Every election, campaign signs get torn down or defaced.
Doug Bennett, running for Suffolk County Sheriff - in the 2014 elections - has taken out a criminal complaint alleging one of his opponents, acting Sheriff Steven Tompkins, actively removed Bennett signs from stores in Egleston Square last week, by pulling out his badge and warning them they would get on Tompkins' bad side. He also says Tompkins called him a "punk ass bitch" at a City Council hearing last month.
A Roxbury District Court magistrate will decide Sept. 10 whether there's any merit to Bennett's allegations.
Meanwhile, in a more immediate election, Stand for Children says it will not buy any ads for John Connolly:
We respect John Connolly's request that we not advertise on his behalf. We remain excited about his candidacy and his enthusiastic support for better schools in Boston. We will focus all of our energy during this preliminary campaign on the issues that our central to our mission.
Boston Truth, which held its first organizing session on Wednesday, promises to be the anti-pro-charter group and fight for public schools and against lifting the cap on charter schools in Boston.
Marty Walsh wagged his finger at Rob Consalvo's "Boston pledge" against outside spending on the race, and got a dig in against Connolly:
That was a great bit of political theater this morning. I'm still a little bit confused about where John Connolly stands, but I know this: he was right this morning when he said that the pledge was nothing more than a political gimmick. Unlike John Connolly, I felt that way this morning and I haven’t changed my mind.
A Connolly aide denied a claim the campaign was buying Twitter followers from a stupid spammer:
We were puzzled when they suddenly appeared and even more puzzled when they disappeared. We did not pay for any Twitter followers.
Chris Lovett talks to John Barros about affordable housing, jobs for Bostonians and funding charter schools.
Charlotte Golar Richie is alarmed by violence against women, wants more police on the streets, especially where women are being attacked and says renaming the Boston Police Academy the Boston Community Police Training Academy would be a key step. She adds:
Police could strengthen community policing by building on technology and adding others, such as the use of state of the art technologies and equipment like Bullet Trax, and DNA tracking systems, as well as Google Maps, Facebook, and Twitter.
Consalvo wants our crosswalks to light up.
The Dorchester Reporter expresses the hope the new mayor will get the BRA to stop dividing Dorchester by outmoded white/black "north" and "south" designations.