Marty Walsh Will Be Sworn in by His Bud Joe Biden

The former vice president will lead the mayor's inauguration.

Photo via AP/Elise Amendola

When Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is sworn in for his second term, he’ll have a high-profile pal there to lead the ceremony: Joe Biden.

The former vice president will head Walsh’s inauguration on January 1 at 10 a.m. at the Cutler Majestic Theater, Walsh announced Wednesday. Walsh won re-election this year after a lopsided race against City Councilor Tito Jackson.

The two go way back. Biden, who was here earlier this week as part of his book tour and will return in February, traveled to Boston in 2014 to mark the one-year anniversary of the Marathon bombings. In May, the two dined on seafood and ice cream together at the No Name restaurant before crashing the New England Women’s Leadership Awards. He also spoke at the Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast in 2015, even if he wasn’t funny. Biden has also been known to call him up to congratulate him on political victories—that is, when he calls the correct Marty Walsh.

All of which, one can assume, has a thing or two to do with presidential politics. An endorsement from Walsh, should Biden decide to run in 2020, would be valuable to the ex-VP. Walsh has said before he thinks Biden could beat Trump.