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PLANET TO SPONSOR, HOST D.A. DEBATE ON WEDNESDAY; WILL or WON’T SHE SHOW? ONLY HER HAIRDRESSER KNOWS FOR SURE… SHERIFF’s RACE ENTERS 4TH QUARTER A ONE-SCORE GAME

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

[ED. NOTE: From 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, THE PLANET will sponsor and moderate our second debate in as many weeks, this time the campaign for district attorney. Incumbent Andrea Harrington will meet attorney and challenger Tim Shugrue. As we did for the sheriff’s race, we shall have the twin hot seats set equally on “HIGH.” The hour will be broadcast on our new YouTube channel, PLANET VALENTI VIDEO, and other social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) later that same evening].

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY AUG. 15, 2022) — Games.

That’s what political campaigns are.

Serious games, for the way politics affect the daily lives of individuals and the quality of life for communities. For example, why to you think Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski have seen their private lives assaulted by unsustainable tax hikes? Why is the city of Pittsfield closer to third-world status than a beautiful small city?

One reason. Politics.

Campaigns are games, and those games matter.

Presently, Berkshire County has two such games under way: the races for sheriff and district attorney. Some ways they are the same; some ways they are different.

SAME

  • Both races will be decided Sept. 6. The four candidates — challenger Alf Barbalunga and incumbent Tom Bowler for sheriff; challenger Tim Shugrue and incumbent Andrea Harrington — are Democrats.
  • There are no Republicans on either ballot.
  • November , thus, will be coronation month.
  • Both races feature strong, well-funded, determined challengers against connected, stand-pat incumbents.

DIFFERENT

  • Tom Bowler hasn’t been seriously tested in 12 years. Harrington narrowly survived a tough race four years ago.
  • Sheriff contenders have been duking it out heavyweight style, and it’s been generous to the electorate. Meanwhile, Harrington has been absent, hidden by her handlers while Shugrue has been nonstop on afterburners. In that way she has cheated the voters.
  • Barbalunga and Bowler each had the stones to sit in THE PLANET‘s double hot-seats and go at it in one of the most exciting and informative debates in you’ll ever see. They’re legit. They showed up. Question: Will Harrington answer the call 3 p.m. Wednesday when we tape “live” the D.A. forum? Shugrue will be there. Harrington has not declined. Sources are saying she will show, because if she doesn’t, she will lose. We’re taking that as a “yes.”

SHERIFF NOTES

If the sheriff’s contest was a football game, first quarter was June 2 (Bowler announces) through June 15 (Barbalunga’s launch). Bowler had a 28-7 lead. July, second quarter,  Alf get hot. Bowler 31, Barbalunga 17. In early August, Alf began hitting downfield against Bowler’s Pree-vent defense, culminating with THE PLANET debate. End of third quarter. Bowler 33, Barbalunga 25 (Alf made a two-point conversion; Bowler caught Alf in the end zone for a safety).

It’s now the 4th quarter in a one-score game. Pudge, from his own 16, got off a booming punt with an eternity of hang time. Afl called for a fair catch on his own 18. That’s where we stand. Talking with both coaches, Alf’s going all-in, Tom-Brady-attack-mode. Pudge is calling on Bill Belichick’s stifling “D” from the “wide right” Super Bowl win, Giants over Bills.

Who’s going to come up big in crunch time?

First time up, Bowler faced ex-state rep. Dan Bosley. His law-enforcement experience plus temblors from the Carmen earthquake paved the way. Second time, no opposition. A breeze. This time, he’s facing a campaign spending $110,000 led by a well-known chap with deep political connections and a taste for the jugular who isn’t afraid to use slash-and-burn tactics worthy of Sherman’s March to the Sea.

None of this, of course, reflects on the ability of either man to be sheriff. Bowler has 12 years and counting on the job. The record is there to examine. Supporters back him without qualification. Barbalunga has never done the job, though he has many years of experience in the criminal justice system. His supporters, using the same track record of the sheriff, say it’s time for a change.

That’s why we conduct elections.

One last comment, and this applies to both sheriff and DA. Turnout will be a large factor. Pundits expect low turnout, maybe 10-12%. THE PLANET predicts 15%. This will favor the incumbents and make the challengers’ task all that more difficult. Both races will boil down to three factors:

  • How energetic are the bases of Bowler and Harrington? Bowler enjoys strong support. Harrington doesn’t. His base is out there. Hers is reticent, almost embarrassed, to go public. Lots of “basement stumping” for her. Loud support for him.
  • How successful will Barbalunga and Shugrue be in getting voters to the polls? The higher the turnout, the better their chances. Both have proven to be dynamic campaigners, and they are doing their best to ignite the casual non-voter.
  • Bowler and Shugrue are allies. Same with Barbalunga and Harrington. If Shugrue gets it on for Bowler, he energizes Harrington’s people. If Barbalunga pushes for Harrington, he’s helping Shugrue. Alf has tried his best to distance himself from Andrea. In THE PLANET‘s debate for sheriff, Alf refused to explicitly say he would endorse Harrington. That said it all. Bowler took the opposite stance. He came out cloud and clear for Shugrue.

D.A. NOTES

Tim Shugrue  just won a key endorsement, the most important of the campaign. The Massachusetts State Police Association said there’s only one choice for D.A., and that ‘s Tim Shugrue. The challenger’s packed schedule of events, the relentlessness of his stumping, plus his rich background as both a defense lawyer and prosecutor stands in stark contrast to Harrington. She’s barely seen, her supporters seem subdued, and she has almost no courtroom experience, which could explain her reluctance to actively campaign.

Here are the keys to this race:

  • Shugrue needs a big win in Pittsfield. He’ll get it.
  • Harrington needs an even bigger showing showing in north and south county, even bigger than four years ago.
  • If Shugrue keeps it close in Willamstown and Lenox-GB, he wins.
  • If Harrington takes the woke vote in the north and south county enclaves again (the way she did four years ago against Paul Caccaviello) she takes it.

If I am running Shugrue’s campaign, I put a lot of resources between now and Sept. 6 in north and south county. If I’m running Harrington’s campaign, there’s no way I let her skip THE PLANET‘s Wednesday debate.

She skips, she loses. Simple as that.

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“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Al A Bye
Al A Bye
3 months ago

Bowler will get 68% of the vote. Harrington’s incompetence will be eclipsed by her Monkey Business and she will lose every town.

Been there, Done that
Been there, Done that
Reply to  Al A Bye
3 months ago

People will come through for the right ones – Bowler and Shugrue. Anything else gives Tyer et al a vote. Please people, vote for the good guys for once! Not the good ol boys ( or girls!). Vote for Berkshire county, it’s to time to take our county back!! Vote Bowler, vote Shugrue.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Al A Bye
3 months ago

The Harrington camp is crazy not to attend the Planet forum. I see that Bowler vs Barbalunga has well over 2000 views and with smart TVs where a family can watch YouTube who knows how many have viewed? The other forum won’t reach very many views.

Mystic Doorknob
Mystic Doorknob
3 months ago

When the phone doesn’t ring, that’s Alf not giving you his discipline and employment record from Northern Berkshire or his “sabbatical” not being compensated unpaid leave paperwork.

