The only way to fight a liar is with the truth…and in Peabody today the truth hurt Kerry Healey!…and Tim Murray delivered it!
Tim Murray, Senator Berry, Mayor Bonfanti,both Peabody Representatives and the City Council President made it clear in no uncertain terms that when it comes to Peabody, Kerry Healey is part of the problem, not the solution.
They exposed Healey for the weak and smarmy Lt. Governor she turned out to be. Flood support for Peabody is much too little, much too late. They all said it’s time to end the Photo-Op Administration! They focused on the lack of support Peabody has received from the Romney/Healey Administration to remedy the devastating economic problems created by flooding in the city.
Tim Murray said, “Mayors and Selectmen across Massachusetts share Peabody’s frustration with the ‘say-one-thing-do-another’ Romney/Healey Administration. Kerry Healey wants people to believe she has been a liaison with the cities and towns, but the record tells another story. And among the hundreds of horror stories I have heard from justifiably angry local officials around this state, there is no better example of her dishonesty and neglect than right here in Peabody. Kerry Healey shows up when the cameras are rolling, but is nowhere to be found later when the hard work begins. She promises and then walks away from the problem. Floods are a crisis, not a photo-op and I think people in Peabody deserve better. I hope you will give Deval Patrick and me a chance to show you what really can be done when an Administration really partners with local communities to solve problems.”
Speakers at today’s press conference, held at the Patrick/Murray Headquarters in Wilson Square, explained that both Romney and Healey came to Peabody [in their new Orvis rain gear] when the severe flooding was getting news coverage in 2004 but 6 months later vetoed the $5.7 million funding they had promised to deliver to Peabody to help remedy the situation. As a result, Peabody did not get the matching federal dollars and had no chance to withstand the additional 2006 flooding. Last May, Romney and Healey again promised relief funding when the cameras and reporters were listening but the amount they approved, which has yet to be delivered, falls far, far short of what it will take to make Peabody safe from floods in the future.
After the press conference, Murray and Bonfanti toured businesses in downtown Peabody that had been devasted by the Spring floods….and have yet to see relief funding. Healey took a walk on Peabody…on Nov 7, I hope Peabody will take a walk on her.