Back in September, I noted that Boston's next mayor would be Irish and a Democrat.
On Tuesday, Hub voters will choose between City Councillor John Connolly and Massachusetts State Representative Marty Walsh.
I had planned not to vote because there's a good chance Bostonians will get hosed regardless of who is elected.
But Boston area Republicans and conservatives have been sounding the alarms about Walsh. Rob Eno of The Red Mass Group recently uncovered this video of Walsh at a 2011 rally here in Boston supporting the recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. At the time, Walsh was both a State Rep and President of the Boston Building Trades Council.
Boston area Republicans as well as members of the libertarian Pioneer Institute have been raising money for Connolly.
For his part, Connolly has focused most of his campaign on education reform. The fact that the Boston Teachers Union despises him for his support of increased charter schools, longer school days and merit pay for teachers certainly demonstrates a measure of courage. Of course, even if Connolly is elected it's a long shot that his education agenda actually gets implemented.
In the grand scheme of things, both Walsh and Connolly are liberal Democrats and agree on more than they disagree (i.e. gun control). So there is but an inch of difference between them, but that inch could prove to be vast. As such, I will be casting my ballot for John Connolly on Tuesday with reservations.