Boston's Most Powerful People: Who was #51?

Mayor Tom Menino

If we could have added just one more person to this month’s list of the 50 most powerful people in Boston, these are just a few of the names our staff would have tried to add on:

Rob Orchard
Executive Director, ArtsEmerson
The Theater District is booming thanks to his massively diverse slate of performing arts
and films. — Matthew Reed Baker, research and arts editor

Mitt Romney
Republican Presidential Candidate
His Romneycare begat Obama-care. His campaign HQ is in Boston. And, you know, he could become the leader of the free world. — Patrick Doyle, executive editor

Dennis Lehane
Lehane’s books helped kickstart the city’s fledgling movie industry, and keep gossip writers busy while studio crews are in town. — Courtney Hollands, senior editor

Ophelia Dahl
President and Executive Director, Partners in Health
Her reach is more global than local, but Dahl knows how to capitalize on the medical talent around here, bringing together thought leaders at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Harvard School of Public Health. — Donna Garlough, executive editor

Thomas Menino
I don’t care that he’s not supposed to be on this list — he’s that damn powerful. — John Wolfson, editor