It took just two days for Boston’s mayoral campaign to transform from tepid to tense.
The newly chosen finalists, Councilor at Large John R. Connolly and state Representative Martin J. Walsh, clashed Thursday for the first time, with each calling the other a flip-flopper and with Walsh suggesting that Connolly cannot always be trusted.
At issue was whether to take the so-called People’s Pledge against accepting funds spent by special-interest groups on a candidate’s behalf.
“We can have a race about my vision and Marty’s vision for Boston,” Connolly said from a podium set up at his Mattapan field office. “But to make sure we have this kind of campaign, one that’s not warped by special interests or private agendas, we need to follow the example set by past campaigns here in Massachusetts and put a stop to spending by outside groups.”
Within hours, Walsh struck back, rejecting the pledge against outside funding, and questioning whether Connolly could be trusted to honor such an agreement.
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