Annissa Essaibi George tonight told Quincy it can suck it - if she's elected mayor, she's going to re-open Long Island and she's going to get the Long Island Bridge re-built pronto.
In their forum tonight, a panelist asked the candidates to address the residents of Quincy, which has long fought the bridge, on the need for re-opening Long Island and re-building the bridge.
Michelle Wu went first, never directly said what she'd say if confronted by a mob of angry Quincyites, but said that Mass and Cass is too critical a problem now to wait four, five, ten years to get a bridge built that might cost $200 million and that she'd rather spend that money now to solve pressing homelessness/addiction issues now, in part by looking for city-owned buildings on the mainland that could be quickly converted into treatment facilities and housing. She added that should would at least partially re-open Long Island through the use of ferries.
Essaibi George, though, said she'd walk right up to all those Quincy people and say you bet she's going to re-launch the bridge - and also run ferrie - to a re-opened Long Island treatment facility.
Responding to Wu's point about how long it would take to get the bridge built, Essaibi George said that was nonsense. Boston has some brilliant people and it should hold a "bridge hackathon" to get the bridge built really quickly, she said.
She did not detail how that would work.
WCVB has more on the forum. WBUR covered the forum as well.