Now, In his farewell address, McCarthy wrote:
I will also be fully engaged in helping to select our next representative, to ensure the continuation of the great work my office has been part of since elected.
So, will he try to hand the reins over to his aide de camp, Lee Blasi? What it Councilor Michelle Wu's chief of staff, Dave Vittorini jumps in? Who will the progressives in Roslindale and the Haitians in Mattapan and Hyde Park support?
But in an election almost designed on purpose to have low turnout, does that mean whoever McCarthy taps is assured of victory? Who goes to vote just for the city council? The folks who support Hyde Park candidates like McCarthy, Scaccia and Murphy, is who. But unlike last year's state-rep race, in which Scaccia won with under 50% of the vote against two progressives (and two other lesser known candidates), the city council race could go to one on one runoff.
In any case, two candidates had already announced even before McCarthy jumped out of the race: Ricardo Arroyo of Hyde Park (son of former City Councilor Felix Arroyo and brother of, yes, former City Councilor Felix Arroyo) and Yves Mary Jean of Roslindale.