7:24: Off and away on the eve of what’s been one of the busiest political days in recent state history.
7:25: Councilor Eddy says 5 pools & 5 spray parks over the long term is probably “the most realistic” plan.
“For those who say ‘it’s different pots of money’…it simply isn’t.”
“We have to make choices and priorities with limited resources.”
A few weeks ago, he was too tired to pursue his race for mayor. Now, City Councilor Gary Rosen says he will run for State Rep. Bob Spellane’s seat in what is expected to be a crowded 2010 race.
Spellane announced today he would not seek reelection next year.
Rosen says he had “no idea” Spellane was dropping out when he quit the mayor’s race.
Other potential candidates rumored to be in the race include Councilors Rick Rushton and Joff Smith.
Rushton says he is focusing on his race for reelection, and says, “I don’t think so,” when asked if he’ll consider the state seat.
On the other hand, Smith doesn’t answer any questions about his post-November plans, repeatedly stating, “I am focused on reelection to District One. My only focus is on reelection.” Our best guess? He’s in.
Sometimes, it takes weeks to get a full response from the Worcester Police Department.
And sometimes, they email out a press release responding to an article that hasn’t even been printed yet.
In response to a Telegram and Gazette inquiry into Police Chief Gary Gemme’s brother Al Gemme’s salary and benefits, the Chief just issued a statement to Boston and Worcester media saying he is totally removed from any oversight of his brother, and putting the “other” Gemme’s compensation in comparison to his colleagues. (He is 106th overall).
Al Gemme is a regular target of off-the-record and whispered complaints from other police officers who allege preferential treatment.
“Just as it would be inappropriate and unethical for me to be directly or indirectly involved in the compensation of Gemme, it would be equally inappropriate for me to comment publicly on Gemme’s earnings. Therefore, I have provided the following information for your review and if you should have additional questions regarding Gemme, I would direct you to the appropriate deputy chief,” writes Gemme to City Manager Michael O’Brien, the original recepient of the letter.
The full letter below the jump.
In a letter to supporters, State Representative Bob Spellane says he will not seek reelection for a sixth term next fall.
The embattled Spellane told Worcester Mag earlier this summer that he would “absolutely” run for reelection, saying, ““Nothing’s changed. Folks who voted for Bob Spellane in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 … continue to get the same representation if not stronger representation out of me today as they have throughout the last eight years.”
The full letter from Spellane to reporters below the jump. Stay here for more analysis later in the day.