Hillary Clinton has dinner with Mayor Thomas Menino in Boston

Hillary Clinton --- the subject of incessant speculation about a potential presidential run in 2016 – made a quick, low-profile visit to Boston on Wednesday.

The former secretary of state was in town for a speaking engagement, and had a discreet dinner with Mayor Thomas M. Menino at Hamersley’s Bistro in the South End.

The two have some shared history: Menino endorsed Clinton over Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary.

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Both are also in transitory phases of their careers. Clinton is out of government for the first time in years, while Menino is preparing to end his two-decade reign in City Hall.

Dot Joyce, Menino’s spokeswoman, declined to share details of the dinner, but said, “They told some stories, and from what I understand had a very nice time. The mayor said they were talking about transitions.”