Southie Votes: 4th Suffolk Up for Grabs

While by night I am an uncouth, often disgruntled Sugar Shack blogger, by day I’m a public policy grad student. Since I spend most of my time thinking about politicking and the policies that result from it, it can be tough for me to not bring up political issues at every available opportunity. Nevertheless, I recently made the decision to stay away from discussing politics on the ol’ triple-S, outside of the occasional outing of certain conspiracy theories involving nationwide inter-party guerilla warfare. This really isn’t the place for it.

However, this is Southie. Despite what some out-of-towners may think about our politics, we have high rates of voter turnout and we definitely don’t recoil from political engagement. I don’t want to speak for everyone here, but think it’s safe to say that while South Bostonians (not “Southies”) will almost always respect your point of view, the general attitude is if we think it’s bullshit then we’re probably going to let you know. That’s especially true if you come in running your mouth and throwing around wild generalizations, which is how a lot of people like to talk about politics. Did you say something, Cohasset? Didn’t think so.

Anyhow, we’re from Southie, and our blog’s got “Southie” in the name, so I’m making an exception to the ban on political bloviating to cover this year’s Massachusetts House election. Brian Wallace…

Brian Wallace

...this guy...

…who has represented the 4th Suffolk district since 2003 when Jack Hart took over Stevie Lynch’s Senate seat, has decided he won’t run for reelection this year, after hemming and hawing about it for a while.

For those of you who don’t know, the 4th Suffolk includes all of Southie, as well as a little bit of Dorchester and the harbor islands – see this map.

Wallace’s exit leaves the race wide open, and this has all the makings of a doozie. First of all, of the maybe seven announced candidates for the seat, I think only two are actually from Southie. That might not be an issue for people in other neighborhoods, but it’s definitely going to be an issue here. Any candidate who doesn’t realize that is going down in flames fast. Party affiliation in Southie doesn’t mean you’re a Democrat or Republican, it means you’re a Southiecrat or you’re someone who steals parking spots with barrels in them after it snows.

Despite my prejudices, I’m going to try and give all these candidates an equal thrashing – because democracy, and freedom, and America, that’s why. For now, if you’re curious, the Globe article about Wallace’s drop-out lists a few of the contenders. Check back for a series of posts on these guys, in which I hope to find out something embarrassing about each of them. Let’s put ‘em through the ringer.