September 22nd, 2009
11:09 AM ET
5 years ago

Boston's Menino gets first test in bid for fifth term

Menino is seeking a fifth mayoral term in Boston.
Menino is seeking a fifth mayoral term in Boston.

(CNN) – Tuesday will serve as Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's first test in his bid for a record-setting fifth term in the city's top post.

Menino, who has served as mayor of Boston since 1993, is facing his toughest re-election bid yet this year as his three opponents have campaigned on a need for fresh blood, and questions swirl over why an aide to Menino erased months of e-mails in a possible violation of public records law.

Menino is facing challenges from members of the Boston City Council, Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon, along with Boston developer Kevin McCrea, all Democrats. But the three challengers lack the name recognition of the ubiquitous Menino, and it's believed the longtime mayor - affectionately nicknamed "Mumbles" because of his thick Boston accent - still holds the clear advantage.

The top two vote-getters in Tuesday's election will face off on November 3.


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  1. The most inept Mayor in America

    If the whole state could vote for this blubbering fool, he WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN ELECTED.

    But he has a group of "hardworking" union thugs and a group of handout Harry's that live off of the handouts that he gives for years and years and years.

    Keep voting for nanny state liberals who only use you for a vote and GIVE you barely enough to get buy.

    Vote for someone who will TEACH you how to fish and give you the TOOLS to help yourself, not a handout, but a WAY TO GET OUT.

    Real change is needed.

    Vote Republican EVERWHERE (can't do it in Mass for Mayor, but for Senate we can).

    I would not have a problem with Michael Flaherty for Mayor.

    September 22, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    He's like Koch when he was mayor of NYC forever.

    September 22, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Actually, he's known as "mumbles" because he's completely incoherent when he speaks.

    September 22, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. boston

    it's not affectionate. It's embarrassing.

    September 22, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. Jesse, MA.

    His accent is NOT why he is nicknamed Mumbles Menino. It just adds to it.

    September 22, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. yuri

    How about other city mayors? Are they gonna be in news too?

    September 22, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Mississippi Mike

    Why doesn't the article mention his political party? I guess the fact that he covered up a cover up should be enough of a hint that he's a Democrat but really, if you don't even mention the person's party you are a pretty crappy reporter.

    September 22, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Kevin in Ohio

    Doesn't ANYONE in Massachusetts believe in Term Limits? Same old same old liberals every year...... I'm ashamed to have been born in that once great state which once championed freedom.

    September 22, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |