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Concern for Menino mixed with jabs at annual breakfast

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Top elected officials gathered at Boston's annual St. Patrick's Day breakfast mixing political humor with concern about former Mayor Thomas Menino's health problems.
 
Mayor Marty Walsh says the ex-mayor, referring to a diagnosis of cancer, told him he's beaten it before.

"I spoke to the mayor last night, he was very positive and upbeat," Mayor Walsh said at the parade on Sunday.
 
State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry said Sunday the breakfast was dedicated to Menino, starting off the day with a statement.

"Today's St. Patrick's Day breakfast is dedicated to Mayor Menino and his speedy and successful recovery," Forry said.

A video featured the ex-mayor advising Gov. Deval Patrick about life after politics and jokes about his Boston accent were present.

The event, which doubles as a roast, remained light-hearted concerning the former mayor's condition and other matters.

"I believe that we can best help the mayor and his family to take on this next challenge is to make him laugh," Forry said.
 
Forry, the first woman, Dorchester resident and Haitian-American to host the political roast, acknowledged the contrast with white Irish-American men who were featured at previous breakfasts.
 
She advised those watching on TV to not adjust the picture. She said nothing was wrong with it.
 
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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