The one and only televised Boston Mayoral debate was on NECN tonight. It was tough for any candidate to breakthrough with 11 others in the “debate,” but I thought we were able to at least get some impression of each candidate. For fun (and to get everyone fired up and yelling at me!) I decided to give you my grade for each candidate’s performance.
[UPDATE by David: Here is the video of the whole affair (apparently the first part has some technical problems, but this is what’s available. Watch for yourself, then see if you agree with kittoneil’s assessment!]
Connolly (D)- came off as patronizing and soft. was trying to play to the yuppie crowd, but probably hurt himself by talking like his audience was 3 year olds.
Walsh (B-)- not the most articulate candidate on the panel, but I appreciated how he actually answered the zinger Battenfeld tried to hit him with. He also came off as honest and unafraid.
Conley (B+)- EB’s not going to agree, but I thought he came off as commanding and intelligent.
Golar Ritchie (A-)- didn’t have a ton to say content wise but was very smooth and polished.
Arroyo (C)- had a lot to say but said it too fast and with some weird blinking going on.
Consalvo (B)- thought he had good command of issues and wasn’t afraid to jump in and control issues within the debate.
Ross (B)- very intelligent performance. Will secure vote of certain segments but has little room to expand.
Barros (A-)- clearly not his campaign but really knew his stuff and had a great way about him. Very impressive guy who we could hear from again.
Walcak (B-)- makes some good arguments about management. Appeared composed and looked the part. Not polite enough for the format though.
Yancey (B+)- very well versed in city’s issues, though not sure why he’s in this race.
Clemons (D)- reverted to ideological, vague talking points repeatedly.
Wyatt (F)- had to be forced to speak. Tried to explain why he was in the race, but didn’t make much headway.