Been there, Done that
Been there, Done that
Reply to  Mystic Doorknob
3 months ago

There’s definitely more to that story, Alf knows his way around a controversy.

The Albrokid
The Albrokid
Reply to  Been there, Done that
3 months ago

Shugrue wins debate show up or no. The Experiment is Over.

Sim
Sim
Reply to  The Albrokid
3 months ago

Yes the experiment is over. Just look at San Francisco. Over.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
3 months ago

You may write in Boss Hogg for Sheriff. I am rooting for the A-Team: Alf & Andrea. Whether it is Boss Hogg, Alf & Andrea, or Tom & Tim, these two elected positions pay a whole lot of money and benefits that most people could only dream of receiving from the public trough. When Dan Bosley ran for Sheriff in 2010, people sarcastically wrote that he was like Boss Hogg trying to double his state pension. Dan Bosley still cashed in with his public pension(s) plus perks on top of his 6-figure lobbyist salary on Beacon Hill and beyond. Boss Hogg, Dan Bosley, and the four candidates for running for the two Berkshire County plum positions all like to roll in the taxpayers’ dough! Meanwhile, “Rome is still burning” in Pittsfield, but let’s blame Linda for it all because we need a scapegoat to make ourselves feel better.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
3 months ago

JM it looks like your record of 46 thumbs down is safe.

You had 27 TD’s early yesterday. I thought for sure you’d break the record with your “A-Team” post.

The reason JM loves Andrea so much, he’s just like her. Ask him for facts to back up his posts and he gives you events that took place almost 40 years ago.

Just like “no cash bail,” “racial injustice in the criminal justice system,” or “systemic racism in policing in Berkshire County.”

Last edited 3 months ago by Markus Aurelius
Alfalfa
Alfalfa
3 months ago

Alf just got the endorsement from the sheriff from Blazing Saddles, Barney Fife and the sheriff guy from the Village People.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Alfalfa
3 months ago

Rosco P. Coltrane just threw his endorsement behind Bubbalunga.

Gobsig
Gobsig
3 months ago

Alf is on his way to the Jim Marshal zone. Maybe he’ll try to use CFL rules and score a rouge.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Gobsig
3 months ago

Purple People Eater. Eller and Page were in disbelief.

Earle of Pudney
Earle of Pudney
3 months ago

Will we be calling Andrea the Old Skipper?

JoePesci
JoePesci
3 months ago

I have a nice large plant Dan, taller than Harrington, and weighs more two, and damn pretty. It will take two members of the secret squadron to deliver it, and you can keep it as long as you provide it a good home. Let me know if you want delivery arranged, in case Harrington no shows. My money is on her ghosting you.

JoePesci
JoePesci
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

My secret squad will make delivery before then, but time will be unannounced, to keep squads cover. If office locked, the plant will be left as close to door as possible. Don’t worry, there will be no hidden mikes in it. Enjoy looking at it, instead of Harrington, cux she ain’t coming.

JoePesci
JoePesci
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

Dan I, delivery made, outside conference room, 301.

JoePesci
JoePesci
Reply to  JoePesci
3 months ago

But due to exigent circumstances the 180 pound, 6 foot beauty had to be substituted. But the plant named Andrea, delivered late today, is a beauty as well!

levitan
levitan
Reply to  JoePesci
3 months ago

Use a teakettle. Preferably one that whistles randomly. David Lynch has one of his characters speaking from a tea kettle so the art reference is nice touch. Lynch movies pro-police too. Kind of a version of genie lamp.

Kettle makes more sense in ways more than one.

Last edited 3 months ago by levitan
Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  JoePesci
3 months ago

In addition to the plant, I think a life-size cardboard cutout of John Krol should be added to the empty seat if Wrong Way is a no-show.

You could use the pic of him in the recliners at Stanley’s Steamer with Flat.

He has that “marriage is only a piece of paper” smile in that pic.

Last edited 3 months ago by Markus Aurelius
FortuneCookie
FortuneCookie
3 months ago

Bowler wins but it’s not a strike or even a spare. Barbalunga hits below the belt a few more times, and Bowler has a rude awakening, and spends the next 6 years grooming his replacement to knock Barbalunga out next time. Does the replacement have a B in his name too?

Russ Toleum
Russ Toleum
Reply to  FortuneCookie
3 months ago

I’d vote for the Sheriff of Nottingham or Omar Sharif before I’d vote for Alf!

Last edited 3 months ago by Russ Toleum
Tax&Spend
Tax&Spend
Reply to  FortuneCookie
3 months ago

Hey Cookie, will Harrington be re-elected?

FortuneCookie
FortuneCookie
Reply to  Tax&Spend
3 months ago

No. Because she doesn’t really want the job, as evidenced by her lackluster campaign. If she campained harder, she could take it, only because of her gender and the woke whackos in this county that put her in last time. But Shugrue will take it in a squeaker.

MrsMiaWallace
MrsMiaWallace
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

You wouldn’t know that by the Eagle and Landis coverage. The fix was in for her given who was on the panel.

The school committee
The school committee
3 months ago

Alf is out of gas.Carm himself knew it would be better to just vannish by stepping away to let a good person run the prison.I can’t imagine one person in all of berkshire county thinking it would be a good idea to let the no show Barbalunga intimidate and poison a jail the way Carm did.

Last edited 3 months ago by The school committee
Roberto Del Halitoso
Roberto Del Halitoso
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

He’s a gas bag like you.

The school committee
The school committee
3 months ago

Don took classified materials from the White House home to Florida.Everyone knows why he did it.This info from the insurectionist is worth billions.We also know that the would be dictator cant READ.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

Trump himself, as was his authority, declassified all the sordid details of the frame up known as operation “crossfire hurricane”.

The H-Beast/DNC/DOJ/FBI smear about the “Russian collusion illusion”.

Deep State/American hating liberals, have come up empty and embarrassed again, TSC.

Ron Kitterman
Ron Kitterman
3 months ago

My advice to the candidates would be to read Dan’s readers comments every day without fail. My advice to the voters if you really and truly didn’t make up your mind yet is to watch it with the sound off.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
3 months ago

My guess is that Alf has been saving his biggest dump for closer to the election. He has nothing to lose except his dignity which he obviously does not care about. Look for more below the belt dirt probably having not a shred of truth. He may be throwing a Hail Mary pass loaded with feces.

J Stoutman
J Stoutman
Reply to  fizzlehead
3 months ago

Is it fair to say that Republicans are supporting Bowler? That’s my take from this site, no disrespect to Republicans, just wondering. This site seems to have a lot of support for Trump and hates Dems.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

Don’t think it’s personal hate as much as disagreeing with policies put forth they hate.

acheshirecat
acheshirecat
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

Are the Republicans allowed to vote in a Democratic primary? I know Unenrolled independents can vote in either primary.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

They like insurection and hate police….This board loves loves loves Trump….Its the new radical Trump terrorist in training party of Republicans

levitan
levitan
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

They like insurection and hate police”

Look who’s talking!

