Mayoral race

MassEquality endorses Menino’s bid

In an early endorsement, the state’s largest gay rights group threw its support behind Mayor Thomas Menino in his bid for a fifth term. The political action committee for MassEquality, with 10,000 members in Boston and 200,000 statewide, touted the endorsement as its first on the municipal level. Scott Gortikov, in a statement, cited Menino’s “longtime support” for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, along with his vocal advocacy for gay marriage, which Massachusetts legalized in 2004.  Read more

Mayoral candidates race for signatures, and then some

Signatures: Frank O'Brien signs up on volunteer Steve Kinney's clipboard in support of Michael Flaherty's nomination for mayor on Tuesday.Signatures: Frank O'Brien signs up on volunteer Steve Kinney's clipboard in support of Michale Flaherty's nomination for mayor on Tuesday.The campaigns of incumbent Thomas Menino and challenger Michael Flaherty engaged in their first street skirmish Tuesday, as both campaigns asked volunteers to take a vacation day to make a show of power in gathering thousands of signatures on the day nomination papers are handed out by the city’s Elections Department.

Flaherty’s campaign declared they gathered over 4,000 signatures in five hours on Tuesday and turned them in for certification. That’s 1,000 more than the 3,000 required to get on the ballot. Because signatures can be and often are disqualified by Boston’s Election Department, the campaign will continue to ask supporters to sign up.

Our goal is to use this process to engage as many voters as possible,” said Flaherty spokesperson Jonathan Romano Monday.

Menino’s campaign traditionally tallies Tuesday’s entire signature haul and hands them in on the following day. At noon Wednesday, Emily Nowlin, Menino’s campaign manager said the campaign was submitting 19,000 signatures to the Elections Department.  Read more