Boston’s last mayoral debate turned personal Tuesday night as City Councilor John R. Connolly and state Representative Martin J. Walsh made an issue of each other’s profession, desperate for an edge in a tight race marked by few major policy differences.
Connolly repeatedly referred to Walsh’s career as a union official, noting that he was paid $175,000 as head of the Boston Building Trades while he served as state representative. Unions and outside groups funded by organized labor have spent $2.2 million supporting Walsh’s bid for mayor, and Connolly cited legislation filed by Walsh on behalf of the firefighters union that would eliminate City Council oversight of disputed contracts.
Walsh made several disparaging remarks about attorneys, indirectly referring to Connolly’s profession, which the city councilor rarely talks about on the campaign trial. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.