(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY SEPT. 24, 2018) — In our previous column, THE PLANET broke an important story that the local mainstream media missed about a phone call made by Democratic nominee for district attorney Andrea Harrington to city councilor Melissa Mazzeo. They missed it because they didn’t know about it.

They didn’t know about it because the editors and reporters covering the campaign do not have our deep Rolodex. They don’t work the back alleys and shaded doorways, where the real action takes place.  They don’t dig, probe, or push. For some reason, they don’t want to go there. It’s a pity, because this is a vital story, one that gets to the heart of this campaign, an election between two stark choices for the most important criminal justice position in Berkshire County, an area — Pittsfield especially — sorely in the midst of an unprecedented crime wave bordering on a societal breakdown several clicks south of anarchy.

The councilwoman and probable mayoral candidate said Harrington threatened her political future because of Mazzeo’s support for acting D.A. Paul Caccaviello, who decided in dramatic fashion to seek the office with a write-in bid following his loss to Harrington in the September primary. Through her consultant, Harrington called Mazzeo’s account of the call “wholly untrue and completely absurd.”

Harrington’s denial left Mazzeo staggered. She provided THE PLANET with a screen shot of Harrington’s call, made at 8:13 p.m. Sept. 18 and lasting 15 minutes.

“I just read your column [THE PLANET, Weekend Edition, Sept. 21-3],” Mazzeo said. “I’ve never been so sick in my life. She outright lied. She never asked for my support. She called me in March and asked to meet for coffee when she first thought of running. We meet at Guido’s, and I told her then that I was supporting Paul. So why would she call me for support against a possible write in. ? That makes no sense. She sarcastically reminded me that I said I was going to take a low key position during the primary… and I quote her  ‘You obviously didn’t stay in the back ground,’ to which I replied, ‘Since many of your supporters were taking such an active role, I did them same.’ I am actually speechless that she denied this conversation. ‘The public should be very concerned.'”

Further investigation into the controversial phone call turned up three related morsels. First, it’s clear that Harrington made her call unilaterally, without her campaign knowing about it. That’s not to say her staff would disagree, and, in fact, one member close to the campaign that she made a good move — assuming her version of the call is true. That’s the second morsel. What if it’s not true? What if Harrington did indeed call Mazzeo and issued the threat? What would that say about her suitability for an office that should be as non-political as possible. Many who know Mazzeo, even those who don’t agree with her politics, vouch for her integrity when it comes to truthing or lying.

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Mazzeo’s swift and insistent reaction to Harrington’s phoner stands out as unusual given the nature of political types, who typically wash their words with Lava, soak them in bleach, and rinse them in warm milk. Mazzeo minced no words. She says Harrington threatened her political future, giving her the clear message that if she came out loud and visibly for Paul Caccaviello on the campaign trail, the Big Boys would see to the end of her career as one of Pittsfield’s kingmakers. Play ball … or else.

Third, we learned that sheriff Tom Bowler supports Caccaviello’s write-in bid “100 percent.” A source close to Bowler confirmed that, refuting rumors that the sheriff bailed out on Cacc after the latter lost to Harrington in the primary. The rumors, which in some circles still are being issued, have it that Bowler built his current “empire” by pleasing the Bosses. Since many of them Bosses are backing Hrrington, Bowler would not want to risk it by sticking by his man. This doesn’t appear to be so, and folks must remember that Bowler, after a few years ensconced as sheriff, has taken Carmen’s Holiday Ranch and made it his own. In other words, he, too, is a force with which to be reckoned.

THE PLANET contacted both Harrington and her campaign adviser, Adam Webster of Castlepoint Partners in Boston, but they did not respond as of press time.

This issue assumes its importance given the nature of the office being discussed. District Attorney looms large over every law enforcement and criminal justice action that goes on in the county. The person holding that office will determine the future path of justice in Berkshire County.

Will it be Justice, “justice,” or “just us?”


