By Will Collette
With no announcement, just some minor modifications to the leadership list on their website, the Charlestown Citizens Alliance (CCA) has changed its line-up. Their actual process for making such decisions is a closely held secret.
CCA President Bernice Krantz will hand over the scepter of power to Virginia Wooten in June. Leo Mainelli will remain as the CCA’s Treasurer.
Mrs. Krantz and her husband Dr. Milton Krantz are moving out of state after selling their home on King Tom Road for well over a million dollars. They are remaining on the Steering Committee.
Immediate past president Kallie Jurgens and her husband John, the CCA’s past Treasurer, have disappeared from the CCA Steering Committee list. As in the book 1984, “down the memory hole.” The Jurgens had declared their legal residence to be
Kate Waterman remains on the CCA Steering Committee list even though she too has moved out of
Rounding out the rest of the CCA Steering Committee are Town Council President Boss Tom Gentz, Faith LaBossiere, Dick and Marge Newton and Charlestown Planning Commissar Ruth Platner’s husband Cliff Vanover. Platner herself lurks in the background without a formal leadership role, as does Deputy Dan Slattery.
The changes in the leadership roster have the practical effect of boosting the average age of the CCA Steering Committee to 73.3 years.
|Deputy Dan Slattery - one of the CCA's behind-the-scenes leaders|
Maybe they lost Mike’s application. Or maybe he and the others just didn't make the cut.
Toward the end of June, when candidates for office must declare themselves, we’ll see what kind of a slate the CCA puts out there in their third election cycle as a Political Action Committee (PAC). Will the aforementioned Chambers and Areglados be on their list, even though they have not been admitted to the inner sanctum of CCA decision-making? We’ll know by June 28th.
|Town Council Boss and CCA leader Tom Gentz|
Numerous errors – often caused by over-reach, insensitivity and political miscalculations – will put the 2012 CCA candidates in the tough spot of trying to defend the indefensible (e.g. Y-Gate, the attack on Ninigret, etc.)
Their likely strategy already seems evident in the increasing number of instances where Deputy Dan Slattery and Boss Gentz attempt to make problems go away by denying they ever existed and by creating alternative facts.
In six months, we’ll know how well that strategy works for them.