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.
@RWwatchMA @kfitzpatrick6 You are both classless. You should go celebrate, & stop the negativity. — John Connolly (@JohnRConnolly) November 6, 2013
Surprised, Connolly’s targets asked why he was so angry.
@The_Sull here’s #2. You’re my sons hockey coach & you spend all your time beating me up on twitter. That makes you classless and pathetic. — John Connolly (@JohnRConnolly) November 6, 2013
A colloquy on who was whose hockey coach followed.
@The_Sull you’re just making stuff up, don’t care who u supported, running 4 mayor 24/7, can’t make all games U r so angry & don’t know why. — John Connolly (@JohnRConnolly) November 6, 2013
I suppose there are more dangerous ways to blow off steam from losing one’s only chance at a life goal.