Carolanne Curry, who had served as Democratic mayoral candidate John Gomes’ closest adviser, has departed Team Gomes in an apparent disagreement over the direction of the campaign.
A seasoned campaign operative, Curry was the mothership for the neophyte Gomes’ entry into the mayoral sweepstakes more than a year ago. They worked together in the government-efficiency CitiStat program before a falling out with Finch over what they say was treatment of political sacred cows led to their dismissal. Gomes was let go by Finch after an altercation Gomes had with a city police officer at a Cape Verdean social club.
Curry’s departure comes at a time securing more than 2000 petition signatures from registered city Democrats is critical to placing Gomes’ name on the September primary ballot. Signatures must be turned in for review by local election officials no later than Aug. 10. Campaign staff disagreeing with Gomes is not unique to Curry. Marilyn Moore served for a brief period as Gomes’ campaign manager before a falling out. She is now running for city clerk on the ticket of mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster. State Senator Ed Gomes, like John Gomes, a key figure in the city’s Cape Verdean community, also endorsed Foster after making a campaign contribution to John Gomes’ campaign.
Curry would not get into specifics of the issues involved in her departure or whether her leave is mutual. In recent weeks OIB has criticized Gomes’ campaign message and strategy–including questioning Gomes’ temperament to serve as mayor–that led the Gomes campaign to discontinue sending news releases here. Curry had been a regular contributor to OIB comments, including loyal and thoughtful sharing of her candidate’s attributes.
When campaigns aren’t heading in the right direction it’s not uncommon for candidates to lash out at staff, even the most loyal. Money challenged and trailing Finch and Foster in OIB polls, John Gomes several weeks ago brought on a couple of new campaign handlers to try to elevate his candidacy.