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Hillary Clinton dines with Mayor Menino

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke during the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Chicago last week.

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Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke during the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Chicago last week.

Hillary Clinton — the subject of incessant speculation about a potential presidential run in 2016 — made a quick, low-profile visit to Boston on Wednesday.

The former secretary of state was in town for a speaking engagement, and had a discreet dinner with Mayor Thomas M. Menino at Hamersley’s Bistro in the South End.

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The two have some shared history: Menino endorsed Clinton over Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary.

Both are also in transitory phases of their careers. Clinton is out of government for the first time in years, while Menino is preparing to end his two-decade reign in City Hall.

Dot Joyce, Menino’s spokeswoman, declined to share details of the dinner, but said, “They told some stories, and from what I understand had a very nice time. The mayor said they were talking about transitions.”

Michael Levenson can be reached at mlevenson@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @mlevenson.
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