Why is JP’s City Councilor Endorsing in an Arkansas Election?

District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley

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District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley

The district city councilor for Jamaica Plain, Matt O’Malley, made waves this week by taking the unusual step of endorsing a state rep candidate — in Arkansas.

The story goes back to the Marathon bombings, when Arkansas State Rep. Nate Bell insulted everyone who abided by the “shelter in place” order that was in effect while police chased, fought and cornered suspects.

Screen grab of Tweet, since deleted by Arkansas State Rep. Nate Bell

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Screen grab of Tweet, since deleted by Arkansas State Rep. Nate Bell

The Tweet itself was swiftly deleted, but Bell sorta-kinda apologized for it on his Facebook page.

What does this have to do with JP, you ask? Our district councilor is backing Bell’s opponent, Chase Busch.