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Will the Real Dan Rivera Please Stand Up? – Valley Patriot Editorial – April 2013

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL – APRIL 2013

Valley Patriot Editorial Cartoon by David Sullivan of Dracut, April 2013

Lawrence City Councilor Dan Rivera is running for mayor against incumbent Willie Lantigua.

We find that odd.

For the last two and a half years, Lawrence City Councilor At-Large, Dan Rivera has approved nearly every hack appointment made by the embattled Mayor Lantigua. His approvals included the now indicted Deputy Chief Melix Bonilla, and indicted former Lantigua Chief of Staff, Lenny Degnan.

He has made unfounded racial accusations against the motives of City Councilor Marc LaPlante (a tactic Lantigua has perfected to an art form).

He advocated for Lantigua to be able to borrow $35 Million after Lantigua had already spent more than $280 million that the state taxpayers had sent him (in local aid) to run his city. Furthermore, after Lantigua received the $35 Million loan, and spent every last penny of it, Dan Rivera went along with cutting 35 police officers and 34 firefighters, closing two fire stations … and making excuses for Lantigua’s fiscal incompetence every step of the way.

Rivera also testified in favor of House Bill 1441 at a joint house and senate hearing in 2010.

Now, the born again Dan Rivera spends his days and nights coming up with new ways to publicly criticize Lantigua for his spending.

It would be oh so funny if it weren’t oh so sad for the people of Lawrence who have this kind of political theater to contend with while the city is crumbling and crying for leadership.

Working in Rivera’s favor in this race is his valiant military service and a network of political insiders in other communities. He is a former aide to Congressman Niki Tsongas and has the ear of high ups in state government. He is likable, and very bright.

However, the question that will haunt him, and the one that voters will have to square with his record is: How would Dan Rivera be different from Willie Lantigua?

If City Councilor Dan Rivera is going to try and convince voters in Lawrence to reject Willie Lantigua and chose him as their replacement, based on politically expedient attacks on his spending, he underestimates the Lawrence voters, especially Lawrence’s Dominican voters.

To most of Lawrence’s Dominican voters, Mayor Willie Lantigua is still a rock star. They support him, they are active, and they are the largest voting block in the city.

Though Lantigua’s antics have turned off many Dominican voters in Lawrence, most still support him.

If Dan Rivera thinks that he can lure away people who voted for Willie Lantigua in 2009 by becoming a Johnny-Come Lately convert on the “Willie Must Go” bandwagon, he first has to get past the fact that he was a driving force in every one of Willie’s spending “issues” since Lantigua took office

…. or at least until recently.

 

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11 Responses to Will the Real Dan Rivera Please Stand Up? – Valley Patriot Editorial – April 2013

  1. Mr. Valiente Reply

    April 10, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    LOL….This is so true,real, what happens is that Willies Bars & Clubs is making Willie good hard cash… Dan Rivera is like character in PAC-MAN video game… He wants to eat from others plates… A % of the pie, is not enough, kick backs from Bodegas-Multi service retailers selling the Illegal Gaming #’s for the Local Lawrence Dominican Lottery & Nacional 3’s… Lol all the revenue generated from these Illegal Enterprises Operated by Organized Crime ties to City Hall, say nothing, do nothing, look the other way… free food, drinks at Local Bars+Clubs… oh’ plus sum xtra cash $200.- contributions is what they all usually report in their Financila Reports to AG’S Office, so to not raise any red flags!

  2. Sra. Mercedez Polanco Reply

    April 10, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    OH; JUST ANOTHER ONE OF WILLIE LANTIGUAS,TACTICS,PLOYS W/ AND LOYAL ALLIE-D.Rivera, ANOTHER WAY TO TAKE VOTES FROM REAL QUALIFIED EDUCATED, POLENTIAL CANDIDATES… THEY DO NOT WANT TO LOOSE THEIR CONTROL+POWER, TO ANGLOS, WHITES AS THEY CANNOT DO AS THEY PLEASE… IF THAT WERE TO HAPPEN! THE iDEAS, ARE TO MAINTAIN MONIES FROM BARS & NIGHT CLUBS, ALONG WITH ILLEGAL GAMING-SALES OF LOTTERY #’S FROM THE LOCAL-NACIONAL>DOMINICAN LOTTERY ROLLING- IN THEIR POCKETS, ACCOUNTS, POLITICAL FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS MACHINES… THEY ARE LOVIN THE ACTION- SEEING REVENUES BEING LAUNDERED, BY Malayas Club, Balis Bar, Centro Night club, via THE CONCERTS.

