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Opinion

LAWRENCE HARMON

A clumsy effort from Charlotte Golar Richie

Back in the mid-1990s, some poor soul running for a local office I can’t recall walked stiffly into a Boston Globe interview wearing an enormous neck brace, the result of a diving mishap from the roof a nearby yacht club. He groaned in pain while attempting to settle into a chair. Only his obvious discomfort exceeded that of mayoral candidate Charlotte Golar Richie in a recent interview with editors and columnists at the Globe.

Golar Richie’s poor all-around performance during the mayoral campaign is mysterious for someone so talented. Her announcement in May sent shudders through the all-male field. No one wanted to go head-to-toe in the final against a candidate who could make history by becoming both the first African-American and first woman mayor of Boston. Especially one with Golar Richie’s trove of legislative and executive experience.

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