Entries in The Scrum by Adam Reilly
Unseating an incumbent Boston mayor is never easy: it hasn’t happened since 1949, when John Hynes beat James Michael Curley. But that doesn’t fully capture the magnitude of the challenge facing City Councilor Tito Jackson. Jackson’s opponent, Mayor Marty Walsh, has been generating favorable media coverage all year as he pushes back hard against the Trump Administration. What’s more, Jackson is trying to recover from a rough week that included a Boston Globe story about his years as a pharmaceutical rep who marketed opioids — and an incident with a WGBH News reporter that led Jackson to issue an apology. Jackson sat down with Adam Reilly and Peter Kadzis to discuss those developments, the state of his campaign, race in the city, and the challenge of running for mayor in the age of Trump.
Adam Reilly and Peter Kadzis were joined by Shira Schoenberg, who covers the State house for the Springfield Republican and Mass Live.com, and Charlie Chieppo, a former denizen of the State House under ex-Governor Mitt Romney and now the head of Chieppo Strategies LLC, to discuss Charlie Baker's $98 million dollar budget cuts.
Adam and Peter are joined by Rasaahn Hall, who directs the racial justice program at the ACLU of Massachusetts and State Senator Jason lewis, who co-chairs the Legislature’s public health committee and chairs the Senate’s special committee on marijuana, for a conversation on ballot 4, which would legalize marijuana.