Trying to keep up with the various claims of a politician currently going by the name Tyson Moultrie is exhausting. He lies until we all quit checking him out.

The people of New Bedford rejected Moultrie in the preliminary election. The two winners were Mayor Jon Mitchell and City Councilor Brian Gomes. Mayor Mitchell earned 57 percent of the vote and Councilor Gomes, who had declared he wasn't running for mayor, earned 20 percent of the vote. Moultrie earned less than 600 votes, less than 100 votes per ward in the city. About 16 people voted per precinct for Moultrie in the preliminary.

But with Gomes' decision to concentrate on his work on the city council, Moultrie has been elevated to an unearned position in the city election for mayor.

Now Moultrie, the rejected candidate of the people, has an opportunity to slander and attack the men and women who have actually earned their elected positions in New Bedford. He is using his unearned spotlight to attack City workers, city councilors, and the mayor. He is also attacking former mayors Scott Lang and Fred Kalisz.

He claims he is the owner of a property in New Bedford. Curiously, his name doesn't appear in the public records of the Bristol County Registry of Deeds or in the records of the New Bedford Board of Assessors.

He claimed he would have a whistleblower to expose cronyism and corruption in the Mitchell Administration. Instead, he gave false hope to a single mother who had a bad experience with a solar company. He introduced the woman at his press conference, but like the politician he claims he isn't, he ripped the rug out from under her by pointing out that he didn't know all the details of the accusations she was about to make.

Tyson Moultrie for Mayor of New Bedford/Facebook

The city of New Bedford is too great, too big, and too small, for a conman to blow into town and overturn the apple cart with false claims and slanderous charges.

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 chris.mccarthy@townsquaremedia.com and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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