tim

Everett, MA

#44 Jan 4, 2013
Not Over Yet wrote:
Smith's absentee ballot legal problems are not over yet. His plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office appears to be based on the hope that when Smith appears in Court before a judge to plead guilty that the judge will accept the plea agreement Smith made with the U.S. Attorney's Office. The judge can accept or reject it, especially if the judge believes a more severe punishment is warranted by using the U.S mail system.
Also the State can bring action if state election laws have been violated. According to a post on Everett Average Citizen dated 12/27, Secretary of State William Galvin wants to find out from the U.S. Attorney's Office who else was involved and what they did. If election laws were intentionally violated he plans prosecute the people involved.
matewsky had to be involved
tim

Everett, MA

#45 Jan 4, 2013
wayne had to be involved you are who you hang around
bibby

Revere, MA

#46 Jan 5, 2013
Sergio is the nicest kid we need some young blood in there..forget all these old grinders
bibby

Revere, MA

#47 Jan 5, 2013
I like Wayne but serg is the future...look at a city like medford mglynn Donato penta all thesse guys keep getting elected why cuz there there forever they help everyone its not good to have a revolving door of reps an mayors they can't get enough done...who do u think gets more $ a 2 term mayor or a 10 term mayor think about it
Literally

Winthrop, MA

#48 Jan 5, 2013
bibby wrote:
Sergio is the nicest kid we need some young blood in there..forget all these old grinders
They're all nice, especially when they want your vote! and You are right when you called Sergio a kid, he's tooo young and really what makes him so special, what has he done for the city/the people of Everett?
bibby

Revere, MA

#49 Jan 5, 2013
Give him a chance if this city keeps electing the old guard nothing will change...maybe serg is just what this city needs
bibby

Revere, MA

#50 Jan 5, 2013
Him or lamonica would be a good choice...some new blood
bibby

Revere, MA

#51 Jan 5, 2013
I goin with serg no ties no bull just a kid who's a blue collar dude looking to make a diference
kat20

Winthrop, MA

#52 Jan 5, 2013
bibby wrote:
Give him a chance if this city keeps electing the old guard nothing will change...maybe serg is just what this city needs
I've given him a chance and he's supposed to represent my ward. AGAIN he only represents the Mayor's vote. FACT!!!
Kevin Doherty

Boston, MA

#53 Jan 5, 2013
Wayne Matewsky would make an excellent State Representative. He has over 25 yrs. experience in local Polticals serving with distinction as an excellent Alderman . I will certainly be voting for him.
someone with a brain

Malden, MA

#54 Jan 5, 2013
Joey LaMonica is the obvious choice; He lives the life of the average citizen and brings young blood, instead of same ol same ol
JASON M

Medford, MA

#55 Jan 6, 2013
Joseph wrote:
<quoted text>As long as he isnt rubbing his hands on someones boobs lol
contacted my lawyer to see if this defimation charges for this iwas aquitted.IWANT THE MODERATOR TO TAKE THIS DOWN NOW.
Haha

Everett, MA

#56 Jan 6, 2013
JASON M wrote:
<quoted text>contacted my lawyer to see if this defimation charges for this iwas aquitted.IWANT THE MODERATOR TO TAKE THIS DOWN NOW.
LMAO.
Everett

Everett, MA

#57 Jan 6, 2013
Not Over Yet wrote:
Smith's absentee ballot legal problems are not over yet. His plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office appears to be based on the hope that when Smith appears in Court before a judge to plead guilty that the judge will accept the plea agreement Smith made with the U.S. Attorney's Office. The judge can accept or reject it, especially if the judge believes a more severe punishment is warranted by using the U.S mail system.
Also the State can bring action if state election laws have been violated. According to a post on Everett Average Citizen dated 12/27, Secretary of State William Galvin wants to find out from the U.S. Attorney's Office who else was involved and what they did. If election laws were intentionally violated he plans prosecute the people involved.
Just lock him up and throw away the key.
Everett

Everett, MA

#58 Jan 6, 2013
someone with a brain wrote:
Joey LaMonica is the obvious choice; He lives the life of the average citizen and brings young blood, instead of same ol same ol
Who?
More Info on Smith

Boston, MA

#59 Jan 6, 2013
Check Everett Average Citizen for a post dated 01 06 relating to a column on Smith by Boston Globe colunnist Kevin Cullen. Very, very interesting article on Smith and what he did in the last few elections. Smith appears before a Federal judge this coming Friday.
here it is

Everett, MA

#60 Jan 6, 2013
‘Stat’ got sweet plea deal in Everett voter fraud

The feds didn’t make Stat Smith do the perp walk. There were no handouts of him stuffing absentee ballots down his pants, let alone into mailboxes. Hey, it’s not as if he’s Chuck Turner, Dianne Wilkerson or anything.