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  levitan
3 months ago

Republicans are promoting terrorists attacks on the FBI ….its like the 60s and 70s but against democracy and pro fascism

levitan
levitan
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

MOFA

Make Orwell Fiction Again.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

The FBI is now reformed from the bad days of Hoover and attempts on MLK?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

cuckoo cuckoo cuckoo……..TSC is awake!

SBSC
SBSC
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

In looking at Facebook and the pictures of people coming out to support Bowler, he’s universally popular.

I’m a lifelong Democrat, 28 years registered as a Democrat and a caucus member. I fully support Bowler and know what a sniveling scumbag Alf is. Why? I’ve worked with him. There isn’t a person less qualified for the job than Alf.

What is safe to say, most of the people supporting Alf either owe his dad a favor, want him not to work in probation, or are of the criminal element type.

Been there, Done that
Been there, Done that
Reply to  SBSC
3 months ago

That’s it in a nutshell!

Brooke
Brooke
Reply to  SBSC
3 months ago

SBSC – Have we worked together?

Cathy Marin
Cathy Marin
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

I think lots of republicans support Bowler.
I’m voting for Alf because he’s good looking and wears a cologne I like.

J Stoutman
J Stoutman
Reply to  Cathy Marin
3 months ago

hahaha, that’s funny

Goslow
Goslow
Reply to  Cathy Marin
3 months ago

Even many far left democrats don’t support Harrington. They regard her as childish and irresponsible.

Goslow
Goslow
Reply to  Cathy Marin
3 months ago

It must smell like money

Cerulean Sweater
Cerulean Sweater
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

Definitely not a fair conjecture. Nearly 3/4 of voters in Berkshire county are democrats. Even so, given that Bowler won by nearly 80% (in 2010) in one of the county’s bluest towns (Pittsfield), I’d say he represents the average Berkshire County voter. In looking at these comments I think there is a clear delineation between Dan’s typical reader (who lean more conservative) and Bowler supporters who have been brought to the site on account of the race. I’m not sure how much of an overlap there is between the two. I imagine there’s a lot of new readers to this site that have been due to the fact that Dan is providing one of few channels of discourse and investigative work. Perhaps Dan can shed some light on how readership analytics have changed since this race took off. He’s mentioned an increase in clicks/video views, but perhaps he can share insights on new, unique visitors as well. Either way, I think your assumption is pretty off JStoutman.

Last edited 3 months ago by Cerulean Sweater
J Stoutman
J Stoutman
Reply to  Cerulean Sweater
3 months ago

That’s a fairy reply, thanks.

Goslow
Goslow
Reply to  Cerulean Sweater
3 months ago

most Berkshire voters are independents

levitan
levitan
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

It is fair to say that Babals and Andrea have earned bipartisan hate. You leaked!

Goslow
Goslow
Reply to  levitan
3 months ago

Alf’s wife is a registered republican.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Goslow
3 months ago

Nu? So what? Is republican a dirty word in the USA?.Half the country or more is a member of the Republican Party. 20-30% Mass is GOP.

Wait stop – I got your response “Just sayin'”.

Saved you your comeback.

Last edited 3 months ago by levitan
Been there, Done that
Been there, Done that
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

Not me

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

Bad take.Alf is doing a Trump

levitan
levitan
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

Ok, then who is Biden? Who is Mueller?

Sgt. Bazooka
Sgt. Bazooka
Reply to  J Stoutman
3 months ago

Is it fair to say communists and socialists support Harrington?

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  fizzlehead
3 months ago

Fizz,
Excellent point’s.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
3 months ago

No way she shows up.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
3 months ago

World,
Unless Andy drags her in , I think you’re right. I’ll be shocked I tell ya,if she shows. It would be a unfair debate though for her to try and match wits with Tim as she is unarmed.

Public Enemies
Public Enemies
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
3 months ago

Harrington doesn’t want to answer any questions, let alone the big one.

The Albrokid
The Albrokid
Reply to  Optimus Prime
3 months ago

A couple of things.Can a relative or employee of th city recieve arpa funds,yes or no. Also I missed the d a finding on mr. Estrella was there a tax allergy report and if so what was it?

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  The Albrokid
3 months ago

I say, a big no to family and employees receiving the arpa funds but since when do the people in charge of it care about what anyone else thinks. As far as the Tox report goes “crickets “ or I missed any mention of it.

The Albrokid
The Albrokid
Reply to  Optimus Prime
3 months ago

A reason for that would be if there were substances in his body like drugs or whatever on the way to the hospital are the police allowed to drive with the victim

Pittsfield Plummett
Pittsfield Plummett
Reply to  The Albrokid
3 months ago

They can if that city has ZERO OVERSIGHT. If that city has no checks and balances like with a city council president or vice president pretty much anything can go on behind the scenes or in the case of SOME CITIES, it can happen right out in the open.

Get out if you can.

Two Cents
Two Cents
Reply to  Optimus Prime
3 months ago

A must read! “Evil exists when good men do nothing”

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Two Cents
3 months ago

I am going to guess the author was NOT Peter Marchetti.

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  Optimus Prime
3 months ago

Wow is right! Great letter!

Inside Her
Inside Her
3 months ago

There is not getting past this one! Absolutely SAVAGE!!!
Dan if she doesn’t show today which is 50/50 odds, she’s going to ask for equal time on a zoom call. So she can have coaches.

There are som many things wrong with this Bottle Blonde he doesn’t even get to address the “campaign culture” and the public records fiasco.

John Pucci: I backed Andrea Harrington’s first Berkshire district attorney campaign. Here’s why she lost my support
By John Pucci Aug 12, 2022

Four years ago, I joined the effort to elect Andrea Harrington as Berkshire district attorney. My interest in doing so was rooted in dismay at the office’s prior administration.

I have watched closely the work of the DA’s Office under Harrington. Whatever one makes of the endorsements she is now announcing from politicians who live outside Berkshire County, her office’s performance on the nuts and bolts of its prosecutions has been woeful.

I have been a trial lawyer for 42 years. I spent 10 of those years as a federal prosecutor. In that period, I ran the U.S. Attorney’s office in Springfield. Among other cases I successfully prosecuted during those years was the biggest armed robbery case in the history of Berkshire County. I know what it is to be a quality prosecutor.

The failures of the DA’s Office under Andrea Harrington to effectively prosecute its major criminal cases have been frequent and noteworthy. Two of the most recent of those failures are telling.

Judge faults Berkshire DA’s handling of case involving foster child’s death and dismisses charges against Adams couple
Judge faults Berkshire DA’s handling of case involving foster child’s death and dismisses charges against Adams couple
In 2021, Harrington charged Cassandra Barlow-Tucker and Matthew Tucker, of Adams, with involuntary manslaughter alleging that they had, acting as foster parents, recklessly failed to provide basic medical care to a foster child in their care and so were criminally responsible for his death.

The Tuckers faced 20 years in prison if convicted, and suffered the devastating loss of reputation that attaches to those charged with killing a child.

