The Globe Kicks Charlotte Golar Richie When She’s Down

The mayoral candidate is having a rough week so far.

It’s been a bad 24 hours or so for Charlotte Golar Richie. But you can’t say she hasn’t deserved it.

Yesterday, Richie held a press conference to announce support of Boston clergy. Only nine ministers showed up, not including many of the most prominent and influential—a humiliating scene for the candidate who started the race as the presumed uniting force for black Bostonians. For crying out loud, Nick Collins got a handful of black ministers to appear at a presser for him.

Then this morning, the Richie camp was treated to a body blow from the Globe, which ranked her 9th in the field—while blessing her Dorchester rival, John Barros, with an endorsement.

It would be easy to dismiss the Globe‘s choice of Barros over Richie in and of itself: the paper made clear its top agenda item is rapid school reform, including a willingness to take on the Boston Teachers Union. (The BTU leadership, incidentally, has moved to endorse Felix Arroyo and Rob Consalvo in the preliminary, according to the Globe.) But the dismissive barely-better-than-Yancey-Clemons-Wyatt write-up suggests a nearly disastrous editorial board performance.

Richie has been a staggering disappointment to those who have followed her for years. A genuine leader in the city and top-notch talent, she has run a terrible campaign and demonstrated a shallow, unsophisticated grasp of the city’s issues and challenges.

I have heard it over and over again from people who have wanted to be supportive of Richie: potential donors and fundraisers, leaders of organizations making endorsement decisions, and community and business leaders. People who have had the opportunity to be in a room with her, to hear her out. They include some who knew Richie and were truly impressed with her, back in her Menino administration days.

I don’t know what to make of it. Maybe the speed with which she had to throw together a full-fledged campaign—after being out of the game for so long—distracted her from thinking through the issues. Perhaps she listened to bad advisors. Maybe she freezes up in those situations. Or, maybe her thinking simply hasn’t kept up with the pace of change in the city over the past 20 years.

Regardless, she is the exact opposite of Barros in the mayoral race. He has gained traction by impressing people in those same kinds of in-the-room encounters as a dynamic young leader with a wide-ranging, complex, and relevant perspective on Boston’s next steps.

Not everyone will be on board with Barros—see BTU, above—but people are impressed with him. Not so much with Richie.

  • Tessil Collins

    I hear you David…

    • buryite

      what do you hear? you fat funky fuck?

  • Mary Beth Borre

    Check your facts…9 ministers were at the press conference, 30 have endorsed her.
    And the Boston Globe…please no surprise there…Adrian Walker has been particularly, bordering on personally, vicious in his attacks on Charlotte…did she ignore him in high school??
    And for the record David, the color of her dress at Hibernian Hall…mustard yellow.

    • Veronica

      Are you saying that Charlotte did not get a Globe Endorsement because she did not take Adrian to the prom?

    • Steve Abraira

      Someone’s a true believer…

      • Mary Beth Borre

        no, I’ve just known Charlotte and her character and experience since 1993!

    • KPM

      LOL….”did she ignore him in high school??” Makes you wonder tho’.

  • Steve Abraira

    Well, she has no platform, message or desire to be anything other than “The Black Woman” candidate. Did she really think she would get by on that alone? So did this one

    • Mary Beth Borre

      Check your facts, Steve…best resume of the 12.

      • buryite

        David Bernstein is a pervert. Don’t get me started on the texts.

  • Thomas

    Such a major and grand disappointment. Pick any major issue and shes “undecided” charters and lifting the cap, no clue, keeping Davis, no idea. The list goes on, shes a horrible candidate.

  • Laura Henze Russell

    So many good candidates! Time for a “team of rivals” after the primary?

  • Thomas Lyons

    “The Globe Kicks Charlotte Golar Richie When She’s Down” and Bernstein just keeps kicking and kicking and kicking. He keeps kicking because that is all he knows how to do. Bernstein is basically a Howie Carr wannabe, but I think that might even be an insult to Howie Carr. Instead of building people up he would rather tear them down and I am not just talking about candidate Richie. I guess it’s easier to take a cheap shot or talk someone down rather than build them up. When the Phoenix closed it’s doors no major newspaper opened their door to David Bernstein.

    • buryite