The First Selectman battle grows hotter as election day nears. Latest kerfuffle: Lavery’s claim that Peter Tesei hired his best friend to be Dock [sic] Master and bought him a new boat. Tesei denies it all.
“I’ve never met the man before,” he told our Scusie. “I was just walking around the dog park with Footzie when I saw this poor old fellow collecting recyclables from the trash and I said, ‘hey, you want a job? It only pays $750 a year, but that’s like 15,000 cans, which ain’t so bad’, and he took it. Besides, he’s our Harbor Master now, never steps foot on the docks.”
New hire Jonathan Asch tried confirming that. “I don’t know the guy from a hole in the wall,” he averred. Told that Tesei is in fact barely distinguishable from a hole a wall, Asch admitted, “well then yeah, I guess I might have seen him round.”
Lavery was not backing off. “Deck, dock, harbor, what’s the difference? I mean throwing around big bucks like this to some crony is just disgusting. I could send my dry cleaning to Paris for a week on that kind of dough. So what if they’re friends or not. So what if the boat I illustrated my flyer with wasn’t the exact boat – it’s still a boat, right? That’s what Frankie Fudrucker told me and he came up with that picture anyway – some guy in his office supplied it. But this isn’t about a couple of inaccuracies,” she said. “Jimbo Himes said he spent a year after college studying to be a roads scholar, like that made him a transportation expert or something, and no one called him on that. This is all because I’m a woman.”