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Walsh Elected Boston Mayor

By on 11.5.13 | 11:45PM

On Tuesday, Boston elected State Representative Marty Walsh as its new mayor. Walsh won 52% of the vote against 48% for Boston city councillor John Connolly. Walsh will be sworn into office in the new year and will replace Tom Menino who was mayor for an unprecedented 20 years. 

As I noted the other day, I decided to support Connolly after other Boston area Republicans and conservatives raised alarms about Walsh's union ties. But Walsh had a better organization which was augmented by the likes of city councillor Felix Arroyo, businessman John Barros and former Deval Patrick Chief-of-Staff Charlotte Golar-Richie. All three were mayoral candidates and threw their support behind Walsh after they were eliminated in the primary vote in September. Having Boston's African-American & Latino communities augment the Irish vote in Walsh's native Dorchester and neighboring Southie not to mention the union vote put Walsh over the top. 

In the grand scheme of things there was scarcely an inch of difference between Walsh and Connolly. On the other hand, that inch could prove to be vast especially when it comes to the unions. There will be a lot of people coming to collect their goodies with the taxpayer footing the bill. It could end up making the Big Dig look fiscally sound. 

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