September 4, 2013
The Sept. 24 prelim is 20 days away.
-- At 8 a.m., District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo takes aim at the “corporate education reform movement” outside the Roosevelt School in Hyde Park, holding a press avail to “discuss the threats to our neighborhood schools after dropping his own children off for their first day of classes.” Mayor Thomas Menino will be at the same school around the same time, dropping off his grandson Thomas, who will be having his first day of school, according to his public schedule. Later in the day, City Councillor At-Large John Connolly, who frequently says City Hall’s permitting process should emulate the look and feel of an Apple Store, brings his campaign to, yes, an Apple Store. The noontime event takes place at the store on Boylston St. in Back Bay.
-- Ward 4 Democrats met at the South End Library on Tuesday night and voted to endorse former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie. According to a release from the group, “Golar Richie achieved the two-thirds threshold after four rounds of voting and debate. Candidates who also received support at the meeting during early rounds of voting included Michael Ross, Bill Walczak, and Felix G. Arroyo.”
-- Worth a click: CommonWealth magazine’s Paul McMorrow put together a chart of broadcast TV spending in the mayoral race.
-- Yesterday, Team Walczak posted their second TV ad, which notes his opposition to casinos and includes a picture of Walczak and Menino. Arroyo’s camp was pushing yesterday a short video of the councillor at-large at the McCormack Housing Development in South Boston on Monday to unveil a jobs plan. “We are the campaign committed to the working poor in this city and we will create pathways out of poverty,” Arroyo says in the clip. Barros’s team has their own short video they’re pushing.
-- District 8 Councillor Michael Ross was in Cambridge yesterday, sitting down with Cambridge Councillor Leland Cheung in Kendall Square’s Cambridge Innovation Center. Ross proposed an “urban caucus” and said as mayor he would meet monthly with city officials from Cambridge and Somerville.
-- The mayoral candidates will be on WGBH’s “Greater Boston with Emily Rooney” next week. Details below:
Monday, September 9: Robert Consalvo, Michael Ross and David James Wyatt.
Tuesday, September 10: Bill Walczak, Charles Clemons and Charles Yancy
Wednesday, September 11: Daniel Conley, John Connolly and Charlotte Golar Richie
Thursday, September 12: Felix G. Arroyo, Marty Walsh and John Barros
-- The top two finishers of the Sept. 24 preliminary won’t get much time to savor their victory: Several Dorchester organizations, including the Ward 15 Democratic Committee, has scheduled a “Dorchester United” forum for Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. inside First Parish Church and moderated by Chris Lovett.
-- “The Menino Legacy” will be the topic of a Ford Hall Forum event on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. A panel of experts includes former mayoral candidates Larry DiCara and John Nucci, Globe columnist Joan Vennochi, and political analyst Mary Anne Marsh. Paul Grogan, president of the Boston Foundation, will moderate the event, which is set to take place at the C. Walsh Theater.