Annissa Essaibi George is apparently undaunted by the flak she took a few weeks ago (see Boston Globe columnist Yvonne Abraham for the receipts) after painting her mayoral opponent Michelle Wu as an outsider not “born and raised” in Boston.
That “native Bostonian” yardstick is not just old – it’s outdated, as Nik DeCosta-Kilpa noted at boston.com.
[T]he contention that growing up in Boston was “relevant” in a city where 57 percent of residents were born outside Massachusetts elicited online criticism from Wu supporters accusing Essaibi George of the type of nativism that was once endemic to Boston’s politics.
Regardless, Essaibi George took to the pages of the Boston Herald today to play the same tune.
Here’s Page One.
Here’s page 3.
The body copy features endorsements from the Massachusetts Nurses Association, IBEW Local 2222, and Sheet Metal Workers Local 17. Sharp-eyed readers will also note the presence of former Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross, who is listed as the Chair of Real Progress Boston Independent Expenditure Political Action Committee.
According to the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Financing, the group spent $600,250 supporting Essaibi George from 8/31/21 through 9/20/21; $495,000 of it contributed by New Balance Chairperson Jim Davis, who has also cut a six-figure check for Donald J. Trump.
Other top contributors, according to the ad, are local car magnate Herb Chambers, Boston real estate mogul Oleg Uritsky, and New England general contractor J. Derenzo Co.
Your conclusions go here.