Lately it seems like with every day that passes I learn some new disturbing thing about him, say to myself "Oh man that's pretty bad..." and then the next day it happens again! He's turning from a well-meaning-but-sort-of-jerky dimwit into a megalomaniacal cartoon supervillain right in front of my eyes!
Today's depressing news comes from this article in the Worcester Telegram.
It opens with this charming pseudo-quote:
City Councilor and mayoral candidate Ted E. DeSalvatore said he’s never backed down from a fight.Oh joy, that's just what I look for in a mayor! Pigheaded stubbornness has done such great things for this country!
Who's his fight with this time? Those mysterious "local thugs" he's always blaming for ruining the city? The dreaded hungry people trying to eat at Our Father's Table? The dastardly gays and their "perverted teaching"? Or is it something even worse?!
Mr. [John] Westlake became tearful when describing the problems he said began a few weeks ago with an unauthorized entry into his business and placement of [DeSalvatore] campaign signs in his storefront windows. Mr. Westlake said he keeps the windows covered with white paper so that passers-by are not tempted to steal his valuable inventory and computer.Holy crap, Ted! Picking a fight with a disabled veteran with PTSD? What the fuck is wrong with you? Were you tired of picking on the poor and hungry but couldn't find any orphans to kick around?
“When I took down those signs, I gained an enemy,” said Mr. Westlake, a disabled Air Force veteran who said he takes medication for post-traumatic stress disorder. “He says he’s for small business, but he violated my rights. He’s willing to step on anyone to become mayor.”
It only gets uglier from there, I'm afraid:
Mr. DeSalvatore agreed that their problems began with the signs. He said he thought he had permission to put up the signs, so he got a janitor to let him in when Mr. Westlake was not there. Since the incident, he said, Mr. Westlake has been trying to make his life miserable.I don't know if any of you reading this are familiar with PTSD (especially if it's combat-related). I know several people who suffer from it, and while it can vary case-by-case, most of the people I know just want peace and to not have to be reminded of the stress in their past. Conflict is what caused the problems in the first place. If you're a guy with PTSD begging for peace, then you've got a really damn good reason for doing it.
Janitor Charlene Mann said she was “hoodwinked” into letting Mr. DeSalvatore in to Mr. Westlake’s business. She also said she witnessed the tape-recorded interchange on Sunday between the pair.
“It was classic bully power moves,” Ms. Mann said of Mr. DeSalvatore’s behavior. “John tried to negotiate the peace, but (Mr. DeSalvatore) didn’t want that peace.”
Ms. Mann said at one point Mr. Westlake kneeled and begged Mr. DeSalvatore to leave him alone.
On the tape, Mr. DeSalvatore is heard saying, “It’s too late. You pushed my buttons.”
On the other hand, if you're just a guy who's being a huge dick because someone "pushed your buttons" it just means you're an asshole.
So, Ted "hookwinked" a janitor into letting him put up some campaign signs in Mr. Westlake's space. Mr. Westlake took them down. They had a confrontation. End of story, right? Everyone eventually shakes hands and laughs at the misunderstanding?
Mr. DeSalvatore said he is working with the landlord, Gerald Martel, to get Mr. Westlake evicted. Then he added that he chose the site to make a point.No Ted. You are the trash here. You're not the middle ground, and you sure as hell should never again serve in any public office. You're an embarrassment to the city already.
“I represent the middle ground. I don’t shy away from street trash,” he said.
Have a tiny bit of dignity, leave the man alone, and move your campaign HQ elsewhere. Like to another state.