Paul Fullen, the fringe-right extremist running against Democrat David LeBoeuf for the state representative seat in the 17th Worcester District, was never endorsed by South High principal Jeff Creamer. Instead, Fullen or the state GOP asked Creamer for a photograph, made up a quote, and then made the lie into a mailing, which was sent to thousands of people.
The Republican Party has gone from the party of Lincoln to the party of lying: Trump – who Fullen ardently supports – is perhaps the most dishonest president in at least 100 years. Fullen’s disregard for the truth is no stranger to the GOP, either: the Republican Party’s blatant disregard for the rule of law is now well known, from Trump calling for Russia to spy on Hillary Clinton to pardoning racist Sheriff Arpaio, the list goes on. Fullen’s mailing is just more of the same.
One of the ethical violations the principal seemed to have committed was using his public position to campaign. We now know that he didn’t, but what about Fullen himself? He’s often photographed in uniform, with messaging noting that he’s a firefighter. I’m not sure if this is legal, and should probably be looked into. What’s more, he sent out a mailing with a Leicester firefighter pictured standing in front of an official town vehicle. This also seems illegal – perhaps Fullen did the same thing to that person that he did to Principal Creamer.
There’s no reason for me to write more on this here, as Worcester Magazine has a good article on the topic. The reason for this post is simple. I generally don’t like deleting articles I’ve written, but I’ve been very busy and haven’t been able to post much recently (though I am planning more). I didn’t want the most recent, top article on my blog to be something implying the principal did something he didn’t do.
With that said, I encourage anyone reading this to go to the Worcester Magazine article, if you haven’t already, and read it – and then share it with friends.
By the way, while you’re at it, you should check out Bill Shaner’s excellent piece on gentrification in Worcester.