EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 18, 2013

Letter: Zanni's claims don't withstand scrutiny

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

I am compelled to write this letter because it troubles me to see someone take the credit when another person actually did the work. And I wish it would stop.

Steve Zanni has taken out ads and put out mailers under the banner of “Because results count.” The results he claims are false-positives and do a disservice to Methuen voters.

Let me break them down:

Mr. Zanni claims to have saved the high school project when it was supposedly falling behind schedule and $6 million over budget. Not true. That was the work of former Mayor Bill Manzi. Mayor Zanni claims that he “removed the contractor” and saved taxpayers $6 million. In fact the contractor was removed by Mayor Manzi, who rejected the $6 million increase offered by the contractor, and started the process of hiring a new contractor in 2011 (see Eagle-Tribune story of Dec. 27, 2011). The Building Committee, the professional staff, and Mayor Manzi were able to solve that problem before Mayor Zanni even took office.

Mr. Zanni claims credit for the landfill solar panels when all the work was done during Mayor Manzi’s administration. Civil Engineer Frank Russo not only wrote the RFP for the project in 2010, he did almost all the work to bring this project to Methuen.

Mr. Zanni claims credit for the foreign language program in the elementary school. This program is actually the work of School Committee member Robert Vogler. Give credit where credit is due.

Serving as a member of the Methuen Fire Department for over 33 years, the last 10 years as fire chief, I have learned that a true leader thinks about others first and their own interest last and would never take credit when he didn’t earn it. In fact, a true leader would go out of his or her way to make sure that those who deserve the credit, receive it.

I personally know our previous three mayors, and they always gave credit to where it was due.

Jennifer Aziz Kannan will always put the best interest of our city first. I ask the voters of Methuen to join me and vote for Jennifer Kannan on Nov. 5.

Kenneth Bourassa