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If it weren’t so sad it would be funny, but the local paper has been pushing the narrative that the mayor wasn’t soundly trounced because of the Syrian refugee program but rather on account of a feud he has with the fire dept. They admit that a few xenophobes and racists didn’t vote for him on account of the refugee program but are sticking to the agenda that the residents of Rutland are mostly behind welcoming refugees and that the community will be improved by the diversity they represent. They can’t bring themselves to admit that a big chunk of the folks in Rutland objected to the refugee program and voted against him for that reason. Yes the fire dept contingent helped vote him out, but that issue affects but a small segment of the population compared to the whole city being impacted by the refugees.