reality bites by James Norton
Political advertisements and mailers are meant to make an impact on voters – to get them interested enough in issues to get them to actually go and vote, which is difficult to do these days, especially in a special election. They are created to make statements – about one’s own record and ideas/ideals and then there are those that point out the shortcomings of their opponents. That’s the nature of the beast - get over it.
Is it right that Marty Martinez’s recent mailer made it seem like the entire police union voted to endorse him and not just the executive board of the union, as I have come to understand happened? One would think not.
Is it right that Connolly’s recent mailer attacked Martinez’s stance on the anti-gang ordinance and referenced the Boston Globe article from 2003 that stated that he invited members of a local gang into the Youth Center when he was Director of Youth Services? At first glance, one would think not, but maybe if you took a minute to understand the bigger picture, you might agree. I’ll explain later on…