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Southie St. Patrick’s Day breakfast slugfest begins early

“The sitting senator has always hosted, and you don’t have to be Irish to do it. I believe that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day,” said Senator Linda Dorcena-Forry.
“The sitting senator has always hosted, and you don’t have to be Irish to do it. I believe that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day,” said Senator Linda Dorcena-Forry.Credit: Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

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A controversy has erupted over who will host the famed St. Patrick’s Day breakfast this March in South Boston. Traditionally, hosting duties at the political roast have fallen to the sitting senator for the first Suffolk district, which has been an Irish-American male from South Boston since the 1940s. But now that Linda Dorcena-Forry, a black woman from Dorchester, has won that seat, she is being challenged for the hosting duties by Bill Linehan, a city councilor who hosted last year and claims the right goes to a South Boston politician.

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