Ayanna Pressley dodges question on Arroyo endorsement amid old allegations

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U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley declined to say whether she would be rescinding her endorsement for district attorney candidate Ricardo Arroyo, who is pushing for the release of police records he says will exonerate him of past sexual assault allegations.

“I think there’s a lot we’re still learning about that,” Pressley, a Democrat, told reporters Saturday at a campaign rally in Boston, where she threw her support behind gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Maura Healey and AG hopeful Andrea Campbell.

“But today, I’m here to talk about this justice seeker on the ballot, and why we need her in this moment, and I’m gonna go vote,” she said, before abruptly ending the media availability.

While three other big-name endorsers, City Council President Ed Flynn, former U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III and Ironworkers Local 7, rescinded their support for Arroyo’s campaign for Suffolk DA following a Globe report that detailed allegations of sexual assault during Arroyo’s late teenage years, Pressley is among those who have remained mum on the matter.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu has refused to take a position, and U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey have ignored requests for comment on the two past complaints lobbied against Arroyo, who is currently the council vice president.

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