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For Republicans, Connolly is the Democrat of choice

In Boston’s mayoral race, GOP donors shy from Walsh and his labor background

Ernie Boch Jr., the auto magnate, invited about 80 friends over to his sprawling Norwood estate last week for a fund-raiser for Boston mayoral candidate John R. Connolly.

Less surprising than the campaign haul — about $40,000, Boch estimated — was the patron. Boch is a Republican.

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