I never really got to know Mayor Thomas Menino, since returning to Boston in 2009, and early 2010. We never developed any sort of relationship, so I have nothing to speak about regarding his character. I’m grateful he always stood up for gay marriage, and for people like myself.
I recall the last three times I saw Mayor Thomas Menino, however. The first was at an event with Representative Joseph Patrick Kennedy III and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. at the event on the Cool Globes at the Boston Common, a call to action regarding Climate Change.
The second was at the AIDS Action and Victory Program’s 23rd Annual Celebration of Life Thanksgiving Dinner at the Hynes Convention Center. He was there in attendance along with Representative Gloria Fox, and Reverend Liz Walker.
The third, and final time, was while I was walking down St. James Avenue in the South End. He happened to exiting from Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse on Arlington Street, with his wife, Angela, at the same time I was heading towards South Station.
Years of Public Service…
US Senator Ted Kennedy: 46 years, 9 months, and 19 days
House Speaker John W. McCormack (as a Congressman, plus Speakership): 42 years, 1 month, and 29 days
House Speaker Thomas Philip “Tip” O’Neill, Jr (as Speaker): 10 years
Congressman Ed Markey: 36 years, 8 months, and 12 days
Massachusetts House Speaker Thomas W. McGee (as Speaker): 10 years and 1 day
Massachusetts Senate President William M. Bulger (as Senate President): 17 years, 5 months and 2 days
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino: 20 years, 5 months, and 25 days