Their arms have hoisted green Mayor Menino signs for 20 years. Their fists have knocked on doors from Oak Square to Neponset.
They have driven sound trucks blasting get-out-the-vote messages in Spanish through Hyde Square and lashed political placards to the fence outside East Boston High School, dressing the polling place for Election Day.
They are the members of Team Menino, the vaunted political machine of Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Some loyalists joined upstart mayoral campaigns as soon as Menino announced in March he would not seek a sixth term. But the mayor’s vow to remain neutral in the 12-candidate preliminary election kept many on the sidelines.
The September preliminary narrowed the field to two: City Councilor John R. Connolly and state Representative Martin J. Walsh. Word filtered through the Menino political organization Oct. 3 that the boss had given the sign that those who wanted to join Team Connolly or Team Walsh should follow their hearts.
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