Ted didn't get the whole hour, of course. The first 15 minutes or so were filled with some Moonie guy from the Washington Times rambling about how Democrats are all horribly corrupt and Republicans are the party of "values" and the media is controlled by liberal Jews and so forth. He had a little lovefest with the
Then Ted came on and I couldn't ignore it anymore. I'll say one thing for the man; he has a buttery-smooth radio voice. Like those morning DJs who push the fart sound button every 15 seconds and make you want to drive your car at full speed into a telephone pole.
So what did he say?
Beats me, I didn't take notes and it was mostly the same crap he says all the time. Slumlords were mentioned. Cleaning stuff up was mentioned. Unitil was talked about a bit. Then, in an uncharacteristic bit of journalistic integrity, the host also asked about Ted's financial backers!
Let me recreate for you from memory the way that conversation went. This is not a literal transcription, but should give you the gist. Let's call it a "re-imagining", like that horrible Tim Burton remake of "Planet of the Apes"...
Host: "So what does this all cost, and who's backing you?"
Ted: "It's a grassroots thing, I have a treasurer who knows about that stuff."
Host: "You have to tell people, you know. It's the law."
Ted: "Not for ten days I don't! Neener neener neener!"
Host: "I love you Ted! You're a visionary!"
There was a similar exchange over Unitil. This time Ray C. got involved. Again dramatized for your pleasure:
Ted: "I'm going to get a bunch of mayors together and go tell the state to make Unitil lower costs or something."
Host: "Why do you have to be mayor to do that?"
Ted: "Because nobody listens to me now!"
Ray C.: "Couldn't somebody have done that in the past if it would work? It's not like the state regulatory commission is a new thing, and we've always had state reps who could help."
Ted: "I dunno."
Ray C.: "Your plan kind of sucks, doesn't it?"
Ted: "I'm a fighter!"
Host: "I want to have your children, Ted!"
I sort of like Ray C.
Ted also described his role as mayor as being a big "cheerleader" for the city. That's Ted "We need to focus on what’s bad" DeSalvatore for you!
Man, talk radio sucks.
Still no response to my email to DeSalvatore. Do other people have this problem too? Should I not have signed it "The Unicow"?
I humbly request the help of you, the Progressive Fitchburg readers. If you could, please take a moment to email Ted at either email@example.com or Ted.E.DeSalvatore@gmail.com and ask the simple question "Where do you do your teaching?" You're welcome (and encouraged) to add more to the body of the email than just that, but please make sure to be respectful.
Seriously, this is a question that really should be answered. If anyone actually manages to get an answer out of him, you can either leave a comment or forward it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It would also be nice to hear from you if you try but don't get a response. Unless Ted's trying to hide something, somebody ought to get an answer!
Thanks for the help!