At-large City Councilor Michelle Wu and 11 of her colleagues - joined by several state legislators and US Rep. Ayanna Pressley - tonight released a statement condemning what they called now former School Committee Chairman Michael Loconto's "deeply offensive" and "blatantly racist" words during the exam-school hearing last night.
Andrea Campbell (Dorchester, Mattapan, Roslindale), who is running against Wu for mayor next year, did not sign Wu's statement, but had earlier expressed her disgust for the hot-mic incident. Councilor Frank Baker was the only councilor not to express his thoughts publicly.
All the other councilors said Loconto's resignation cannot be the end of the matter.
The Wu statement compared Loconto's short remarks to the way some Republican Senator from Georgia deliberately mangled Kamala Harris's name at a Trump rally and adds:
We must restore trust with BPS families, and urge action to ensure accessibility, inclusion, and equity in all decisions in the City of Boston, Suffolk County, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Campbell said the next chair of the School Committee needs to be a person of color.
In addition to 11 of the 13 city councilors and Pressley, signers of Wu's statement include state representatives Nika Elugardo, Russell Holmes, Kevin Honan, Dan Hunt, Jay Livingstone, Adrian Madaro, Aaron Michlewitz, Liz Moranda, Mike Moran, Dan Ryan, Jon Santiago and Chynah Tyler. Also signing: state senators Joe Boncore, Sonia Chang-Diaz, Nick Collins and Sal DiDomenico, DA Rachael Rollins and Register of Probate Felix Arroyo.