A few comments on Mayor Anthony Silva’s friend and supporter Guy Hatch, who had to step down as chair of the Boys & Girls Club after a local promotions company posted photos of him looking inebriated and grabbing the crotches of three younger men.
1. When you grab the crotch of one young man — if you’re lucky, and he doesn’t deck you — you are acting like a drunken frat boy. When you grab the crotch of at least three young men you are acting like a serial crotch-grabber.
2. When you are head of the Boys & Girls Club, grabbing the crotches of young men is ill advised; when a photographer is clicking away, crotch-grabbing is really ill-advised; while you are under investigation for an immoral alleged hacking conspiracy, serial crotch-grabbing is a heedless act of self-destruction pickled in bathos.
3. To pooh-pooh the controversy by calling it ”political” is a curious attempt to de-legitimize it. ”Political,” that’s a bad thing? When you hold a position of public trust politics is a legitimate consideration. When your behavior, be it unseemly or illegal, costs you support, that too is legitimate.
4. Parks & Rec Commissioner Aaron Edwards says there’s another side to Hatch: ”I’ve seen him take underprivileged kids, buying them food so they can eat. I’ve seen his good-heartedness towards kids that have nothing, or have broken homes.”
5. Mayor Anthony Silva’s response was disappointing. We’ll overlook that he prefers texting to using the telephone, much in the manner of the young clients of the Boys & Girls Club. But he expressed no disapproval of Hatch’s conduct. “His heart is in the right place,” the mayor said, as if that made it OK that Hatch’s hand was in the wrong place.
6. At what point will the owner of The Ave tire of seeing his bar’s name appear in stories about the Yahoos that surround the mayor?
7. What other scandals-in-waiting sit on the Boys & Girls Club board?
8. The photos are still up on Frankenmuffin’s Facebook page. Perhaps because they generate “likes.”