Tom Menino can apparently keep his current job as long as he wants it. A recent poll by The Boston Globe gave the mayor a 73-percent approval rating, and when asked about head-to-head match-ups, Menino tops his closest challenger, Michael Flaherty, by 38%.
Though poll respondents generally weren't happy about Boston's schools, crime in the city and the current economy, they believe the mayor is doing a good job. A whopping 57% of those queried said they've personally met Menino.
I've always felt that the mayor has been helped a great deal by his lack of ambition to move up the political ladder. Of course, he probably doesn't have the communication skills to have been elected governor or Congressman, but how many others do we see who really mean it when they say that they aren't interested in running for higher office? I think voters like that.
In addition, it's hard to think of politicians who've served this long who haven't been touched by bigger scandals. Menino has had his share of minor issues, but nothing that has tagged him as corrupt. Few people get the impression that he is feathering his own nest.
Of course, the campaign will heat up this summer and one never knows what might happen, but right now Menino is on top and it is good to be the king.