It was a top-tier tussle in the Boston mayor’s race, one marked by a bold gamble by one leading candidate, an encouraging emphasis on independence by a second — and a trust me stand that underscores the challenges facing the third.
The definitional drama started when Stand for Children, an educational advocacy group, endorsed John Connolly — and announced that it would spend as much as $500,000 promoting his candidacy. His rivals quickly demanded that Connolly disavow those outside dollars.
At a press conference on City Hall Plaza Wednesday, the city councilor did just that, asking both Stand and Democrats for Education Reform, another group that has endorsed him, to cease any expenditures on his behalf.
Good, but not good enough, declared Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley, who said Connolly should pledge to donate whatever amount any outside group spends boosting his prospects to the fund established to help victims of the Marathon bombing.
By day’s end, Connolly had done that, too. Asking Stand for Children to stand down was a smart move on his part. By doing so, he neutralized the issue — and demonstrated an admirable determination to win this race on his own.
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