Putting Mayor Martin Walsh in the starting lineup at the Democratic National Convention after the Huffington Post made national news of the ongoing plan to try to force him out of office or to prevent his reelection between the Globe and Ortiz’s office had one real purpose. It was to send a message that as a Democratic appointee she was not supposed to be manufacturing cases against labor union supporters or popularly elected mayors. She was put on alert that the nation was watching her.
The problem a lot of people seeking power in Boston have is that they forget we are part of a larger nation and only a tiny part at that. The local newspaper also forgets that its power is quite limited to the local area and when it comes to the national scene things are viewed quite differently than in Massachusetts.
You would have thought that Boston’s delusion about the power of its local media on the national scene led by the Boston Globe (with all the other media following behind like a group of dutiful elementary school children being led in a school yard by their teacher) would have evaporated after it created the presidential candidacies of Iron Mike Dukakis and soon to be Long Gone John Kerry. But like all small towns or insular communities the people forget that sometimes they are part of a larger nation.
For years the Ortiz gang operated like Mafia members under the local godfather the Boston Globe. They kept it happy doing its wishes and went about beating up on people who were out of favor with it or themselves since it had its protection and cover. No one cared what was happening in Boston until the Huffington Post lifted the lid.
The local media’s response was to immediately jumped to the Globe’s and Ortiz’s defense. It went after the mayor as being behind the story. The Huffington Post fired back. It showed this reaction. This gave credence to its original story of this tawdry cabal.
There was another immediate response among the high circles of the Democratic Party and national labor leaders who had no idea of what was happening in Boston. “Who appointed Ortiz?” they asked. “Is she a Democrat?” they wondered. “Why is she conjuring up indictments based on far-fetched and flimsy evidence in order to change the will of the people who elected the mayor?” they queried. “Is the Huffington Post story correct that she is harassing him?”
They sought to find out more about Mayor Walsh. Everything they discovered showed the man was doing a great job and his administration was clean and transparent and helping out all people of all races, colors, creeds, and sexual orientation. It was unanimously decided that the efforts of Ortiz’s officer were outrageous.
She needed to get a message. What better way than to put the party’s hand squarely on Walsh’s shoulder and tell her that he is one of them. What better way than to have him as one of the kickoff speakers from the podium on the altar of the Democratic National Convention.
Walsh after saying he is an alcoholic reinforced the message to Ortiz to layoff the unions. He said: ” I followed my father into the Building Trades when I was 18 years old. Labor gave my immigrant family a chance. And the labor community got me the help I needed, and gave me a second chance.” He mentioned workers, working families, jobs almost a dozen times in his short speech of a little over three minutes.
Ortiz surely got the message. Her future is not with the Globe but is through the way she got the job, the Democratic Party.
John K who comments here astutely put all I wrote in a nut shell: “Marty’s speaking at the DNC . He appears to have made the cut . I do not see worry clouding his brow. He is In With The In Crowd, nationally .”