Perhaps you’ve seen Bill Eddy’s latest campaign mailing:
Using this mailing, let’s sum up what he’s against and what he’s for.
- homeless shelters sited in his district
We’d best not find Mr. Eddy or his supporters waving Eddy signs by intersections, or he’ll/they’ll be in violation of Mr. Eddy’s beloved “panhandling” ordinance. And Mr. Eddy jumped on the anti-shelter bandwagon rather hastily after an angry mob of his constituents packed South High in opposition to a temporary SMOC shelter on Main Street.
- Webster Square residents
- Columbus Park & Hadwen Park residents
Since this a targeted mailing, it omits how much more Mr. Eddy “stands up” for the more affluent areas of the west side. But let us assume that at some point or another he may have “stood up” for the poorer folks in the Webster Square area. Who, exactly, are the “residents” of Hadwen Park — Squirrels? Birds? Bugs? As long as it’s not members of Occupy Worcester and/or a stray pit bull or two, they should be all set.
Here’s a peek at what he’s sending to his more affluent constituents:
He’s a bit clearer about who his constituents are in this mailing — he needs not invoke the names of parks or vaguely remembered topography as he does for his mailing to the poor folks. In this mailing he just trots out quotes from anyone he figures might have lots of vote-casting friends.
What’s consistent is his persistent belief that one can stand by the side of the road with a sign.
Despite what the mailer says, “Anyone” can’t stand out with a sign — thanks in large part to Councilor Eddy and the eight other councilors who voted with him.