Hypocrisy and dirty politics; Charest needs to apologize

3 Nov

CharestYesterday, Ward 4 Councilor Ed Charest, who is in a close race with up and coming challenger Bukia Chalvire, accused his opponent of using a photo of her and Mayor Ted Bettencourt on campaign materials without permission.

Just to show you Mr. Charest’s hypocrisy, here’s a photo that we found on Charest’s very own CAMPAIGN Facebook page. What? It’s OK for him to put this on Facebook, and deceive people into thinking HE was endorsed by the mayor?

Or, will the mayor run cover for his boy again, and say Charest got permission here in triplicate? 🙂

And . . . here’s one on Ed’s CAMPAIGN Facebook page with the mayor and State Rep Tom Walsh. Did he get permission to use this on his campaign site?


These “hit jobs” on new people wanting to run for office in Peabody need to stop!

Now that these photos have surfaced, Mr. Charest owes Ms. Chalvire an apology.

10 Responses to “Hypocrisy and dirty politics; Charest needs to apologize”

  1. Julie Macsata November 3, 2017 at 8:54 am #

    I’m not a Peabody resident but my parents are and I think there is a difference between posting a picture with the Mayor on your facebook page and mailing it out to the residents. If Ms. Chalvire had posted her photo with the mayor on her personal campaign site it would be equal. However; she individually mailed postcards with her photo and the mayor to the constituents. Mr. Charest did not.

    • Apologize Ed! November 3, 2017 at 10:04 am #

      Ya. The difference is that WAY more people see it on Facebook than in something a candidate mails to a small group of people in the ward and it doesn’t cost nuthin.

    • Mike Scarlata November 4, 2017 at 5:27 pm #

      Mr Charest today dropped lit with his pic and the Mayors in the mailboxes which is a federal offense. Can’t drop lit in a mailbox

  2. Anonymous November 3, 2017 at 10:13 am #

    Ehh…this whole thing is blown way out of proportion…

    …but if those are pictures of Ed with the Mayor in his function as ward councilor, it’s not an apples to apples comparison.

    • Bob Croce November 3, 2017 at 10:29 am #

      It doesn’t matter what they are pictures of. It’s where Ed posted them. On a campaign page. I agree it is blown out of proportion — by Ed! He fired the first shot when the classy thing to do would have been to not plant a story in the Salem News. What he did was classless and it’s the type of tactic that makes new people afraid to run for office.

  3. anon.. November 3, 2017 at 10:44 am #

    The mayor endorsed and has been helping Charest all along. He needs Charests automatic vote on the council to smack us with another tax increase.

    • anon November 3, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

      He doesn’t need Ed for a tax increase. They will all vote for it after making a speech whining about how the taxpayers need a break, yada yada yada…even if Ed loses there will be new lackey’s to do Ted’s bidding in the next session. Then they will all go out to Brodie’s for a few cold ones and laugh at the fools who elected them all.

      • Bukia For Ward 4 November 4, 2017 at 2:07 pm #

        Ted Bettencourt … you can do better than this. You are respected by BOTH Democrats and Republicans… take a lesson from our Charlie Baker … who has had Bukia Chalvire as his right hand woman … Ted, you will need her support if you venture to higher positions such as Massachusetts Governor one day. And I can see you in that position one day. Reign in your partisan stooges.

        Ed Charest? Ed Charest has integrity???!!! This is the same Ed Charest, when 2 years ago, his Team, when they were feeling the “heat”, they dug into an opponent’s personal affairs, and making public without verification, Letters to the Editor, Letters to the voters, false accusations. WHEN CHARIST IS FEELING THE HEAT, CHAREST AND HIS CULT GO LOW!!!

        Has anyone lambasted or excoriated Beverly Dunn’s ad on page 2 of the Nov 3rd Advocate with Ted Bettencourt? Does it say he endorses her? Where is the outcry for THAT one?

        Ted is a young popular public figure… who wouldn’t want to associate themselves with him? This is why the Dem party and these bad apples will dwindle their own party.

        Let’s just say, those political figures, who are less polished, less intelligent, have nothing else to run on accept being bullies. Ed Charest and is ilk, ARE BULLIES. especially when the heat is on.

  4. Beverley Griffin Dunne November 4, 2017 at 8:14 pm #

    My literature was reviewed and approved by Mayor Bettencourt quite some time before it was printed. I requested his approval and received it. That is the correct process, and all candidates know that you must obtain the approval of someone who appears in a photograph or a quote on campaign literature. That is a longstanding practice.

    • Bob November 4, 2017 at 9:05 pm #

      Sorry, Bev, but we don’t care about “long-standing practices” that only benefit establishment politicians in the city of Peabody. If the mayor is going to pose for a photo with anyone, then he takes the chance that he’s going to see that photo posted either on a Facebook page or on a piece of campaign literautre. I didn’t see him getting permission from Anne Manning Martin and Barry Sinewitz for running their photos on his literature piece. That’s how it goes, and if he doesn’t like it, that’s too bad. He’s not a king, he’s our public servant. BTW, I’m a little surprised to see you sticking up for him after the way he screwed you over when you first ran for State Rep to replace Joyce. If it weren’t for the betrayal of Ted Bettencourt in that race against Dave Gravel and Leah Cole, you’d be doing a great job for us right now at the State House. Surprised to see you, of all people, wanting anything to do with fake friend Ted.

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