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Re: “Montpelier Mayor Keeps Seat in Comfortable Win

TA- "She said she wished the city well, and, looking at the outcome of some City Council races, said she would have had a hard time as mayor with some of the council members.

“I can't imagine trying to be mayor of that group,” she said, looking at the just-posted results at City Hall. "

What? Never mind that the insults just keep coming.. doesn't this beg the question 'why the heck did she run then?'.

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Posted by benkennedyvt on 03/05/2014 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Montpelier Mayor Keeps Seat in Comfortable Win

From the Times Argus;

What? Never mind that the insults just keep coming.. doesn't this beg the question 'why the heck did she run then?'

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Posted by benkennedyvt on 03/05/2014 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Capital Fireworks: Incumbent, Ousted Employee Spar in Montpelier Mayor's Race

Ben and Daniel,
I'm sorry, but Hallsmith has elevated the notion of egoism to an all new level. Fraser clearly outlined his concerns with her job performance to her, verbally and written, and no-one believes that he invented these concerns 'after the fact.' She blames everyone else around her for the tattered professional relationships she leaves in her path, including the Mayor, the Manager, the Council, the Planning Commission, as well as insulting the heck out of many wonderful Montpelier Citizens- the ones she derisively refers too as 'the chai party,' for merely expressing support for their friend. I guess they just do not understand her omnipotence.

But all of these issues are not even at the top of my list of why I believe she had to go; It was the way she treated the staff under her command in the planning department. She was down right abusive and mean, blaming staff continuously when she messed up or didn't get her way. At least 5 good employees quit under her tenure. She treated one employee so horribly the City had to pay a mediator to resolve things. Another was screamed at on his last day on the job. I'm sure Hallsmith would write eloquently on the failings of all these employees (again, not her fault) and attack them, which is why they fear coming forward publicly... but I bet they'd talk to you/anyone personally if you ask them!! Ask around, it's not difficult to find out who they are.

Why hasn't this been talked about much? My guess is because it's privileged personnel information- Fraser couldn't release it if he wanted to (though it might become public if Hallsmith continues to sue the citizens she wants to represent.. that's a good campaign platform right there) Indeed, the running joke for YEARS in Montpelier has been that Hallsmith must have something on Fraser. Why else would he tolerate such a tyrant?! That, actually, is a very good question many would like Fraser to answer someday. Probably the biggest complaint against Fraser is that he didn't fire her sooner.

The point of all this? Sorry Hallsmith supporters- the vast majority of Montpelierites know that any manufactured scandal involving a State bank is the least of the many reasons Hallsmith is gone, and that will be proved dramatically on Tuesday.

Ben Kennedy

Disclaimer, I am not on any commission and the views expressed here are my own as well as most of Montpelier, and should be construed to represent the citizens.

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Posted by benkennedyvt on 02/28/2014 at 3:44 PM

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