Boston Irishman in Irelandby Larry Donnelly
- It's an Irish American duel, Boston’s hotly contested mayoral race
- Low down as Boston mayoral comes race down to the wire
- Critics be damned, I’ll always be a Rose of Tralee fan
- Why proud Irish American Governor Martin O’Malley would not be a “lousy presidential candidate”
- Why reform is needed in the Irish Senate over abolition - realizing the Seanad's 'real potential'
It’s been a long, hot summer in Boston. That hasn’t stopped 12 mayoral candidates from crisscrossing the city and blanketing the radio and television airwaves as they seek to replace retiring Mayor Tom Menino, who’s been in office since 1993. Moreover, this campaign has been notable for the candidates’ extensive use of the internet and of social media, in particular, to spread the word of their candidacies and of their daily activities. On Tuesday, the 24th, Boston voters will go to the polls to choose two finalists who will battle it out until the final election on Tuesday, November 5th.
At the beginning of the summer, I wrote about the then fledgling campaign and assessed the viability of the candidates. Fortunately for me, and despite my having been away for a number of years and the city of my birth having undergone extraordinary changes in recent times, my political calculus hasn’t proven too far wrong. But there have been a few surprises.