Menino clout wielded to stop rival's fund-raiser? Or is Flaherty jumping at shadows?
In the Herald's poli-gossip column this week, we find that a fund-raiser/party at Fenway's Game On! for City Councilor and Mayoral candidate Michael Flaherty was recently called off by the establishment due to what the owner, a Menino supporter, called "merely a case of the venue being double-booked.â€ Flaherty (or Flats, as The Heraldâ€™s Dave Wedge calls him here) doesn't seem to see it that way: Flaherty says the party was booked in April and he was given no reason for the cancellation, but suspects Meninoâ€™s clout played a role. Bar owner Patrick Lyons is a supporter of Menino who has given thousands to his campaign. â€œAfter 16 years, all you get these days are broken promises and lots of threats,â€ Flats said. â€œNo one in our city should feel intimidated or bullied by anyone. We should have a democracy, not a dictatorship.â€ Menino spokeswoman Dot Joyce called the allegations â€œridiculousâ€ and said the mayorâ€™s people had no involvement in the cancellation.