As the fallout over her most recent flier (scroll down, past the racist Easter-egg item), District 6 council candidate Mary Tamer today apologized - not long before she was scheduled for a meet-and-greet in Jamaica Plain, where the reaction has been, oh, a tad more negative than in West Roxbury.
More specifically, she apologized for the photos, which showed her in full fair-haired color, but her opponent, Kendra Hicks, in classic evil black and white. The text, which paints Hicks as a wild-eyed radical out to turn Boston into a lawless socialist hellhole with no police? That she stands by.
The Tamer Campaign, which abhors all forms of racism, sent out a mailer citing clear policy differences between Mary and her opponent, Kendra Hicks.
The photo used was never intended to cause harm or show racial animus, but it is clear, based on the feedback we have received and heard, that it did not set the right tone.
Candidates for public office make errors in the midst of long campaign days, and everyone on this multiethnic, multilingual campaign team has learned a valuable lesson.
What we intended to focus on and will continue to focus on are the significant policy differences between Mary and her opponent. Elections are about choices, and District 6 voters have a clear choice to make on November 2.
The flier has cost Tamer an active supporter, Alex Hahn, who says he had knocked on doors and more for her:
The flyer uses the well-known trope of making a candidate of color look and seem menacing. Placing Kendra in black-and-white makes her skin seem darker. Boston has a long, sad history of racism in its politics. This kind of campaigning plays right into that.
Hicks reacts to the mailer.
Annissa Essaibi George released a new Mass-and-Cass plan at Mass and Cass, well, Southampton Street, where she was endorsed by SEIU 888 and SENA 9158 and Dorchester City Councilor Frank Baker, whose district includes parts of the Mass and Cass area. Essaibi George declared, that by standing at the epicenter of the regional opioid/homelessness crisis she was showing how she'll be boots on the ground, unlike her opponent, a distant elitist:
I have the relationships, the knowledge, the experience to tackle Mass & Cass on Day One. You cannot say the same about Michelle Wu. This is not an issue you can tackle from afar. It requires a presence and firsthand understanding.
Wu today announced endorsements by former City Councilor Tito Jackson and former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie: Jackson said:
From boldly tackling our housing crisis to ensuring our public transportation system is accessible and serves all, Michelle is prepared to meet the urgency of this moment. I have worked closely with her on the City Council and know that she is the candidate with the record and bold vision to make our city more equitable for all, especially communities of color. I look forward to continuing to partner with her to work towards racial, social, economic, and climate justice for our communities.