BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) FOX 25's Maria Stephanos sat down with former Boston Mayor and former Ambassador to the Holy See Ray Flynn in an emotional interview about the first sighting of Mayor Tom Menino since his October hospitalization.
Flynn watched the video released on Thursday of Mayor Menino talking and showing off get well cards he received while hospitalized at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
The former mayor was moved after seeing the Mayor, saying they've worked together for years.
"To see him as I just saw him here in the studio is a different Tom Menino than I've ever seen before," says Flynn. "You know we've had our political differences over the years, however this is not political this is personal and it makes me so sad to see him in this condition."
Stephanos asked the former mayor what he felt would be the best thing to do in this situation.
"I can't advise him because he has to make that decision on his own obviously with his family," said Flynn. "But if he asked me I'd say there's a big world out there, there's a world out there other than City Hall."
Flynn also explained his own experiences after leaving political life, describing them as his "happiest days."
"My happiest days, as much as I loved being mayor of the city of Boston, were traveling across the world, meeting popes, prime ministers, and presidents," said Flynn. "It was just a wonderful experience for me."
When asked if it is possible for Mayor Menino to be running the city from his hospital bed, former Mayor Flynn said he didn't know how that could be done since part of the job is being out in the neighborhoods.
"I used to say you can't run the city of Boston from City Hall, and you certainly can't run it from a hospital bed," Flynn explained. "You know, you have to be out there with the people, as he said in this video, you know the holiday season, Thanksgiving, Christmas, he was there for every tree lighting, all those various events."
Flynn also said Mayor Menino wants to be out there in the community. He says seeing his longtime colleague unable to be out there and seeing that it troubles Menino is also troubling to him.
In October, Mayor Menino cut an Italian vacation short after developing an infection and a blood clot in his lung. While in the hospital, he developed a fracture in his back and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.