The public friendship continues.
Despite hailing from different political parties and backgrounds, Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston and Governor Charlie Baker continued to present a chummy public relationship and pledged to work together collaboratively.
“I think it’s very important for the mayor of the capital city and the governor to be working closely together,” Walsh said Wednesday sitting next to Baker at a Politico event at the Bank of America building in downtown Boston.
In a wide-ranging discussion, moderators Lauren Dezenski and Mike Allen worked to plumb the depths of the relationship between the two government executives, who worked closely from Baker’s early days in office this year during a barrage of blizzards.
Asked if he feels the state has been responsive to the city’s needs, Walsh said, “Yeah ... obviously we could always ask for more money, more this, more that —”
Baker interjected: “You do,” and the audience laughed.
Baker emphasized the close connection between the city and the state. Walsh emphasized his close relationship with many people in the Baker administration.
So how far does their buddy-buddy relationship go?
Baker, asked whether he plans to supports Walsh’s re-election bid in 2017, had a quick retort: “I don’t know if that would help him or hurt him.”
Walsh, quick on his feet, replied: “Thank you!”
The audience laughed again as the Democratic mayor and the Republican governor continued their warm back-and-forth.
Both also addressed more serious topics.
Walsh reflected on Boston’s failed effort to host the 2024 Olympic games.
“When we got chosen by the United States Olympic Committee as the Olympic city going forward, we weren’t prepared for the next day. We weren’t prepared [for] the onslaught by the press. We weren’t prepared for the people who were opposed to the Olympics.”
Walsh, seen as a savvy political tactician, used a familiar metaphor.
“We had a plan to win, the kind of, the primary. And to the win the final [election] was a whole different plan. ... We weren’t ready for that.”
The governor and the mayor spoke at a live event put on by Politico, the politics and policy-focused news organization based in northern Virginia and that has been expanding with regionally-focused outposts. Politico recently launched Massachusetts Playbook, a morning political newsletter penned by Dezenski.
Allen writes Playbook, a political newsletter which has, for years, been a must-read among political power players in Washington D.C.
Joshua Miller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.