On Sunday, in the midst of the North End Columbus Day Parade, Boston City Councilor John R. Connolly’s head swiveled back and forth from one side of the route to the other. Scanning the crowd along State Street, the mayoral hopeful searched for a specific type of person.
“This is a tricky stretch: It’s all tourists,” he said walking down the middle of the street, the brassy sound of a nearby marching band in the air. “You got to find the Bostonians,” Connolly added, before quickly moving, hand extended, toward a group of women who were clearly supporters.
Connolly and state Representative Martin J. Walsh, the two men vying to succeed Mayor Thomas M. Menino, worked the parade route that snaked around and through the North End, just over three weeks before Boston voters head to the polls.
Over a long weekend in the heart of a tourist-friendly city however, voters sometimes proved tough to find.
On Atlantic Avenue, Connolly stopped and jogged behind his throng of sign-bearing supporters toward Michael Mendelsohn, who was strolling along the sidewalk and broke into a surprised smile as Connolly shook his hand and made his pitch.
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