Walsh vs. Connolly, Round One: 7 p.m. on WBZ.
Red Sox updates/rants encouraged. Have at it!
I wish Ernie was moderating.
No one bites on “rebutting” personal stories
Keller frames it as the challenge of finding money to extend the school day — Connolly’s wheelhouse, presumably. Answers on that roughly cancel out, Walsh outlines his larger plan including early ed, so Connolly goes back to his “life’s work” in the classroom. Hmmm.
Guess what? It’s specific and comprehensive!
were hampered a bit by a confusingly worded question on “access to the real estate market for people of color.” Connolly turns it to minority-owned business issue, Walsh gets it back to real estate and throws strikes on home ownership promotion and pressure on rents.
Turns pension liabilities question quickly to the arbitration issue. The basic dispute gets rehashed, then a new wrinkle: Connolly claims involvement on “36-37″ contracts, then has to admit as city councilor he can’t be at the table. Walsh points out he’s been at many such tables, and that other councilors found ways to play a positive role. Connolly turns back to attack mode, casting general aspersion on union affiliation.
Bernstein tweets: “Connolly sounds smart and knowledgable, but Walsh sounds like he’d fight for people. Advantage Walsh”
Walsh has taken a decisive lead on the education issue, as far as I’m concerned. E.g.: career partnerships are big, but high school students need more than jobs–need deep reforms, including trauma treatment and other social services. Teachers in the trenches agree.
Last 10 minutes of debate to get viewership boost?
Connolly: I’M A FORMER TEACHER!! And I would budget responsibly.
Walsh: Anecdote about friend working with kids in the projects rooting for him because “I understand the struggles of the kids in this city.”
Twitterverse calling it a tie. Nuances:
Walsh balanced policy detail with speaking from the heart better than Connolly, who was pretty relentlessly political.
Papers will focus on union arbitration dustup, to detriment of Walsh.
Connolly taking heat from teachers for using full name of former student who ended up dropping out — a big no-no that career teachers gasped at.
Raphael Sanchez under the bus?
They are so trained to protect student confidentiality that it becomes an instinct.
would he throw Rope and Gray client under the bus?”
it’s safe to say “no.”
is a teacher. She won’t even tell ME the names of kids who have troubles or disciplinary hearings. It’s always, “There’s one student, he’s got potential but he’s always causing problems.”
support any “Democrat” who tries to score points by sending dog whistles to those who find unions illegitimate. If John Connolly’s ever on my ballot, for anything, he won’t get my vote. I was disgusted from start to finish.
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