Alas, I was disappointed.
Donnelly on Tuesday said Wong painted a "rosy picture" during the last mayoral race, while he gave a more sobering prediction of financial hardships the city would face over the next two years.That's all we get. I suppose when you're as terrible a campaigner as Donnelly is, it's best to avoid interviews.
"The disparity is in what was promised," said Donnelly, after the Councilor-at-large debate at Fitchburg State College Tuesday night.
Donnelly did not return phone calls for a more extensive interview by press time Wednesday.
But we do have a little bit, so let's unpack it. Here's what Donnelly is basically saying:
During the last election, Lisa Wong gave people hope for great things, and hasn't been able to deliver on every single thing. I, on the other hand, was a gloomy gus who never even tried to inspire people. Therefore, you should vote for me!
Inspiring! Since the current mayor wasn't able to deliver on absolutely everything she hoped for (which of course is all her fault, and has nothing to do with the city council, economic downturn, etc.), people should vote for Donnelly, who promises absolutely nothing. That way they won't be disappointed when he delivers nothing!
Oh, there's also this:
Transparency will be the focus of Donnelly's administration, if he is elected, he said Tuesday.Is there even anything to respond to there? Transparency is what everyone running for office promises, especially if they have nothing else to offer.
Just how stupid does Donnelly think the people of Fitchburg are, anyway? Judging from the comments on Sentinel articles, most people who aren't rabid anti-Wong loonies have in no way forgotten what the guy's all about, or that he helped create the problems Wong has been trying to fix for the last two years. They also see through the whole "I'll swoop in late and avoid any actual campaigning" gambit.
His supporters are pretty much entirely limited to the nuts. Here's a typical example:
good for tom wong sucks and has ruined the city-we are number 11 at fuOh no! Not number 11 at fu! We need to get to work improving our fu ranking!
Those are your supporters, Tom. There aren't very many of them, and they're not very coherent. You are officially the anti-Wong candidate, nothing more.
And that's not a good thing to be.