For the second time this week, the mayoral news cycle was taken over by a Southie-centric storyline. But that had wrapped up by the end of the day, as the candidates prepared to plunge into the weekend, one of three left before the Sept. 24 preliminary. There are 17 days left until the prelim.
-- THE DAY AHEAD: Former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie was scheduled to be endorsed on Saturday by “over 20 of Boston’s leading clergy members,” according to her campaign. But in a Saturday morning email, a campaign spokeswoman said the 10 a.m. was being rescheduled. Still on the schedule: The campaign has “community chats” planned for Pat’s Trattoria in South Boston and Doyle’s in Jamaica Plain later in the morning and in the afternoon. District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo has nine events in 7 neighborhoods, including speaking to Ward 16 Democrats in Dorchester, visiting the Mattapan Community Health Center’s annual “Health Care Revival,” a campaign event at the BPD/VFW on Morton St., a BBQ and door-knocking in East Boston. City Councillor Michael Ross starts the day with a 9:30 a.m. house party in Jamaica Plain, then heads to Charlestown Art in the Park, before heading back to JP for a music festival and the 7th Annual “Meet the Face Behind the Badge Tournament.” Then he heads off to a Lawn Street block party in Roxbury and a Hobart Park event in Brighton, and wraps up at a North End house party. City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo’s campaign will be canvassing Brighton in the morning, hitting Maine Lobster Feed in Jamaica Plain in the afternoon for a community fundraiser in support of a youth program. The JP music festival and Hobart St. event are also on his schedule. He plans to hold a “community conversation” at 59 Richfield St. in Dorchester at 5 p.m. Savin Hill’s Bill Walczak participates in the Boston Heart Walk at the Hatch Shell, hits the Ward 16 Democratic Committee, then heads to the Fenway Garden Harvest Festival and canvasses in Savin Hill. The JP music festival and a Portuguese festival in East Boston are also on his schedule for the evening. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly tours in the afternoon a former MBTA bus yard in Roxbury that his campaign says “has been temporarily transformed into an outdoor community arts space.” The John Barros campaign will be opening a Mattapan office at 1613 Blue Hill Ave. at 10 a.m. with former state Rep. Marie St. Fleur and a Dorchester office at 1p.m. at 1080 Dorchester Ave. with state Rep. Carlos Henriquez.
-- SOUTHIE BREAKFAST BROUHAHA: The debate over who should emcee the annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast, started by a Boston Globe story published late Thursday, drew in most of the hopefuls, as they issued statements in support of state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, a Haitian-American who won the First Suffolk Senate seat earlier this year. The sitting state senator has traditionally hosted the breakfast, elected officials’ annual attempt to tune each other up. South Boston Councillor Bill Linehan, who hosted the breakfast this year, told the Globe that he was the host now, but backed down later in a joint statement with Dorcena Forry. “I am happy to say that Councilor Bill Linehan and I have met and we agree with the dean of the South Boston delegation Congressman Stephen Lynch, that the St. Patrick’s Day breakfast is hosted by the sitting State Senator of the 1st Suffolk District,” she said in the statement. Dorcena Forry is married to Reporter editor Bill Forry.
-- FORUM-FILLED WEEK AHEAD: An Arroyo supporter offers up a reminder that there are four forums next week: back to back to back to back.
UPDATE: This post was updated with the rescheduling of clergy endorsement event.