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March 18, 2013

Zingers and self-mockery lighten up political scene


Lynch, who hosted the breakfast when he was the state senator from South Boston, may have had a hometown advantage, though he had to bat first. Lynch was seated closer to the podium than Markey, who sat to the right of Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy, and Markey referenced Southie’s solid support of Lynch when he said his South Boston coordinator is “in a witness protection program at an undisclosed location.”

Markey also took a shot at the neighborhood’s annual parade, which has long been subject of criticism for excluding contingents from gay rights groups, using the conclave that recently selected Pope Francis as a point of reference.

“That conclave was really something, a bunch of old men, nearly all of them white, believing themselves to be infallible, ignoring all external pressures, remaining immune from all accountability no matter what they do. It kind of sounds like the South Boston Parade Committee,” Markey said.

“Okay, he’s bait,” Linehan responded. Later, Linehan said, “Isn’t he a great sport? Coming into the lion’s den, and even picking on us.”

Both Markey and Lynch left the breakfast early to march in a parade in Holyoke.

Former Gov. Bill Weld endorsed, in his own humorous way, Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposal to raise taxes, as part of a $1.9 billion revenue package.

“I alone perhaps of all people in the room think this is a great thing, because it’s the rebuilding platform and program for the Republican Party of Massachusetts,” said Weld who was elected on the heels of Gov. Michael Dukakis’ tax hikes, beginning a 16-year streak of Republican governors.

While Winslow was the lone Republican Senate candidate on hand, his two rivals for the seat, Michael Sullivan and Gabriel Gomez, as well as the party itself were the butt of some jokes.

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