Now that Ed Markey’s name is being splashed around regarding something meaningful (unless knowing you can call him when ESPN2 is broadcasting ESPNU or some other outrage committed by your cable company is meaningful) I started to recall his first election to Congress in 1976.
While thinking through the cast of characters that were in that race I had a eureka moment. It hit me. A revelation.
An explanation more like it. One that explained the easy sell of John Connolly as the fed’s fall guy for others’ misdeeds.
In the spring 1976 Congressman Torbert Macdonald, J.F.K.s Harvard roommate and the pride of Malden, dropped dead right before the nomination papers were due for September’s primary. Republican candidates were non-existnet at the time and it was accepted that who ever won the primary was the next congressman.
So out they all came. Every north shore state rep. senator, mayor, and ex-athlete. Also in the race was Macdonald’s top district aide, a guy by the name of Joe Croaken.
Let’s see, we had Kathy Reinstein’s late father Billy in the race, the legendary former mayor of Revere and state rep. Also had a Lopresti originally from East Boston but living in Winthrop I think. his family owned the concession franchise at Logan Airport and his brother and father were senators. He later became a senator too)
Also had Rep. Bill Hogan and Mayor McCarthy from Everett, a Donovan from Chelsea, and McGrail from Wakefield. And lets not forget the legendary Everett High and Harvard Football great Bobby Leo. He also threw his hat in the ring.
There were more of course and I am straining to remember. There were some Medford candidates, but no McGlynns.
Anyway Markey was in it too. He had two things that separated him from the pack. He was pro-abortion and he had the greatest tv ad in the history of MA politics. I’m sure you’ve all heard it told before, “They can tell me where to sit, but they can’t tell me where to stand” commercial.
Look it up.
Sooo here’s where I started to see the John Connolly connection.
If we could find a photo of these candidates at a debate or something I think it would explain alot.
Yes ladies and gentlemen, it is a south shore north shore thing.
Look at the names I mentioned. Two Italians and the rest mostly Irish, except Reinstein. BTW, just like O.J. Simpson people, Reinstein was not a Jew. German or something. But who cared, the guy was all Revere.
Okay, Okay, my point.
The north shore people can be more guinea than you average Italian any day of the week.
The south shore people have no clue about Italians. Fucking South Boston only had the now closed I.A. (Italian American Club, although a restaurant, not a club) where you could get half decent pizza.
North shore habitants? They think everyone lives among the Italians. Let me tell you something there are more guys cruising up and down Route 1 with Irish surnames dressed and coiffed just like John Connolly.
Yup, this college educated South Bostonian took a ride through the tunnel for the first time and never looked back.
He was like the high school kid that never partied but when he got to college he suffered alcohol poisoning the first week.
First off the food. North shore cooking always blew the south shore away. Some of the best Italian cooks today are Irish Catholic girls from Saugus with attitudes that would put Schnookie to shame.
And the clothes. The hugs.
Hey, always time to stop in the lounge for a cocktail at Joe Caruso’s.
Sooo, when the feds needed to sacrifice one of their own to protect the herd Johnny Canoli came easy.
I mean look at the guy.
He could have run for Congress in the 7th Congressional District in 1976 for crissake. It’s hard not to believe he’s mobbed up.
It’s all about perspective my friends.
Think about it, there are people with tattoos on their arms and necks saying “John Connolly has to be guilty, I mean look at him.”