In an early endorsement, the stateâ€™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 Meninoâ€™s â€œlongtime supportâ€ for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues, along with his vocal advocacy for gay marriage, which Massachusetts legalized in 2004. Read more
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 cityâ€™s Elections Department.
Flahertyâ€™s campaign declared they gathered over 4,000 signatures in five hours on Tuesday and turned them in for certification. Thatâ€™s 1,000 more than the 3,000 required to get on the ballot. Because signatures can be and often are disqualified by Bostonâ€™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,â€ said Flaherty spokesperson Jonathan Romano Monday.
Meninoâ€™s campaign traditionally tallies Tuesdayâ€™s entire signature haul and hands them in on the following day. At noon Wednesday, Emily Nowlin, Meninoâ€™s campaign manager said the campaign was submitting 19,000 signatures to the Elections Department. Read more