Stephen “Stat” Smith is the state representative from Everett. Or at least he was until last Tuesday, when he tendered his resignation as part of a plea bargain with federal prosecutors after he got caught passing around absentee ballots the way other people in Everett hand out football cards. House Speaker Bob DeLeo has got to find someone to take Stat’s place on the Joint Committee on Election Laws. You can’t make this stuff up. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors will recommend that Stat spend six months in some Club Fed, instead of the maximum two years he faces for engaging in what the US criminal code calls the Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law and what the rest of us call fixing elections.

Reading the charges and the plea agreement leads to only two possible conclusions: Either Stat rolled and pointed the finger at others, or a two-year investigation by the FBI in which a staggering number of Everett residents were hauled before a grand jury has ended with a resounding thud.

Since when does manipulating elections amount to a misdemeanor? Come to think of it, since when does the FBI bother itself with misdemeanors?

The FBI referred questions to the office of US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, where her spokeswoman Christina Sterling-DiIorio said,“I cannot comment on how we arrive at our charging decisions.”

OK, well, is Stat cooperating against others accused of manipulating ballots?“No comment,” she said. Stat’s lawyers, Peter Bellotti and Peter Horstmann, were more forthcoming, insisting that their client is not cooperating with the government and is not pointing the finger at anyone else. According to them, this is as far as it goes.

“The government got it right,” said Horstmann.“This was a misdemeanor. It didn’t turn out to be what they thought it was.”

What the FBI thought it was was the wholesale fixing of elections in a city where politics is a blood sport and character assassination is high art.

Fred Foresteire, the Everett school superintendent, isn’t buying it.

“Stat didn’t do this alone,” said Foresteire, who with the Everett School Committee was among those who first publicly demanded that someone investigate why voters in Everett take out absentee ballots at a rate from two to four times higher than other municipalities.

Indeed, the charges against Stat say “one or more government officials assisted Smith in tracking the absentee ballots and/or intercepting those absentee ballots prior to their delivery to the voters. In those cases, the absentee ballots were cast for the unaware voters.”

The plea agreement, meanwhile, states that Stat “was an organizer or leader of a criminal activity that involved five or more participants.” Stat not only arranged for his whole family to vote by absentee ballot, he made sure ballots got mailed to the various buildings he owns. By some counts, there were upward of 60 ballots delivered to his properties. Foresteire shakes his head.“How can manipulating elections be considered a misdemeanor?” he said.

John Hanlon asks the same question. Hanlon, the former mayor of Everett, challenged Stat for the state rep seat in 2010 in one of the three elections Stat admits to fooling around with absentee ballots. Hanlon lost by 394 votes in an election in which 778 of the 4,316 ballots cast were absentee. In that race alone, 18 percent of the ballots were absentee, while in other cities and towns 5 percent is typical.

“I’ll never know if I lost fair and square,” Hanlon said.
here it is

Everett, MA

#61 Jan 6, 2013
Hanlon calls the current system a joke, putting the onus on candidates to prove voter fraud without giving them access to the ballots. He’s guessing that someone like him, who has been engaged in Everett politics for half a century, would be better positioned to figure out if something is fishy than a federal investigator whose only knowledge of Everett is that it produces dang good high school football teams.

Hanlon thinks the feds let Stat cop to a sweet deal.“He’s protecting someone else,” Hanlon said.

Horstmann, Stat’s lawyer, acknowledges that conspiracy theorizing is second only to football as a favorite pastime in Everett but says those theories are wrong.

“Stat has not spoken to the government,” he said.“He has no intention of doing so.”

Hanlon spent $37,000 of his own money running against Stat three years ago. He threw out all of his signs and campaign paraphernalia in disgust after the election.

“Now I have to go out and buy all new stuff,” he said ruefully.

Hanlon is now one of many who are running for Stat’s suddenly empty State House seat.

Should be fun to count how many absentee ballots are cast in the special election primary in March. Stat wasn’t the only pol in Everett who got out the absentee vote.

Stat never got around to returning my calls. Everybody in Everett claims he’s sweating it out, in Florida. On Friday, he’s due in federal court for his plea hearing. As part of his plea bargain, he agreed not to run for office for five years. But don’t worry about Stat. He owns a lot of property, including that building on Church Street where all those absentee ballots got sent.

If they ever get a casino built in Everett, they should hire Stat. He’s good with numbers.
Everett

Everett, MA

#62 Jan 6, 2013
Mr. Foresteire is having a great year so far. Isn't karma a b*tch, Stat?
Stan

East Brookfield, MA

#63 Jan 9, 2013
Fred is just as bad as stat.. Why is he still superintendent??? He stole from us and they name things after .... I'm ashamed to be from everett

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