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  1. AlskanBushClown
    September 25, 2018 at 2:27 pm #

    This Covanta half million and now the new non transparent contract with Republic STINKS. What was I the five year deal. ANYONE. And the Shot Spotter is also wasted cash down the road, and many many many other commodities being thrown out there. Turocy should take an early retirement

  2. THE school committee
    September 25, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

    I always like to see where Tricia Bouvier shows up for photos.Why do Pittsfield voters put her in.Word in Boston is she puts her name on any legislation for someone who wants a co writer of lsgislation.She is very low energy republican who has no ideas.Like when people spend money and pictures are take.She only walked 1 block in her own shoes on thursday

    • Johnny Absurd
      September 25, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

      By the way is Tricia going to do time for interfering in the election or does she get a mulligan for being cute?

  3. THE school committee
    September 25, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

    Moon and Kroll along with Mayor Yon like PCBS in the ventilation of Allendale swamp.

  4. THE school committee
    September 25, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

    Trump got laughed at when he said his administration did more than any in the history of the US….even he laughed

    • Art Seller
      September 25, 2018 at 3:17 pm #

      I saw it. Other countries are laughing at us. The real tragedy is that many in our country find this buffoon credible. Blue coming big time in Nov.

  5. Halo
    September 25, 2018 at 2:34 pm #

    What was the Republic Contract, dumbass City Ouncilor?

  6. Art Seller
    September 25, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

    I saw it. Other countries are laughing at us. The real tragedy is that many in our country find this buffoon credible. Blue coming big time in Nov.

    • Doomiedoger
      September 25, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

      The Iranian diplomat was not laughing. He was staring daggers when Trump totally embarrassed him in front of the whole U.N. And we wonder where terrorists come from.

  7. H
    September 25, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

    He is something America didn’t need. Fortunate for us we still have a few politicians that might be on the right path with this senile, old orange headed boob, who might be the devil in disguise.

    Locally, To Jesse Cook Dubin. Don’t vouch for a Bar (Methusalah) when they have multiple violations in the future. You have no right as a head of a public feeding trough to vouch for a multiple offending establishment because you know the proprietors.

    Shame on you, you are the worst of the worst.

  8. mi
    September 25, 2018 at 3:41 pm #

    Dump Kavanaugh. Not Rosenstein.

    • Pat
      September 25, 2018 at 3:57 pm #

      Rosenstein should be dumped. Saying he was going to wiretap the president….bad stuff. It’s not even funny to joke about it if that’s what he is saying he was doing. Dems wouldn’t be laughing if Republicans did that to a Democrat president.

      • THE school committee
        September 25, 2018 at 5:56 pm #

        He should have worn a wire and 25th the presidential john

  9. Cos
    September 25, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

    Trump was laughed at, at the U N not fake news.

    • Trapper
      September 26, 2018 at 10:32 am #

      Trump will have his way in the final analysis.

  10. Pat
    September 25, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

    Brett Kavanaugh gave an amazing interview in which he was respectful enough to not say anything negative about Ford since maybe she was mistreated by somebody he said, but it wasn’t him. If Ford does show up on Thursday, I will hear her side, but so many people are refusing to corroborate her side of the story.

    • Art Seller
      September 25, 2018 at 4:46 pm #

      Pat Kavanaugh does not want the FBI to do a further background check on him. When someone has nothing to hide they should be all for a further investigation. The women accusers have no qualms about an FBI investigation. Now tell us why kavanaugh doesn’t want this investigation? Either way He is not going to be appointed to the court as the women voters in this country have seen enough of this circus. One more point an unindicted co conspirator should not be appointing anyone. You may have forgotten that no less than 20 women have charged Scump with sexual mis conduct.You may have forgotten this but I assure you that the sane women in this country haven’t There is going to be a blue Supernova in November so there is time for you to get out of town now before you get caught up in it. The color will be beautiful but the trailing tail of the polarizing ion gasses will be looking for republicans to vaporize so get out while you can

  11. h
    September 26, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

    He’s creepy, like shakes,rump,and fritz,when Mueller does his thing, goodbye Scump. Young rump messed up.