Ernie Boch, Jr. might be hard to explain to an outsider because he doesn't fit a niche that every locale features. If he was from the South he would be called a good old boy but he is bigger than that label would suggest. I guess there are local personalities like him elsewhere but none come to mind.
Like Donald Trump, Boch inherited a fortune and turned it into a larger fortune. He likes to do philanthropy and seems like a fun guy. He is comfortable in front of crowds, appearing frequently on local TV and radio and playing in his rock band. He can speak at length about automobiles from consumer preferences to market share to horse power and cup holders. Everybody's Boston buddy.
Like most Massachusetts residents, Boch is presumed to be a bit left of center. He was rumored to be a prospective buyer of the once mighty "Boston Globe" and everyone seemed to think it was a nice fit (Red Sox owner would ultimately purchase the red ink slush pile from The New York Times Company). As far as I know Boch is not overtly political. It became a news item that he was doing a fundraiser for The Donald. Not just a news item but a head scratcher. A brow raiser. Really? Ernie? Trump? Really?
This is big, folks.