Fueled By Outside Money, Boston’s Mayoral Slugfest Gets Personal

The first competitive race to run Boston in two decades has become a  union-funded fight over identity politics

By Paul McMorrow

Article Reprint2013 Boston Mayoral Race

John Connolly sat in an SUV littered with the detritus of a long political  campaign — old coffee cups, empty doughnut bags, campaign fliers printed in  English and Chinese, a bruised banana, a tub of hand sanitizer — and tried to  make sense of the wringer he’s squeezing through. Not long ago, Connolly, a  40-year old Harvard-educated city councilor, had looked like the favorite to  become Boston’s next mayor. The  weeks since September’s preliminary election have not been kind.

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