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November 27th, 2013
07:16 PM ET

Boston's mayor-elect, 18 years sober

Politicians, drugs, and alcohol - it's a mix all too familiar in recent weeks, as Toronto mayor Rob Ford admits to smoking crack and Rep. Trey Radal was caught with cocaine. Boston's next mayor has his own struggles with alcohol, but after 18 years sober, Marty Walsh, a one-time functioning alcoholic, is headed to city hall. CNN's Poppy Harlow reports.


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  1. Marlin Wesley Collingwood

    JP and CQ – you are just dead wrong. The AA principle of anonymity was/is related to keeping the newcomers who come to our meetings anonymous – it was/is wholly appropriate and crucial that those of us in recovery – indeed those of us who have recovered from our addictions – share our stories with those that are still suffering. Bill W. did thousands of media interviews and never once thought that it was breaking the anonymity principle.

    December 17, 2013 at 8:45 am |
  2. Athena in long term recovery!

    Bravo for Marty Walsh for speaking out about his own recovery! There's no shame in being in recovery! I'm proud of mine and I'll tell the world! RECOVERY ROCKS!

    December 4, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
  3. J.P.

    I totally agree with C.Q. After 40 years in recovery I can state with conviction that publicizing a recovery, especially for personal gain and/or political reasons can signify that the person is "skating on thin ice". If the mayor himself did not promote his recovery, then the people who he helped did, and they are not helping him in so doing.

    November 30, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
  4. C.Q.

    The piece on the Mayor-elect of Boston's alccoholism was a disgrace. I say this because AA, by it's charter is an anonomous organization, with it's traditions including 'attraction rather than promotion". What was done in the CNN piece was to glorify the Mayor's recovery in a way that I'm sure he knew would also promote him politically.
    To actually interview addicts and alcoholics that he supposedly helped, in itself goes against everything 'charitable" work is suppose to be. I think that we all know that to help someone, or to donate money, and then brag about is to negate the power and the worth of the act itself.
    I, for one have no respect for a man who not only brags about it , but puts it on TV as well.
    Shame on CNN for doing that, and portraying AA as a political footbal to garner more votes.

    November 28, 2013 at 10:14 pm |
    • Kevin R.

      There is nothing wrong with promoting AA or sobriety. This is a horrible disease that affects so many people
      His story is not only of recovery with the help of AA but of a man who (every day ) carries the message that anyone can turn things around. . He is a politician in recovery and carries that message. GOOD FOR YOU MARTY WALSH!

      December 17, 2013 at 9:12 am |

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