Local politicians react to Menino's announcement
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The governor, state attorney general, and others came out to show support and witness Mayor Menino's historic speech.
Friends and fellow politicians offered their favorite memories of Mayor Menino as he announced he won't run again.
Many, many people say that politics is about relationships and this mayor I think is extraordinarily good at it because he cultivates his relationships and he does that because he loves people,” said Governor Deval Patrick.
Twenty years at the city's helm has earned Mayor Menino praise from Boston down to Washington, D.C.
Vice president Joe Biden called Mayor Menino to congratulate him. Even President Obama weighed in on the end of an era.
But beyond the service, there's that certain Menino spirit.
“I’m really sad. You know, I’ve made sport of him for a long time calling him mumbles and having fun with his fractured syntax,” said Howie Carr, WRKO talk show host.
He can stand the jokes at his expense and he hasn't shied from speaking his mind.
When 7News asked Interim Senator Mo Cowan what his favorite memory of Mayor Menino is, he replied, “Just the candid advice he gave me over the years…which I’ll keep to myself.”
After five terms, Mayor Menino will call it quits, leaving behind a list of accomplishments and a lot of laughs.