While Flanders argues over a host of legal niceties, P&J still think that some 'splainin' needs to be done about why Corrigan is even involved in the Central Falls government's restructuring — and why the BeloJo seems so uninterested in the story.
Yes, as the Other Paper duly noted, a recent state audit cleared Corrigan of accusations that she'd hired cronies during the CF administrative overhaul — including, as had been suggested, her mother.
But weeks ago, JARhead Parker Gavigan reported on Channel 10 that Corrigan had been cashiered from her previous job at Senesco Marine for allegedly using her own staffing firm to fill positions at the company, a move which the firm rightly saw as being more than a bit over the line, ethics-wise.
Until the BeloJo trumpeted Corrigan's clearance by a state audit, though, P&J saw nothing in print about Corrigan's sketchy background and dismissal at Senesco.
The imperious attitude Flanders has displayed since being appointed Central Falls receiver has done him no favors so far, and Corrigan's continued involvement is an additional affront.
P&J just can't understand why CF residents don't cotton to a guy who laughed about firing city employees and being the Darth Vader of CF at the ProJo Follies, and who has hired what looks to be a white collar slickster as his chief of staff.
Some people just have no sense of humor.
Samuel G. Howard, posting on the RI Future blog, reports that Anthony Gemma, poised to run in a Democratic primary for Congress against the incumbent, David "Chi Chi" Cicilline, has been running a campaign page on Facebook with 20,000 subscribers. Howard notes that, on one day (February 23), the Gemma page racked up 41,764 "likes," a fairly astonishing number. Howard suggests that Gemma might be using "bots" to inflate the numbers. This is based, among other things, on a plethora of unusual (read: suspicious) names like Kevin Ubtryvh, Heideo Uthrdi, and Penix Jermainebrianne that can't be found elsewhere on the web. While Jorge seems to remember that Penix might have once worked as a poolboy at Casa Diablo, this has not been confirmed. We anxiously await what Ant-knee has to say about all this when he finally gets around to tossing his toilet plunger into the ring.
Plans are underway for a series of rallies across the country to push back against what is being called "the War against Women." The date is Saturday, April 28 and there will be a major gathering in Washington, DC, as well as coordinated events planned in every state capital in the nation. A new organization, UniteWomen.org is putting all this together and currently counts among its sponsors the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the League of United Latin American Citizens, and the Coffee Party.
Unite Women is also in contact with Planned Parenthood, the Progressive Democrats of America and MoveOn.org. It is also expected that the League of Women Voters will have voter registration tables at the event but all of this is tentative. There will be a few speakers and performers (the veteran activist and singer Joyce Katzberg has already signed on).
P&J have been in contact with a few of the local organizers but, as for now, you can find additional information on the nascent group's national website, wearewomenmarch.net. Press releases on the Providence event are imminent and as we find out more, we'll pass along the info.
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