The mayor arrived for lunch in East Boston in the customary black SUV. A little over a month after surgery for a broken leg — the latest in a string of ailments — he was moving gingerly on crutches, but his spirits are clearly undampened.
Normally, he would be racing between events, but his pace has slowed perceptibly. “I’m keeping a mayoral schedule,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said when I asked about his schedule. “Not a Menino schedule, just a mayoral schedule.”
In 241 days — yes, he’s counting the days, just for fun — Menino will become the first Boston mayor in 30 years to leave at the end of a term. Boston has almost forgotten what it is like to have a mayor leave office. I asked if it was strange to watch the city begin to debate his successor.
“It’s interesting to watch from a distance,” he said, before repeating his pledge not to become involved in the election.
As far as the candidates are concerned, his affection for his former aide, Charlotte Golar Richie, is no secret, though of course he has connections of some kind with almost all of the major candidates. Though Menino is usually quite fond of predicting who will win elections and why — and almost always right — he declined to handicap this one.
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