Yesterday, Fall River voters booted William Flanagan out of the mayor's office and replaced him with Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter in a recall election. According to The Herald News:
Amid tears and cheers, Will Flanagan conceded office after a landslide recall election ousted the third-term mayor, who will be replaced by his former boss, Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter, out of a slate of eight candidates...
Voters, in a historic move for the city, chose to recall Flanagan by nearly 70 percent, with 10,631 voting for the recall and 4,669 voting against the recall.
As well, Sutter handily defeated Flanagan with 36.77 percent of the vote to Flanagan’s 26.83 percent, or 6,021 to 4,393.
We previously reported on how Flanagan refused to open an independent investigation of the Fall River Police Department after George Thompson was wrongfully arrested for recording a police officer and police wiped the data off his phone while it was in their custody.
We later reported on how the thin-skinned mayor was trying to have his estranged cousin John Creeden, a recall supporter, put in jail over a satirical Facebook post. Flanagan claimed that a picture Creeden posted of a tombstone with the name “Flanagan” with the added text “The Last Selfie” constituted a threat. Creeden said it was a satirical reference to the predicted end of Flanagan’s political career. The mayor later gave up and dropped the case.
Between his carefree tolerance of police corruption, his love of censorship, and his casual waste of taxpayer money, we're happy to see Flanagan get the boot.