It's been rumored off and on, here and there, but now it's for real: South Boston state rep Brian Wallace will not run for re-election.
Walsh is the fourth Boston rep not running for re-election, along with Marie St. Fleur, Willie Mae Allen, and Michael Rush -- who is running for the open seat of state senator Marian Walsh, who is not running for re-election.
You can add to that turnover count the state senate seat of Anthony Galluccio, who has resigned and is being replaced by special election.
Wallace has held the seat since 2003 -- he's not a fixture like a Rushing, Honan, Scaccia, or Fox. Wallace made a lot of progressives happy when he flipped to vote for same sex marriage; he made Menino unhappy when he at least tacitly supported Michael Flaherty. Wallace watched his district vote for Scott Brown, and was going to face competition for re-election.
Anyway, let the Southie games begin....