Boston Globe | Lewis Wharf opponents to grill candidates

Boston Globe, March 1, 2016-- What’s a good way to make sure your future state senator sees things your way on a controversial development in the district? Get in their face while they’re still a candidate.

That’s what opponents of a controversial hotel proposed on Lewis Wharf are planning Thursday, holding a candidate’s forum to focus on waterfront development and climate preparedness. The hosts — Save Our North End Waterfront — say four of the seven candidates running to replace retiring state Senator Anthony Petrucelli will be in attendance, as will State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, who’s not running but represents the North End and has come out against the project.

It’s a savvy move. To get built, the project will eventually need state environmental approvals — which a state senator can influence. And getting in said senator’s ear before they’re even elected can’t hurt. But then the Waterfront group has proven themselves a savvy bunch, hiring Northwind Strategies — led by top Deval Patrick aide Doug Rubin — to handle their PR and work the halls of power. And if Thursday’s meeting, and April’s Democratic special election primary, go their way, they could soon have another friend in those halls.— TIM LOGAN