After 20 years, Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s political operation joins new teams

Ross Levanto of Beacon Hill had volunteered for Mayor Menino’s political organizations starting in 2005. Now the 37-year-old is volunteering for John R. Connolly’s team.
Ross Levanto of Beacon Hill had volunteered for Mayor Menino’s political organizations starting in 2005. Now the 37-year-old is volunteering for John R. Connolly’s team.Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff

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Their arms have hoisted green Mayor Menino signs for 20 years. Their fists have knocked on doors from Oak Square to Neponset.

They have driven sound trucks blasting get-out-the-vote messages in Spanish through Hyde Square, and lashed political placards to East Boston High School.

They are Team Menino, the vaunted political machine of Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Some loyalists joined upstart mayoral campaigns as soon as Menino announced in March he would not see a sixth term. But the mayor’s vow to remain neutral in the 12-candidate preliminary election kept many on the sidelines.

Until now.

Word filtered through the Menino political organization that the boss had given the sign that those who wanted to join the campaigns of John R. Connolly or Martin J. Walsh should follow their hearts.

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