House Speaker Robert DeLeo, a great friend to this city, drew an enormous crowd to his annual fundraiser held in the North End at Joe Tecce’s Restaurant last Thursday evening.
Among the crowd was more than a few Revere public officials – elected and unelected – who came by to pay homage to the speaker.
With DeLeo as House speaker, Revere sits well and often fits well in the state legislature.
Because of him, and because of Representative Kathi Ann Reinstein’s close relationship with him, this city has tremendous support for its initiatives whenever they reach Beacon Hill.
Add to this the relationships developed with the speaker over the years by Mayor Thomas Ambrosino and a host of councilors, including Council President Anthony Zambuto, former mayor and now Councilor at Large Robert Haas, Councilor Arthur Guinasso, Councillor John Powers and Councillor Ira Novoselsky – and one comes to realize just how important all those relationships are because DeLeo has come to be where he is.
It isn’t very often that Revere has a speaker of the House representing our residents on Beacon Hill.
It is a rare thing, indeed.
At DeLeo’s time Thursday, hundreds waited in line to shake his hand to whisper a few words in his ear.
Speaker DeLeo has risen in the House as precious few men get to do.
His place there now is solidified.
His agenda to create jobs and to create as well new streams of revenue for the state treasury are set to become reality.
The expected passage of the expanded gambling bill is symptomatic of this.
Speaker DeLeo is at the top of his form.
His reputation is untarnished.
May it always remain that way.