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  •  Nice analysis, TY (2+ / 0-)
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    Darth Jeff, ArkDem14

    But geez, spare me another term for Mumbles Menino in Boston.  It's enough already, go enjoy your grandchildren before you embarrass yourself like Kevin White did.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 11:51:29 AM PDT

    •  Thanks! (0+ / 0-)

      I'm not a Boston resident and am pretty neutral on whether Menino runs again or not.  Do you have a favorite if he retires?  

      23, male, CA-18 (home and voting there), LA-01 (college).

      by Jeff Singer on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 11:55:12 AM PDT

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      •  Great diary (2+ / 0-)
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        Darth Jeff, ArkDem14

        You seriously did your research. A lot is happening this year.

        I'm not a Menino fan, but Connolly rubs me the wrong way as well. 65% chance I'll vote for him, though.

        Things have been happening in Boston, with a new school reassignment plan (Connolly's focus on education for the last couple years probably did bring this to the forefront), as well as new construction. Gaping holes in the middle of downtown will start to see some work by the time of the primary. I feel Menino is in a better position than in 2009*.

        If Menino retires, my favorite City Councillor is Felix Arroyo, but Councillors Tito Jackson and Ayanna Pressley would be top-tier for me as well. Not sure of the degree that any of them are interested in mayoralty, but all are more inspiring than Connolly. There are some good state legislators as well.

        *I think some new- versus old- dynamics from the Democratic presidential primaries in 2008 carried into the mayoral primary in 2009, where lots of people wanted to generate an Obama moment. Even the Stephen Lynch-like Southie Councillor and candidate Michael Flaherty was a known Obama supporter in contrast with Menino's Clinton support. That wave has rolled back and people are more accepting of a 5th term for Menino than they were of a 4th.

        28, Male, MA-07 (hometown MI-06)

        by bumiputera on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 02:52:42 PM PDT

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    •  Mayor Curley won re-election from a jail cell. (3+ / 0-)
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      NeverThere, Darth Jeff, pademocrat

      No one ever loses re-election for Mayor of Boston.

      If Raymond Flynn hadn't decided to become ambassador to the Vatican he'd still be mayor despite being a semi-functional alcoholic.  Kevin White would've served up until his death a year ago if agreeing to not run for re-election was not part of his plea agreement to avoid jail.

      Now there is one exception.  During Mayor Curley second he did manage to lose to acting Mayor, John Hynes.  Acting because John Hynes served as Mayor while Curley was in prison for mail fraud until Harry Truman commuted his sentence.

      But that race you can call the exception that proves the rule since you did essentially have two Mayors running.

      The lady was enchanted and said they ought to see. So they charged her with subversion and made her watch TV -Spirogyra

      by Taget on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 07:24:36 PM PDT

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      •  NOLA loves its incumbents too (1+ / 0-)
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        Term limits keep anyone from becoming mayor for life but no incumbent has lost reelection since Longite Robert Maestri fell to deLesseps Story "Chep" Morrison in 1946.  

        23, male, CA-18 (home and voting there), LA-01 (college).

        by Jeff Singer on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 09:59:53 PM PDT

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