Retirees planning to show up at Mulgrew’s confab had some colorful protest methods in mind. “Bring rotten tomatoes! Lol,” Joseph Gloss, a retired NYPD sergeant, wrote in response to a Facebook post asking people to show up for the demonstration. Marianne Pizzitola, an ex-FDNY emergency medical specialist and president of the NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees, said she had dished out nearly $1,500 to rent a billboard truck for the Mulgrew protest. “We probably would have had a really good turnout,” she said.” I wanted Mr. Mulgrew to know how we all felt. I wanted him to hear how people feel about all this.”
Fallen Into the Dictator Trap:
Autocrats eventually succumb to what may be called the
“dictator trap.” The strategies they use to stay in power tend to
trigger their eventual downfall. Rather than being long-term planners,
many make catastrophic short-term errors—the kinds of errors that would
likely have been avoided in democratic systems. They hear only from
sycophants, and get bad advice. They misunderstand their population.
They don’t see threats coming until it’s too late.
I've been posting stories (Hiding Mulgrew in Plain Sight - Scripting, Rehearsals. Shutting down critics: Internal polling on Mulgrew not good) citing Jon Halabi, Campaign Strategy: hide Mulgrew.
Even within Unity Caucus, Mulgrew is unpopular in many quarters but Unity is not a true democratic institution so no mechanism exists to replace him. Some Unity insiders have shared stories that they are worried about the coming election because of Mulgrew and feel if they had chosen a different candidate they would win hands down. Now many of them are just not motivated enough to beat the bushes for him. The most rabid are those worried about their jobs if Unity should lose.
When we heard Mulgrew was going to make an appearance in Bayside (safe territory he thought) on April 4, retiree groups working with active UFT members began to plan a rally to greet him.
Then this in today's Daily News:
NYC teachers union boss cancels event after protest threat from retirees angry over new Medicare plan