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Politicians honor Tom Menino

Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest serving mayor, has died at age 71.
Image: John Mellencamp, Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, Thomas Menino
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, before a news conference.

Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest serving mayor, has died at age 71.

“At just after 9 a.m. this morning the Honorable Thomas M. Menino passed into eternal rest after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his devoted wife Angela, loving family and friends,” Menino spokeswoman Dot Joyce said in a statement.

Menino, who was very popular with his constituents leaving office with about an 80% approval ratings, was never known for his public  speaking. In his first TV ad he said “I’m not a fancy talked, but I get things done.”  Which is exactly what he did. After the Boston Marathon bombing Menino checked himself out of the hospital to be with the people of Boston.

Politicians took to Twitter to pay their respects to the great Thomas Menino.