Michael Flaherty

Pressley touts her success as Flaherty mulls next step

Pressley Tavolo: Ayanna Pressley makes a point at her fundraiser Tuesday night. 	Photo by Gintautas DumciusPressley makes point at fundraiser. Photo by G. Dumcius. Click to enlarge.One after another, they spoke inside the Tavolo restaurant in Dorchester: City Council President Stephen Murphy called her a “tremendous asset” on the City Council. “She doesn’t deserve her spot on the council, she’s earned her spot on the City Council,” said state Rep. Marty Walsh. “I’m proud to have another sister on the City Council,” District 3 Councillor Maureen Feeney told the crowd.

The focus of the praise, City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley, would follow them, taking off her stilettos and standing on a chair to outline a lengthy list of accomplishments 14 months into her first term.

Left unmentioned during the speeches at the Tuesday night fundraiser was the conventional wisdom circulating among local political observers that Pressley may be in for a serious fight in a low-turnout election year thanks to one person: Michael Flaherty.  Read more

Flaherty says he will make decision in spring on At-Large run

Former City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty said Wednesday he will make a decision this spring about whether or not he will run again for one of the four At-Large seats on the 13-member City Council— or for any other office this year.  Read more

The Globe poll, redux: Pollster responds

Earlier this week, City Councillor Michael Flaherty's campaign lit into a Boston Globe/University of New Hampshire poll that showed Mayor Thomas Menino with a 20-point lead and that while his favorability rating had eroded, it was at 66 percent.

The Flaherty campaign said their own internal poll showed a 7 to 10 point horserace and questioned the methodology of the Globe poll. So we decided to ask the Globe's pollster, Andrew Smith of UNH's Survey Center, to respond. Here's what he had to say in an email to the Reporter:  Read more

Menino statement on email controversy

Mayor Thomas Menino's office released a statement hours after Secretary of State William Galvin referred the case of top aide Michael Kineavy continuously deleting emails to Attorney General Martha Coakley.  Read more

Dueling endorsement videos

The mayoral campaigns of incumbent Thomas Menino and challenger Michael Flaherty have posted videos on recent respective endorsements. Menino's camp has posted highlights (and individual videos) of the Sunday launch of "Progressives for Menino." Flaherty's folks have posted video of the Monday press conference of religious and minority community leaders endorsing the city councillor at-large.

WHERE THEY WILL BE: Debate night 10/19/2009

While Mayor Thomas Menino and his rival Michael Flaherty, a City Councillor At-Large, will be battering away at each other at the JFK Library, here's where their supporters will be: After a standout, Menino supporters will head over to the headquarters of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East at 150 Mt. Vernon St. in Dorchester (and right above the offices of the Dorchester Reporter). Flaherty backers will be over at the Banshee at 934 Dorchester Ave., an old haunt of UMass-Boston's student newspaper, the Mass Media. The 7 p.m. debate is sponsored by the Boston Globe, New England Cable News, WGBH-TV and WBUR-FM radio. NECN anchor R.D. Sahl and WGBH's Greater Boston host Emily Rooney will moderate.

(UPDATED) The Globe poll

Like the creation of Team Floon, the poll in the Boston Sunday Globe is causing divergent opinions over whether it's for real or disingenuous.  Read more

The 'Donald Duck' vote

City Councillors At-Large Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon sat down with the Jamaica Plain Gazette soon after they announced their "ticket." And Yoon, who lost to Flaherty by about 2,300 votes, didn't exactly have the warmest words for fourth place finisher Kevin McCrea's effort.  Read more

Flaherty and Deputy

The Herald has video. "Thank you Riverside Theatre - not," Flaherty quips before he and Yoon start to croon to the tune of "Ebony and Ivory." "Flaherty, Deputy, from Fields Corner and Southie." Check it out.

Menino's 'Spotlight on the Candidates' poem

Mayor Thomas Menino's poem, as delivered to the crowd at "Spotlight on the Candidates" at the Riverside Theatre:  Read more