Fred Clarkson provides an analysis
of the election results:
It's the first day of the post-Finneran era.
Tom Finneran who served for twenty-six years in the Massachusetts House, including eight as speaker, has finally been replaced in one of the three Democratic special election primaries to fill recent House vacancies.
Finneran's successor, Linda Dorcena Forry, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, is a progressive where Finneran was conservative. And she epitomizes not only a new era of progressive Democratic reform in Massachusetts politics, but an opening to women and people of color in an institution that has been notable for relative lack of both. Since there is no opponent in the April 12th general election, Forry is the representative elect. The two Finneran loyalists who saw the writing on the wall and departed closely on the heels of their benefactor, also bear little ideological resemblance to their apparent successors.
True -- although Rhonda Serre was my preference, it's hard to be unhappy with Speranzo -- he put together a coalition of Labor that progressives should respect and ran a progressive campaign. Congratulations, Chris.