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Daniel Conley a somber prosecutor, affable candidate

When Daniel F. Conley sought Thomas M. Menino’s counsel on how he could be a better candidate for mayor, the city’s longtime leader had a succinct piece of advice: “Smile more.”

It was a telling bit of wisdom for Conley, as the 55-year-old Suffolk district attorney tries to make the transition from sober prosecutor, often presiding over the grimmest of press conferences, to accessible leader who can appeal to a city teeming with diverse constituencies.

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