  3. Jack, F - Methuen Reply

    April 10, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    What a GREAT GIG… just promise n’ talk usual “BS’ at City Councilors Meetings,hey No one at State House does nothing about it, so if they do scream racism-prejudice bu Americanos. Their just community political followers-they dont have real Role Models, leaders to learn better, expect better, from.
    It’s easier for them to elect-vote, for other frauds, hey EBT- benefits paying exotic Shrimp cocktail seafood meals.
    Not to mention free cash, housing 3-6 months a year, while away on vacation D.R. Santo Domingo, then return for Medical anual checkups, courtesy of the Commonwealth MASSACHUSETTS. They got to visit play tourist in City of Lawrence, Bars, Concerts night Clubs… Nice Boutiques expensive clothing, next to Balis Bar. Hair Salons, to look good, for their Sugar Daddys and Americano or Drug dealers local-out of area visitors that come into Lawrence Terra Luna Club.
    Hey ask Patrick Blanchette,Dan Rivera, Frank Moran, the MUCHACHAS like what they see, when they visit nightly, at local Bars & Clubs, “tours soon available”! Hey Willie and City Councilors a few State House Reps. awaiting for things cool down with Indictments, so they can join you for drinks in DR. Summer Time, around the corner, 2013-2014 Elections time!

  4. Aneudy Lantigua Reply

    April 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    ALL THAT AMERICAN VOTERS+ Permanent Residents have experienced, witnessed in last +3 years X 1000 = “STATE RECEIVERSHIP”…
    THE LAWRENCIANS; must like, fraud, corruption, crime if they vote, Dan Rivera,Frank Moran or anyone other than A GOOD LEADER as Marc La Plante, Abdoo, Chie J. Romero, which is a shame their not running and deal w/infested cock roaches problems…
    I dont blame them. Youth and Children, it;s a shame your future is at risk,lacking honest true Qualified Educated leadership.
    Hopefully any young adults, that are College bound, can still have a chance to escape all these fraud hoodsters in Lawrence City Regime. VOTE ONLY: “STATE RECEIVERSHIP 2014″!

  5. Cynthia Rodriguez, 23 Lawrence, ma. Reply

    April 17, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Support Mr. Arevalo Antonio, enough of W. Lsntigua Bullying-targeting, people who appose his third world regime.
    It’s time that we all do our part & share of taking out all the trash out of City Hall, political hacks,wasting our time, resources,putting our lives,at risk by all these violent, episodes of crime,surrounding neighborhoods-community overall- Bars & Clubs,Bodegas with Alcohol in every few blocks is NOT in best interest of our quality of life,not the best welfare for our youths, they need real, sincere public servants that are dedicated plus devoted role Models, in making City of Lawrence a better place for everyone, that lives-visits here from the out side… The Experiment with these non qualified, lack of education-definitely lack of morals & values!!!

  6. Mike C. Cohen Reply

    April 17, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Para afuera, “Dan Rivera”, Franki Moran, all of the present City Councilors are a part of same ring of CLOWNS, just want to remain in those comfortable seats at City Hall, move up along the way. They have demonstrated over the years, their ignorance, they choose to look the other way, to real life-CITY ISSUES, so who are they trying to fool!!!
    It’s up to the Residents, to put a stop to these phonies.
    I agree, request State to take over City of Lawrence, Receivership, is the best thing, that can happen, for this City that, just keeps getting rotten, by the day.

  7. Mariza Polanco Lawrence Reply

    April 18, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    I wish these City Councilors Dan Rivera and the rest stick to selling used autos… they can sell a LEMON to the State House.
    BiG Joke is what they are, since the 85% Latino population in Lawrence, cant read, write… these predators prey on them.

  8. Cynthia, Cruz Reply

    May 2, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    DO NOT VOTE 4: Dan Rivera,neither Marcos Devers…

    DEMAND: STATE RECEIVERSHIP OF City of Lawrence,Ma.

    • Ernesto, Honorable Reply

      May 3, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      DAN RIVRERA-FRANK MORAN-SHOULD STAY HOME-KEEP LOOKING OTHER WAY
      OR BECOME BARS & CLUBS PROMOTERS AS WILLY LANTIGUA!

      STATE RECEIVERSHIP 2014 / MAEC LA PLANTE AS CITY MANAGER!

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