A note from Jed: I saved this column from the Dorchester Reporter's web site about 7 years ago. This was a great "insider's" perspective on what happened the last time there was a free-for-all for Mayor. I looked on their site tonight and the column can no longer be found. I present it here because I think the public benefit outweighs the copyright issue. I will, of course, take this down upon request but sincerely hope the Reporter reposts their column on their site!