Who Would You Vote For: Menino or Connolly?

City Councilor John Connolly on Tuesday announced his campaign for mayor. Current Mayor Tom Menino, meanwhile, has remained mum about whether he'll run for another term. If these two Boston powerhouses were matched up in the fall, who'd get yo

At the very least, it'll be interesting.

Boston City Councilor John Connolly threw his hat into the ring Tuesday and announced his candidacy for mayor. Connolly, a city councilor since 2007, has been raising money at an accelerated clip, according to the Globe. That money haul and speculative tweet made this the worst kept secret in the city.

Menino, on the other hand, is no shrinking violet, either. A prolonged illness late last year led to speculation that the longest-serving mayor in city history would step down at the end of this term. The Globe notes, however, that a return to health has led to whispers among the cognoscenti that Menino will run again. 

What do you think? Should Menino run again? Does Connolly have the political organization to beat as cagey a Boston politico as the mayor? And who would you vote for in this hypothetical match up? Tell us your thought in the comments below (Write-in candidate ideas are welcome)!

LAYLAGIRL24 February 27, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Karen Kast February 27, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Menino. Let us please remember that the City Council and our state legislators also impact Boston by their actions (or lack thereof), so stop blaming the issues in Boston JUST on Menino, John also has played a part in the good and not-so-good issues that impact our city, just as all the city councilors do. After all, ALL the issues are impacted by politics. I have had enough experience over the years, especially when trying to retain funding for the BPS Spec Ed PAC, to know how it all works - if you want to get something changed you make deals and compromise, otherwise it doesn't happen - which is (somewhat) how it is supposed to work. So folks, when blaming Menino try to remember - he is the figurehead and generally has to have the support of the city councilors to make things happen. The CC also needs to prioritize what to work on, and usually do so according to what the needs are and the public has a lot to do with that. If you want something changed (like parking), work on it - make calls, tweet, create a facebook, get others of like mind involved,go to City Hall & testify! Make it a priority by getting enough people involved, city-wide, THEN you may see it fixed! And don't just complain, make suggestions for solving the issues! If YOU aren't willing to do the work to make changes or make it a priority, why would anyone else? I have my own priorities & yes, I have done all of the above!
Neil February 27, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Connolly seems impulsive. He was to driven, or so he says, by his disappointment in BPS reform. So why isn't he trying to become the superintendent or chair of the school board? Education improvement is a big project that take time, and no one person dictates. And who knows what else he gives two whiffs about. This is a big city with lots of moving parts. I'd like him to be responsible for parts of the city then we'll see how he does. And there's this, Connolly is at-large counselor in my district. He is no where near as available as the city Councillor for my district. He's smart -- Roxbury Latin, Harvard, and my guess is he's hard working but I'd like to hear that from someone who's worked with him but he doesn't seem to like being around people. I could be convinced otherwise but I don;t see it now.
Ajax February 27, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Mayor Menino has done one thing very well: plastering his name all over the city. If anyone else should be elected mayor, we would need to spend lots of $$ on new signs or at least getting rid of the old ones.
Joacomo February 28, 2013 at 04:00 PM
I've liked Menino but I think he should step down and allow some new blood in the mayor's office. I'm not sure Connolly is that new blood though.


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