Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Leo Pelletier - The Teflon Councilor

Today, is Teflon Day! I can't think of a better time to discuss our own non-stick city councilor, Leo Pelletier! Leo's Internet cafe was raided the other day. It was big news. It made all the papers! I saw stories in Boston papers and the Providence Journal. It seems most conversations I had would eventually include "did you hear what happened to Leo?"
 
Now in a way, I'm not surprised. I had conversations with some friends months ago about how gaming cafes were coming under scrutiny. Some states had simply gone and regulated it and others taken such businesses to court apparently with much success. Even Leo admits that to having doubts saying he went to Sam Sutter looking for an opinion on whether this was legal. When one didn't come, he opened up anyway. Months ago I thought this was something Leo should stay away from. Its legality was uncertain. Why as an elected official would you want to associate yourself with something that may be found illegal? It seemed like it would only be a matter of time before the state took a closer look on how legal these gaming cafes were, so why get caught in the middle of it?
 
Now you think the stigma of a city councilor involved in a possibly illegal activity would tarnish his reputation and make him vulnerable to political attack. But not Leo! Instead people in Fall River will sympathize with him and say it wasn't technically illegal. Leo has this Teflon coat, and he'll be viewed as the little guy trying to make a buck. Now I'm not saying Leo is guilty of anything but I am saying that normally having your business raided isn't good for your image, but in Leo's case it will probably put him back as top vote getter in this year's council race.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Leo might finish #1 but Brian Bigelow will be right behind at number 2. We loves us some baaad politicians in Fall River and that is why we are viewed as the laughingstock/armpit of the state.

Anonymous said...

Buddy Cianci was a little dirty but he got things done. Fall River likes very dirty councilors who can't do a damn thing. Leo at the Liberal Club acting like a drunk fool? Who hasn't seen that? Nevermind the past conviction and the more recent skirting around the gambling laws. Brian Bigelow out picking up hos in his boxers at all hours of the night. He was supporting single moms of course not soliciting a hooker. And Joe Camara and Linda Pereira make it known you can include them on your speed dial for police issues or any other problems you might have, for a price of course, they will fix it for you. And Pat Casey? Just plain dumb.

Anonymous said...

And just what might that price be?
Who the hell do you think you are for insinuating something like that?
You're an idiot as well as a coward!
And I'm not either of those two, but it ticks me off badly when someone says something out of their arse!

Anonymous said...

Who the hell do you think you are? Oh right, another anonymous apologist for Linda and Joe. The price is of course a nice little thing called a "donation" "political donation" "financial support" whatever nice words you want to use. You don't like the truth then blow it out your butt. You are an idiot and coward, don't call anyone those names unless you are willing to sign your name yourself. Unfortunatley most of us aren't in with your council buddies. Keep electing fools and you will continue to get crap results for the city. Tell your buddies to leave the police alone and let them do their jobs. Better yet how about supporting the police in doing their jobs instead of interefering in their investigations? Loser!

Anonymous said...

Everyone needs to settle down, to be fair and to set the story straight when Linda and Joe interfered with the police and got written up it wasn't over money it was because they were getting lots of air time from a particular talk show host. Let's just give the whole story and be fair. And what no one wants to defend Brian or Leo or Pat? Just Linda and Joe? C'mon!

Anonymous said...

First off, I never have liked Joe Camara, however, I do like what Linda has done in the last year and a half. I couldn't care less what happened with Herren. I've made some bad decisions in my life, as I'm sure you have as well. They broke no law.
It's insinuations such as you made that can truly hurt a person.
You can blow it out your own butt.

Anonymous said...

I have to add my two cents too, because I like Linda, not Joe. Linda probably made a mistake in that incident but everyone makes mistakes.

I like a number of things Linda has to say, I think sometimes she just needs to control how she says it because too often she comes off as loud and obnoxious when she is just caring about an issue.

I don't know if Linda is best friends with Joe Camara or not but I think the perception that she is will definitely hurt her because I think Joe's popularity has seriously gone down this past year or two.

Anyone hanging around with Brian Bigelow or Joe Camara right now is going to have some issues in the election.

Linda could be a great leader on the city council she is just like the kid in school that is a good kid but gets caught up with the wrong crowd. I would rather see her working with a Kilby or a Poulin or any of the others that speak like they have at least half a brain. Linda is not afraid to voice her opinion and except for coming across loud she is smart and articulate not like Joe or Leo or Brian, she could actually help Kilby or Poulin with their public speaking, they both are smart but are quiet at times and at times just need to come out and say it like it is without holding back.

So far I know that the incumbents I will definitely be voting for again are Pereira, Kilby and Poulin. I will definitely not be voting for Bigelow, Casey, Camara and Pelletier.

Anonymous said...

Please Linda is so far up Joe's butt it is ridiculous. Ever hear her disagree with him on anything? Call him out on anything? It's a two-headed snake.

Anonymous said...

The ones you will never see disagree on anything will be Lund, Mitchell, Casey, and Bigelow. And the four combined will never disagree with the Mayor. Bought and paid for. I suppose that's what you prefer.

Anonymous said...

OMG T did you post that your mother is "friendly" w a knitting needle? Well I guess your snowball has melted.

Anonymous said...

What's this knitting needle about? No one mentioned one. Did I miss something?