Tom Menino has served as Boston’s mayor for nearly two decades, so it’s only natural that news of his retirement after five terms in office would be met with plaudits from the usual suspects. We have our doubts that Boston is indeed the greatest city on earth; Merino’s thuggish claim that “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong” there suggests there’s plenty of room for improvement. President Obama didn’t hold back on the praise for Menino, though.

Other politicians were quick to gush as well, with Elizabeth Warren declaring Menino “the best mayor in America” (sorry, Cory Booker).

Even New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was willing to overlook Mayors Against Illegal Guns co-chair Menino’s turning a blind eye to those killer 17 oz. sodas.

The fact that the U.S. Senate will hold a vote next month on the first major gun safely legislation in more than a decade is a testament to Tom’s determined leadership. As his partner in the coalition, I want to thank Mayor Menino for all his extraordinary work in the fight to make our communities – and our country – safer.

Menino might not be running again, but he still has the rest of his current term to fill.