UPDATE (by David): In a classy move, the Bonifaz campaign has replaced the July 19 episode of “Where’s Galvin” on their website with a note of condolence to Secretary Galvin and his family. Also, nobody thinks the Bonifaz campaign was intentionally trying to take advantage of this situation – it appears that they simply did not know. Finally, to clarify the reference in RenMan’s post: the vacant parking lot on a Sunday stunt is a famous one from years ago – it has nothing to do with the 2006 campaign.
But nobody in the press has picked up the real story of how Bonifaz has taken political advertising to new lows. I’m NOT talking about going up to the state house on a Sunday and filming a vacant parking spot for Secretary of State and asking “Where’s the SOS?”
It’s worse than that. I’m talking about sending a crew up to the state house and the campaign headquarters the week that the Secretary’s mother was on her death bed, met her maker, and she was waked and buried.
I know when I attended the wake in Brighton, was when I first heard the disturbing rumors. Confirmation came when I saw the newly posted ads on Bonifaz’s web site.
Initial text of Boston Globe Obituary for Bill Galvin’s Mother:
Galvin, Mary E. (McDermott)
Of Brighton, formerly of Williamstown, Galway, Ireland July 18, 2006. Beloved wife of Thomas F. Galvin. Devoted mother of William F. Galvin and his wife Eileen of Brighton,….
Globe Obituary Searches Search for “Galvin” or view last week’s list if you doubt the text above.
Maybe Bonifaz should consider a public apology for the behavior of his campaign staff? Maybe Bonifaz should apologize to the Secretary for bringing politics into a time that should be reserved for family grieving? I don’t know, but I know he
should do something soon before this news hits the mainstream. Is this the kind of compassion he plans on bringing to the Secretary of State’s Office?