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Boston, November 4, 2013 — on this Final day of the campaign, with voting tomorrow, what are the two candidates doing ? When one looks, one sees two very different messages being sent.
Marty Walsh, whose campaign has built itself around numerous politicians’ endorsing him, has spent today in their company :
1.in South Boston with former State Senator Jack Hart
2.at the Holgate Senior Center in Roxbury with Councillor Tito Jackson
3.at the Cape Verdean Senior Center with John Barros;
4. with former St. Rep. Marie St. Fleur visiting Haitian Seniors; and and
5.in Walsh’s home area of Adams Corner, Dorchester with a bunch of officials ; State Rep. Dan Cullinane, State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, and City Councillor Frank Baker.
Walsh’s trips to Senior Centers comports with poll findings that Seniors are significantly represented among the undecided vote still available.
Meanwhile, John Connolly, who has endorsers albeit far fewer than Walsh, is going about (with one event exception) by himself, being the Citizen against the machine.
Connolly started his day on CBS Boston’s morning show; went from there to Forest Hills Station to greet voters; then to Digitas Corp. to address technology innovators; then to Chinatown as guest of Sherry Dong and Chinatown’s “Mr. Big,” Frank Chin — his one big power endorsement event of the day; next to Centre Street in Jamaica Plain; then briefly to his Roxbury HQ to greet workers; then to The mall of Roxbury to greet voters, and, finally to McDonald’s, where the staff and regulars held a meet and greet for him. And his day continues.
Connolly’s visits, especially to the Taishanese Association, also comport with poll findings. According thereto, Asian women count high among the remaining undecideds.
And so it goes. The citizen reformer standing (more or less) alone against entrenched power versus …entrenched power displaying its power, each man in search of demonstrating his message to voters still unsure of which message to trust, or to endorse.
Tomorrow we will find out.
—- Michael Freedberg / Here and Sphere