On his way from the House of Representatives to Boston City Hall, Mayor-elect Marty Walsh brought his fellow lawmakers to their feet several times Wednesday afternoon, as he gave a farewell, imparted thanks on most everyone in the chamber and recounted his days as a “hotheaded” freshman representative in 1997.
Walsh, who beat City Councilor John Connolly for the mayoralty on Nov. 5, said he would be back in the chamber in January asking for more money for Boston.
Walsh paid particular attention to Rep. Eugene O’Flaherty, whom he said he had not known before taking office, when the two grew a close bond.
Walsh also singled out Councilor Frank Baker, who he said had gone to school with him and supported him from his first run for office.
“I’m very proud of the work that happens in this building," Walsh said. "Often times you know we don’t get looked upon favorably by the press and by people outside but I’m proud of all my colleagues.”
Before taking over for Mayor Thomas Menino, Walsh plans to remain in the House for the rest of the year, when both branches will meet in lightly attended informal sessions.
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