If he makes the announcement himself you may need and English translator and/or subtitles.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino will put an end to rampant speculation about his political future today, when he is expected to announce he will not seek a sixth term, telling the Herald it’s been the “hardest” decision he’s had to make in his remarkable 20-year career as the city’s chief executive.
“It’s a very difficult decision,” a humble and reflective Menino told the Herald in an exclusive sit-down at City Hall yesterday. “It’s a hard decision — the hardest in my career, the hardest of my life.”
“There have been a lot of unsolicited calls, people saying, ‘You have to stay,’” he continued. “How do you say no to that? But I have to do what’s best for Boston and for me.”
Menino, who became mayor in 1993 and won four subsequent re-elections, is slated to brief his cabinet this morning on his plans and will formally make his historic announcement with his family by his side at 4 p.m. at Faneuil Hall.
Only in Boston would they consistently re-elect a guy that nobody can understand or consider his retirement announcement as something historic. But hey, at least he never left a woman to drown, so he’s got that legacy.
Howie Carr hardest hit.
Say it ain’t so, Mumbles.
Say you’re not quitting, please. OK, we noticed how bad you looked on City Hall Plaza with the circus, we heard about the meeting with your doctors Tuesday.
But this decision not to run really fries my nose, as you’d say. It’s already an Alcatraz around my neck. Who will warn us about “suspicious bombs,” information you glean from the BPD’s “intelligent unit”?
Let’s look at who might be the next mayor. The new front-runner appears to be Suffolk district attorney Dan Conley. He’s from Hyde Park, he’s half-Italian, he’s run citywide three times, he has something like $850,000 in his campaign war chest. And I repeat, he’s Suffolk’s chief prosecutor.
We’re looking at a lame-duck feeding frenzy that will make the California gold rush look like a Girl Scout bake sale. Every developer with a postage-stamp-sized lot downtown will want a permit for a skyscraper. Mumbles will be handing out liquor licenses in Readville as mementos of his five terms, suitable for framing or more likely instant transfer to Brighton or Quincy Market. The last time City Hall went through one of these lame-duck land rushes, Mayor Kevin White was grabbing lots by eminent domain and handing them off to developers.
Surely they have a Kennedy scion without a criminal record the can put forward.