Almost a year later, after conducting hearings and reviewing written submissions from Harrington’s office and the Tuckers’ attorneys, Berkshire Superior Court Judge John Agostini made detailed findings of prosecutorial misconduct by Harrington’s office and dismissed the case against the Tuckers. Judge Agostini is a highly esteemed Superior Court judge. In dismissing Harrington’s case, he wrote a thoughtful 17-page decision which concluded with the stinging comment that District Attorney Harrington’s presentation was “not the standard of conduct the court expects from the Commonwealth in grand jury proceedings.”

The Eagle wrote an editorial addressing the DA’s misconduct in this case and, in less circumspect terms, wrote that “Overreaching to obtain indictments is a dangerous abuse of discretion, but doing so in a case that tries to hold a foster parent criminally responsible for a child’s death is truly reprehensible.” Harrington has now appealed this ruling but has refused to respond to The Eagle’s request on behalf of the public for even the scant details of her appeal.

Jurors say evidence wasn’t there to convict J.C. Chadwell of murder. A retired Pittsfield police lieutenant says that evidence existed
Jurors say evidence wasn’t there to convict J.C. Chadwell of murder. A retired Pittsfield police lieutenant says that evidence existed
More recently, Harrington’s office lost a first-degree murder case where the evidence included the video confession of the defendant admitting to the murder. During the trial, the defendant testified that his confession was false and that he had given it only under pressure by police officers. But Harrington’s office chose not to call those police officers to testify and rebut that claim. After the trial, the police involved in that investigation publicly rebuked her office for not calling them as witnesses who could have thoroughly undermined the credibility of the defendant’s claim that his confession was coerced.

If Harrington did not believe the police who investigated the case and therefore would not call them to testify, she should either not have introduced the confession into evidence or not have prosecuted the case at all. If she believed the police, she should have called them as witnesses. At best, her office’s decision-making in this matter is inexplicable. At worst, it is prosecutorial malpractice.

These two cases exemplify the Harrington administration’s poor judgments in major prosecutions. It is fine for Harrington to lean on her progressive values and political endorsements to seek reelection. It is another thing to do the hard work of effectively and fairly prosecuting the real and dangerous criminals in Berkshire County, which is her office’s primary mission. That Harrington has failed to do.

Harrington’s public pronouncements criticizing others who serve in the criminal justice system also deserve some attention.

Berkshire district attorney tried to unseat a judge she called a public safety ‘threat.’ Her bid failed.
Berkshire district attorney tried to unseat a judge she called a public safety ‘threat.’ Her bid failed.
In May 2021, Harrington wrote a letter to Massachusetts District Court Chief Justice Paul Dawley, stating that District Judge Jennifer Tyne, who regularly presides over Harrington’s District Court cases, was a “significant threat to public safety.” Harrington described some of Judge Tyne’s rulings as “dangerous” and alleged that she engaged in “hostile treatment of victims and prosecutors.” She demanded that Judge Tyne be removed from the bench.

After carefully reviewing the tapes of the proceedings in question, Justice Dawley determined that there was “no factual basis” for Harrington’s allegations; rather, the recordings reflected Tyne’s “careful and thoughtful analysis,” and her rulings were “properly within the bounds of lawful judicial discretion.” Despite these findings and widespread support in the bar for Judge Tyne, including from many former prosecutors, Harrington has repeatedly and publicly stated that she “stands by” her criticisms.

DA Harrington backs indicted Baltimore prosecutor; likely challenger questions commitment to Berkshire County

And in January of this year, Harrington publicly proclaimed a strong but very dubious opinion involving the federal indictment of State’s Attorney for Baltimore Marilyn Mosby. Like Harrington, Mosby was part of a self-styled group of “progressive” chief prosecutors whose mission is to reform the criminal justice system. One day after Mosby’s federal indictment for perjury and other significant felonies, Harrington rose to her defense. Harrington wrote in a since-deleted tweet: “Seeing the justice system used against @MarilynMosbyEsq is scary for those of us taking on the status quo. I have tremendous respect for Marilyn’s leadership and her courage but she shouldn’t have to bear so much. This MLK day, I will be celebrating her.”

In essence, Harrington implied that the federal charges against Mosby were trumped up by the scary “status quo,” which apparently included the United States Department of Justice, which brought the charges, and the federal grand jury that indicted her.

Harrington’s unsubstantiated criticisms of others acting in good faith in the criminal justice system, like Judge Tyne and the U.S. Department of Justice, undermine the public’s trust in our criminal justice system to no good end.

All in all, the people of Berkshire County deserve better from their district attorney — a lot better.

Public Enemies
Public Enemies
Reply to  Inside Her
3 months ago

He left off the part where he and Harrington recklessly cooked up the fake Williams rape cases.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Public Enemies
3 months ago

Yes. Why does he get off pushing this con artist in the first place? Rats?

SBSC
SBSC
3 months ago

Dan any word from Alf on his employment and discipline record from North County?
His request for leave from Southern Berkshire?

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  SBSC
3 months ago

uh….NO!!!

Tax&Spend
Tax&Spend
3 months ago

Eagle had more details today on Bowlers underling getting an extra 70 on top of 6 figure pension to run the meal program for certain people, out of the old jail , and of course the end justifies the means, it’s a worth program, blah, blah, blah. The bottom line is this is a totally inappropirate use of our tax dollars, and all these agencies and organization are sucking off the taxpayer tit, and the old jail should have been sold to the highest bidder years ago. It’s a classic example of democrats and their policies rapiing us Kapanskis, and I am sick and tired of it. As a minimum, sell the old jail. Bowler is basically running a massive social services agency!

NoLongerLocal
NoLongerLocal
Reply to  Tax&Spend
3 months ago

At least someone is running a social services agency!

The Albrokid
The Albrokid
Reply to  NoLongerLocal
3 months ago

I would think a bulk of the a r p a money would be spent on clean water?

The Albrokid
The Albrokid
Reply to  The Albrokid
3 months ago

Really mo bot thumbs? Up

J Stoutman
J Stoutman
Reply to  The Albrokid
3 months ago

once the arpa funds are given away, does anyone track how they are spent?

Pittsfield Plummett
Pittsfield Plummett
Reply to  Tax&Spend
3 months ago

Who benefits from Pittsfield school system meals programs.??..First it was legitimately hungry kids. Then it was any kid whose mommy did not feel like making him breakfast or lunch, and NOWWWW, it is EVERY kid who makes it to school on any given day. My guess is if you find out who is involved front to back of this meals program you may find it NOTHING to do with Hungry kids.

Beach Bum
Beach Bum
3 months ago

Da Debate tonight: the odds are in

1.Sully Robert Sullivan Rushes the stage drunk screaming “i should have been DA” 2 to 1

2. Shugrue says kick the can down the road. 3 to 1

3. The Mazzeo Maffia will be glaring at every rival not Tony though his eyes will be drawn to the librarian. 6 to 1

4. Sullivan screams from the audience and is removed. 1 to 1

Cathy Marin
Cathy Marin
Reply to  Beach Bum
3 months ago

Odd are Andrea does wonderfully and shows why she should be DA for FOUR MORE YEARS!

