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Connolly, Walsh show much in common in first debate

State Representative Martin J. Walsh and Councilor at Large John R. Connolly struggled to differentiate themselves Tuesday in Boston’s first major mayoral debate, as both men appeared hesitant and offered few concrete policy differences to make the case why they should succeed Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

On the handful of occasions when the candidates actually did tussle over an issue, there seemed to be an undercurrent that pitted City Hall (Connolly) against the State House (Walsh). The sharpest exchange came when Connolly criticized Walsh’s ties to organized labor and said legislation he filed to make arbitration binding in labor disputes would devastate the city’s fiscal health.

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