BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts political leaders are marking the first night of Hanukkah with the annual menorah lighting at the Statehouse.

Gov. Deval Patrick joined House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray for the Tuesday event.

The lighting took place in Nurses Hall at the Statehouse.

The three helped light the center candle and then the first candle of the menorah.

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WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

Secretary of State William Galvin, Attorney General Martha Coakley and Treasurer Steve Grossman were also on hand for the traditional ceremony.

Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray planned to attend a menorah lighting in his hometown of Worcester on Tuesday.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Comments (7)
  1. Just Me says:

    I wonder what our good Governor will do to commemorate that most reviled of all Christian holidays, Christmas.

    Or will you be spouting the ever so politically correct “happy holidays”, Deval?

  2. miley says:

    They should be calling that a “holiday candle” not a menorah

  3. Steve says:

    Dear CBS the term menorah may be offensive to some of my people. Will you please change your wording to “holiday candle holder”. Thank you for your understanding as I have been unable to find a CHRISTMAS TREE this year

  4. Tim says:

    So they are allowed to light a menorah, but not be able to call it a Christmas Tree. These politicians are so hypocritical.

  5. sean says:

    Good call Tim, shouldn’t be the holiday candles?

  6. Willow says:

    Why don’t we just cancel every holiday on the calendar so that no one will be offended by something. It’s so sickening that I’m beginning to hate all holidays.

  7. Willow says:

    On one of the other topics, everyone is complaining about a principal that didn’t want to allow presents to be delivered to the school. Can’t have any “religious” at school. Give me a freaken break!!!!

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