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October 20, 2009 at 4:10 PM

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Debate on issues fades as McGinn and Mallahan get personal

Posted by Emily Heffter

It's official: the mayoral race between Joe Mallahan and Mike McGinn has gotten personal.

After McGinn's announcement Monday that he would go along with plans for a waterfront tunnel if elected, the Mallahan campaign today turned out an attack video, which they quickly distributed to the media. The punchline? "So was he lying then or now?"

In a press release, Mallahan continued the theme. "Mike McGinn can't be trusted at all, except to tell voters what he thinks they want to hear."

"I understand that Mr. Mallahan hasn't been involved much in civic life," countered McGinn in an interview, "but in a democracy, a mayor doesn't get to ignore legislation."

McGinn, who built his mayoral run around his opposition to the tunnel, says he hasn't changed his position: He's still against the tunnel. But the City Council voted 9-0 Monday to move forward with plans to build it, and he says that as mayor, he would have to uphold the deal.

Mallahan calls McGinn a "flip-flopper" and says Monday's statement by McGinn was a "stunning switch."

McGinn, in turn, says Mallahan "can't be bothered to vote. He can't be bothered to engage the community. He thinks he can buy an election... He attacks because he has absolutely no vision for the city."

Here's the video:

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