Until now, Mayor Scott D. Galvin has presented himself as a champion of honest and open government while his opponent, John P. Flaherty, is campaigning as a wealthy philanthropist who “would like to give back” to the city where he grew up. But a Globe investigation reveals that both candidates have been keeping secrets that could damage their prospects at the ballot box.
Galvin, a two-term incumbent who was the top vote-getter in the September preliminary election, totaled his city-owned car on a rainy night two years ago on his way home from an event where he now admits he drank wine. He afterward failed to take a sobriety test, an apparent violation of city policy. The other driver was found at fault, but that was before Galvin conceded he had consumed alcohol before the accident.
The secrets that challenger Flaherty has been keeping are also potentially damaging, as he readily acknowledged in a Globe interview. A successful business owner who received 32 percent of the votes cast in the September preliminary, Flaherty was found guilty of threatening to kill someone over the telephone in the 1990s, and was accused of delivering the same threat to a second person two years later, according to a sworn affidavit in a federal bankruptcy case.
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