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Why does Allston-Brighton keep re-electing Jerry McDermott? [Feb. 18th, 2007|10:43 pm]
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While attending a show in the South End, I happened to pick up a new weekly newspaper called the Boston Bulletin. One of the articles contained this:
City Councilor Jerry McDermott railed against the “arrogance and smugness” of the two men hired to hang the ill-fated promotional material.

“All their little loser friends came out with their signs [at the courthouse] saying ‘1/31...Never Forget.’ They have already forgotten 9/11, these kids. There is a whole generation out there like this and it is disgusting,” McDermott said.

And this guy represents Allston-Brighton? If I lived there I'd start raising money today to displace him and find someone more ... representative. This is the same guy who wanted to tear down the CITGO sign last year.

[User Picture]From: georgy
2007-02-19 03:53 am (UTC)
With the relatively high turnover of the A-B population compared to other districts, he probably enjoys great support amongst resentful townies (though I am just supposing that).
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[User Picture]From: fibro_witch
2007-02-20 12:10 am (UTC)
Your correct about his support of the townies. I do not consider us to be resentful. Just people trying to make a home for themselves, and raise their kids to be good people.

They have jobs, do not like being treated like dirt by spoiled college kids, or people that think they are 'better' than they are.
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[User Picture]From: rufinia
2007-02-19 03:53 am (UTC)
Because a lot of the people who live in Allston/Brighton are a bunch of BU and BC slacker-ass students who can't bestir themselves to care about anything except where their next beer is coming from?

(Moving out of Allston was one of my better decisions.)
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[User Picture]From: ravenword
2007-02-19 03:59 am (UTC)
Most students I know vote in their home states/districts, not the ones where they're going to school. I was the same way, but then registered in Somerville when I moved there after graduation.
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[User Picture]From: anomie666
2007-02-19 03:59 am (UTC)
Honestly, most of Lolz supporters in Allston-Brighton are not exactly regular voters.

The generational differences between the cartoon network hipsters and the older single family homeowners in terms of voting regularity would be very different.

I don't agree with the guy saying "little loser friends", etc.
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[User Picture]From: liamstliam
2007-02-19 04:58 am (UTC)
I disagreed with him on the Citgo sign.

I agree with him on this one.
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[User Picture]From: mperrotti76
2007-02-19 05:07 am (UTC)
I dunno. Watching those interviews after they released those guys... They did come off as semi-retarded. They should just said sorry or no comment or something simple and left it at that. Not come out like two hyenas after bong hits.
But none-the-less, this McDermott guy should not have said that. He is a civic leader, so he cold show a little class himself.
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From: ravendark122ils
2007-02-19 06:50 am (UTC)
I'm sending that guy a douchebag in the mail!
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[User Picture]From: catullus_5
2007-02-19 02:37 pm (UTC)
Maybe he just doesn't like illuminated signs in general. At least he's consistent.
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[User Picture]From: clevernonsense
2007-02-19 08:32 pm (UTC)
That's it!

We should elect him for Davis to get rid of that newsticker...
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[User Picture]From: dreamgirly19
2007-02-19 02:39 pm (UTC)
The signs were immature and stupid, I agree with him. However, he as a politician should know how to use the English language better.
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[User Picture]From: pushupstairs
2007-02-19 03:27 pm (UTC)
I haven't forgotten 9/11 - I just choose to realize that life goes on.
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[User Picture]From: ron_newman
2007-02-19 03:30 pm (UTC)
Same for me. 9/11 was a terrible tragedy, but it was also 5 1/2 years ago. Less time elapsed between Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima. We need to fully return to normalcy.
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[User Picture]From: fibro_witch
2007-02-20 12:07 am (UTC)
I lived in A/B for a while. Jerry has a lot of support from the older people in Brighton, and the home owners in Allston. He talked to the neighborhood watch group I was a member of, and knows the people in his community who need assistance.

I contacted his office when the park I lived near became an after hours hang out for college kids. I had become tired of being woken up at 3 am by keg parties. One night, mid week, after exams, some group had a keg party in the park. The next moring the park was trashed.

I was caling the Trash guys, the parks department and the police to remove the kegs. Call me uncool if you like, but 3am keg parties in a public park then leaving trash behind is so not cool. Anyway, the park was full of cleaning people within an hour, and HE called me back later in the day to make sure the park was clean. He also promised to get a better response from the police about patroling the park.

That is why people keep voting him in. Because as Tip once said 'All politics is local.' I also know a lot of people who agree with him on the Citgo sign. I am not one of them.

I also lost 3 friends on 9/11. I also found those signs offensive. Highly offensive. And in poor taste.

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