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Mayor Menino endorses Elizabeth Warren in U.S. Senate race

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BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) Boston Mayor Thomas Menino formally endorsed Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren on Friday.

Mayor Menino made the announcement at a rally in Adams Park in Roslindale Square. He told rally attendees that he wanted to get to know Warren before endorsing her.

The mayor added that he came to the decision to endorse her after asking himself, "What if I wasn't the Mayor? What if I was just a guy from Hyde Park who had a job with the city?"

"I thought to myself, if I was any guy from Hyde Park, Elizabeth would have my back, and so I have hers," said Menino.

Elizabeth Warren said she was "deeply honored" to earn Mayor Menino's support. She also praised the mayor for his advocacy and efforts at revitalizing Boston neighborhoods.

"Tom Menino has long been one of the most powerful voices for working families here in the Commonwealth and throughout the country. Throughout all of the amazing achievements of his career, he has never lost sight of where he came from - the neighborhoods of Boston," said Warren.

The endorsement comes less than 24 hours after Warren went toe-to-toe with U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, the Republican incumbent, in their first debate.

After the debate on Thursday, FOX 25's Sharman Sacchetti asked Brown about reports that Menino was planning to endorse Warren.

Brown voiced his respect for Mayor Menino and said it isn't surprising that a "Democrat is endorsing a Democrat."

The Republican senator also pointed out that he has been supported by Democrats including former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn, former Springfield Mayor Charlie Ryan, and former Worcester Mayor Konstantina Lukes.

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