DRACUT - The state agency overseeing public housing is investigating Monday's post-election tirade by Dracut Housing Authority Commissioner Brian Bond, which was aimed at the authority's chairman and a longtime political figure.
Meanwhile, another post-election fight grew ugly as Ted Kosiavelon, a runner-up in the Board of Selectmen's race, obtained a restraining order against Bill McMahon, boyfriend of board Chairwoman Cathy Richardson.
The state Department of Housing and Community Development announced its investigation of Bond late Friday afternoon. It was prompted by a letter from Jerry Flynn, executive director of the New England Police Benevolent Association, "demanding" that Gov. Deval Patrick remove Bond as a commissioner.
"This is unacceptable behavior for any appointee," said Matthew Sheaff, director of communications for the DHCD. "We thank Mr. Flynn for bringing this to our attention. DHCD has launched an investigation to determine whether or not the facts warrant removal from the appointed position."
Bond lost Monday's election for a five-year seat on the Dracut Housing Authority to Jesse Forcier, 1,881 to 1,497. Bond's term as the governor's appointee is scheduled to end in January when the next governor is sworn in.
Flynn attached to his letter a copy of the election-night phone-text conversation in which Bond told DHA Chairman Russ Taylor to "die, (bodily orifice)."
Flynn described Bond's comments to Taylor as "insulting and completely disgusting," and lacking "human decency." Taylor said he underwent successful colon-cancer surgery in March.
"Mr. Bond's comment ... is not only a despicable and threatening comment to make to any person; much less a man currently fighting for his life," Flynn wrote. "It is not someone we believe should be the appointed person representing your administration. Therefore, we respectfully demand (Bond) be immediately removed."
"Clearly, Mr. Bond's actions call into question his mental capacity and his ability to serve in any capacity within the realm of public service," Flynn added.
Taylor is a retired 34-year police officer, serving the last 20 years in Lowell after 14 years in Dracut.
The attached text conversation that Flynn sent the governor also shows Bond telling Taylor, "You can kiss the baby," which Taylor later learned was a reference to former NFL star Chad Ochocinco's catch-phrase meaning, "This is the end; you're all done," Taylor said.
Bond also made derogatory comments to former Selectman Warren Shaw, who supported Forcier. Upon learning of the state investigation on Friday, Flynn said he expects the governor to remove Bond as a commissioner "based on his hostility and gross comments."
"There's an opportunity to affect people's lives in a positive way, and unfortunately, Mr. Bond has decided to affect people's lives in a negative way," Flynn said Friday afternoon. "You're supposed to take this job to help people, not to hurt people."
Bond could not be reached for comment Friday, with two calls made by a Sun reporter to his cellphone going to voicemail. Taylor said he planned to put the question of whether to remove Bond from the Dracut Housing Authority to the five commissioners after placing it on the agenda for next month's meeting. Taylor predicted that Bond will be the only DHA member who will vote for him to retain his seat.
In the other dispute, Kosiavelon, who finished fourth in the race for two selectmen's seats, said McMahon came to his home uninvited Tuesday evening to "physically threaten" Kosiavelon over his endorsement of state Rep. Colleen Garry on Facebook.
Richardson, running as the Republican nominee for the seat representing Tyngsboro and Dracut, was defeated by Garry in 2012. Richardson plans to run against Garry again this fall, according to what a "belligerent, intimidating and threatening" McMahon told Kosiavelon in his home kitchen on Tuesday.
"Billy came to my house uninvited and because he didn't appear to be intoxicated, I let him in," said Kosiavelon. "In front of my wife, Billy told me that if he heard me say a bad word about 'my girl,' (Richardson) he will 'rip my (obscenity deleted) hair out,'" said Kosiavelon, quoting McMahon.
Kosiavelon said he ordered McMahon to leave his property, and called the police to file a formal complaint. On Thursday morning, Lowell District Court Magistrate Janice Carroll granted Kosiavelon's request for a 10-day "harassment prevention order" against McMahon, ordering McMahon to remain at least 100 yards away, and not contact Kosiavelon "by telephone, in writing, or otherwise." Dracut police were scheduled to serve McMahon with the restraining order sometime Friday afternoon, Kosiavelon said. McMahon, who Kosiavelon said does not own a cellphone, could not be reached for comment Friday.
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