Statement on Library Incident, May 13, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

I am truly sorry.

Before we start discussing the fundamental differences and approaches to governing between my opponent and me that will likely set the tone, direction and agenda for Framingham for decades to come, I would like to once again make something clear.

On Saturday, May 13 of this year, I did something that brought embarrassment to myself, my family, my friends and the many good Framingham people who are supporting my candidacy for Mayor for which I have apologized to them, Yvonne Spicer and her campaign, and to the Framingham community.  I made a mistake.  I immediately acknowledged my mistake and I immediately apologized for my mistake. I should not have moved the campaign materials in the library lobby.

I humbly ask for your forgiveness of my hasty mistake.  I ask you to judge my hasty mistake in the context in which it was made, the long standing practice of political activist not to campaign on public property even though we now know that there is no state law or written town policy prohibiting such behavior — I made a mistake — and my thirty plus years serving and volunteering in our community with integrity, commitment and distinction.  

I recently addressed this incident in one of my Facebook Live sessions. Please view my response at 35:30.