Cathy Ann Viveiros is running again to be the mayor of Fall River. This time she is a write-in candidate. The previous five times her name was on the ballot.

It is hard to run for political office, it is even harder to run if your name isn't on the ballot and your opponent's name is on the ballot.

To paraphrase the great actor John Wayne, an election is hard it's harder if you're stupid.

And now according to the Massachusetts Office of Political Finance, Viveiros is putting her own money into this doomed campaign for mayor. She made two significant contributions to her campaign in October. On October 15, she donated  $5,661.79 to her campaign and just three days later she followed with another $2,000 donation.

She is the only donor to her sixth campaign for mayor.

Is potential Mayor Viveiros the latest victim of Mayor Jasiel Correia II?

According to the two federal indictments that resulted in the FBI arresting Correia, he is great at mining the dreams of others and painting a picture that separates them from their money and furthers his personal goals.

In a meeting that was secretly recorded, Correia explained to his supporters that he needed a write-in candidate to stop Paul Coogan from becoming mayor. With a write-in candidate, it was possible for Correia to win or even for the write-in candidate to win. Correia isn't interested in anybody but himself, so you do the math.

Viveiros is currently the city administrator for Fall River. She has done the job for three different Fall River mayors. She must be good at her job to have survived the brutal world of Fall River politics.

So why is she now running a campaign that can't succeed and spending her own money to do it? She is going to need that $7,661.79 after she is fired by Mayor Coogan in January.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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