Can Flaherty woo Yoon?

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 28, 2009

Flaherty also made references to New Boston, and to his desire for City Hall leadership to match the city's diversity.

But he was delivering this speech to an almost entirely white crowd of supporters, who looked nothing like New Boston. The truth is that Flaherty made a strategic decision to win the preliminary with his share of old Boston, who could be counted on to vote in a municipal preliminary.

It is hard to imagine, given Tuesday night's results, that Flaherty will be able to draw out the contributions, volunteers, endorsements, and media attention he needs in the six-week sprint to November 3. He will need to make a very persuasive case, very quickly — which means that he needs Yoon more than Yoon needs him.

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