Friday, October 5, 2012

The Petey Shuffle



On Wednesday The O’Zone reported that State Representative Peter Durant had accepted an invitation from challenger Kathleen Walker for a series of debates. According to an update received from Ms. Walker events had been scheduled for Charlton, Dudley and Southbridge.

Later that same day we received a detailed set of rules for the first event in Charlton.

 ON: OCTOBER 9, 2012
Candidates’ Debate
AT: CHARLTON OVERLOOK COMMUNITY

POSITION for: MASSACHUSETTS STATE REPRESENTATIVE
INCUMBENT CANDIDATE: PETER DURANT
CHALLENGER CANDIDATE: KATHLEEN WALKER
CHAIRMAN: BARBERA DELANO
MODERATOR: JAMES ALEXANDER
TIMEKEEPER: CARL SWANSON

 RULES
1) TOTAL DEBATE TIME WILL BE 1 HOUR

2) QUESTIONS FOR TONIGHT HAVE COME FROM RESIDENTS OF 4 TOWNS: CHARLTON, SPENCER, SOUTHBRIDGE and DUDLEY

3) NO QUESTIONS WILL BE ALLOWED FROM THE FLOOR

4) EACH CANDIDATE WILL HAVE 2 MINUTES FOR THEIR OPENING STATEMENT

5) EACH CANDIDATE WILL HAVE 2 MINUTES TO ANSWER EACH QUESTION

6) AFTER BOTH CANDIDATES HAVE ANSWERED A QUESTION THE 1ST TO HAVE ANSWERED CAN HAVE A 30 SECOND REBUTAL IF HE OR SHE DESIRES

7) TIME MUST BE STRICTLY ADHERED TO BE FAIR TO CANDIDATES

8) AT THE END BOTH CANDIDATES WILL HAVE A 2 MINUTE CLOSING STATEMENT. THE 1ST CLOSING STATEMENT WILL BE FROM THE CANDIDATE WHO GAVE THE 2ND OPENING STATEMENT

9) WE WILL DRAW A NAME FOR 1ST STATEMENT AND QUESTION

10) WE WILL ALTERNATE CANDIDATES FOR 1ST ANSWER TO EACH SUCCESSIVE QUESTION

11) AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE FORMAL DEBATE CANDIDATES WILL REMAIN IN LOBBY TILL 9 PM TO CHAT WITH AUDENCE MEMBERS

So it came as somewhat of a surprise when we opened yesterday’s Southbridge News to a front page article titled, “State rep forum sparks controversy”, and read:

Overlook is hosting a candidate’s night for the 6th Worcester District state representative’s race Tuesday, Oct. 9 — but whether both candidates will be there remains to be seen.
“As far as I’m concerned, this event is up in the air,” said incumbent State Rep. Peter Durant, R-Spencer. “We haven’t agreed to anything, and we need to agree to several things before we participate.”
Specifically, Durant said “red lights started going off” when he discovered two of the organizers were donors to his opponent Kathleen Walker’s campaign and wants the three people screening questions to be a Democrat, a Republican and an “independent.” He alleged Walker “had to know” her supporters were doing this.

Walker explained that one of those involved had indeed contributed to her campaign and immediately withdrew when the issue was raised.

This appears to be little more than the kind of shuffle that Durant engaged in during his last campaign. He is clearly uncomfortable in any environment where he lacks the support and control of his handlers.

It will be interesting to see if he does show up.


2 comments:

  1. That would be because Durant does NOT want questions from the audience. Questions like his bankruptcy which his lawyer hid), his voting for overrides when money was in the town coffers, the Recall petition where over 200 dead voters voted, endorsing sign bylaws that denied business owners the rights to advertise in their own stores, filing false allegations with the AG's office that resulted in three innocent SM being removed from the Spencer board, helping Clemence and the Corner Pocket Crew in Southbridge to NOT be able to effectively run their town, Forgetting to ask the Charter Review Committee in Southbridge how they felt about having their Charter changed, Petey's ability to use people and throw them away, and the list goes on and on. Oh trust me; Re-Pete does not want any questions other than the softball variety being thrown his way. Hell with his past I probably wouldn't either. Even the Repubs in his own party have little use for Re-Pete since he tried to take the credit for the Greenway Project after coming late to that party, but that is a Durant Initiative. Do little to nothing and step in and take the credit. He did the same thing as SM when they tried to get the town hall refurbished. Voted against it for two years, then when it looked like it was going to happen, stepped up and took the credit. Or when we lost our town manager due to alleged malfeasance (he had sexual harassment charges, hid money 1.2 million, etc.) Durant told him a this last meeting, “ I learned so much from you Carter”. Yes you did, Petey, you most certainly did. Now can you please un-learn it?

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    1. He’s nothing more than a "Political Parasite" who’s Pimping the People!

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