Connolly condemns negative ads coming from Walsh supporters

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October 23, 2013, 7:38 pm
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(NECN: Alison King) - Boston mayoral candidate John Connolly stood next to a blown up version of the latest attack mailing funded by supporters of his opponent Marty Walsh and paid for by Labor Union money.

The message in the mailer? That Connolly is a son of privilege and does not understand working class people.

Walsh, a former labor leader, has disavowed the mailings and called on the organizations to stop sending them.

But Connolly fired back in Tuesday night's debate that all this shows Walsh does not have a special ability to work with the unions as Walsh claims to have on the campaign trail.
What neither candidate knew then, was that the Boston Labor council had just announced it would stop the negative ads.

"He challenged me last night saying I could not be an effective Mayor because I couldn't get my friends in Labor, to stop and clearly that press statement went out prior to the debate so they stopped," Walsh said.

But Connolly says the union statement now is meaningless, adding, "So now that they have put out thousands of pieces of negative mail, and now that they have had their gross attacks, they're going to promise that they'll suddenly place nice?"

Connolly hammered Walsh for what he called a disturbing pattern: Accepting over a million dollars in Union money for his campaign, a $175,000 salary from his former union job and filing legislation that Connolly says would favor the unions over the city.

Meanwhile, John Connolly continues to field questions about this legal career. Not so much the past few years when he's done limited work for his own small private firm. But from 2001 to 2007 when he worked for large corporate firms, including Ropes and Gray.

"I'd like to see who John represented and I think the people of Boston should know what type of corporate lawyer he was and who is clients were," Walsh said.

"I'm under an ethical canon that says client confidentiality is above all else, but I can say, I represented individuals and small businesses exclusively," Connolly said.

Connolly says he has no plans to call on his former clients to see if they'll agree to have their names released.

Tags: Boston, Alison King, Marty Walsh, John Connolly, Boston mayoral race, Boston mayoral debate
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