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Lobbyist of the year pulls fire alarm to prevent a vote

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The City Council of Oxford, Mass., was poised to vote on whether to take over the local water company. The lobbyist for the water company apparently feared the vote would go the wrong way. So he allegedly did what a great and loyal lobbyist would do: pulled the fire alarm.

The Telegram reports:

A lobbyist for the company that owns the water system is accused of pulling a fire alarm during a controversial article at the May 7-8 town meeting, preventing an early-morning re-vote that might have resulted in the town's takeover of the company.

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