Police Commissioner Ed Davis has officially become a litmus test in Boston’s mayoral race.
It started with this piece in Wednesday’s Boston Herald:
Conley promises to retain top cop
Puts feud with Davis behind him
Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley yesterday vowed to keep Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis if elected mayor, as a rift between the two men appears to have ended.
“Commissioner Davis and I have had a very close working relationship for many years now. We are in constant communication anytime there are issues involving the public safety in Boston,” Conley told the Herald.
In the past, the DA and Davis have clashed over jurisdictional issues and strategies for dealing with Boston’s homicide rate.
That triggered this piece in Thursday’s Boston Globe (which credited the Herald for raising the subject):
Half of hopefuls for mayor would retain Davis
Following the Boston Marathon bombings in April, Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis was praised for his steady presence during the ordeal and regaled with an honorary degree. His name was even bandied about as a possible candidate for mayor.
Davis decided to sit it out, but his name has remained part of the race, with questions arising about whether he would keep his post under a new leader at City Hall.
Half of the 12 mayoral candidates contacted by the Globe Wednesday said they would ask him to stay on. Five would not commit to keeping him. One did not respond to the question.
(Interesting foreground/background contrast in the photos, yeah?)
Related Globe piece on the mayoral candidate breakdown:
Yes: Felix Arroyo, John Barros, Bill Walczak, Robert Consalvo, Martin Walsh, Dan Conley.
Still deciding: Charles Clemons Jr., John Connolly, Charlotte Golar Richie, Michael Ross, David James Wyatt.
Did not respond: Charles Yancey.
Yet to comment: Ed Davis.