The rumors for who is in and out of the Worcester mayor’s race are starting to fly.
The latest rumored to run is former School Committee member Joe O’Brien, a longtime campaign Democratic campaign organizer, activist, and currently a staffer for Congressman Jim McGovern.
Sources tell the Daily Worcesteria that O’Brien has started talking about a possible run, though no decision has been made.
O’Brien says that he has a “great job. One of the best jobs in politics.”
“Over the past several years I’ve been asked a number of times to consider that position. Up to this point, that is not something I’ve seriously considered.” Indeed, similar rumors flew two years ago before being quashed by O’Brien.
The politically connected and astute O’Brien would change the look of a mayoral field currently projected to include current Mayor Konnie Lukes, Councilor Kate Toomey, and potentially Councilor Gary Rosen.
UPDATE(4:10pm): So is Rosen in or out?
It’s been a hot question for a while, with Rosen giving non-committal answers at every opportunity.
Well, this should answer do absolutely nothing for the rumors.
Rosen just sent out a press release announcing a press conference for next Wednesday, saying “I know that a change in the occupant of the Mayor’s Office will be needed after three years of non-inspirational and disengaged leadership by our current Mayor.”
So you must be in, Gary, right? TELL US! WE NEED TO KNOW!
“I will be holding a press conference to discuss how important the position of Mayor needs to be for Worcester to become a city with better administered schools, safer neighborhoods, thriving businesses, and better jobs for residents,” he writes.
THAT’S NOT AN ANSWER…that’s…that’s…something else!
Rosen has played this game before, going back and forth in a coy non-answer ballet last election before finally announcing his mayoral candidacy.
Guess we’ll have to wait until Wednesday.