While hardly brimming with new ideas, the debate Tuesday night between mayoral candidates John Connolly and Martin Walsh offered a clear look at the two men who want to run Boston. The hourlong skirmish focused heavily on unions and education, but offered a display of two very different ideas of running a city.
Perhaps unwisely, a lot of time early on was devoted to a back-and-forth on negative campaigning, a yawner for many voters. Few campaigns have ever been decided by whether a candidate can “control” his supporters, as Connolly claims Walsh cannot. Tactical issues are inherently boring.