This week a friend of mine who is supporting Linda Stec DiSanti for Hampden County Clerk of Courts gave me a free ticket to her fundraiser at the American Legion Post in Chicopee.
Of course I'll go anywhere that free food is available, and when I arrived the place was packed!
Among the political celebrities in attendance was Hizzoner himself, Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonette.
Another celebrity in attendance was Springfield School Committee member Antonette Pepe. I was pleased to be told by Pepe that rumors that she may not run for re-election to another term are apparently unfounded. That is good news, especially with a new Springfield school superintendent on the scene.
The only media dude I saw in the place besides myself was David Miles, longtime photographer for Turley Publications in Palmer. I asked him why he was wearing a Republican elephant hat at a Democrat event but he insisted it was actually a Dr. Seuss hat reflecting no particular party denomination.
The charming contender herself.
DiSanti's major competitor for the post, currently held by Brian Lees, is Springfield's Thomas Ashe, a shady character who originally appeared on the political scene as the chosen heir of multiple felon Frankie Keough. Some say there's been a rupture in the relationship between the sleazemaster and his protege, but I'm not buying it. Ashe has never formally denounced his mentor nor publicly apologized for his long association with Keough. Also it would be just like the Machiavellian Keough to orchestrate a fake rift to give Ashe the political cover he needs to rise. In any case, a vote for Ashe is just too much of a risk. Two minor candidates John DaCruz and Laura Gentile are also running in the September 6 primary.
Meanwhile, kid-art is on display all over downtown Amherst this month.
Northampton is a good place to buy a bra.
Northampton dance party last week.