By Mayor Tom Menino

You know how I made up my mind about this election?

I thought to myself, what if I wasn’t the Mayor of Boston? What if I was just a guy from Hyde Park who had a job with the city. Whose wife worried about their retirement savings. Who wondered how his two kids would send his six grandkids to college. And whether they would have good jobs on the other end.

If I wasn’t the Mayor, who would speak up in Washington on my behalf? I thought to myself, if I was any guy from Hyde Park, Elizabeth would have my back — and so I have hers.

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Elizabeth first got my interest when she said a common sense thing: We don’t let big companies sell us toasters that will burn down our house, so why do we let them sell us mortgages that could essentially do the same thing?

Elizabeth got my admiration when she took that idea to Washington. When she created a consumer agency so we could protect ourselves from subprime mortgages and credit scams that could ruin our lives and our neighborhoods.

Elizabeth got my respect when she stood up to people on both sides of the aisle; when she spoke tough truths to Republican Congressmen and to the President’s Cabinet.

Elizabeth got my approval when she backed the President’s job bills last fall. They would have supported thousands of jobs in Boston, but Scott Brown voted against all three.

Elizabeth gets my appreciation every time she defends universal healthcare in ways that would make Teddy proud. And when she says government investment backs schools and hospitals and start-ups and starting over!

I got to know Elizabeth Warren. Now Elizabeth Warren’s got my vote and she’s got my help!