Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo scored an impressive victory over challenger Paul Caruccio in the election for Winthropâ€™s state representative seat Tuesday.
State Sen. Anthony Petrucelli easily defeated Thomas J. Dooley III while Winthrop residents gave a 157-vote edge to Elizabeth Warren, 4,521-4,364, over U.S. Senator Scott Brown on the way to Warrenâ€™s statewide victory.
President Barack Obama received 5,211 votes in Winthrop to 3,575 for Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Congressman Edward J. Markey won re-election in the district while receiving 6,404 votes in Winthrop.
DeLeo won in all six precincts by a commanding 3-1 margin, recording 6,414 votes to 2,176 for Caruccio. DeLeo also carried Revere 5,028 to 1,113.
DeLeo has been state representative since 1991. He was elected Speaker of the House in January, 2009. DeLeo stopped by his headquarters in Winthrop Center Tuesday night to thank his supporters before traveling to Boston where he was asked to speak at the election night gathering just before Elizabeth Warren gave her victory speech.
DeLeo was asked to assess his strong victory in the election.
â€œI attribute it to the fact that people know how hard I work for the district, that I hear their concerns, and Iâ€™m ever vigilant to local issues that are paramount to me. I think this shows that the people understand that Iâ€™m out there working for them each and every day.â€
DeLeo said he is honored to serve as Speaker of the 160-member House of Representatives â€œbut the biggest satisfaction that you get is the people who elect you each and every year appreciate the job you do and express that appreciation by voting for you. Thatâ€™s what I thought about on Election Day. I still wake up on Election Day and my heart beats a little stronger on that day.â€
DeLeo said his constituents remain first and foremost on his mind even as he holds one of the most powerful positions in state government.
â€œNo matter what title I have attained, I have never forgotten the people of my district and I think the vote in Tuesdayâ€™s election really gave me a great deal of satisfaction that the people realized that by going out to vote for me in such large numbers.â€
Petruccelli received 6,774 votes in Winthrop and 82 percent of the vote district wide. He and his family and supporters celebrated the victory at Kelley Square Pub in East Boston.
â€œItâ€™s an honor, itâ€™s humbling to win with such an overwhelming margin,â€ said Petruccelli. â€œItâ€™s real exciting for my family and me and we couldnâ€™t be any more elated by the outcome. Iâ€™m excited to go back to work for the people of Winthrop and the rest of the district.â€
Winthrop resident Susan J. Bolster was unopposed in her re-election to the Northeast Regional Vocational School Committee.