Do unions still wield muscle in local elections? Richard Stutman hopes so.
At least, the president of the Boston Teachers Union thinks his group has the clout to make the difference in a close mayoral primary.
So just days after declaring that his 11,000-member union would not endorse a candidate in the election next Tuesday, the group is now poised to recommend Felix Arroyo and Rob Consalvo as its choices to make the final. The full membership must approve those choices Wednesday, but that is a mere formality. This will be the BTU’s first endorsement since 1991, when Stutman’s predecessor, Edward Doherty, waged a kamikaze campaign against Ray Flynn.
But can the BTU’s support lift a middle-of-the-pack candidate — or two — into the final?