If you're looking for a test of casino support in East Boston, here's one: Mayoral candidate Bill Walczak, made opposition to the Suffolk Downs casino a central message of his campaign, got about 7 percent of the vote in East Boston, the Globe reported Thursday.
Though 7 percent represents roughly twice Walczak’s citywide support, the results left him well back of the frontrunners within the neighborhood, and indicate he did not tap a groundswell of anticasino sentiment, the Globe reported.
Procasino incumbent city councilor Sal LaMattina trounced two anticasino challengers, Brian Gannon and John Ribeiro.
Stonehill College political scientist Peter Ubertaccio cautioned against reading too much into the results. Though Walczak stood firmly against a Suffolk Downs gambling resort, he was “not the most visible candidate,” in the enormous 12-person mayoral field, he told the Globe.
The Boston city council on Wednesday approved an Eastie-only referendum on the Suffolk Downs casino.