No one in his circle will ever tell him it is time to go. But it is.
Thankfully, there are stirrings of new political talent in the neighborhoods. Suzanne Lee, a former school principal and community organizer, did better in the preliminary council race for District 2 than two politically connected guys from South Boston. And in Dorchester, seven candidates ran in a hard-fought race for the District 3 council seat.
Those contests remind Maura Hennigan a little of the days when voters would come out for campaign rallies, when there were lines at the polls and a sense that the results were not predetermined by a mayor’s machine. “Maybe everyone couldn’t win,” she says, “but everyone had a shot. No one thinks that now.”