July 16, 2024


Video from this week’s Boston Metropolis Council inauguration reveals District 7 Councilor Tania Fernandes Anderson not talking throughout the oath swearing in councilors.

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The Boston Metropolis Council and their new president Ruthzee Louijeune are hoping to go away the chaos and ethics violations which have lately marred the physique in 2023. Nonetheless, one councilor is already drawing consideration for an obvious transgression that went viral on social media.

The Boston Metropolis Council, together with 4 newly elected members, was inaugurated on Monday, with Mayor Michelle Wu main them within the oath of workplace. Nonetheless, a video shared on Wednesday by the Boston Accountability Network reveals Councilor Tania Fernandes Anderson not talking throughout all the recitation.

The video blew up on Libs of TikTok, the place it garnered greater than 30,000 likes. The submit claims Fernandes Anderson didn’t increase her hand or converse the oath.

Fernandes Anderson has been instructed to retake her oath as a result of video, The Boston Herald reported. Each Louijeune and town’s regulation division informed the District 7 councilor to retake it, the paper mentioned.

Fernandes Anderson took to X Thursday night time to share an announcement, labeling commentary on the “non incident” as “anti-immigrant racist vitriol.”

Fernandes Anderson was born in Cape Verde and moved to Roxbury at age 10; of their submit with the inauguration video Libs of Tiktok accused her of being “anti-white” and mentioned the councilor “hates America.”

“So, let me get this straight: You’re okay with somebody mindlessly mouthing an oath solely to betray each promise they’ve ever made, however me internalizing my oath, committing a prayer between myself and God in honor of that very oath is an issue for you?” her assertion said partly.

She additionally wrote in a reply that she signed the oath.

Current ethics violations on the Boston Metropolis Council

After Louijeune was voted in as the brand new metropolis council president, she emphasised a brand new starting for the council that has been fraught with moral points, together with Fernandes Anderson’s.

In July 2023, Fernandes Anderson admitted to moral violations that concerned hiring her sister and her son as paid workers of her employees. Fernandes Anderson agreed to pay a $5,000 high quality.

Each of her relations acquired $70,000 salaries, in line with a disposition. Each had been not employed by August 2022. 

Two different councilors made headlines final 12 months for his or her authorized and moral troubles, however each misplaced their seats of their respective preliminaries.

Ricardo Arroyo paid a $3,000 moral violation high quality for representing his brother in a sexual harassment lawsuit, and was accused himself of sexual assault and mendacity on his bar utility. Kendra Lara confronted a choose after she crashed a automobile into a house in Jamaica Plain whereas driving with no license.