Jon Santiago had a press conference in the South End today so that a bunch of his fellow state representatives, some of whom even live in Boston, could endorse him for mayor.
No doubt they had nice things to say about Santiago, but people could be forgiven if they stopped listening after Santiago introduced Speaker of the House Ron Mariano, from leafy Quincy, who, we guess, was joking when he said he came despite being "afraid my car's gonna get stolen," in the gritty neighborhood.
John Barros, who lives in Dorchester, called on Santiago to reject Mariano's endorsement:
Santiago said nothing, which speaks volumes to the lack of leadership we could expect from him if he were elected Mayor of Boston.
Representative Santiago should decline the Speaker's endorsement and join me and the growing number of Bostonians who ask that the Speaker simply say he was wrong and he's sorry.
Bonus Mariano fun fact: His district has a very unusual shape, one that might remind you of something.
During a mayoral forum yesterday, Stop-Calling-Me-Acting Mayor Kim Janey announced free 28 service between Mattapan and Nubian squares, which drew some appreciative snapping from Councilor Michelle Wu, who has been pushing for free T service for years now (as has Janey). But CommonWealth Magazine reports Janey may have gotten ahead of herself - and the bus:
A T spokesman said Monday evening that nothing has been finalized and there is no launch date for such a pilot program.
Janey announces the free service and Wu gives some appreciative snapping:
The Jewish Insider reports Boston's Jewish community has no Wakanda strategy and has yet to coalesce around a mayoral candidate this year - which might not be surprising given that Boston actually has three fairly distinct Jewish communities: Orthodox in Brighton, ex-suburban empty nesters downtown and "a younger, progressive, LGBTQ-friendly community" largely living in places like JP and Roslindale.
Mayoral candidates will answer questions about education in Boston at a forum on Thursday sponsored by the Boston Teachers Union and Boston Education Justice Alliance. Starts at 6 p.m. Free registration required.