West Warwick Democrats: Teaching Their Children Well
Dateline: the small town which generates a disproportionately large share of the political mischief and bad governmentalism in this state.
The trouble began when someone swiped a “Vote for Anybody But Alves” sign from Alan Palazzo’s lawn on Robin Lane.
About a week later, somebody egged his wife’s BMW, as well as another political sign on his property.
Three hours later, shortly before midnight on Aug. 11, according to the police report, Palazzo was working at his computer when he heard the bang of a door and looked outside to see someone steal a political sign from his yard and jump into a Toyota Camry.
Palazzo, a longtime political critic of eight-term Sen. Stephen D. Alves, gave chase in his car. The Camry got away, but not before Palazzo got the license plate.
The car turned out to be registered to Joan Brousseau, wife of recently retired Police Chief Peter T. Brousseau, according to the police report.
The West Warwick police investigated and, according to a spokesman for the state attorney general, identified two of the people in the Camry as the daughter of the ex-chief and Alves’ son, William.
Where oh where could these young ‘uns have learned such disrespect for their neighbors’ fundamental Constitutional rights?
For the record, in this ABC 6 report, Senator Alves decries the release of his seventeen year old son’s name and offers an alibi on his behalf.
By the way, remember the night that Senator Stephen Alves turned up at a West Warwick Town Council meeting apparently inebriated and definitely combative? What had him riled was the non-unanimous vote by the Council to approve the appointment of J. Patrick O’Neil as the new district court prosecutor. From a December 20, 2006 Kent County Times article no longer available on line.
The arguments stemmed from a vote that took place earlier in the evening. The council voted 3-2 to appoint J. Patrick O’Neil as the new district court prosecutor, replacing Brenda Carcieri (see accompanying story).
Councilmen David Gosselin Jr. (D-Ward 2) and Angelo A. Padula Jr. (D-Ward 1) voted against O’Neil.
Toward the conclusion of last night’s council meeting, Sen. Stephen D. Alves (D-Dist. 9) entered the council chambers and took a seat.
After the council adjourned, he pointed toward Gosselin and Padula. Apeaking loudly enough to be heard through the room, he told them they were each leaving the council after one term.
“You threatening me?” Padula said as he flew out of his seat. “You can’t threaten me.” A few more words were exchanged and Padula took off out of the back of the chambers in an effort to get to Alves.
And from the ProJo:
News of the possible replacement of District Court prosecutor Brenda E. Carcieri with state Rep. J. Patrick O’Neill brought protesters to the council meeting. Residents voiced concern about the appointment, suggesting it was a result of political favoritism. The council went on to vote 3 to 2 to appoint O’Neill. Council members Angelo A. Padula Jr. and David Gosselin Jr. voted against the appointment.
“If it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” Padula said yesterday. “It’s not anything against O’Neill, but we had a prosecutor everyone was satisfied with. I didn’t think we needed a change.”
The nerve of those two council members, not voting to replace a perfectly good prosecutor!
We should further note here that J. Patrick O’Neil, the subject of the contention of that 2006 meeting, is the West Warwick prosecutor currently declining to prosecute Senator Alves’ son and the daughter of retired Police Chief Peter Brousseau for vandalism and theft in the recent sign incidents. (Signs, to reiterate, critical of Senator Alves.)
To paraphrase Mel Brooks, “it’s good to be Steve Alves”.