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Opinion

Alex Beam

Governing in recovery

Here’s hoping that recovering alcoholic and newly elected Boston Mayor Marty Walsh gets better treatment in the media than the ex-drinker ex-president George W. Bush.

So far, so good. Walsh has spoken openly about his struggles with alcohol with the Globe and other publications. It was widely reported during the mayoral campaign that Walsh still attends meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous almost 20 years after quitting. “I don’t really care who knows I’m an alcoholic, because if it helps somebody else knowing that I’m an alcoholic, then they’ll ask me for help if they need it,” Walsh told the Globe’s Stephanie Ebbert last year.

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