Mayor Martin J. Walsh added one more big name to his list of endorsements on Sunday: US Senator Elizabeth Warren. Meanwhile, his challenger, Councilor Tito Jackson, announced a series of town hall meetings and slammed the mayor for not agreeing to participate in more debates before the Nov. 7 election.
In an appearance at Doyle’s Pub in Jamaica Plain, Warren vowed to stand with Walsh, who she called “a dear friend and fierce fighter for the people of Boston.”
She said that she and Walsh stand “side-by-side” on “basic core values,’’ adding that Walsh is building a city that works for everyone, whether it is building housing at a record pace, improving public education, or making Boston a welcoming city for everyone, according to a press release about the event from the Walsh campaign.
“I would want no other person leading the charge in Boston,’’ Warren said in the release. “Despite all the progress made, there’s more work to be done. But he will continue to fight for what is right and that is why he has my support.”
The mayor said he was honored to have Warren’s backing.
Jackson responded to the endorsement by criticizing the mayor for giving incentives to companies like General Electric at the expense of city schools.
“I’ve considered Elizabeth my friend over the years. But Mayor Walsh is writing a $25 million taxpayer-funded check to General Electric while simultaneously cutting school budgets,’’ Jackson said in a statement in an apparent reference to city tax incentives offered to the company. “That’s not how a progressive mayor should act. I’m running for mayor so that the whole city is represented, not just CEOs and shareholders.”
Walsh has said that GE has promised to donate $25 million to the city school system. He also has argued that his administration has expanded the school budget by $154 million since he took office.
Warren’s endorsement comes as the campaigns are stepping into second gear and as Jackson prepares to launch his first town hall Wednesday at Old South Church to outline his campaign platform and policies.
“We are holding the town halls because people deserve to hear the policies their mayoral candidates are running on,’’ Jackson said in the statement. “Mayor Walsh is avoiding more debates, which is disrespectful to the voters.”Meghan E. Irons can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @meghanirons.