By JOSH RESNEK
In the pouring rain over the weekend the Capone and DeMaria camps both ignored the weather to pursue last-minute visibilities to bring out the vote Tuesday.
The crowds of competing sign holders in Everett Square were something to behold.
It is difficult to imagine such a display takes place in the modern world, which has become so immune to vestiges of the past when it comes to political campaigns.
Several observers of these last-minute visibilities said it was a miracle that the sign holdings between the competing parties didn’t lead to a total scene of mayhem.
There were not only visibilities but food distributions to seniors.
Both Capone and DeMaria distributed food to the elderly in last-minute efforts to shore up the belief that one of them was going to get the important elderly vote.
It was generally agreed by political observers that the most important events media-wise over the weekend were Gerly Adrien’s.
The City Councilor-at-Large and former mayoral candidate sent out e-mails and texts and a mailing endorsing Capone to her Haitian followers.
The Haitian vote is considered imperative for the candidate who wins.
The mayor’s world was rocked by a front-page Boston Globe article questioning whether or not political corruption between the mayor and the city clerk resulted in a real estate deal gone bad.
The mayor rejected the charges. The city clerk stood by his story.
Political handicappers noted that the mayor’s performance in the September primary was poor, and a possible prognostication of things to come.
The mayor received only 44% of the vote.
In other words, 56% of Everett’s voters did not cast a vote for him.
The handicappers said the primary vote was the only real and telling poll of what might occur in the November 2 election.
That remained to be seen on Election Day.
Last-minute phone calls and outreach from the headquarters of both candidates took up hours of volunteer efforts.
Capone never backed down from his high-minded campaign against the mayor.
The mayor was also careful to the end not to wage war against Capone.
The mayor spent an enormous amount of money – maybe as much as $200,000.
Capone may have spent less than half that when all is said and done and both politicians file their campaign finance reports to the state.