Kevin McCrea has been calling for term limits for years. It has been on his website since the day he entered the race. It is part of the changes in his first 100 days that he has promised to make. The promise can be seen on his website, www.KevinMcCrea.com, and is on all of his printed literature.
Today, Sam Yoon has come out and pledged to serve two terms only if elected and to install term limits for the Mayor of Boston. When did Sam come to this conclusion? It certainly wasn’t four years ago when he was wearing a “Labor for Menino” sticker on his lapel while Menino was running for his fourth term. It certainly has not been in the last 3.5 years while he has been on the City Council and he could have introduced legislation to make term limits the law in Boston. He didn’t talk about this while he was negotiating back room deals with Mayor Menino over the future of the Winthrop Square Garage.
Once again we have a politician promising something when it is convenient for their election bid. Remember, Tom Menino also promised to serve only two terms, but conveniently didn’t change the law to make it a requirement.
This is similar to the candidates position on the BRA. Kevin McCrea has been calling for the elimination of the BRA since he ran for City Council in 2005, and is an important part of his platform. Yoon was silent on the future of the BRA during his years on the council, but now that he wants the top job in the City he is following McCrea’s lead on eliminating this independent, quasi-government agency and installing planning and development agencies which have citizen oversight.
McCrea says, “I’m glad that Sam is following my lead on these issues, I wish he would be honest and give me credit for introducing them first to the campaign. I’m happy to give credit and share credit, example Sam should be lauded for introducing the Zipcar concept to city vehicle usage. However, we already have a Mayor who steals ideas and doesn’t share the credit, which leads to people not wanting to get involved and participate, which is what we need to help reform City government.”