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Opinion

Farah Stockman

Lessons from the Menino era

TODAY’S BOSTON mayoral election marks the end of power for a man who is both beloved and feared. Beloved, for his superhuman ability to attend neighborhood events. Feared, for his unwritten decree that nothing big can happen without his name on it. Is that combination a quirk of Mayor Tom Menino’s? Or is it the secret to staying in power so long?

If Boston were a country, Menino would be one of the longest-serving, non-royal heads of state in the world. His two decades in office would put him at number 16, just behind Tajikistan’s president, Emomali Rahmon.

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