Losing Candidate for Boston Mayor Recuperates By Twitter-Battling

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Nov. 6 2013 1:14 PM

Losing Candidate for Boston Mayor Recuperates By Twitter-Battling

The race to replace Tom Menino as mayor of Boston didn't get a ton of national attention—certainly, the "Boston recovers from tragedy" narrative was owned by the Red Sox, not the candidates. And the race pitted Irish-American Democrat John Connolly, a city counciler, against Irish-American Democrat Marty Walsh, a state legislator, so there wasn't any fantastic hook for national media.

Anyway: Connolly lost. He then started checking his Twitter account and noticing people piling on his humiliation. He fought back.

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Surprised, Connolly's targets asked why he was so angry.

A colloquy on who was whose hockey coach followed.

I suppose there are more dangerous ways to blow off steam from losing one's only chance at a life goal.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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