BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – Many have tried to take on Boston Mayor Tom Menino in the political ring and all have failed; however, Councilor John Connolly believes he is up for the challenge and officially announced his run for the city's top job.
Connolly released a video overnight Monday on his website. He has repeatedly said that his focus is on city schools and bettering the education system.
"We have a top heavy central bureaucracy that spends over one billion dollars annually, but fails to deliver every child, arts, music, phys. ed., and humanities, and science on a regular basis," Connolly told FOX 25's Sharman Sacchetti.
Connolly said while Mayor Menino's love for the city is unquestionable, it is time for new leadership.
"Look at the last three people who challenged him. Nobody even remembers their names. If I really came from the political establishment, I don't know if I'd be making this run," Connolly said.
It's a delicate balance for Connolly who has to balance his admiration and even love for Mayor Menino while waging a potential political campaign against him. Connolly is hoping to position himself as a burst of new energy from a new generation.
Connolly told FOX 25's Sharman Sacchetti that he called Mayor Menino before announcing his candidacy.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino has to decide by May 13 whether or not to run for a record sixth term. If he does, he will have a Democratic challenger in Connelly.
The Harvard grad is held a rally Tuesday with parents outside one of those schools to kick-start his campaign.
Connolly's father is a former Secretary of State and state Representation. His mother, Linda, is a former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts District Court.
Maura Hennigan, who ran against Mayor Menino in 2005, said running against the mayor is a daunting task and that he takes no prisoners.
"It will be quite a feat if John can change the regime," Hennigan said.
Connolly admits some of his colleagues tried to talk him out of it, but he's take the chance anyway.