Alf and Andrea the A-Team!

Bowler and Shugrue the BS Team

Sim
Sim
Reply to  Cathy Marin
3 months ago

The thumbs up or thumbs down choices are not enough for this comment.

Been there, Done that
Been there, Done that
Reply to  Cathy Marin
3 months ago

How’s that crack your using?

Been there, Done that
Been there, Done that
Reply to  Cathy Marin
3 months ago

So much for those odds

Public Enemies
Public Enemies
Reply to  Beach Bum
3 months ago

All anyone cares about is, is she going to cop to what she did or lie and get away with it?

Berkshire hope
Berkshire hope
Reply to  Beach Bum
3 months ago

Tim Shagrue, lies like a defense attorney.. Plays nice while campaigning but really is a mean , vindictive man .. Talks too much about his clients No No .. Do we want a man like running DA s office ? Like your odds , ill take Sully !!!!

Two Cents
Two Cents
3 months ago

Well it’s official, Andrea said publicly (using her great diplomatic skills) that she would not be appearing on an “ inflammatory, extremist, right-wing blog known for promoting race-baiting and misogynistic content.” Way to promote tolerance you hypocrite.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Two Cents
3 months ago

This is a right-wing blog? Does that mean we need to take positions?

levitan
levitan
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

She’s done. Election or no, she’s out.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Two Cents
3 months ago

I thought she invented “race baiting” or at the very least took it to a high level.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Two Cents
3 months ago

Is that inflammatory lies?? Will she be kicked off social media?? Maybe a lawsuit?

Tony B
Tony B
3 months ago

Nah, you’re wrong on the DA’s race, if I was her I wouldn’t show for the debate. Not after the sh** show the Sheriffs debate was. That didn’t do anyone a favor (well, maybe Bowler).

Pitt Romney
Pitt Romney
Reply to  Tony B
3 months ago

Completely agree.

Inside Her
Inside Her
3 months ago

So did you notice the NAACP set the date after Dan, so as to create the conflict as Andrea’s out?
So is it irresponsible for Bowler and Bungalugie to have been at the debate?

I can assure you the NAACP, which its name alone is partisan, it represents a colored people The league of women voters, again partisan, they represent women, it’s in their name, are as left leaning and partisan as they come.

“Holding debates by nonpartisan organizations like the NAACP Berkshire County Branch, League of Women Voters, and American Civil Liberties Union, Massachusetts (ACLUM) allows voters to be able to hear the differences in candidates’ opinions and approaches to things that affect our community,” Powell said in a statement.“

That’s Andy doing the talking. And heads up the reason they are doing zoom is because Andrea has a team ready to feed her lines and info via zoom. She has a whole setup with a second screen in screen so they can type notes to her. If you watch her eyes. She’s going to read her responses. Andy is getting paid overtime.

She is now scared to death because she thought for sure the NAACP would not reschedule.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Inside Her
3 months ago

They can try to feed her lines – but following them takes a certain intelligence and lack of arrogance which may not suit her.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

And according to the article in the Eagle today, Dennis “chief race-baiter” Powell, of the NAACP, even tossed out the “racist” term if Tim failed to show for this debate instead of yours Dan.

Officer Sondrini awaits your apology Dennis.

He didn’t “hunt” Miggy because he was “a large person of color.”

Goslow
Goslow
Reply to  Inside Her
3 months ago

is Brandon Mauer still the NAACP vice chair behind Powell?

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
3 months ago

Dan,
If you get a chance you should look at today’s article about debate schedule’s in the Eagle about the DA candidates. Fishy?

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TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
3 months ago

Dan, I agree with your percipient analysis of these two races. Doesn’t matter if Bowler is the second coming of Jesus, or Babalunga is the devil in disguise, or vice versa, it’s about campaigning, messaging, getting out the vote, etc, as you say. Poltics is a blood sport and it really isn’t about who is best for the job, but rather who has the best sales job, and who punches better. Barbalunga is going to go for the juggler. That is why I have written that Bowler needs to get on offense. Being a well liked nice guy may not be enough, even if he has done a great job running the jail. Even if all the Barby Bashers on here are correct, most people don’t know about Barby’s Baggage and Barbalunga isn’t spilling his dirty laundry in public. It’s Bowlers job to do it.

KnottvJack
KnottvJack
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
3 months ago

So the prisoner women in Chicopee don’t want to come to Berkshire County back to it and I thought about this first of all why? And second of all maybe they told Bowler his jail sucks

Been there, Done that
Been there, Done that
Reply to  KnottvJack
3 months ago

Because they are getting services there that are not here. Most also don’t want to be back in the population that got them in jail to begin with. They don’t want to be in the same area.

check it out
check it out
Reply to  Been there, Done that
3 months ago

GPod was maximum security. Chicopee is not. Maximum security means something.

KnottvJack
KnottvJack
Reply to  Been there, Done that
3 months ago

That’s the point why? Men are getting better treatment?

Been there, Done that
Been there, Done that
Reply to  KnottvJack
3 months ago

Alf complains about the budget constantly, bringing the same services from Chicopee to Berkshire will add to that immensely. That’s the point! Female inmates are getting the services they should get in Chicopee. Tom bowler doesn’t do what is right for himself, he does what is best for his jail and his community. Alf will spend like no one has ever seen before. He thinks he can, just like with his fathers money.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
3 months ago
Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
3 months ago

You must be really sad JM. Even the liberal loons are turning on their own.

DA Wrong Way is such a train wreck, she can’t get an endorsement from Flat….wow.

Only thing worse in my opinion would be if Tricia Farley-Country Buffet (D-illegal immigrants), gave DA Wrong Way the stiff arm too. Because when it comes to do nothing liberal loons, TFCB takes (and eats) the cake.

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Ok..
Ok..
3 months ago

All to he reviews say that Harrington put a beat down on Shugrue tonight. Timmy came off as the angry white guy.. Melissa Mazzeo sitting court side was so embarrassing … Come on Tony put a leash on that loon

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Inside Her
Inside Her
Reply to  Ok..
3 months ago

You must be delusional. She got hammered even with the softballs and the clear slant in her favor.

That high pitched “I’m a manager I don’t have to try trials” doesn’t play because she’s managed our office into a complete mess. If anyone needs advice they ignore what she says and asks Bell. Well they try to but she’s so locked in her office with a closed door policy, Bell often doesn’t help anyone. It’s like trying to get an angry bear to help, Bell is constantly angry.

For those in the public that don’t understand, that press conference for “Miggy”. She did absolutely none of the work, she spent the whole time campaigning from her office, she tried to intervene and wanted to say more bad things about the police with zero facts, Bell shut her down. It took half a dozen people a weeks worth of man hours to prep her for that conference. It was painful to sit there and watch all the effort put into trying prop her up in front of the camera. She still screwed it up and just read the report straight out.
Please god let this end soon send her back to her super successful private practice.

Also since none of the democrats in office don’t want to go against the party, they aren’t going to endorse Shugrue but you can bet their lack of endorsement of Harrington is really an endorsement of him. It’s unprecedented how many local politicians aren’t endorsing her for the office she’s an incumbent in. The name Harrington is political poison.

