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Letter: No conflict here

Re “Mayor acts as if rules don’t apply to him” (Rep. Rick Watrous, Monitor Forum, Dec. 5):

Is this argument really happening? Does anyone truly believe that Mayor Jim Bouley’s renting office space from Steve Duprey creates a conflict of interest? Duprey is a vendor. His product is rental property. Bouley is a customer. Is there a conflict created when the mayor buys lunch at O’s? Or a dozen roses at Caring Gifts? Of course not. And there isn’t one here. The mayor didn’t mention this “relationship” publicly because, as any reasonable person would note, there’s no reason to believe that it should be of any consequence beyond the lease agreement.

The mayor has stated repeatedly that he thinks of himself as a cheerleader for Concord. Should it surprise us that he cheered in support of Duprey’s revitalizing developments on South Main Street? That’s his job: to support and push for projects that will strengthen the city he represents. For this same reason, he chose Duprey to head the Complete Streets Committee. Steve Duprey is – as a result of his fairness, tact, levelheadedness and expertise in development and construction – perfectly suited for the task. To say that the lease Bouley signed should lead to choosing a committee chairman less suited for the job is an idea that is detrimental to the whole downtown project.

Truth be told, I think I see what exactly is going on here and why Watrous wrote the piece for the Monitor in the first place. Really, Rick, I think it’s a little early to start your campaign for mayor.



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