Walsh plays hardball on Wu’s announcement

Mayor says he didn’t feel comfortable saying no comment

IT LOOKS LIKE the race for mayor of Boston is off to a testy start.

City Councilor Michelle Wu called Mayor Marty Walsh as a courtesy on Sunday to tell him that she plans to run for mayor. Most politicians, when they get such a call, say thanks and start preparing for the fight ahead.

But Walsh on Monday told a Boston Globe reporter what Wu had told him, effectively making her campaign announcement for her. Miffed, Wu declined to confirm her campaign plans after Walsh’s disclosure.

At a press conference outside City Hall on Tuesday, Walsh acted as if he had no choice but to announce Wu’s coming candidacy.

“A reporter from the Globe asked me the question. He had heard that I had a call from the councilor and I just confirmed I did,” Walsh said.

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About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

Asked why he didn’t just say no comment to the reporter, Walsh said he didn’t feel comfortable doing that. “When I say no comment to you guys and I know the answer, it’s not fair to do,” he said.

Michael Goldman, who served as a consultant to Walsh’s 2013 campaign, said the Globe reporter called Walsh at home and Walsh confirmed what the reporter had been hearing. Goldman stressed that the Globe reporter contacted the mayor and the mayor was only confirming what the reporter was hearing. “There was no plan to do it,” Goldman said.