It's former mayor Dan Mylott! Though you may know him better as "the guy who got us into this mess."
Truth be told, I actually like Dan Mylott. As a person, that is. He's a friendly, pleasant guy. I wouldn't mind having lunch with him or something.
But he shouldn't have been mayor, and he shouldn't be on the City Council.
Neither should other old-guard member Rosemary Reynolds, who's also running.
Look, old people, you already had your chance and you fucked everything up. Now is the time to fade away as gracefully as possible, not to return as flesh-eating political demons, determined to scrape the last few morsels of protein from the bones of the city of Fitchburg.
Fitchburg currently has a very intelligent mayor. We have a city council that, while certainly imperfect, doesn't include anyone suffering from any major mental disorders (though I'm a little concerned about Tran).
These people are working on cleaning up the mess that was made by the old guard (which includes a few of the councilors). It's a huge job, because it was a huge fucking mess. It'll take time to fix.
That job will become vastly more difficult if the people who are responsible for the mess in the first place get involved. Especially if they seem unable to admit they're actually responsible for anything in the first place...
Mylott, who served 14 years as a city councilor and two years as a School Committee member before a six-year term as mayor that ended in 2007, said he wants to "continue the legacy" and said he misses city politics.Oh yeah, that's a fucking great legacy you've got there, Dan. What part of it should actually be continued?
All of it, I guess:
Mylott said he thinks he did a "great job" as mayor and on the council.Ack!
Rather than have my head explode, let's just move on...
Here's a really weird quote from Reynolds in the Sentinel article:
Former City Councilor Rosemary Reynolds has already filed nomination papers to run for an at-large seat.I'm assuming that the "morale" in that quote is just the typical S&E illiteracy acting up, and the word she actually used was "moral."
"I hope to be a steady captain of the ship through these difficult morale [Sic] and economic times," Reynolds said.
But what a weird thing to say. Difficult economic times, sure, but what's so difficult morality-wise about these times?
The answer becomes obvious when you realize that Reynolds is an antiabortion loon and anti-gay bigot, who "can't separate prayer from [her] life". Hell, she was (is?) President of the Massachusetts chapter of "Democrats for Life" (which does not mean "lifelong Democrat").
Oh boy! Religious zealotry and an obsessive focus on trying to outlaw abortion (not to mention euthanasia, cloning, and embryonic stem cell research) is just what I want in an elected official!
Could we please get a few new candidates who aren't deeply delusional and/or outright crazy, please?
Seriously, I'll take almost anyone. Just don't be crazy, a failed politician from the past, subject to massive delusions about your own competence, or any combination of the above and you're virtually a shoo in. Or maybe somebody out there has a particularly clever pet they'd be willing to run?