Rep. Birmingham called together Democratic state legislators for a meeting at the American House on Sept. 23 to calm a row over Democratic mayoral candidates, the Boston Herald reported (Sept. 23, 1925, p. 1, 2). Of the 41 Democratic state legislators from Boston, 18 showed up to the meeting.
Birmingham counseled against rash action, although many at the meeting wanted to adopt a resolution refusing to be bound by decisions of the Democratic City Committee, led by Martin Lomasney lieutenant John F. Fitzgerald. Birmingham was a supporter of James Michael Curley, who was then mayor.
Sen. William J. Francis of Charlestown wanted a formal denunciation of the “Lomasney plot,” which he said was designed to bring about an endorsement of Fitzgerald, the newspaper reported.
Rep. James J. Twohig wanted a referendum of enrolled Democrats about the matter, but was dissuaded based on the cost of such a move.
The legislators ended up adopting a lukewarm resolution that read: “We, the Democratic representatives and senators of Boston, at a meeting tonight, have unanimously voted to render every possible assistance to bring peace and harmony within the ranks of the Democratic party to make possible Democratic success in the coming mayoralty election. Boston is a great Democratic city and should be presided over by a regular Democrat, we pledge ourselves to render every possible assistance to bring this condition to pass.”
Other individuals vying to be the Democratic candidate for mayor included Keliher, Logan, and Glynn, according to the Herald.