Posted inThe Back Story

Anatomy of a smear

SECRETARY OF STATE William Galvin has not survived 43 years in the rough and tumble arena of Massachusetts politics by being meek. So when there’s a threat to his fiefdom, he does what most successful politicians do: He goes on the attack. Galvin, facing a credible primary challenge for the first time in a dozen […]

Posted inPolitics

Walsh touts his support for Zakim

MAYOR MARTY WALSH acknowledged on Tuesday that he encouraged Boston delegates to last weekend’s Democratic state convention to support challenger Josh Zakim, who scored an upset victory and won the convention endorsement over incumbent Secretary of State William Galvin. Walsh was out of the state and didn’t attend Saturday’s gathering in Worcester, but he sent […]

Posted inThe Download

Five theories on why Zakim topped Galvin

Secretary of State William Galvin lost to Boston City Council challenger Josh Zakim at the Democratic state convention over the weekend by a margin of 55-45 percent, and no one is quite sure what to make of it. According to the Berkshire Eagle, Zakim’s victory is the first time in 36 years that an incumbent […]