‘Careful what you tweet’: Boston’s Dem mayor sends police a list of vocal critics

Boston’s mayor, Democrat Michelle Wu, is taking fire after her administration admitted it compiled a list of her most vocal critics and passed it on to the Boston Police Department as a security measure.

Wu spokesman Ricardo Patron claimed in a statement to the Boston Herald that Wu “had been harassed” outside her Roslindale home, necessitating the list of those who oppose her.

“The list was made in response to a request from the Boston Police Department after the Mayor had been harassed and physically intimidated by individuals for several months outside her home, at city functions such as the annual neighborhood parks coffee hours, and at other public events,” Patron said.

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The list was discovered via a public records request made by her detractors in an email.

The Herald called the move by Wu’s administration “unusual” and noted it “raises questions about whether it crosses the line into using Nixonian tactics to suppress people’s rights to protest and intimidate her critics.”

Nixon famously compiled a list of his enemies while serving as president.

The request “shows the Wu administration taking the offensive against her opponents, coming on the heels of passing an ordinance prohibiting protests outside the mayor’s Roslindale home during certain hours,” the outlet reports.

“The request (from police) came after many of the individuals on the list repeatedly impeded the Dorchester Day Parade to harass Mayor Wu and her family and staff, yelling through megaphones at her and her children for nearly ninety minutes as they marched in the parade despite being asked by parade organizers to leave the parade route,” according to Patron.

“Following the Dorchester Day Parade on June 5, 2022, Boston Police met with City staff on June 10 to make a safety plan for the upcoming Bunker Hill Day parade on June 12, and the then-Captain of the District overseeing Charlestown asked for a list of individuals who had been involved in public disruption and harassment of the Mayor at the Dorchester Day Parade and outside her house,” he explained in the statement. “The email was sent as a follow-up immediately after that meeting.”

Fifteen names of Wu’s outspoken opponents were emailed to Boston Police Capt. Robert Ciccolo by Wu’s former Director of Constituent Services Dave Vittorini, who failed to explain why the names were included.

One of the names that made the list was City Council candidate Christine Vitale, who has openly criticized Wu in her bid to take one of the four at-large City Council seats.

On Twitter, Paul Diego Craney, a spokesperson and board member of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, an organization that “advocates for fiscal responsibility, transparency, and accountability in state government,” warned Bostonians to be “Careful what you tweet at @MayorWu.”

“She may put you on her list,” he tweeted.

“Communism 101,” stated another Twitter user.

“This is exactly what DICTATORS do!” exclaimed a third. “Power has transformed Michelle Wu from a sweet and nice woman into a ruthless despot! SAD!”

Melissa Fine


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