Enfield Local Politics
Council Debate Quick Thoughts
I went to the council candidates’ debate tonight (signs at the entrance pictured), and I am preparing a full-length report. The most notable portions of the debate were perhaps the disagreement between Ragno and Mangini near the end about whether we ought to worry about the 2% of taxes that are not being collected, a strange rumor that Pat Crowley wouldn’t finish out another term (he seemed taken aback by the accusation and stated that he would, indeed, finish his term if elected) and the constant mentions of taxes as a top issue by candidates from both parties. The questions prepared by the EHS Youth Vote Program were great, and I found the debate very interesting.
Any thoughts on the debate, for those who were there? Also, if anyone out there was at Friday’s debate (which I couldn’t make), thoughts on that event are absolutely welcome as well.
Posted: October 22nd, 2007 under 2007 election.
Comment from Orrin Thompson
Time: October 22, 2007, 11:17 pm
Chris, I heard the rumor that Pat Crowley was planning to win and resign on Friday.
Earlier in the year, Tony DiPace was going to run for the council and the democrats were ready to nominate him. Of course Tony’s tenure at P&Z has been controversial to say the least. He was stopped in his tracks by the outcry over the Montessori lawsuits, which have been a big waste of money.
Enter Tony’s brother Pat Crowley. When it was clear that nominating Tony would sink the democrats, a plot was hatched to sneak him in the back door: Pat Crowley would run for election and resign shortly afterwards. The democrats would then appoint Tony to fill out Pat’s term.
That debate question may have blown the wind out of that plot- this would be why Crowley was surprised. Too many people knew his secret.
This is all the insider politics that has come to the surface the past couple years. Notice that with the last Montessori lawsuit- the historical district one- that only a handful of people showed up to testify against the plan: Tallarita, Troiano, and Crowley (DiPace’s brother). Do you see how all these relationships work? This is how power is exercised in Enfield and has been for many years.