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Public Enemies
Public Enemies
Reply to  Inside Her
3 months ago

Too bad there wasn’t a follow up to the trial question: You have a first assistant who has never tried a case in almost four years. What are we paying her to do?

Paid Position
Paid Position
Reply to  Public Enemies
3 months ago

Hide a scandal.

Inside Her
Inside Her
Reply to  Public Enemies
3 months ago

She’s the actual DA managing the office and making sure some things are functioning. The problem is if she doesn’t like you, she’ll undermine you if it suits her mood. Bell is more conniving and backstabbing then even Andrea because at least Bell can help you, when she denies you that help it ruins cases and she’s not adverse to screwing up a cases because of her pettiness.

In the last week it’s been Andrea campaign culture x 1000! The no endorsements from Tyer and Smitty is driving her nuts. She was apoplectic when she called Pucci and found out he was not only going to not endorse her, he was going to campaign against her.
Andy is doing double duty as spox for the office and helping prep things for the campaign. They act like it’s not happening but a good 2/3 of the office is in panic campaign mode.

Andrea spends an inordinate amount of time obsessing about who’s talking about her, what the “buzz” is on the internet.
She has sort of an ebonite’s list, so when something is negative, she assigns who she thought said it. Melissa is a judge target for her. Andrea is also obsessed with who is leaking stuff from the office, she thinks is one or two of the Detectives assigned to the office. She tries to butter them up. I don’t know if they are leaking things but I sure know Moon would constantly leak stuff. What moon didn’t fully understand is that Andrea and Josh Landes have a “special relationship” so when Moon went to Josh, Josh outed Moon to Andrea pillow talk style.

It’s amazing to watch the frenzy that this election has put her through. Flop sweat Harrington is her newest nickname.

MrsMiaWallace
MrsMiaWallace
Reply to  Inside Her
3 months ago

Landis is a liberal tick turd.

Been there, Done that
Been there, Done that
Reply to  Inside Her
3 months ago

They aren’t going against party. Shugrue is a democrat!

Inside Her
Inside Her
Reply to  Been there, Done that
3 months ago

Yes they are dummy. Since she was endorsed by the big dems (warren and healey) they will not cross those two so now it’s “no endorsement” for Harrington from Tyer, Smitty, (where’s TFB?) when last time they were all falling all over themselves to endorse Harrington.
The dams have drawn a line, either endorse Harrington or don’t endorse anyone, no one that wants future consulting gigs, political cash, or hopes for a future office is crossing that line.

MrsMiaWallace
MrsMiaWallace
Reply to  Inside Her
3 months ago

I told you Bell did all the work on the Miggy invest.

How Convenient
How Convenient
Reply to  MrsMiaWallace
3 months ago

And it just so happens there’s no way to validate Miguel Angel Estrella because he wasn’t a legalized citizen.

the 5th Dentist
the 5th Dentist
Reply to  Ok..
3 months ago

Stereo type much? what a racist comment, what does Shugrues or anyone’s skin color have to do with Shugrue’s comments and or statements? Shugrue came across as someone who understands the negative impacts that the current DA’s policies and prosecutions have on the quality of life for all Berkshire county residents regardless of skin color. Why are you trying to make this about skin color and sex? this election needs to be about policy, about building a community where all people can and are safe to raise a family to go to work to go out and shop etc. not about the DA’s personal desire to divide communities based upon gender, skin color sexual orientation etc. the county has enough real issues without making up more boogie men to further the aspirations of the DA’s future endeavor’s.

MrsMiaWallace
MrsMiaWallace
Reply to  the 5th Dentist
3 months ago

Identity politics. She’s made that and virtue signaling the foundation of her message.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Ok..
3 months ago

Hi Ok,

Would you hire Harrington to represent you in real estate or write an estate? How about if you are charged with something serious such as DUI or vehicular manslaughter?

I doubt you would, even after 4 years studying the Idiot’s Guide to Successful DA’ing.

Come to think of it, I doubt Harrington would hire herself to finesse her own home purchase and probably would do her own will online.

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levitan
levitan
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

Nah, me neither. She’d win at least the easy cases if she had one.
Chapter 1, page 5:
Preparing for your first case.
Show up! Don’t miss the date and ask judge for an extension. Also not recommended, though you will want to do this, try to get a judge who denies your request to cross-examine a muffin removed from the bench.”

Last edited 3 months ago by levitan
Pitt Romney
Pitt Romney
3 months ago

“[Harrington] would not be appearing on an ‘inflammatory, extremist, right-wing blog known for promoting race-baiting and misogynistic content.’ “

I agree with this. This is the downfall of being judged by the company you keep.

This blog if often rife with racist and downright dehumanizing opinions. I would be embarassed to admit to many in my circle that I thoroughly enjoy this blog and read almost everyday.

Dan, you do an excellent job revealing proprietary information and reporting the facts, but your audience often ruins the content.

Whether it’s a 50-post long idiotic bash between two posters or someone rambling on for 1000 words, to the constant obession with Donald Trump – this blog often has a hard time staying on course and relevant. This is no offense to you, just a downfall of the internet and being a public forum. Your security changes as of late have made it better.

But Andrea is 100% right for declining. Would you go to a gathering where 98% of the people there hated you? Would you go anyway so that once you left, all your haters would have more fodder to bash you with? This blog is full of bully and Andrea haters. Regardless of her ability to do her job, she doesn’t deserve to be the focus of such hate.

I don’t think this choice is a nail in the coffin for her. It’s a smart choice in my mind.

My Lane
My Lane
Reply to  Pitt Romney
3 months ago

We are also people who voted for her & I know first hand what she’s done to real people, real families. Real children. It ain’t words of critique and hurt feelings, it is civil rights violations and fraud upon the court.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Pitt Romney
3 months ago

Any person running for office needs to be seen and heard by all especially the voters who may not agree with them, so I think it shows a weakness in the DA’s makeup that is a serious one. A DA has to be tough and tough skinned to get the job done. As for the racist, dehumanizing and TDS on this blog, most writers have been trying to educate TSC, Fizzlehead and JM on being more open and understanding to all people of all makes and colors but it has been very difficult for them to open their minds and learn. Don’t worry I am sure the writers on here will continue to offer our help and support in their continued education of being open minded and turning off the brainwashing TV channels they watch

Wakeupcandvote
Wakeupcandvote
Reply to  ShirleyKnutz
3 months ago

Yes, she’s real tough. She cried hysterically when local Dems pulled their endorsement.

Get Over It
Get Over It
Reply to  Pitt Romney
3 months ago

This blog is far from right wing. So you believe anyone who does not drink Sleepy Joe’s kool-aid is right wing eh…exactly why this blog is needed and what is wrong with this country

levitan
levitan
Reply to  Get Over It
3 months ago

Actually – the right wing is also the left wing. They just change brandmarks depending on the fashion. That’s why fascists never go away.

