Will history repeat itself?
When Tom Menino and Jim Brett faced off in the Mayoral election 20 years ago, Brett was the “Southie candidate”. Everybody who was anybody in South Boston politics was behind Jim Brett. Everybody except State Representative Paul Gannon. Much to the chagrin of many South Boston residents, Paul Gannon backed Tom Menino, the winning candidate. When Representative Gannon ran for re-election, the voters remembered his unpopular endorsement and elected his opponent, a political newcomer by the name of Stephen Lynch. Today, Congressman Lynch is a seasoned veteran on Capitol Hill, but has never forgotten where he came from. Now, South Boston is in a position where Marty Walsh was the “Southie candidate”; meanwhile State Representative Nick Collins endorsed the losing candidate, John Connolly. The question is: Will South Boston remember Nick Collins endorsement in the next election?