I really have no idea who is giving Mayor Martin Walsh advice. I mean in-house. Not that coming from the media outside. Whoever it is he should immediately stop lending them his ears and fall back on the instincts that put him in the mayor’s office in the first place.
i am aware that his background works against him. He grew up in St. Margaret’s parish. If you know anything about that area you know it is caught between South Boston and Savin Hill. Each of those has its own beach and park and strong neighborhood pride; St. Margaret’s has Eddie Eddie Square has nothing else.
Zippo. It is pretty much a barren wasteland for young men wanting to stretch out their wings and fly. Most with get up and go hang around outside there; many of them would come over to Savin Hill, it was tough breaking in over in Southie.
Despite this setback as a youth the mayor persisted and worked through his woes and throes. Starting out as a union laborer he stumbled around a bit and then wised up. Success quickly followed. He become a state representative and rose to a leadership position in the unions. He then beat out a Connolly for mayor. Full disclosure: there are also the name Walsh in my family tree.
He became mayor without relying on some of the people who are now giving him advice or to whom he has turned. Early on he should have known that he would be targeted by the Boston Globe which has a continuing inexplicable disdain for inner city Savin Hill or South Boston Irish politicians. When Bob Quinn ran for governor it wrongfully published a cartoon and some articles right before the election making him look as if he was corrupt; then I do not have to remind you of its continuing attacks on Bill Bulger reaching the low point where Jeff Jacoby called upon people to shun him. Yikes! When was the last time you read of a major newspaper calling upon public leaders to shun a person?
After Walsh was elected someone, perhaps it was NC, commented that he better mind his Ps and Qs because the Globe has a knee jerk reaction against his ilk. Some others suggested that the WASPs no longer controlled the paper so that was in the past. But sometimes people are captured by the past and cannot get out of its grasp as we see with the many who cling to the idea of a noble Confederacy.
Walsh did his best to walk the straight and narrow. The first attacks came on him by the media which is mostly bereft of minorities in leadership positions claiming his hiring practices were discriminatory. This was quickly debunked by many minorities who had been hired. But the truth did not matter, it is enough, as the newspaper knows, to just throw out the suggestion to have people start leaning one way or the other.
Over time despite Walsh’s best efforts the paper sought to undermine him with one little thing or the other. Then came the Kenny Brissette mention in the indictment of the Teamsters by the Globe’s partner. This was a total unwarranted act.
The major’s new advisers told him to do something about it. I said ignore it. He went with the Johnny-come-lately group.
We both understood that it was the Boston U.S. Attorney Ortiz joining in the Globe’s attack on Walsh which partnering-up we’ve seen over and over again. Walsh advisers told him to hire a lawyer Brian Kelly. Brian Kelley prosecuted the Whitey Bulger case i 2013 and had recently left Ortiz’s Boston U.S. Attorney. That as I noted was a huge mistake.