Frequent contributor Jim Peters shares the following essay:
I have supported Patrick Murphy very strongly for two campaigns now. I must admit that I did not support him when he ran against my sister-in-law, Niki Tsongas, but I did support him two years ago, when he came in eighth for the City Council, I supported him this past election, when he came in fourth, and I strongly supported him when he told me he was going to run for mayor. Recently, we met at a local eatery we both frequent, and had a nice talk about what his goals are, where he sees his tenure going, and how he hopes to accomplish getting there.
Patrick Murphy is an enigma. He has a genius for politics, especially for where he wants to invest his time, but he also works very hard as a bricklayer. He campaigned for office and told people, truthfully, that that was his job. As mayor, he has cut back on it a bit, but he still works with his cousin in the trade. They did a wonderful job on my front steps, removing the old brick steps and putting new steps in place. He does not say much, although he has a reputation for fostering many motions for City Council debate and action. He was supported in his quest for Mayor by Kevin Broderick, Marty Lorrey, Bill Martin, and Vesna Nuon. He sees the mayoralty as a way to bring ideas to the forefront, and strongly expressed his interest in making the mayor’s position into an active and visible, and transparent, vehicle for furthering his city agenda.
As a courtesy, the mayor’s seat was made unanimous on a motion by Rita Mercier. The mayor expressed gratitude for that magnanimous gesture. He seems certain in his movements and sincere in his convictions. I greatly enjoyed our discussion. As many of you know, I worked hard to save the Textile Avenue Bridge. Patrick was with us, but he maintained that the bridge could not be paid for from city coffers. This past week, Chancellor Marty Meehan informed all of the city that the bridge could not be saved. Marty did a great deal of work trying to keep the bridge, too. In the end, it is just sitting in the wrong spot at the wrong time. Jack Kerouac may have written about it, but in the end, it impeded progress. read more »