The Five-and-Dime Menino

So Mayor Tom Menino got his birthday wish and now faces City Councilor Michael Flaherty (D- I Have A Lot More Money Than Sam Yoon) in the Boston mayoral bakeoff on November 3.

It’s easy to dismiss Flaherty as the five-cent Tom Menino, until you remember the scene from “The Philadelphia Story” when Jimmy Stewart’s Macauly Connor describes the fiancee of Katherine Hepburn’s  Tracy Lords as “a five-cent Kidd” – as in, tabloid publisher Sidney Kidd.

Cary Grant’s C.K. Dexter Havens responds:

Well, I always thought Kidd himself was the five-cent Kidd.

Along the same lines, I always thought Menino himself was the five-cent Menino.

Welcome to Mayor Tom Menino, term five.


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