13 days to Nov. 5. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly will hold an 11 a.m. press conference on City Hall Plaza focusing on negative mailers. An independent labor-backed group supporting state Rep. Marty Walsh has put out mailers slamming Connolly as privileged; Walsh has called on them to stop. The mailer issue and Walsh's background as a labor leader came up in last night’s debate at WGBH’s Brighton headquarters. The Globe’s Jim O’Sullivan wrote in his analysis: “Time and again in the opening rounds… Walsh was wedged into a defensive crouch over his lifelong ties to the labor movement, both in his work in the Legislature and as a professional advocate for building trades unions.” After this morning's presser, Connolly heads into the City Council’s chambers, where former rival City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo is pushing for an override of Mayor Thomas Menino’s veto of Arroyo’s “Invest in Boston” ordinance. Both candidates are expected to attend a forum put together by the NAACP and the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center.
POLL SHOWS TIGHT RACE: A WBUR/MassINC poll has Connolly at 41 and Walsh at 39. ”It’s essentially a toss-up,” Steve Koczela, president of the MassINC Polling Group, told WBUR. The poll comes after many elected officials of color and three former rivals -- Felix Arroyo, John Barros and Charlotte Golar Riche -- getting behind Walsh.
THE DAY AHEAD: A list of happenings, as provided by the campaigns. Schedule entries are subject to change:
State Rep. Marty Walsh
10:00 a.m. Alliance for Business Leadership 2013 Fall CEO Summit (Harvard Club, 374 Commonwealth Ave., Boston)
6:00 p.m. NAACP/Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts Debate (Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont St., Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120)
City Councillor At-Large John Connolly
Near Government Center steps at City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA
City Council Meeting
City Hall, Boston, MA
Communities of Color Mayoral Debate
Reggie Lewis Center, 1350 Tremont Street, Roxbury Crossing, MA