How Convenient
How Convenient
Reply to  levitan
3 months ago

Suddenly she knows right from left.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  How Convenient
3 months ago

I recall her saying four years ago that the DA needs to be a left wing democrat. Capeless, no friend of anyone, said the DA should not be a political office. So, maybe her thinking is about making friends. This right and left thing is more like musical chairs than geometry.

Music stops, the one standing is right or left depending on which one is in fashion.

levitan
levitan
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

Thanks Dan. I maintain the “Right” Adn “left are the two biggest social-political frauds that got a 100 pass on common sense and challenge. If you hate Liberty and the Individual you have two feet that wear either right or left.

Been there, Done that
Been there, Done that
Reply to  Pitt Romney
3 months ago

She deserves to be the focus of her wrongdoings, not hate. Her choices have affected many peoples lives, not in a good way. You play, you pay. She is not a nice or good person. She is out for only herself.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Pitt Romney
3 months ago

Take a look at the Facebook comments about Harrington! Even flaming progressive liberals are being called right wingers if they don’t agree with even some of her policies.

Been there, Done that
Been there, Done that
Reply to  Optimus Prime
3 months ago

That’s how she runs her office, she fired anyone that would stand up to her and kept those that plod through their day with their heads down. She is a narcissist!

NAABLP
NAABLP
3 months ago

She had put an Egremont resident on a blacklist, a literal list. It is in the Pomeroy reports. This has gone on for 15 years.

Weed out the jury
Weed out the jury
3 months ago

https://www.masslive.com/news/2014/05/protential_jurors_asked_to_rev.html

https://www.wcvb.com/amp/article/medic-needed-as-ex-probation-chief-found-guilty-in-corruption-trial/8205406

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Mike Ashe, Bill Bennett, David Capeless, Martha Coakley, Kevin Constantine, Frank Cousins, James Cummings, Christopher Donelan, Mike Flynn, Bob Garvey, Scott Harshbarger, Gary Lucero, Carmen Massamiano, Fred McDonald, Mike O’Keefe, Susan Olsen, Mike Sullivan, Paul Walsh.

ATTORNEYS

Mark Conlon, Jean Driscoll, James Kennedy, William Kennedy, Leonard Lewin, Kevin Martin, Edward McDermott, Thomas Murray, Anthony Sicuso, Daniel Sullivan, Daniel Toscano, Paul Ware.

U.S. ATTORNEYS

Carmen Ortiz, Frederick Wyshak, Robert Fisher, Karen Bell.

Last edited 3 months ago by Weed out the jury
Oh Yeah!
Oh Yeah!
3 months ago

You can lead a horse to water but you can’t lead a horse to drink the kool-aid.

Equal Treatment for Victims
Equal Treatment for Victims
3 months ago

SBSC, check on this one, how many violent felonies?

https://www.homefacts.com/offender-detail/MAaJESFbWwET8BUgy5ZntOkZ73TDEWDTbu/Richard-W-Davis.html

https://www.registercitizen.com/news/article/Mass-man-arrested-by-state-police-in-connection-12098742.php

There are many more check District Court also.

How long after reentry did this person overdose?

Why is this man homeless post-release?

Tip of the iceburg

Could he be the type to set fires? Check the addresses. How many hurt innocent people in this guys path? There’s no telling.

Years of torment.

Systemic Failure

There’s no place left to call

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
3 months ago

For those who haven’t viewed the Eagle article, I have attached it.

The chief race-baiter himself, Dennis Powell, is running interference for DA Wrong Way’s camp, to avoid your debate Dan.

Harrington’s team reads this and knows she can’t be on the hot seat and answer about: Simon’s Rock racial-kidnapping hoax, losing a slam dunk gun/drug case (LaQuan Johnson), LaQuan Johnson killed a guy days after winning criminal case, David Moody, Lonnie Durfee, record number of shootings in Pittsfield, running DA’s Office like a campaign headquarters, and on and on……

It’s amazing when you told both parties the debate day/time, Harrington’s team “forgot” about the NAACP debate? That’s on Harrington’s team, not The Planet.

Berkshire NAACP sets a new forum date for district attorney candidates | Local News | berkshireeagle.com

Been there, Done that
Been there, Done that
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
3 months ago

I loved how AH deferred the tough questions. “Oh I hope to answer that if there’s enough time.” She is useless.

Wakeupcandvote
Wakeupcandvote
Reply to  Been there, Done that
3 months ago

Why is somebody named “Darcie Does So!” desperately trying to defend Harrington on facebook? Are we paying her too?

Tro Ciniglarrow
Tro Ciniglarrow
Reply to  Wakeupcandvote
3 months ago

Darcie does what?

Inside Her
Inside Her
Reply to  Wakeupcandvote
3 months ago

That’s Darcie Sosa she’s a paid shill for Harrington. She and Andrea are thisclose. She’s the new Helen Moon.
Nutrition and communication degrees from Amherst and MCLA. A small mind living in an even smaller world.

Been there, Done that
Been there, Done that
Reply to  Inside Her
3 months ago

Who happens to get paid by AH for in office “training”

Goslow
Goslow
Reply to  Wakeupcandvote
3 months ago

She’s just a local lunatic far left democrat.

Inside Her
Inside Her
Reply to  Goslow
3 months ago

She used to write for the Eagle and sometimes still does.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
3 months ago

Certain members of the NAACP who were part of the debate asking questions of the candidates for da are all about not the crimes being committed, but what will happen to the criminals after the crimes are committed regardless of the nature of the crimes.Harrington pretty much uses race in every question and response she gives to anyone no matter the questions. Put the F’N blindfold back on lady justice!

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Optimus Prime
3 months ago

I agree OP. I also think there’s more to keeping DA Wrong Way.

A big reason, no oversight on certain groups who might be misappropriating funds. ARPA funds come to mind.

I’m not an expert in the use of ARPA funds, but something tells me a trip to another country to explore your roots, was not an intended use of taxpayer money no matter how much glitter you put on it. DA Wrong Way has been very soft on crime with this group too,

Just thinking outside the box.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
3 months ago

Not sure this went into hibernation. I’ll post it again.

Letter: Pittsfield has a panhandling problem

To the editor: When is Pittsfield going to crack down on panhandling?
You can stop at about a dozen intersections throughout Pittsfield and Lenox with these people looking for handouts. What disturbs me and others is that some drivers keep giving money — wise up, people.
I saw the person by Hubbard Avenue a couple times frequenting Starbucks and then having the audacity to sit with a sign and large Starbucks cup telling us he needs help.
Guess what — most people stopping at these intersections cannot afford Starbucks. If they are that hard up, there are agencies in the area to help. I noticed most weekends they are nowhere around — must be vacation. Why don’t the do-gooders around town help them off the streets?

Maggie Smith, Pittsfield

Simon Says Huh
Simon Says Huh
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
3 months ago

No it’s worse than her trips to Portugal or Ala. or Calif. being funded by taxpayers. They were paid for by this group which is funded by the Soros money machine. There Harrington is on the left in white. It compromised her ethical duty to do her job. Harrington is beholden to them, not us. In retun for the favor she got tons of money from outside Berkshire County and never got asked to answer for any of it.

https://foxbaltimore.com/news/local/money-machine-behind-mosbys-europe-trip

SBSC
SBSC
3 months ago

Dan has Alf responded about providing his discipline record from his Northern Berkshire gig?
Or has the phone not rung?

