The Globe today profiles Tom Conroy, a Wayland state rep who is walking across the state in his bid to run against Scott Brown next year:
The three-term state representative from Wayland is believed to be the first candidate in the state to walk its entirety seeking votes, drawing inspiration from Lawton Chiles, a legendary Florida politician who traversed his state 41 years ago in a similar underdog campaign that vaulted him from the state Senate into the US Senate.
Tsk. In 1978, Michael Connolly, then a Roslindale state rep, walked across the state in his successful run for secretary of state. It's in the Globe archives (articles on Aug. 24 and Sept. 14 of that year; yeah, I looked it up). And it was actually Connolly's second walk from Bay to Berkshires - he'd done it the year before, to collect signatures for a term-limit ballot question.