Dorcena Forry says she owes 'no debt' to mayoral hopefuls

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Oct. 2, 2013

Dorchester Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry said on Wednesday that she would decide within the “coming days” whether to endorse in Boston’s mayoral election, but refuted a report that she must decide whether to “return the favor” to state Rep. Marty Walsh for his role in her special Senate election.

Forry issued a press release indicating that she had asked the Boston Herald to correct a story that incorrectly reported that Walsh had endorsed her candidacy for Senate over fellow House member Nick Collins, of South Boston. Walsh stayed neutral in the race, Forry said. “The inference that I would therefore ‘return a favor’ to my colleague with a mayoral endorsement is misleading and incorrect,” she said.

Walsh is running against City Councilor John Connolly to succeed Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

“I will be making a decision in the coming days, but I will do so grounded in the firm conviction that I don’t owe a debt to any individual — but rather to the voters of my district who chose me to represent them in the State Senate,” Forry said in a statement.

The Haitian-American Democrat said the next mayor should be someone who can help create jobs and support small business in neighborhoods outside downtown Boston and bring diversity to City Hall.

Forry did not endorse a candidate in the 12-person preliminary mayoral election.