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Boston mayoral rivals swing away in final debate

Connolly, Walsh rip each other’s background but align on big issues

Boston’s last mayoral debate turned personal Tuesday night as Councilor at Large John R. Connolly and state Representative Martin J. Walsh attacked each other’s profession, desperate for an edge in a tight race marked by few major policy differences.

Connolly repeatedly referred to Walsh’s career as a union official, noting that he was paid $175,000 a year as head of the Boston Building Trades while he served as state representative. Unions and outside groups funded by organized labor have spent $2.2 million supporting Walsh’s bid for mayor, and Connolly cited legislation filed by Walsh on behalf of the firefighters union that would eliminate City Council oversight of disputed contracts.

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