Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden delivered a uncommon public rebuke of Mayor Michelle Wu after Wu endorsed Hayden’s opponent within the DA race.
Let’s see the way it performs out. Wu is a robust political determine and difficult her might set off backlash towards Hayden’s marketing campaign. The new DA — who was appointed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker after Rachel Rollins left to turn out to be U.S. Attorney — might pay a steep political worth if Wu decides to reply.
But it’s refreshing to see Hayden having the braveness to tackle Wu, who has acquired glowing help from the political neighborhood and the media, making her just about untouchable. Even highly effective lobbyists are cozying as much as Wu.
Not so with Hayden, a Black political novice in Boston however who has in depth prosecutorial expertise, so he’s no pushover.
The conflict started after Wu over the weekend endorsed her former colleague, City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo, for Suffolk DA.
Arroyo is a former public defender and has no regulation enforcement expertise. But that mattered little to Wu, who issued a glowing evaluation of town councilor.
“This campaign is about justice. This campaign is about the people. So I’m going to be there every step of the way, just as Ricardo has been there every step of the way for us,” she stated. “In all the ways he has served this community, not only on the City Council, not only as Chair of one of the most powerful committees on the City Council, steering legislation in that government operations role, but as someone who has been the last line of defense in an unjust system as a public defender.”
No point out of the truth that the DA is the chief prosecutor within the county, whose job is to make law-abiding residents protected from criminals and dangerous actors.
Arroyo returned the praise from Wu, saying he “looks forward to building a justice system that protects the safety and dignity of all people, one that maintains the reforms that have proven to improve the safety of communities across Suffolk County while moving us forward with justice and community-centered policies.”
Instead of providing a bland response or no response in any respect, Hayden fired again on the Boston mayor’s transfer.
“If Mayor Wu believes a novice attorney with zero public safety experience should be the top law enforcement officer in the county, that’s her choice,” Hayden spokesman Adam Webster stated. “We’re confident voters will disagree.”
I’m not so assured. Voters don’t actually know Hayden and Arroyo has been on the poll in Boston.
Wu on Monday responded to the Hayden marketing campaign’s sturdy language, saying he was talking code for “upholding the status quo.”
Hayden is in reality removed from the established order, however he was appointed by a Republican governor, in order that makes him persona non grata within the Democratic and liberal camps.
Good luck taking over Wu, you’re going to want it.