Magazine article Politics Magazine

Massachusetts

Magazine article Politics Magazine

Massachusetts

Article excerpt

SO THIS IS WHAT a modern political dynasty looks like. Tom Menino won his fifth term as mayor of Boston in November, overcoming his most ambitious challenger, Boston City Councilor Michael Flaherty, by a significant 57 to 42 percent. Menino, who was already the longest-serving mayor of Boston, is now looking at 20 years of ruling Beantown.

"He is a juggernaut," says Dorie Clark, a Democratic consultant. "The longer Tom Menino is mayor the harder it is to defeat him."

After the preliminary election, Flaherty teamed up with fellow Boston City Councilor and mayoral candidate Sam Yoon, offering Yoon deputy mayor if they could unseat Menino. The team represented the most significant challenge to Menino during his tenure but still wasn't close to knocking Mayor Mumbles, as he is often called, off his throne.

Menino's seeming invincibility stems from a few things. First, things in Boston are pretty good compared to the rest of the country, so voters can't think of a good reason to vote against him. He is well-liked and, according to a recent Boston Globe survey, an astounding 60 percent of respondents said they had personally met the mayor. …

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