“The real mayor of Worcester isn’t Joe Petty. It’s Jim McGovern.”
So says Chris Pinto, vice chairman of the Worcester Republican City Committee, referring to the rapid and unexpected ascent of Ed Augustus to interim city manager over the last week.
“The whole thing stinks. It’s all too cozy.”
It’s been an interesting week for Worcester and for Augustus, a former state senator and former staffer for six-term Rep. Jim McGovern. His recommendation for the position by Mayor Joe Petty, took many by surprise, as few had mentioned him as a potential candidate in the days after city manager Michael O’Brien announced his resignation last month. One week later, city council voted in virtual lockstep to approve Augustus for his new role. Most recently, Augustus served as the head of Governement Relations for The College of the Holy Cross and for a short-term was a guest MINDSETTER™ for GoLocalWorcester.com
This turn of events adds to the widespread belief is that being friends with Jim McGovern seems to pay off.
Bashir hasn’t been on the air since Nov. 22. MSNBC said he was on a pre-planned vacation, but we’ve learned he resigned today. The departure follows comments he made about Sarah Palin on his Friday, Nov. 15 show.
Bashir called Palin a “dunce” and suggested she might be a candidate for the same treatment slaves received from a plantation owner named Thomas Thistewood: being urinated and defecated on.
After demands for an apology, he apologized, but remained on the air. As calls for a suspension grew louder, Bashir anchored the rest of the week before going on that vacation.
Bashir joined MSNBC in the summer of 2010, after six years with ABC News, part of that time as a host of “Nightline.”
More: Comments from Bashir and MSNBC president Phil Griffin after the jump…
> More, a statement from Bashir: “After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the President of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation. It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments. I deeply regret what was said, will endeavor to work hard at making constructive contributions in the future and will always have a deep appreciation for our viewers – who are the smartest, most compassionate and discerning of all television audiences. I would also wish to express deepest gratitude to my immediate colleagues, and our contributors, all of whom have given so much of themselves to our broadcast.”