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The Flaherty/Yoon show: first impressions--updated!

So I swung by Government Center this morning to check out the kick-off of Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon's joint campaign.  I missed the start, but still caught some noteworthy details:

1. The turnout seemed low--about 70-80 people, I'd guess, with almost as many media members as campaign supporters/operatives. 

2. When Flaherty was asked about his pledge to serve only two terms, his reply went something like this: "The people of Boston have my word--the same way they had the current mayor's word that he would only serve two terms." [Update: I'm told by a colleague that Flaherty mentioned passing term limits at the preser, and that he contrasted his word w/ Menino's. My advice later this paragraph stands, however; any reference to both Flaherty's word and Menino's word is counterproductive here.] Yoon, for his part, observed that "There are no guarantees in life," or words to that effect. Michael and Sam: you might want to work on this part of the sales pitch.

3. Flaherty did considerably better when asked about Menino aide Nick Martin's contention that the Flaherty/Yoon ticket is illegal. "The mayor," Flaherty said, "is the last person to be dispensing legal advice right now"--a pointed and (to my mind) effective jibe at Email-gate.

Anybody catch the start of the presser? Am I missing anything significant?

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  • InsiderNegot said:


    Didn't see it, but if those quote are correct, they do have some work to do on their sales pitch.  

    The concept is cetainly novel as opposed to the traditional "endorsement" and promise of inclusion.  Would love to know the back sttory to this plan between Flaherty and Yoon. I wonder if it won't be percieved as a gimic?  

    September 29, 2009 12:29 PM
  • Boston Bertie said:

    Not what I heard. I heard that Flaherty-Yoon would pass Term Limits for Mayor of Boston within the first 100 days.

    September 29, 2009 2:38 PM
  • Jordan said:

    He's gonna fire Yoon in the first 100 days.

    These guys share not much.

    Yoon is getting used like the tool he is.

    September 29, 2009 3:05 PM
  • Adam Reilly said:

    B. Bertie, did you hear that at the press conference specifically? I'm pretty confident in my ears, but maybe I missed some accompanying remarks--there was a loud-ass sound truck nearby, and Flaherty and Yoon weren't using mics (at least functional ones).

    September 29, 2009 4:02 PM
  • kbjp said:

    no, there was no explicit mention of 100 days on passing that.

    definitely seems like a gimic to me...considering Flaherty is blatantly conservative and Yoon at least claims to be progressive.

    September 29, 2009 6:42 PM

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