The crowd of politicians and power-brokers had yet to warble the first notes of “Southie is my Hometown” at the annual St. Patrick’s Day breakfast when a tongue-in-cheek speech highlighted the upheaval underway in Boston’s political landscape.
The annual roast, held in South Boston, is traditionally hosted by the state senator who represents South Boston, who for decades has been a man from South Boston — even though the majority of voters in the district now live outside the neighborhood.
But with the resignation earlier this year of John A. Hart Jr., the office known as “the Southie seat” is up for grabs. And the shamrock-studded event could be hosted next year by a woman — possibly a woman of color from another neighborhood.
“My, the city is changing,” mused James E. Rooney, a South Boston native who is now executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, and who has been mentioned as a possible candidate for Boston mayor.
The remark elicited some chuckles.
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