Harbor Master Ian MacMillan and Doug Masi of the Harbor Management Advisory Committee are at loggerheads, and it’s all fun to watch. Don’t miss the undercurrent here, which is Selectman Peter Tesei’s feud with his Demmerkrat rival, Francis Fudrucker. The Harbor Master’s position pays all of $600 a year, a pretty good indication of its significance, but Tesei had his own candidate for the position and thought it was a done deal until Governor Malloy invited Fudrucker to approve that choice or name someone else. Pretty much on an “anything to annoy Tesei” theory of selection, the head of the Greenwich Democrats selected MacMillan, a self-professed Independent who admitted that he’d voted for Tesei when Fudrucker and Tesei last faced off – so long as he wasn’t Peter’s choice, that was fine, and things have been going swimmingly ever since.
So anyway, MacMillan has been complaining that Advisory Committee members have done nothing but sit on their fat asses for the past decade or so and Tesei’s man, local chiropractor Doug Masi has twisted his knickers in a knot and this week fired off an email to all concerned, demanding MacMillan’s resignation.
Won’t happen. But here’s one of the best bits, the Advisory Committee’s chairman’s response to MacMillan’s charge that they’re a bunch of lazy loafers:
Sanna defended the committee’s work, pointed to its completing a report on the advantages and disadvantages of having a harbor management plan. At its April 26 meeting, the committee set a deadline of 60 days to complete the report.
Five years to complete a study on whether to have another study? For government bureaucrats, even volunteer bureaucrats, this is lightning speed.