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October 12, 2013

Zanni roasted at annual fundraiser


“Just because you look like Justin Bieber doesn’t mean you should sing,” said Zanni.

Other elected officials in the audience included state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives and state Rep. Diana DiZoglio. While Molori spared them, long-time Methuen pols Jack Cronin and James Jajuga did not get a pass.

Both Cronin and Jajuga are up for election to the City Council. Calling them out by name, Molori referenced the revolving-door of city politics, where incumbents are term-limited out of office only to return a few years later.

“It’s like a wax museum of (expletive) politicians,” said Molori. “Are you kidding me? Can we rotate it every millennium or so?”

Zanni was the main subject of ridicule. After reminding the crowd that Zanni beat mayoral challenger Al DiNuccio by only 34 votes in 2011, Molori parodied Frank Sinatra’s song “That’s Life” with a version of his own titled, “That’s Steve.”

“That’s Steve — that’s what all the people say,” said Molori. “You took office in January. We hated you by May. Your ego’s huge, but why? I just don’t know. You barely beat that lunatic, Al DiNuccio.”

Another verse in the song cited Zanni’s failed bids at IT privatization.

“That’s Steve — the Italian Lantigua. He told the IT department, ‘Hey, we don’t really need ya.’ But Stevie, you must always remember, you could be outsourced yourself, come this November.”

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