Why is McG so proud of those town halls? I think the biggest turn out he had was around 20 people. At least one didn't have anyone attend. Between this & the number of policy papers he's churned out, it's clear that McG values quantity over quality. He sounds like that guy in "Singles" who brags about how many phone numbers he's scored-- "But you never actually CALL any of them!" his friend says. And just because you make a big show of "listening" doesn't mean you actually hear people. It's remarkable how many people who have had close working relationships with Mike are publicly supporting Joe.
John Fox (I know I know) in today's Post Globe reported on his meeting with Mallahan:
"Mallahan readily and refreshingly acknowledges he has more to learn including from us, the neighborhoods and across a range of issues. McGinn I see as darn inflexible and not just on this key issue of growth. I sure saw that when he blindly supported the recent TOD bill sponsored by Futurewise and openly criticized our efforts to restrict the runaway growth that bill aimed to promote. McGinn seems very closed minded here and less likely to support mitigation to protect trees, open space, streams, and our existing low income housing stock. I think that will cross over to other issues too. He's a know-it-all and not in a good way. I also can't help getting the feeling that McGinn just is not competent enough to do the job nor are the people he would hire as his staff, whereas with Mallahan for better or worse that simply is not the issue -he is very competent."
Now love Fox or hate him, he's a force that the next mayor will need to deal with. And Mallahan has shown that, while he doesn't buy Fox's agenda, at least he'll let Fox feel like he's been heard, which is all any of us really want, right?
From what I've seen, it takes a big ole 2x4 (like a 9-0 vote by the city council and tanking poll numbers) to get Mike to "hear".