Where the Liberals Roam

A House race in Boston pits a colorful pol and a talk-radio star against a rich unknown with ideas

At a street corner in a gritty Boston neighborhood, a truck driver leans out his window and hollers a question at congressional candidate Raymond Flynn. "Hey, Ray! Can I have a job if you get in?"

Flynn, the former Boston mayor, jogs over to the truck. "Sure," he says with a laugh. "I appreciate your support."

Trading jobs for votes may be one Boston tradition that's fallen by the wayside, but the city's politicians still do most things the old-fashioned way. There aren't many other places in America where a candidate can declare himself an "unabashed, unrepentant, unreconstructed liberal"--and leave most...

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