35 days to Nov. 5. Fourteen days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly has scheduled an afternoon press conference to talk about his decision on the Boston Police Patrolmen Association’s arbitration award. Connolly met with city officials on Sunday and was scheduled to meet with the Boston Police Patrolmen Association late Monday. The City Council could vote on the award later this month, and Mayor Thomas Menino has urged council members to reject the award. State Rep. Marty Walsh has said the union and the city should head back to the bargaining table. Walsh started the day in Roxbury, greeting voters at Roxbury Crossing. He later heads to East Boston for senior bingo.
THE BATTLE FOR ENDORSEMENTS: Councillor Connolly and Rep. Walsh are scrambling to secure the endorsements of fellow lawmakers and former rivals from the mayoral preliminary. Walsh told reporters on Monday that his campaign will be announcing some endorsements this week. Asked if any of them will be from former candidates for mayor, Walsh said, “I don’t know, we’ll see.” “I was calling everybody and anybody today,” Walsh added. Councillor Connolly, after attending an event in Roxbury, told reporters he now has the backing of Allston-Brighton Councillor Mark Ciommo, who was elected to the council in 2007, the same year as Connolly, and currently chairs the Ways and Means Committee. “I think endorsements matter,” Connolly said. “But at the end of the day, the race is decided more on the message and the candidate… Endorsements matter, but they’re not everything.” Mayor Thomas Menino, who has said he will not step in unless the candidates start trashing the city, said on Monday endorsements will be “somewhat” important. Menino told reporters that how candidates relate to the constituents on education, public safety and jobs is a bigger factor. “Endorsements are helpful but, really, it’s how you connect with people, do people trust you,” Menino said.
MAYOR MENINO’S TAKE ON ELECTION NUMBERS: Asked for his take on the numbers behind the wins of Rep. Walsh and Councillor Connolly, Mayor Menino noted that Walsh did well in Dorchester and South Boston. “But look at John Connolly’s numbers, I think he did well throughout the city of Boston,” Menino said. “So it’s going to be an interesting race. It’s somewhat similar to my campaign in 1993, the numbers.” Menino, the District 5 councillor from Hyde Park who became acting mayor after Ray Flynn decamped for an ambassadorship, faced off against then-state Rep. Jim Brett, a Dorchester lawmaker who was the other top finisher. Menino went on to win the final election in November.
THE DAY AHEAD: A list of happenings, as provided by the campaigns. Schedule entries are subject to change:
State Rep. Marty Walsh
7:00 a.m. Rep. Walsh will greet commuters in Roxbury (1400 Tremont Street, west of 1200 Columbus Avenue)
11:00 a.m. Mayor Menino's Health and Fitness Walk for Seniors (Boston Common at Visitor's Center at Park Street Station)
4:30 p.m. East Boston Senior Bingo (Don Orione Home, 111 Orient Ave, East Boston)
6:00 p.m. Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation Annual Meeting and Celebration (Bartlett Yard, Washington and Guild Streets, Roxbury)
City Councillor At-Large John Connolly
1:00 p.m. press conference at City Hall Plaza to announce decision regarding the Boston Police Patrolmen Association arbitration award.
ODDS & ENDS: At last night’s “Mondays with Marty,” Walsh said he would unveil details of his overhaul of the Boston Redevelopment Authority later this week, WBUR’s David Scharfenberg reports…..WGBH’s Peter Kadzis, who was robo-polled last night, highlights four looming issues for the next mayor…..The Globe’s Andrew Ryan reports that Working America, a group backed by the AFL-CIO union, is spending an additional $96,000 in support of Rep. Walsh…..The Dorchester Reporter’s Bill Forry analyzes last week’s vote.