Update: McCarthy apologizes for "muddled: comments not meant to attack anybody.
On the night of the preliminary election in September, outgoing District 5 City Councilor Tim McCarthy tried to rev up supporters of his aide and would-be successor Maria Esdale Farrell, who won a slot in the November final by coming in second against Ricardo Arroyo to represent Hyde Park, Roslindale and Mattapan. In a pep talk at Farrell's party at Antonio's Bacaro in Hyde Park, McCarthy noted Farrell got on the final ballot running against women and minorities and railed against the "nonsense people" who had endorsed Arroyo (at the time, they included state Rep. Russell Holmes and Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins; they have since been joined by US Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who now lives in Hyde Park):
WBUR reports on a forum it held for the eight candidates for the four at-large council seats open next month.
On opioids, incumbent Michelle Wu questioned whether the money and time it would take to build a new treatment campus on Long Island - $92 million just for the bridge, construction of which could take three to five years under the best of circumstances - might better be used for other treatment programs. Incumbent Michael Flaherty repeated his calls for suburban towns to do more to help their residents who end up being cared for by Boston after they wind up at Mass and Cass. Challenger David Halbert said it's time for supervised injection sites, where addicts could shoot up under medical supervision - and with help to get into treatment programs.