Council Vice President Raymond E. Hague called his colleague “courageous,”
adding, “I’m not saying I agree with him.” The audience laughed. - Fall River
If anyone has missed it, Councilor Leo Pelletier caused some shock waves when he announced he was now supporting the Weaver Cove LNG Project. When I read the quote above in the paper this morning, I thought nothing of it, except that Councilor Hague was showing a little wry humor.
This afternoon I heard the last hour of "Hurricane's Highway Home" and heard Mike Herren blast Leo Pelletier for his stance. Herren was also blasting Councilor Hague for his support of the project! Had I missed something? I didn't know that Hague was now supporting LNG! It turns out that Herren was interpreting the same statement from above as support for Pelletier's position and LNG.
Councilor Hague called into the show to say that the Hurricane was misrepresenting his position. Hague went on to say that he thought it was courageous for Pelletier to take such a controversial stance but that he himself did not share that stance. The city councilor said that he had sent an email outlining his record on LNG that Herren could read on air if he wanted. It went unread. The rest of the conversation might have been 'good radio' but it was not constructive and it was not civil.
Lefty's View: There is nothing in Councilor Hague's statement that would lead me to believe that he now supports LNG. Mike Herren may believe otherwise and he's entitled to his opinion, but without proof, it's just his opinion. I give Ray Hague a lot of credit for calling into Herren's radio show to try to set the record straight. He certainly must have realized that he was not going to be treated cordially. In fact, the reason I wrote this post was because whether I agree with him or not, Councilor Hague deserves the right to defend his record and I wanted to give him the chance to be heard and for Fall Riverites a chance to hear him. Councilor Hague's email follows.
Ray Hague's position on LNG in Fall River.
Opposed to LNG since day 1, voted for all anti LNG resolutions
Drafted letter adopted by the city council hand delivered to FERC by Ed Lambert showing unanimous opposition to LNG in Fall River
Sends yearly donation to coalition against LNG
Has been at times the only city councillor to attend public hearings about LNG
As chairman of the public safety committee has held joint meeting with coalition against LNG
Supported all budget request to fight LNG
Continues to oppose LNG in Fall River and will continue to vote in opposition of LNG untill the battle is won