Yoon, Flaherty and McCrea this morning.
The three mayoral candidates today charged Tom Menino and his aides with deliberately covering something up, although exactly what, they couldn't say, since the e-mail doesn't appear to exist.
At a press conference with Flaherty and Yoon outside City Hall, however, McCrea said he would not be surprised if mail related to Dianne Wilkerson's attempt to get a liquor license for a contributor were among the large volumes of mail deleted by Menino aide Michael Kineavey. In an affidavit in the Wilkerson case, the FBI noted extensive contact between the former state senator and City Hall.
This morning, McCrea posted copies of eight e-mails he sent to city officials about the BRA and BC expansion in Brighton that he said were not among the handful of e-mails City Hall gave the Globe as part of its public-records request.
Flaherty said he found Menino's "glitch" explanation (given at a press conference Menino called for the same time) completely unbelievable. "We are not talking about casual inbox maintenance or even technical failure. ... This isn't a virus, folks, this isn't a glitch. This is a coverup."
"There's a new standard for transparency that has been adopted everywhere but Boston," Yoon said, adding the deletions are "only a symptom" of a much larger problem at City Hall.
Flaherty and Yoon today sent letters to state AG Martha Coakley and Suffolk County DA Dan Conley, calling for a formal investigation into the deletions. Flaherty said he wants trained computer experts to check City Hall mail servers for messages - it's sometimes possible to retrieve "deleted" mail.
McCrea didn't sign the letter, because he said his repeated efforts to get something done about Open Meeting Law violations at City Hall (he won a suit against the City Council; has an open request for an investigation by the DA into Licensing Board meetings related to Wilkerson) have convinced him prosecutors in the state aren't all that interested in public record violations.
"We have a chance right now to get rid of the problem" a lot sooner than prosecutors, he said, referring to the Sept. 22 preliminary election.