Mayoral hopeful John R. Connolly embarked Wednesday on an aggressive and emotional counterattack against what he called attempts by his opponent’s supporters to portray him as an out-of-touch political elite.
With less than a week before voters go to the polls, Connolly dispatched an e-mail to supporters in which he declared, “Marty Walsh keeps playing games when it comes to who I am and what I stand for.” Walsh, a state representative who has positioned himself as the working man’s candidate, has frequently referred to Connolly as a “corporate lawyer” and noted that the city councilor comes from a politically connected family.
Connolly reached out to supporters on the same day that a new University of Massachusetts Amherst poll found his once-healthy lead in the race appears to have evaporated and that Walsh now holds a 7-point lead.
For his part, Walsh has maintained that he is not running a negative campaign and that attacks on Connolly’s family history are out of bounds.
“I’d rather lose with dignity than win through negative campaigning,” Walsh told reporters Tuesday after the final televised debate of the campaign. “I have absolutely run a positive campaign for the last eight months, and I’m going to continue to run a positive campaign for the next six days.”
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