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
3 months ago

Um, Don’t look for help from our current da with these juveniles because our da thinks up to 25 year olds should be treated as juveniles. Work? Lol.

Letter: Harassment of actors at Pittsfield Common was shameful

To the editor: It was disturbing to read about the harassment of the Shakespeare actors and staff at the Pittsfield Common. I am part of the volunteer group, Pittsfield Beautiful, that was at the Common at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 12. We were there to weed and mulch around the plantings. We do our best despite dealing with cigarette butts, drug paraphernalia and other debris around the gardens.
If these kids have the time to harass people, wouldn’t it be nice if the courts told them to get out of bed and show up at 8:30 a.m. to work alongside Pittsfield Beautiful and do something good for the city?

Just a thought.
Alan Metzger, Pittsfield

Been there, Done that
Been there, Done that
Reply to  Optimus Prime
3 months ago

And Alf wants juveniles in the BCHC. He and AH are quite a pair.

Beach Bum
Beach Bum
3 months ago

https://www.wamc.org/news/2022-08-16/harrington-catches-shugrue-on-inaccurate-claims-about-broken-windows-policing-support-at-berkshire-da-debate

Well the winner was kick the can down the road

And although Sullivan didn’t rush the stage he was commenting feverishly on social media …. Have another one Bro!

Inside Her
Inside Her
Reply to  Beach Bum
3 months ago

That’s going to be Josh and Surgeon. Josh is the new Andy.

Josh will do anything for Andrea, because Andrea does special things for Josh.

If Josh was a real reporter, maybe he’d ask Andrea about her driving record, her non-payment of taxes, what happened to the OUI, the Williams rape cases, why Pucci dropped her. Remember all the press on the Williams rape cases, years later it’s like they don’t exist.

Been there, Done that
Been there, Done that
Reply to  Inside Her
3 months ago

Which is comparable to Alf’s issue of bringing female inmates back to Berkshire. This is his Williamstown. Just like AH said we will start investigating sexual assault cases on day 1, Alf says we will begin the process of bringing female inmates back on day 1. PEOPLE!!!! It will not happen, it’s the issue he is using to try to get elected. Don’t fall for it and don’t believe his hires will make any less money than those do now either. Alf lies!!!

Rileyed
Rileyed
3 months ago

Today’s word: “Paltering.” Paltering is the active use of selective truthful statements to mislead.
The opposite of paltering is being straightforward, clear, and honest.

Tro Ciniglarrow
Tro Ciniglarrow
Reply to  Rileyed
3 months ago

Alf will upset in victory.

Tro Ciniglarrow
Tro Ciniglarrow
Reply to  Rileyed
3 months ago

Shugrue will win because? The Experiment is Over.

Simon Says Huh
Simon Says Huh
Reply to  Rileyed
3 months ago

Example: “It didn’t happen in (insert my town).”

Inside Her
Inside Her
3 months ago

Forensic unit dispatched to BMC emergency room. Gunshot wound, no shot spotter.

Inside Her
Inside Her
Reply to  Inside Her
3 months ago

Person was shot at the first street Cumberland farms. About an hour ago.

Tro Ciniglarrow
Tro Ciniglarrow
Reply to  Inside Her
3 months ago

I heard a different location but we’ll go with that

Inside Her
Inside Her
Reply to  Tro Ciniglarrow
3 months ago

First and Adam.
That mulch is the mulch at Cumbies, Barry’s favorite hangout.

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Andrea is going to have a fun time explaining this based on who the shooter and shootee are.
Her progressive catch and release political football just blew up in her face.
They are going to try and bury the names until after the debate.

Shirley Edgerton, please come to first street for a clean up and explanation.

Inside Her
Inside Her
Reply to  Tro Ciniglarrow
3 months ago

The bad thing was the shooting was going on as people were going to the common and kids were playing in the splash pad

The police didn’t even bother to say anything because they didn’t want to upset anyone. They were going with “the public is not in danger except we have a drive by shooter on the lose where kids are playing and people are going to a concert.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Inside Her
3 months ago

Cumby’s on First Street? No way. Barry Tyer declared that place safe.

Get a call in to Pittsfield’s greatest vigilante. He’ll take care of it.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
3 months ago

Barry during the day and Paul Kersey at night?

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Optimus Prime
3 months ago

Paul Kersey was a tough guy. Barry is, well Barry.

I would say it’s more like as$clown by day and even bigger as$-clown at night.

Uh Oh
Uh Oh
3 months ago

If the chat around Pittsfield like at the highland is any indication, both Harrington and Alf don’t have a snowballs chance in hell on winning.

gotcha22
gotcha22
3 months ago

THIS JUST IN:
Adam Foss, an advocate for criminal justice reform who Andrea Harrington brought to the Berkshire District Attorneys office to “discuss what the future of the criminal justice system can look like” has been arrested for RAPE.

Foss was indicted Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court on charges of first-degree rape and sexual abuse. He is charged with raping a woman, 25, while she slept in Midtown Manhattan hotel room in 2017.

He was previously cleared of another rape by Harrington pal former DA Rollins who he endorsed for Suffolk DA.

Harrington brought Foss to the Berkshires to help her “prioritize domestic and sexual violence” and “provide ADAs with the tools they need” according to iberkshires.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11116933/High-profile-criminal-justice-reform-advocate-charged-raping-woman-Midtown-Manhattan-hotel.html

https://www.iberkshires.com/story/59676/100-Days-An-Interview-With-District-Attorney-Andrea-Harrington.html

 

Al A Bye
Al A Bye
Reply to  gotcha22
3 months ago

The rapist trainer hired by Andrea Harrington is funded by Soros. Shocking. https://www.openphilanthropy.org/organization-name/prosecutor-impact/

Al A Bye
Al A Bye
Reply to  gotcha22
3 months ago

It got a big Eagle article when he was here pushing his agenda and training our prosecutors. Now he’s arrested for rape. You read it here.

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/archives/working-to-keep-youths-from-the-rabbit-hole-of-mass-incarceration/article_e8064810-194b-5ad0-98f0-b32a142229db.html

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  gotcha22
3 months ago

Adam will soon learn the “progressive” ways inmates treat child and sex-offenders.

Pitt Romney
Pitt Romney
3 months ago

Tuesday afternoon along Route 7 (First Street) in Pittsfield:

4pm: Brazen daytime shooting at a convenience store with at least one victim injured.

A few hundred feet away…

5pm: A lovely crowd gathers in the adjacent park for an evening delight of “Shakespeare in the Park”.

Literally hundreds of people set up with lawn chairs and evening snacks a thousand feet from violent, daytime shooting.

Only in Pittsfield. Everyone is still safe as the night Barry walked the strip at 3am. Hallelujah!

Inside Her
Inside Her
Reply to  Pitt Romney
3 months ago

When those shots were being fired there were children in the park at the splash pad. Gunfire in the afternoon, it’s how Pittsfield celebrates vibrant and dynamic.