Dan Conley to Marty Walsh: Rob Consalvo's Boston Pledge is no gimmick, so what are you hiding?
That's why voters should be concerned that Marty Walsh's campaign is benefiting from enormous ad buys based out of nondescript office buildings in the D.C. suburbs. It's fair to ask why anonymous donors who have never set foot in Boston are spending such vast sums on his behalf and who these donors are.
Conley, of course, has raised more money than any other candidate, much of it from people who don't live in Boston, but they're listed in his campaign contribution reports.
Good news for Conley: Walsh says he'll sign the pledge if the other candidates sign it. All of them. Even David James Wyatt. Otherwise, the pen stays firmly in pocket. Well, he said it a couple months ago, anyway.
Rob Consalvo, noticing a disturbing absence of big-dollar PACs dedicated to the advancement of short Italian-Americans, realized that he would be left without allies spending their time and resources singing his praises. He was, however, blessed with a surfeit of clever political strategists, so he came out and staked a claim to the brave position of Candidate Who Refuses To Accept Dirty Money That Nobody Offered Him. Well done.
It this what they mean by world-class city? Former City Councilor Tom Keane explains why non-Bostonians should have as much say in who gets elected mayor as people who live here and pay taxes here. Michael Jonas kind of agrees, calling the whole debate over contrributions from the other side of the Charles and Neponset the new nativism.
Mike Ross declares he is pro-education. Specifically, he wants more, better vocational education (if Worcester can do it, so can we), more pre-K and early childhood education (to be funded by getting the state to pay for it) and a two-hour increase in the school day (for enrichment programs, such as art and music).
Mayoral candidates are pro-environment, well, at least nine of them are. Yancey, Clemons and Wyatt might be as well, but they didn't respond to a Globe survey.
Jamarhl Crawford, running a write-in campaign for city council in District 7 (vs. Tito Jackson and Roy Owens) has his own campaign song, too, joining mayoral hopefuls Charles Clemons and Rob Consalvo and, of course, Jackson himself):
A Planned Parenthood PAC has endorsed Ayanna Pressley and Jack Kelley, but not, for some reason, Gareth Saunders, in the at-large council race.