Worcester power couple unplugged

Michael and Coreen Gaffney, the aspiring power couple of Worcester politics, pulled out of their races for City Council to pursue an “opportunity” they declined to talk about because “the local hate groups and media make it unwise to reveal our plans.”

Michael Gaffney, the second-highest vote getter in the last municipal election, was running for an at-large council seat. Coreen Gaffney was making her first run for office — against incumbent district councilor Sarai Rivera.

The Gaffneys made their announcement in a press release entitled “The Gaffney’s [sic] have left the building,” which was posted on the Worcester Independent Leader website, which is worth checking out. The announcement said the opportunity would require the couple to spend a lot of time away from Worcester, but there are indications the couple may also be moving. Their home, a condo owned by Coreen, is reportedly up for sale.

In the press release, Gaffney acknowledged he and his wife were withdrawing at such a late date that their names would remain on the Nov. 7 ballot. “But as we cannot fulfill the obligations of the office it would not be prudent to cast a vote for us,” he said.

Rivera, who accused Michael Gaffney of “preaching hate,” told the Telegram & Gazette she was happy to see the couple go. “They are irrelevant,” she said. Rivera told Worcester Magazine. “The Judases eventually hang themselves. Our people deserve better.”

Telegram & Gazette columnist Dianne Williamson, who frequently feuds with Gaffney, was pleased but puzzled by the announcement. “This is Gaffney we’re talking about, a man of malevolence and mystery who’s made some baffling moves as his political prospects have waned over the past year,” she wrote. “First it was assumed he’d be running for mayor; then he withdrew an hour before the deadline. He doesn’t speak to the media and even decided he’d take no part in any campaign forums.”

Gaffney gave no hint in his press release that political problems prompted his exit from the City Council. “Every campaign that we have helped manage has been successful,” he wrote. “In just four years, we have really shaped the politics in Worcester and Worcester County.”



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