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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.” Flaherty (or Flats, as The Herald’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 Menino’s clout played a role. Bar owner Patrick Lyons is a supporter of Menino who has given thousands to his campaign. “After 16 years, all you get these days are broken promises and lots of threats,” Flats said. “No one in our city should feel intimidated or bullied by anyone. We should have a democracy, not a dictatorship.” Menino spokeswoman Dot Joyce called the allegations “ridiculous” and said the mayor’s people had no involvement in the cancellation.


Game On!
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA
United States
42° 20' 48.0228" N, 71° 5' 55.9824" W


The Herald should have produced details from the agreement between Flats and Game On (date of engagement, etc). Then they should have done the same for the second group, and at least told us who the second group was!

These facts are missing, so the story is incomplete gossip and poor journalism.

The question is this: shouldn't Game On have readily produced these facts rather than issue that unusually vague statement?

Hmm... yeah, it's bad reporting, but under the rule of Boss Menino, does anybody doubt the viability of this type of story? Does it sound far-fetched? Sadly, in today's Boston it doesn't.

Especially considering Game On's very, very vague response that only fuels this fire rather than douses it.


is that code for not-menino issued? tyranny rules, eh?

Flaherty's party probably could have fit in with whatever other event was taking place that night. Word is he is only getting 2-3 dozen attendees to most of his fundraisers anyways.

...taking this piece seriously. Lyons says it was double booked. Why is Wedge not asking more questions of Lyons? Seems like Wedge created this "story" by not truely doing any work to find an answer from GameOn. All this conspiracy stuff seems a bit foolish. Like who cares that Dave Wedge is a member of an anti-Menino website page. Wait a minute....that might actually skew his writing. That IS a relevent theory. My mother told me to "take things from which they come". Unfortunately that now goes with "reporting" in the city of Boston.


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