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September 20, 2013

Devers on-again, off-again support for Rivera is on-again

Claimed pledge to back any Lantigua opponent in mayoral race was 'off the cuff'


He would not rule out supporting Lantigua if his meeting with Rivera failed.

Devers apparently got the pledge for better government he was seeking.

At 7:30 last night, he announced he would endorse Rivera, joining all three of the other candidates who failed to make it through Tuesday’s preliminary election and giving Rivera the united front against Lantigua he sought.

“We had the meeting,” Devers said. “We’re going to be at the bridge tomorrow. I’ll be there and we’re going to make it official.”

The press conference is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the north end of the Casey Bridge over the Merrimack River at Canal and Amesbury streets.

“There’s no story there,” Rivera said about Devers’ wavering support. “All I’m saying is that tomorrow at 5:30, we’ll be squared away.”

The three other candidates who ran Tuesday have been more resolute in supporting Rivera. They are firefighter Juan “Manny” Gonzalez, inventor James O’Donoghue and accountant Nestor De Jesus.

“Having debated Danny, I learned what a great guy he is,” O’Donoghue said after the votes were counted Tuesday. “Any one of us would be a better mayor than Lantigua.”

Lantigua could not be reached yesterday.

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