The “Oh, snap” award for use of logic in a mayoral debate goes to John Connolly, who scored big — in his lawyerly way — in the early minutes last night. The subject was negative mailers accusing Connolly of being a “son of privilege,” which Walsh’s union allies have been sending out.
Walsh told the unions to stop. They ignored him and sent out more.
“If they are not listening now,” Connolly said, “why would they listen to you as mayor?”
It was a lawyerly exchange, but a winning one, because it undercut Walsh’s main argument about his relationship with unions, which boils down to: They like me, they trust me, so don’t worry, I can work out a good deal.
It also drew a sharp contrast between Walsh and Connolly — not in vision so much as in temperament. The likable guy versus the guy who’s not afraid to be disliked.
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