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Oopsies: Candidate for court job sends out press release that looks like a lot of groups have endorsed her that maybe haven't

Politico reports (scroll way down for "Yahd Signs and Bumpah Stickahs") that current City Councilor Erin Murphy on Saturday announced endorsements by nine labor unions for her bid to get elected clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County - in a press release that showed the logos of 49 labor unions and groups, at least one of which says, no, it's not endorsing her this time around.

Proving, perhaps, that graphic design is not her passion, Murphy told Politico there's no there there, because the graphic was next to a photo of her running for city council last year, when she did have the endorsements of all 49 groups, so there:

Murphy's endorsements, some of which are from last year

There's another graphic problem with the mailing, which Poltico did not note: The logo at the top, which indicates she's running for a job encompassing all of Suffolk County, has a map that only shows Boston, leaving out the other three communities in the county - Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop.

In announcing her bid to leave the city council, Murphy cited her decades as a BPS teacher and her years on the council as more than enough experience to tackle an administrative job at the state's highest court that involves, among other things, overseeing lawyer discipline and admission to the bar.

She is running against Allison Cartwright, who has extensive actual experience with the court system: She's been a lawyer for 23 years, and is currently managing director for the Committee for Public Counsel Services.



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Labor Unions Roll Out Their Endorsements

Supporting Murphy's Run For Clerk

As a former teacher, and proud BTU member, I am a true ally in the fight for working families and the many labor endorsements I have received already is validation of the hard work I have done as an At-Large Councilor and my commitment to representing working families at City Hall. 

Thank you to all the labor leaders for seeing my experience, integrity and leadership as assets I will bring to the Supreme Judicial Court.

Local 589 President Jim Evers, and the Executive Board, proudly endorsed my candidacy citing my tireless support of labor and always making sure all unions have a seat at the decision making tables in City Hall.

Thank you Executive Secretary-Treasurer Joe Byrne, and the Leadership team, for your continued support. I look forward to campaigning with you, as you help me get elected again!

"Murphy has been a stalwart supporter of union carpenters and employers while on the City Council. That has earned her the union's endorsement of her candidacy for clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court of Suffolk County."

Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 always have my back! Thank you to your membership for supporting me and I look forward to you joining me on the trail as we campaign across Suffolk County.

It is an honor to have the support of the hardworking men and women of IBEW Local 103. Thank you for always backing me!

Thank you to Chuck Raso, and the Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen, for recognizing my hard work and integrity, and for endorsing my campaign for Clerk.

First Responders Back Councilor Murphy for Clerk

Boston’s four major first responder unions announced their continued support for Boston City Councilor At-Large Erin Murphy’s candidacy for Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court, each individually endorsing her in a show of confidence in Murphy’s record of prioritizing public safety and working collaboratively with her fellow city workers.

Boston Firefighters Local 718, the Boston Police Patrolman’s Association, the Boston Police Superior Officers Federation, and the EMS Division of the Boston Police Patrolman’s Association all threw their weight behind Murphy, calling her a champion of public safety for all Bostonians and a stalwart ally of working families.

In addition to the four city unions, Murphy claimed the endorsement of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, the statewide union that represents more than 12,000 members, including the fire fighters of Revere, Winthrop and Chelsea. 

“Councilor Murphy has put the safety of the people of Boston first since she took office three years ago, and the city is a safer place to live because of her work,” said PFFM President Rich MacKinnon. “She’s a reliable voice for working families, she does the hard work, and we look forward to continuing working with her in her second term.”

Murphy said the support of people who, like her, work to keep the city safe has special meaning.

“I’m very grateful that the people who put their lives on the line to keep this city safe have confidence in my ability to represent them across the city.” Murphy said. “Public safety and public health have been hallmark priorities of mine on the Council, and I thank them for their faith that I’ll continue to prioritize their needs.”

US Representative Stephen F. Lynch, co-founder of the House Congressional Labor & Working Families Caucus, endorsed Boston City Councilor-At-Large Erin Murphy’s campaign for Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court citing Murphy’s record of providing constituent services across all neighborhoods, her successful efforts to uphold the voting rights of all Boston residents, and her commitment to helping those less fortunate.

Read Full Endorsement Here

South Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn – who also represents Chinatown, the South End, Bay Village, Fort Point, Downtown, and parts of Beacon Hill and Back Bay – has endorsed Erin Murphy to be Suffolk County’s next Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court, the latest evidence that Erin continues to gain momentum ahead of the September 3rd Primary Election. 

Read Full Endorsement Here

Happy to support my friend District Attorney Kevin Hayden. Great to see so many ADAs, and community members, showing up for Kevin.

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Why the hell is clerk of a court, which is a purely administrative position, an elected office?

What the hell is wrong with us?


rather than the Governor or the Governors Council.


Do you believe that delivering the mail in City Hall should be an elected position? How about the school nurse at your kid’s school? Should that be an elected position?

These way, way downballot races do not meaningfully enhance democracy. In practice, “the people” pay no attention to them, and whoever the machine puts up for the office wins it. The average voter has no interaction with the courts, never reads an article that mentions the clerk, and has absolutely no basis for evaluating how good a job the clerk is doing. Making the job an elected position means that the holder is in practice completely unaccountable.


She's going to win anyway.


I won't. She came out against the road diet. She refuses to even say that her stalker troll of a sister is wrong.


To donate to her opponent: https://www.cartwrightforclerk.org/