Tonight were the Stoneham Town Moderator and Stoneham Board of Selectmen candidates’ live televised forums at Stoneham TV. I plan on writing about the contents in the coming days, but for starters I want to focus on one thing: No Shows.
Seriously. Nothing says “I don’t care about or have any respect for the Stoneham community” than not showing up to make your case for why we, the residents of Stoneham, should vote for you.
Let’s start with the Town Moderator forum:
Larry Means already had my vote during last year’s Town Meeting workshop, co-hosted by Tom Boussy and Larry Means. Moderator Means and Selectman Boussy worked hard to ensure all residents had the opportunity to understand exactly how the Town Meeting process worked, thus providing us all with everything we needed to be able to effectively and properly participate.
Larry Means’ challenger, F. John Carino gave us this:
Next we have the Board of Selectmen candidates:
Quite frankly, given what I shared not long ago about Selectman Bob Sweeney’s lovely conduct, his no-show at tonight’s forum is consistent with his inability to actually show up to most Board of Selectmen meetings in general. The silence and absence of Robert Sweeney is almost deafening, next to actually yelling “I don’t care about Stoneham.” (But yelling actually requires effort.)
I thought I recognized Sweeney in a debate against Clint Eastwood a few years back…