She’s been in office less than a year! And she’s far from perfect, but she’s changed the conversation in ways that no one else has.
Our own local hero, Ayanna Pressley, is more effective because AOC exists and takes more heat. That’s not a shot at Ayanna, it’s just fact. If they could marginalize her, they would. But they’re too busy trying to marginalize AOC. Which brings me to:
First runner up. (Remember, this is a national award.) Ayanna’s recent proposal to legalize prostitution is a great example of a “Go for it” moment — a debate worth having, even if it makes people uncomfortable. Ayanna Pressley has been as good as her hype from day one.
And finally, the second runner up, and I can hardly believe I’m typing this, but it’s …
The Boston City Council.
There’s something going on in City Hall. Lydia Edwards is my favorite, but Wu has started showing real leadership, and the fact that she’s become a thorn in Walsh’s side is good given how disappointing Walsh has been. I’m intrigued — and we’re not that far, historically, from the Boston City Council being a total embarrassment. Change! I’m hopeful.
Other nominees welcome. Happy new year BMG!