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Wu gets endorsements from 11 state legislators in bid for at-large council seat

Michelle Wu's campaign announced the endorsements this morning. She's running for one of the four at-large seats on the council in this fall's elections.

The roll call:

  • Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz (Jamaica Plain)
  • Sen. Anthony Petruccelli (East Boston)
  • Rep. Carlo Basile (East Boston)
  • Rep. Gloria Fox (Roxbury)
  • Rep. Russell Holmes (Mattapan)
  • Rep. Kevin Honan (Brighton)
  • Rep. Elizabeth Malia (Jamaica Plain)
  • Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (North End)
  • Rep. Michael Moran (Brighton)
  • Rep. Byron Rushing (Roxbury)
  • Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (Jamaica Plain)
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I'm surprised she could find her way to half those neighborhoods.

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The bigger issue with Wu among Boston parents will be her move of having her sister "live with her" to go to BLS after taking the test. Take a look at the Quincy or Revere Beach T stations in the morning to see all the BLS backpacks to see what an issue this is.

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She actually lives in Boston.

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that stated that she obtained legal guardianship of her two sisters when their mother developed a serious illness, that the family was living in Chicago at the time, and that the sisters subsequently moved to Boston.

I don't think I have a lot of respect for the critical thinking skills of voters who are going to portray the family's situation as a sneaky way of attending BLS.

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Her mother lives in West Roxbury and Wu is the guardian of both of her sisters, one of whom is in college--this does not appear in any way to be a way to get them into school XYZ.

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Or are you just assuming that every kids carrying a backpack the size of a Connestoga wagon is going to BLS?

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Wu-who

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So with all our corruption problems the city pols find it necessary to import leadership from Chicago. SUPER!

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It's not 1890 anymore.

Disclosure: I was born in New York. But I've now lived more of my life in Boston.

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I agree with you Adam, but she's still a little too new in my opinion.

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Although she's "new" compared to other candidates, she has put down roots - her sister, for example, is a BPS student

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She's getting there, but she hasn't been that involved with the Boston community. I think 15-years is a good number.

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I think she's been waaay more 'involved' than 99% of people living in this city. She's worked downtown, interned at City hall, been guardian of a sister in the BPS and been on school site councils etc, even taught citizenship classes in Chinatown. Jeebus Christmas, how much more involved in the 'Boston community' could she be?

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She's done some good and is involved like a lot of residents in the community, but a few choice internships and some work in Chinatown is hardly qualification for at-Large. I'm not saying she doesn't have potential, but she needs a few years.

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Young blood would be a good thing to get on the council, and as to her tenancy - she's spent most of her adult life here, and sold a business she started to relocate her whole family here. Quite frankly, being a deliberate Bostonian counts for at least as much to me as someone who just happened to be born here and never bothered to leave.

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I don't mind the young part, I'm more concerned about her working knowledge of the city and its neighborhoods. I think she will be a great addition to the council eventually, but right now she doesn't have much cred to go on.

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have one Chicagoan on the Council at Large- Ayanna Pressley.
Do we really need another?

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Are the neighborhood designations you placed after their names yours or the state's or what?

As I'm sure you know, senate districts don't run neatly along neighborhood lines. How did they/you choose which neighborhood of the ones the senator covers would be listed?

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...but maybe not. If those are supposed to be district designations, I'd point out that it's not just the two senators, but also the reps who have multi-neighborhood constituencies.

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Which listed neighborhoods next to some of the names, "Boston" next to others. Yes, I realize many of the districts cover more than one neighborhood.

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Thanks!

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Wu is probably a great lady.All of the legislators are playing politics by endorsing her.My problem is that we always forget about electing people who grew up in BOSTON.Last time it was PRESSLEY(CHICAGO).What is this fixation with Chicago anyway.If you grew up in Boston(like I did) and still live here,consider candidates who know whart its like to live here and live here for a while.I will never again vote for any candidate who never grew up in the CITY.Black, White, Spanish,Asian;its does not matter to me.If you grew up in Boston, I hope people vote for you before WU and PRESSLEY

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He's from Chicago, too.

I don't know what's bringing all these Midwesterners here (hmm, my wife is from Illinois, too - I better start prepping her campaign for governor!), but so what? I'd rather vote for somebody whose ideas I believe even if she's from away than some knuckledragger who can trace his Westie ancestry back to 1890.

No, I'm not endorsing Wu here, I don't have a clue yet whom I'll be voting for, but I'm not going to rule her out just because she wasn't born here (then again, I'm a fly-in as well, only set up Boston residency in '82, but get used to it - we're here and we vote).

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What if you grew up in Chelsea but worked in Boston your entire life and then moved to JP and decided to run for office? What if you were born in Boston screeching Aerosmith tunes, droppin 'r's and had a pavlovian piss response to every Yankees "NY" you see, but moved to NH as a child and have just moved back 20 years later? What is you were born in Boston and never left it but were a huge Jets/Knicks/Yankees/Islanders fan and thought Matt Damon & Ben Affleck were "freakin homos"?

Do you really need to be legit, have cred or some sort of "Townie Tenure" in order to run for office or have a valid opinion about the city? I mean carpet baggers exist and you need to filter them out, but why don't we assess folks on whether they'd be decent city councilors, mayors, dog catchers or whatever -- even if they don;t plan to fill the position as long as Menino has filled his. Unless first-hand experience of the city really does result in someone having better management and leadership capacities....which I doubt.

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hater's gonna hate

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Pretty much Status Qwu ...

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I challenged Gloria Fox last year... Fox, with 27 years incumbency at that point, and nary a new idea for about that same amount of time, would seem to have been the opposite of a youthful candidacy like Wu's, but no fear... the Ward 4 Dem Committee voted to endorse Fox. I only received 2 votes and one was from someone whose campaign I had managed. Michelle & her future husband did not vote for me, although I did appreciate at least getting a courtesy nomination-for-a-vote, unlike Ward 5, where I did not even get a vote up or down.

Overall, out of 3 Ward Committees (4; 5; 9) (my own Ward 12 lacked a quorum and never endorsed anyone), I only received those 2 votes, despite door knocking the W9 members and having been to four W4 meetings over the prior year (unlike Fox and most other candidates.)

And, of course, here you have Fox returning the favor.

But I get it. If you're challenging an incumbent, it is an absolute waste of time to seek Ward Committee endorsements. (An "open" race is a different story sometimes.) That time would be better spent meeting real voters. And so, Wu in that instance was no different than any other Dem insider. But what I object to is candidates taking the appearance of "new" and "young" Democrats when the internal politics are anything but.

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