MAGOP St. Paddy’s Day Breakfast Disaster

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Yesterday marked two distinctly different political breakfasts in Massachusetts: the long-standing Democratic led breakfast in South Boston and the nascent GOP8 breakfast in my hometown of Scituate. While the Democrats (and Gov. Weld and Rep. Dan Winslow) danced on the grave of Mitt Romney’s candidacy in the same huge convention hall he conceded in on election night, the Republicans spoke in a Scituate country club reminding us why they can’t win.

The GOP8 consists of the towns of Weymouth, Hingham, Hull, Norwell, Cohasset, Scituate, Marshfield and Duxbury. The Democrats have their own group called the South Shore Democratic Caucus. All 8 towns are represented by Republican Senator Bob Hedlund and a Democratic state rep. Unfortunately for the GOP8, every candidate they ran in 2012 lost except Senator Hedlund. The district covering conservative Scituate went 68% for Rep. Jim Cantwell (D-Marshfield) in November and the ultra-conservative district covering Duxbury went Democratic for the first time in the history of the General Court – and handily at that – this past fall. The conservative district covering Norwell went 58% for Rep. Rhonda Nyman. They couldn’t even scrounge up a challenger for the other seats covering Hingham, North Scituate, Cohasset, Hull, and Weymouth.

As I wrote this last night in front of my TV I had my DVR recording of the Southie breakfast playing. It was a bunch of politicians making some okay jokes and some bad jokes, but nothing tasteless. If only the same could be said for the Scituate breakfast.For the most part, it didn’t seem like the Scituate breakfast was too bad – Senator Bob Hedlund served as the emcee, kicking things off with a self-deprecating joke about diversity:

“How many people we got here, a couple hundred, white Republicans and we have one Latino guy from Colombia, so we are doing pretty good, we are really expanding our roles here, we are very diverse .

Among the speakers was the Sheriff of Plymouth County, Joe McDonald. He did venture into the tasteless. Here’s what he thought was funny - a joke about assassinating President Obama. The Boston Globe’s synopsis (note – last night this was in the article, this morning it has been removed – not sure why. You’ll see it appear in a Google search here)

McDonald offered a joke about Barack Obama being visited in a dream by three past presidents, who offered advice on how to improve the country. Lincoln’s advice: “Go to the theater.”

Fortunately the “joke” was met, according to the Globe last night, by “scattered laughter” but the fact that the Sheriff said it in the first place is disgusting. I hope the candidates and electeds present, including Michael Sullivan, Gabriel Gomez, Kirsten Hughes and others will condemn these remarks

There was a bright side to the breakfast, though. Kudos to Gabriel Gomez, GOP Senate candidate and first generation American citizen, who was finally able to sum up the GOP position on immigration. From NECN:

“Now I think we need to get super tough on border security….let me tell you why,” said Gomez.”Because I am already over here,” he joked.

Joke or Freudian slip? Isn’t that the old white Republican male’s reasoning, too?

I don’t think the breakfasts should stop – they can be funny. There’s a lot to be said for letting your guard down a little and making funny jokes. People on both sides have gone over the line, and when a certain former Democratic Sheriff went over the line in Southie a few years back he was reprimanded and banned.The Plymouth County Sheriff went over the line yesterday and I hope we’ll hear some condemnations from the dignitaries present.

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9 Comments . Leave a comment below.
  1. Inexcusable

    That comment by Sheriff Joe McDonald is inexcusable and reprehensible. It is particularly troubling that it came from a Sheriff, who is supposed to uphold the law.

    Shame on you, Joe McDonald. And shame on the people of Plymouth for electing such a mean-spirited individual.

    • not all of us

      In 2010 McDonald was unopposed for Plymouth County Sheriff, but I still didn’t vote for him. Wrote myself in instead.

      Sheriff McDonald is also one of the largest recipients of contributions from employees of all Massachusetts DAs & Sheriffs.

    • Shame enough to go around

      I agree with bluewatch that “That comment by Sheriff Joe McDonald is inexcusable and reprehensible.”
      But by taking the comment down the Globe enables the Republicans to make “jokes” like this in private where they can keep stoking the hate that is ruining our country. It’s a crying shame.
      I realize I’m a broken record in calling out the Globe for its lack of responsible reporting, but I’m compelled to do so in the hope that it finds its way back to the paper it wants to be and the paper that Boston needs.

    • That 2010 sheriff's election smelled wicked fishy . . .

      The Democratic candidate, Rick Pond, ran for 2 years without a problem. The day after he won the primary, the dirt started flying about Pond’s (a former prison guard) participation in the murder of a prisoner and domestic violence incidents and other icky stuff. He dropped out of the race shortly thereafter, leaving the field wide open for McDonald. Either the state party failed to vet Pond properly (for 2 years) in time to find a suitable candidate or they handed the election over to McDonald. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department is one of the region’s largest employers. It is a closed, little fiefdom that carries quite a slice of political influence. Gee, I wish we had had some investigative reporters who could have followed up on that story in real time . . . sigh

      • Correction - not murder

        beating a prisoner unconscious in his cell. He and another guard were successfully sued by prisoner Albert Lewin who was eventually found not guilty of shooting of Boston police Detective Sherman Griffiths.

  2. Story's been picked up by ThinkProgress
    Good. Let’s make it clear: this is NOT OK. I’m happy to have this stuff take place in OTHER places, not in my home state.

  3. Thanks for encouragement

    I, for one, will call Brian McGrory and ask for an explanation.
    In case others would like to:
    Phone 617-929-3059

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