ILLUSTRATION-RIGHT PHOTO/Steven Tavares LEFT PHOTO/Shane Bond
Cassidy, right, Thursday with
State Sen. Ellen Corbett.
Cassidy’s typically pink hue is gone and his face and chin are clearly thinner than any time since he came on the political scene over four years ago. He also doesn’t fill out his suit like he once did.
The change in physique is not only thing apparent about Cassidy. He could also be signing like Patti LaBelle and her famous weight loss anthem, "Ooo Ooo Ooo Ooo I've Got A New Attitude!"
During the past few City Council meetings, the normally arrogant Cassidy known throughout the East Bay for his consistent attacks on public employees and rude exchanges with fellow council members, has become something of a sweetheart in both the tenor of his voice and demeanor.
In fact, during Thursday’s event featuring Gov. Jerry Brown, one speaker praised the energy neutral building and lauded the state’s progressive politics and labor movement. The large crowd applauded the sentiments behind the remark, but Cassidy sat noticeably still for a moment before mustering just two begrudging claps in support of labor.
Cassidy sits in a dunk tank in 2010.
Cassidy wouldn’t be the only “Biggest Loser” in the East Bay, though. Alameda Councilwoman Lena Tam has also undergone as dramatic physical change of late. However, not in such a short period of time as Cassidy.
If anything, Cassidy’s extreme weight loss can, at least, be view as good leadership. San Leandro wasn’t named the fattest city in Alameda County for nothing.