No one can accuse Carlo Basile of not putting his cards on the table.
The East Boston state representative and casino enthusiast endorsed John Connolly for mayor of Boston Monday thanks to Connolly’s support for an East Boston-only referendum on a casino at Suffolk Downs.
Connolly managed to secure this endorsement — which previously had belonged to a rival candidate, Dan Conley — without even coming out in favor of a casino itself. Connolly has resolutely refused to take a position on casinos, claiming he needs, yes, more information. Bold leadership personified.
Like Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Basile seems convinced that an East Boston-only vote virtually guarantees passage.
Basile actually had a number of candidates he could have supported, since many of them have proclaimed their preference for a neighborhood vote. Felix Arroyo, among others, might be wondering what he did wrong, since he has been every bit as willing to pander on this issue as Connolly.
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