the voting booth in November.

      • danvalenti
        September 18, 2018 at 8:16 pm #

        The FBI was presented this information a while back, along with The Washington Post. The FBI said it would not investigate because the allegations didn’t have enough credibility. The Post spiked the story, until Sen. Dianne Feinstein leaked the letter on Thursday. No, it should not be investigated. Ford has the opportunity to testify publicly and back up her claims. If she fails to show, it can be read as an admission of lying.

  8. 12 Gauge
    September 18, 2018 at 7:54 pm #

    No need for democrat delay tactics. If this woman wants her say she should get her ass to DC on Monday.

  9. Art Seller
    September 18, 2018 at 8:56 pm #

    Disagree with your take. I believe that the FBI will further investigate. Ford has info that she wants the FBI to investigate that no one other her and the FBI know about. What do you want her to do go before the committee and have them ask questions out of thin air. That’s akin to a lawyer going to court to represent a client and not even no what the charges are. Your statement that if she doesn’t show up it could be read as an admission of guilt is baloney. By who. The president if be had nothing to hide could order a further FBI investigation and it would be under taken immediately but we know he won’t order it and that is what is going to sink him. Only37% of voters now support scump and that means your boy is in big trouble. Dan I hope I will not be penalized for disagreeing with you as you know from my past posts that I share Gaetanis courageousness and fear no one either. Gaetanis always speaks well of you and introduced me to this site which I enjoy posting on. Time for bed. Good Nightl

    • danvalenti
      September 19, 2018 at 9:11 am #

      I never penalize anyone for disagreeing with me. In fact, I welcome other points of view because they teach me about the reasoning of the other side. I learn, and sometimes, they have a more compelling case. THE PLANET only penalizes when arguments avoid reason and descend into name-calling, personal insults, and the like.

      • Art Seller
        September 19, 2018 at 7:33 pm #

        Thank you Dan your response is as I expected. The Gman said you were a good person and he is correct.