I didn’t see anything posted about last Tuesday night’s candidate forum in Arlington for the 4th Middlesex Senate Race. A few impressions here:
Patrick Natale took a number of shots at the other candidates, particularly at Charley Murphy, at one point earning pleas from an audience questioner not to “run a Howie Carr campaign.” Natale attacked Murphy for poor attendance and missing votes at the State House and for a particular vote against local aid. At several points, there were testy exchanges between the two candidates.
Another audience question addressed paid police details. Marzilli took the politically courageous position and opposed continuing the paid details – acknowledging as he did so that he was venturing onto political thin ice. Murphy supported continuing paid details. Natale waffled a bit and suggested a hybrid – eliminating them in some cases, but continuing to use them in others. Donnelly supported keeping them. I don’t remember the Republican candidate’s position.
There was general agreement on drug testing for public safety officers, as long as it was administered fairly.
There was also discussion of provisions of the Municipal Partnership Act, but I’m not sure I got the nuances of the candidates’ positions, so I won’t try to reproduce them here.