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August 23, 2010 at 2:37 PM

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Does McGinn think Burgess is looking "mayoral"?

Posted by Emily Heffter

Updated with correct election date thanks to Goldy.

Nine rough months into Mayor Mike McGinn's four-year term, local politics blog PubliCola already is asking people whether they might run against him. (Not surprisingly, no one is announcing a campaign three years ahead of time).

City Councilmember Tim Burgess has appeared to be positioning himself to run against McGinn in 2013. The two leaders have already clashed several times this year on public safety and transportation issues. I heard a funny story this week about an encounter at City Hall between the two men.

According to the story, confirmed by the mayor's office, Burgess and McGinn ran into each other earlier this year outside the men's room. Burgess was dressed in a suit, and McGinn said, "Hi Tim, you look so..."

McGinn was searching for the right word, so Burgess offered: "...mayoral?" and the mayor laughed uproariously.

I wonder whether Burgess was joking.

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