Anti-vaxxer Catherine Vitale of Dorchester, who likes to follow Michelle Wu around Boston with a bullhorn set to siren, has her minions out this weekend trying to collect signatures so she can get on the November ballot as an independent in the 7th Congressional District.
At least at the Somerville Market Basket, it didn't go so well, but should Vitale make the ballot, she'd be running against incumbent Ayanna Pressley and Republican Donnie Palmer, who hates vaccines and Wu as much as her - he claims he lost his job as a BPS paraprofessional for refusing to get a Covid-19 shot and loves accusing Wu of being a Chinese Communist puppet.
But Vitale and Palmer have had major beef at least since April 13, when Vitale was arrested for trying to barge into City Hall with her bullhorn. As she and a couple of officers waited on State Street for a prisoner-transport wagon for the short trip over to A-1, Palmer showed up and fist-bumped the cops. BPD officers were among the people who supported Palmer's failed bid last fall for an at-large City Council seat. Vitale and one of her supporters told Palmer then he was no friend of theirs and to go away.