|Address||51 Gretter Rd |
Boston, Massachusetts , United States
Nov 05, 2017 02:48am
|Info||Matt O'Malley no longer calls himself a ''geeky kid" with a fondness for Little Debbie Nutty Bars. He doesn't blog about run-ins with dogs on the campaign trail. And he has stopped drinking milk with dinner. |
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Since his first run for councilor at large two years ago, O'Malley, 26 years old, has grown up, so to speak. And the carrot-topped Irish Catholic from Roslindale now talks about changing the Boston Redevelopment Authority, fixing public schools, and expanding crime-prevention initiatives in the city.
''The bottom line is I'm a more serious candidate, a more serious person than I was two years ago," O'Malley said one morning last week at a Jamaica Plain T station.
Family members and friends attribute much of his growth to one woman: Andrea Cabral, the Suffolk County sheriff. O'Malley managed her campaign last year, and the experience transformed him from a fringe candidate with no name recognition and no money into a polished, pin-striped-suit-wearing politician with connections.
''He learned an awful lot," said his mother, Marianne.
Still O'Malley seems reticent at times on the campaign trail, standing back while others plunge in. His sincerity comes through in one-on-one conversations, though, and no one seems to doubt his drive.
The son of a schoolteacher and a contractor, O'Malley said he doesn't come from the wealthy, politically connected background typical of many Massachusetts politicians, and in some ways he relishes that outsider status.
''I'm young, I'm tough, and nobody owns me," said O'Malley, who has a decidedly chipper outlook on his uphill battle against three incumbents and the children of two former mayors for an at-large seat on the City Council.
He tools around town in a red, Chrysler Sebring convertible sedan filled with campaign materials and a copy of wrestler-come-governor Jesse Ventura's book on tape, ''Do I Stand Alone? Going to the Mat Against Political Pawns and Media Jackals."
O'Malley was the first City Council candidate to have a web log during his run for office in 2003, and the subjects were anything but typical political fare.
He chronicled trips with his friends to ''Dunkies" and talked about an affection for Barry Manilow.
These days, his web log is considerably more restrained.