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  • January 25, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Sent out at 7:00 this morning, here it is in its entirety:

    Dear Friend,

    As many of you already know, I have spent the last year carefully considering a run for Mayor of Boston. Sitting with you for coffee, listening on your doorsteps or talking around your kitchen table, I have heard a consistent call that our city is ready to move in a new direction.


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  • January 25, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    UniversalHub caught a Michael Flaherty mayoral announcement video up on YouTube tonight... which quickly disappeared after UHub blogged about it. It appears to have been posted by "flahertyformayor09" and received just five views before getting yanked; none of those five viewers were me, unfortunately, but it appears to be a three-minute clip with Flaherty sitting at a table speaking directly to the camera.

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  • January 23, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    I said I would answer your questions, I didn't promise I would be right. The Lowell Sun sez as of a half-hour ago that Sal DiMasi will resign in the next couple of days. Contrary to what I suggested earlier.

  • January 23, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Back to your questions! (And please keep them coming!)

    "Watcher" asks:

    who do you see winning in this at large council election this year in what order and why? Also do you think their is an undeclared who could easily step into a top 4 spot?

    First off, there is plenty of time for more candidates to get into the race, and I fully expect the field to widen once Yoon and Flaherty declare for mayor.

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  • January 23, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    The latest in my ongoing observations about the national GOP's continuing descent into irrelevance:

    --In the final floor vote, two GOP Senators voted against Hillary Clinton's confirmation: Dave Vitter, whose motivations I discussed previously; and Jim DeMint, who I ranked 6th most likely to get the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination.

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  • January 23, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    Somewhere in between answering your questions, I have confirmed that Sam Yoon has hired local pollster-to-the-stars Kiley & Co.; I understand that a poll went in the field this week.

    And in case you missed it, the Dot Reporter sez Michael Flaherty is definitely running for mayor -- he's even got a logo! -- with an announcement coming in three to five weeks.

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  • January 23, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "CommAveDem" says:

    Who are your "go-to's" online for local political coverage? With PolitickerMA gone, other than your blog of course, there seems to be limited coverage out there beyond the always solid Blue Mass Group and UHub. Thanks.

    You have a point. I mean, if there were other good places to go, would I be getting so many questions on Ask Me Anything Day? No, you'd be off Asking Somebody Else Anything.

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  • January 23, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Mick T" asks:

    How is President Obama going to "fix" everything; the Economy, Iraq, Afghanistan, Detroit. In time to re-run for President without the opposition blaming him for all the woes?

    Barack Obama is not, alas, going to fix everything immediately -- although I am hoping he gets around to redoing my porch before April.

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  • January 23, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Andy" asks:

    How much longer 'til DiMasi steps down?

    You mean, on the skulls of those who oppose him?

    Next question, please.

  • January 23, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Gray Sky" asks:

    Name the insiders who gain as Menino fails. You may exclude Mike Connolly from your list.

    Well, this assumes that Menino fails, which is a very big if. The answer also depends on who defeats Menino. But I will venture to say that the biggest winners would be developers who are not among those considered Friends of Tom, and who find themselves consistently passed over while those FoTs suck enormous sums of money off the city's teats. Or, so some allege.

  • January 23, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Lynne" asks:

    (In your opinion) do you think that the Obama stimulus will a) have enough state aid in the first round and b) come on time to help with the next fiscal year's budget, which is slated to come in a couple billion short in revenues?

    C'mon, don't you have any questions about hats?

    First of all, the powers that be want you to refer to it as "recovery," not "stimulus", and secondly I think Massachusetts is going to make out pretty well in the bill.

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  • January 23, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    What a great Ask Me Anything Day we're having! Please, keep the Qs coming.

    "Rob" asks:

    What do you think will be the biggest issue in the mayoral campaign? The natural choice would be recession-related but any specific idea?

    Tough budget choices will serve as a huge backdrop for the campaign. Whatever cuts get made, Menino's challengers will argue that they could have been avoided if the city was being run more efficiently.

  • January 23, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "FedUpWithFinneran" asks:

    OK, David. Say the mayor's race is Menino, Flaherty, Yoon, and McCrea. Which two advance to the final and why?

    If I have to guess now, I say Menino and Flaherty.

    For those who don't know, the city will vote in a September preliminary among all the mayoral candidates. The top two then face off on the November ballot.

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  • January 23, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Jesse" asks:

    What was that yarmulke-type thing that Scalia was wearing at the inauguration?

    I'm glad you asked: it is evidence of Scalia's limited intelligence.

    I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona; when I came to Boston it took me approximately one frickin' cold day to figure out that you need to own one hat that can cover your ears, for days when you'll be stuck outside in this kind of ridiculous, why-do-I-live-here weather.

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  • January 23, 2009
    By David S. Bernstein

    "Michael Pahre" asks:

    Have the changes enacted to the "Mayor's 24-hour constituent services" -- particularly how online submissions now get a tracking number that they can use to follow the complaint -- nullify Councilor Flaherty's "CityStat" issue for the upcoming election?

    Perhaps, but Flaherty's people don't think so.

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