Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley’s fiery speech in front of a large and boisterous crowd of supporters at the Kryol Restaurant on Main Street for Councilor at Large candidate Gerly Adrien Sunday afternoon ranks as one of the most memorable speeches ever delivered by a politician in this city’s history, bar none.
It is memorable because the congresswoman spits fire. She speaks extemporaneously in front of a crowd with extraordinary power and verve, almost shouting out her beliefs in clear, concise, unequivocal terms.
She spoke about endemic racial, social, economic and intellectual inequality here in Everett and throughout the sprawling district she represents, which was once represented by John F. Kennedy when he was starting out.
Ayanna Pressley defeated 20 year Congressman Mike Capuano in a stunning upset of the durable Somerville politician.
She becomes the first woman of color to be elected to Congress from Massachusetts.
Her victory was perceived as a changing of the guard.
Capuano outspent her by 2-1 yet she mobilized coalitions in all the major communities in the district to beat the 66-year old Capuano.
Pressley is 44.
Capuano won Everett commandingly but lost in the major suburbs and Boston. He conceded at about 9 p.m. Capuano’s vote in Everett was 2,798 to Pressley’s 1,497. Locally, the rep beat out Gerly Adrien by 1,968 to 1,800 or 168 votes.
It was a surprisingly close victory for the rep.
Smith was never in the race from the announcement of the first results.
He received 893 votes.
Although the vote needs to be studied, it is believed the turnout included the largest vote by minority men and women living in this city in its history.
It was a substantially larger than expected turnout in Everett for the rep race.