The crowd of 800 inside the Great Hall will include most of the Massachusetts political world as the state prepares for two years of flux. Major contests loom on the horizon: a special election for US Senate, a Boston municipal brawl, and an open governor’s race in 2014.
Some in the audience might ponder their own futures as they catch a glimpse of Governor Deval Patrick, whose decision not to seek another term could open several elective offices. At least five congressmen are expected to attend, including Representatives Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch, two colleagues who may face off in a Democratic primary to fill the seat of Senator John Kerry.
Another notable face in the crowd will be Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, who ended 2012 with a campaign account brimming with $868,000, more than Menino or any Boston city councilor.
But Brett, the opponent Menino vanquished in 1993, had some unsolicited advice for anyone eyeing the mayor’s office, especially those biding their time in the city’s legislative branch.“Be very patient, because I think you’ve got a little wait,” Brett said. “I really believe he is going to run. Members of the Boston City Council, keep your day jobs.”