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Hunting the spectral sources who “mention” candidates

Posted by Mark Leccese December 3, 2012 09:14 AM

Over the past few weeks, The Mentioners have been busy. You know who I mean – those ghostly presences who “mention” that so-and-so should be considered a candidate for such-and-such an elective office.

In a Friday op-ed, the Globe’s Lawrence Harmon wrote that “a few names Boston’s business community” have been “bandied about” as potential candidates for mayor should Tom Menino choose not to seek a sixth term in 2013. (The piece is behind the paywall – so buy yourself a subscription already, OK?)

Among those bandied about, according to Harmon: Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish and former John Hancock Financial Services CEO David D’Alessandro. Harmon continues: “Some quasi-business types, including Convention Center Authority head James Rooney, are also mentioned casually.”

One again we spot The Mentioners, this time acting all casual. Perhaps they were dressed in old jeans, sweatshirts and ratty sneakers.

The week after the election found The Mentioners exceptionally busy. For a start, they took over the front page of the Boston Herald, teasing readers to check out the columns inside by Peter Gelzinis and Joe Battenfeld.

Gelzinis played a twist on the mentioning game. His column, headlined “For once, the council prez chase matters,” speculated the January election for Boston City Council president might be a bit more hotly contested since if Menino is unable to finish his term, the council president becomes mayor.


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Mark Leccese, a journalism professor at Emerson College, covered Massachusetts politics, business and the arts for more than 25 years as a newspaper reporter, editor and magazine writer. He has More »

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