The Dorchester Reporter reports that both the Massachusetts Republican Party and the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association donated money to failed at-large candidate Donnie Palmer before the September preliminary.
Most of you probably only know Palmer, if you even know him at all, from his campaign to personally punch crime in the face. But as the Reporter chronicles, he also went full-bore racist on the topic of Michelle Wu, posting that he was aghast at the idea of "a Chinese citizen" running Boston (she is as American as he claims to be) and accusing her of being a gangster (along with Ayanna Pressley) who would take orders from Beijing on how to run Boston into the ground.
The day after the preliminary, Palmer literally wrapped himself in the black and blue at a pro-police rally in West Roxbury (where he tried bopping a couple of people in the head with a flagpole). The BPPA tells the Reporter that Palmer only started getting all racist after they contributed money to him in August and that the organization is just shocked and would never have condoned his racism, had it only known.
Palmer, who is also a Trump-supporting anti-vaxxer, now wants to run against Ayanna Pressley next year - just like three-decade annual loser Roy Owens.
Moving on ... Besides the non-binding question about an elected school committee, Boston voters next month will also vote on a question to let the City Council make amendments to the city budget (currently, the council can veto but not change what the mayor proposes) and to create an office to give the public more say in city spending. Four state reps - Adrian Madaro, Nika Elugardo, Russell Holmes and Liz Miranda, are supporting the Yes on 1 idea.
The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 4, today endorsed Annissa Essaibi George:
As a former longtime union member herself, Annissa understands the everyday challenges that face Boston’s working class. We know she’ll continue to show up for our members as the next Mayor.
The Ward 12 Democratic Committee in Roxbury has released its endorsements: Wu for mayor; Mejia, Flaherty, Halbert and Luijeune for at-large seats and Tania Fernandes Anderson for District 7.