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Connolly a tough challenge for Mayor Menino

CITY COUNCILOR John Connolly has now jumped in where more cautious would-be hopefuls fear to tread, declaring that he will run for mayor of Boston regardless of what Tom Menino decides.

The conventional wisdom is that Connolly, a boyish-looking 39, is on a fool’s errand, and that if Menino wants another term, he’ll win in a walk. My own view is just the opposite: If Menino decides to seek an unprecedented sixth term, Connolly will give him his toughest challenge yet — and might just send the long-time incumbent into unanticipated retirement.

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