Armada of Lobbyists, Lawyers and Consultants Needs to Fear Curtatone in the Rowboat

[author: John Hahesy]

If you are inside a construction trade, you’re most likely not very pleased with Somerville Mayor Frederick Curtatone, alone standing between Steve Wynn and the imagine a $2 billion casino in Everett.

Yet I must think that the most diehard union carpenter or electrician quietly admires how Curtatone is standing so powerfully towards the crowd that wishes to begin building the casino, that was re-named yesterday by Wynn as “Wynn Boston Harbor.” (Previous name: “Wynn Everett.”)

The normal union guy may likely make use of a different short word for courage but I know he’s crediting the mayor for getting guts…and obtaining a boot from the mayor’s in-your-face style.

Curtatone told the Boston Globe at the end of-Feb he wants Wynn’s “armada of lobbyists, lawyers and consultants” to fight him personally, but vowed that “no quantity of public theater and political harassment stop me.” For emphasis, the main one-time competitive weightlifter declared, “I’m not backing lower.”

Earlier this year, after Wynn’s on-site executive in Boston introduced these were preventing the multi-million-dollar ecological clean-up to begin until Somerville’s challenge of the key condition permit for that casino was resolved, Curtatone released an announcement having said that, partly:

“We possess a city to operate, and we’re not likely to allow the antics of Wynn’s giant PR machine draw attention away from us when they decide to issue another statement instead of make a start addressing our very real, serious and legally grounded concerns.”

On the different occasion, Curtatone told the Boston Herald, “We’re not searching to become bought off. We’re not searching to have an arbitrary pay day. We’re resolved on the concepts and we’ll fight on.”

Ongoing for the reason that vein, he stated, “There are serious issues here. We’re seriously dedicated to them. We’re not backing down…The Town of Somerville works together with its regional partners, but make no mistake, we won’t wither.”

Also, he stated, “Not one job, not just one dollar or new revenue visiting the Commonwealth (from the casino project) may be worth the well-being associated with a resident, definitely not within my community.”

Curtatone may be the type of guy who, should you tap him around the nose, he pummels all of you over — the type of guy that men that put on hardhats idolize. Mayor Joe can also be the type of genuine, dramatically defined leader who could eventually — like me not the first one to observe — be considered a credible candidate for governor on the Democratic ticket.

I became of offer that opinion in passing a few days ago to some former chosen official, a Democrat, who’s near to Charlie Baker, who responded, “Charlie’s likely to be very difficult to beat in 2018.”

I stated, “Yes, obviously. What if Curtatone, being an energetic upstart having a much smaller sized campaign treasury, made the decision to consider Baker on? Say Curtatone runs a great race and cuts a powerful figure over the condition. Say he draws a decent election while still losing, then returns 4 years later, like Charlie did after losing to Deval, and that he wins. A decent but not successful first run could be a great way to eventually be governor.”

Given the way you prefer to elect governors president within this country, why don’t more mayors run for governor? The manager parallel is available: effective mayors are somewhere to show executive ability within the public sector. A mayor makes tough choices in a variety of complex areas and needs to take sole responsibility for difficult choices using the electorate, just like governors need to do.

Mayors, however, don’t become gubernatorial candidates in Massachusetts. Maybe Curtatone would be the someone to break that mold.