City Council President Maureen Feeney wants to be clear: when it came to Boston magazine ranking the 50 most powerful people in the city, she had nothing to do with coming in at No. 32.
"I did not nominate myself," she says with a laugh. She came in ahead of Arline Isaacson, chairwoman of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus and Alan Solomont, CEO of Solomont Bailis Ventures and heavy Democratic fundraiser (#33 and #34), Cardinal Sean O'Malley (#36), MIT President Susan Hockfield (#38) and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (#43).
"I want to know if I can get excommunicated for beating the cardinal," Feeney quipped.
The magazine asked 50 honorees from past power rankings to anonymously name who they believe carries weight in city circles. The number one slot went to Mayor Thomas Menino.
"It's not about the mayor," Menino told reporters Tuesday. "It's about the things we do every day. The non-profits in our city, the businesses in our city."
Asked whether he cares about getting named to the list, Menino, before heading into an event promoting the city's Main Streets program, said, "It doesn't matter to me at all. I just go along, do my business, work with different organizations, like we're doing this evening, with the Main Streets program, and keep working on social service agencies."
Others rounding out the top 10 include House Speaker Sal DiMasi, Partners HealthCare chairman Jack Connors, Gov. Deval Patrick, Sen. President Therese Murray, Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish, U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, Bentley College President Gloria Larson, Bank of America executive Anne Finucane, and Boston Globe editor Marty Baron.