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Category Archives: Boston Politics
Shirley Leung, The Boston Globe’s business columnist, provided a public service the other day by running down what all the gubernatorial candidates have to say about casinos in Massachusetts. Recent casino stories have included East Boston voting down a casino and Revere attempting to adopt it, the travails of Chairman Steve Crosby, Governor Deval Patrick suing to stop a Native American casino on Martha’s Vineyard, Repeal the Casino Deal advocates filing enough signatures to reach the ballot and preparing an effort to overturn Attorney General Martha Coakley’s disapproval of the ballot measure, and on and on. Everywhere you look there are known-knowns, known-unknowns, and politicians should fear, some unknown-unknowns.
The last innovation I liked in the newspaper world was when The Boston Globe started using ink that wouldn’t come off on your fingers. Still I love to open my morning paper and some days like last Friday there is a lot to think about. So let me reflect on Partners Health Care giving Mayor Tom Menino coal in his stocking, Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito facing a Tea Party insurgency and Scot Lehigh consulting a higher authority: not the pope, silly, political science. As a bonus I include today’s breathless coverage of The Boston (Globe) Red Sox.
Could I be the only one who read the front page story in the Boston Sunday Globe by Jim O’Sullivan and Andrew Ryan, Walsh Is Still Bringing in Cash as He Builds Team and thought about Sergeant Schultz from Hogan’s Heroes, “I know nothing! I see nothing! I hear nothing!”
The story is about the ethical issues raised by the continued fund-raising of Mayor-elect Marty Walsh, and the curiously expanded fund-raising base of his former opponent, final race endorser, and transition co-chair Charlotte Golar Richie.
The real fun is in the quotes though. This is Boston; nobody knows nuttin’.
On Tuesday evening the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy in the John W. McCormack Graduate School for Policy and Global Studies and the Trotter Institute at UMassBoston hosted a panel discussion “Opening Doors” featuring Charlotte Golar Richie. The former mayoral candidate and a distinguished panel explored lessons learned for an African American woman candidate in Boston.
I went to the forum expecting to learn a lot and I did. But I was also a little puzzled about some of the fundraising problems Golar Richie faced and the impact of a Boston Globe column published four days before the preliminary election.
Last night at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies Leadership Series I got to introduce Larry DiCara of the law firm Nixon Peabody LLP for a discussion of the Boston mayoral election. As a former Boston city council president, mayoral candidate, and author of Turmoil and Transition in Boston: A Political Memoir from the Busing Era, Larry can tell us much of what we need to know about Boston politics.
Marty Walsh is a union guy. John Connolly is a lawyer. Walsh sure has a nice income. Some Republicans like Connolly.
It’s sickening, the depths to which this race has sunk.
When I posted Marty Walsh and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Unions the other day I left the impression that the media had cast labor as a baleful presence dragging down the Boston mayoral candidacy of Marty Walsh against John Connolly. Since then I’ve had the chance to review a month’s worth of stories having to do with the candidates, labor, and fund-raising in the Boston Globe. So is the city’s indispensable media institution unfair to labor?
Yes. Sort of.
One interesting narrative of the Boston mayoral race featuring Marty Walsh and John Connolly has been the controversy over Walsh’s labor support. As reported in the Boston Globe, Connolly sought to exploit Walsh’s closeness to labor at a debate Tuesday night. While many in the city profess to seek greater economic justice for working people some opinion makers also seem ambivalent about unions; and it is the decline of unions nationally that has greatly damaged the cause of working people and contributed to massive economic inequality.
Professor U discusses the Boston mayoral race on NECN with a mention of Michael Dukakis.
Suffolk University and the Boston Herald released a poll Wednesday showing John Connolly in the lead in Boston with 16%, followed by Dan Conley and Marty Walsh at 12%, and Charlotte Golar Richie at 10%. Then the paper nearly ran out of (digital?) ink before tiering a second group of Rob Consalvo with 8%, Bill Walczak and Felix Arroyo at 6%. The Herald drops all the way down to Michael Ross at 5%, John Barros at 3% to create a third tier. Ah, the omniscient Herald.
The end of the road for tiers two, three and on down? Perhaps not. Despite Suffolk’s effort to predict turnout, I continue to wonder how accurately turnout can be predicted when we haven’t had a real mayor’s race in twenty years, the city has changed so much, and respondents habitually mislead pollsters about whether they will or won’t vote. It might be particularly dangerous for a front runner to call Rob Consalvo a chameleon for instance. But who knows?