Saturday, January 12, 2008

Boston vs. Philadelphia 2008 Round 3: Mayoral Invincibility

Boston's mayor, Thomas Menino, may lack the hip-hop singing talent of Philadelphia's Michael, Nutter. However, he more than makes up for it in his utter demolishing of electoral competition and is now in his 4th term.

  • 1st term, 1993: 64-36 for Menino over state rep James Brett, making an Italian-American the first to break the 63-year stranglehold on the mayor's office by Irish-Americans.
  • 2nd term, 1997: ran unopposed
  • 3rd term, 2001: 76-24 over city councilor Peggy Davis-Mullen. Menino gained in popularity in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
  • 4th term: 67.5-32 over city councilor Maura Hennigan, making Menino the longest-serving mayor in Boston's history (a history which is 52 years longer than Phillie's, incidentally).
Will Nutter match this record? Who knows? This round clearly goes to Beantown.

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