Governor Patrick has known Sean for some time, as Sean was an active worker in Governor Patrick’s campaign, and proved himself a tireless worker who could bring people together to get the job done! Governor Patrick showed his friendship and support for Sean Garballey yesterday by coming to Arlington to support and endorse Sean. It was clear to me, watching from my back table, that Sean and Deval know and are comfortable with one another.
Of Course, Deval also went into the kitchen, and greeted and spoke with each and every diner and employee while he was there. There were some VERY large eyed elementary school children at the Arlington Diner in Arlington yesterday! [Due to the truly miserable weather, Arlington delayed the start of school yesterday for two hours, so some parents and children were at the Arlington Diner for a leisurely breakfast – little knowing the excitement that yesterday morning would bring!]
Quite a few others were there also to show support. I am sure I did not recognize or note everyone, but among those present was: Sheriff DiPaola, Sean Fitzgerald [Rep. Kaufman’s chief of Staff – Rep. Kaufman was traveling out of state], Rep. Will Brownsberger, Selectwoman Annie LaCourt, Selectwoman Diane Mahon, Selectwoman Clarissa Rowe, Selectman Jack Hurd, Medford Mayor Michael McGuinn, Medford Councilman Paul Camuso, the Chairwoman of the Deval Patrick Committee Liz Morningstar, former Representive Joe Daly, Michael McCabe, retired principal and chair of the Garballey Campaign, Mike Healey, town meeting member Marc Butler, reporters from the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald, and many other folks too numerous to mention.
Governor Patrick made sure to greet everyone, whether former representative Daley, or local children having breakfast due to the two hour delay in the start of school due to the truly awful weather. If I missed anyone, it was inadvertent and due to the very crowded, lively nature of this event.
Not only that, the food was good. Gov. Patrick made sure to finish his breakfast before heading off to the next event!