Got our first newspaper "endorsement" which is nice to feel. West Roxbury and Roslindale paper said---
Kevin R. McCrea - There is no question about the fact that this candidate is very different from any running in this race. He is a well-accomplished man and his candor is certainly refreshing.
Interesting group the herald endorsed Flaherty, Yoon, Connolly, White. What thread do they all have? All of them refuse to say that meeting in closed door meetings excluding the press and public are bad.
A lot of politicians have been coming up to me and saying great things, an idiosyncratic list to be sure..... Rep. Brian Wallace, Sen. Tolman, Councilor Kelly.
Too bad Patricia White declined my offer for one dance tonight at the Allston-Brighton CDC black tie affair.
I was trying to cause the field to thin out by giving them a collective heart attack. How? By showing up tonight in my tuxedo, complete with McCrea Tartan cumberbund and bowtie. No such luck.
East Boston candidates night by chamber of commerce was good, excellent questions, especially how will "you" compromise to get things done. I mentioned that I'm getting married Saturday I know all about compromise....
Interesting that Michael Flaherty has left every candidates forum early before I get a chance to ask him whether he will stand up and defend his record on the open meeting law. But, he is a very busy man and I'm sure has more important things to do then take public questions. Sort of like the mayor.
Someone from councilor Turner's office thanked me for writing the blog today.
People who read the blog! we know you are out there.....
Shout out to Mayor Menino, Maura Hennigan, councilors arroyo, tobin, consalvo, murphy, the herald, the globe, the reporter, south end news, senator tobin, teachers union patricia armstrong, etc. An open, honest, discussion of the important points of the day are good for all of us. I look forward to discussing these items with the council.
Ok, I've got to go and pick the music for the wedding. I'm leaving the city up to the other candidates for the next couple days.
I'm calling out the Globe, the Herald and the Christian Science Monitor. You can't make fun of the mayor for not debating, and write editorials about how it is wrong. STEP UP TO THE PLATE! Sponsor two debates, one on housing and one on education. Invite the Mayor and invite Maura. If one doesn't show, let the other talk for an hour. We are in a sad state of affairs when our press is afraid of the Mayor as well. You can get the auditorium at the Boston Public Library and have a debate. Do your job to promote the public discourse of ideas.
Sam Adams, John Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Payne are not impressed with us, after what they went through to get us the right to discuss ideas in public. Look what greatness came from their open debates about the direction the country should go, from federalism vs. states rights, a standing army vs. militias, the power of the courts, etc.
All we debate now, is the lighting and the podiums at the non-debates. Pitiful. Notice how none of the city councilors or candidates will openly call for debates. We need true independent voices on the council. Disagreeing with the Mayor is not cause for treason, it is a beginning point of a discussion to come up with the best plan.