On Tuesday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) met with casino mogul Steve Wynn. It was their first face-to-face meeting since a judge dismissed the city's lawsuit last week, which was seeking to stop Wynn from building his casino in neighboring Everett.
Walsh described it as a good meeting with a lot of common ground. "It's making sure the people of Charlestown are comfortable where we are...we have to see," said Walsh. He described Wynn as a "charming guy...very smart guy," but said the issue between them was not a personal matter.
Walsh also reacted to Trump's latest remarks about Muslims. "We talk about him too much in the press and in the public, and I think it was embarrassing.” Regarding whether Walsh would consider banning Trump from Boston, as some other mayors have done, he said, "I don't think you can keep anyone out of your city."
Walsh said he has met with leaders throughout New England on gun control and he wants people to lobby their congress people and representatives. "I'm not looking to take people's guns away," said Walsh. And, as always, he took a strong stance on assault weapons, "there's no reason for assault rifles."
Northeastern's campus police is currently armed with assault rifles, which Walsh opposes. "It's a very slippery slope to have our campus police officers potentially carrying around assault rifles."
Before Biden decided not to run in 2016, Walsh said he was torn between supporting a Biden ticket and a Clinton ticket. He endorsed Hillary Clinton last month, saying "there's nobody ever in the history of this country that has the resume that Hillary Clinton has to run for president."
Jim asked the mayor to take the “Fiorina test,” citing the second debate when she said "if you want to stump a Democrat, ask them to name an accomplishment of Mrs. Clinton's." Walsh cited Clinton's book and her position as Secretary of State, adding he felt it was a "difficult” question to answer, because "if you’re not watching it every step of the way, that… could be hard to answer about anyone.”
Jim also probed Walsh on Sal DiMasi and the petition for his compassionate release. "I would support that," said Walsh. "He served his time...and from what I understand his health is pretty bad and that's why this program should be put in place."