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March 18, 2013

Zingers and self-mockery lighten up political scene


Noting that the Republicans had held their first candidate forum at a yacht club, Markey launched into a satirical rousing refrain.

“They’ve organized every yacht club, every country club, every golf club. From the greens to the fairways, it is a true grassroots movement,” Markey said. “The Republicans, they’re going to knock on every six-room summer home in Massachusetts to get the vote out.”

The breakfasts were previously hosted by former Senate President William Bulger, who lives in South Boston. Bulger’s brother, the notorious alleged killer and mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, is heading toward a trial at the nearby Moakley Federal Courthouse. That particular fraternal relationship was not the subject of any dark humor at the breakfast.

After the ceremony, Weld told reporters that he had seen the former Senate president Saturday night.

“I was with Bill Bulger last night at the Clover Club at the Park Plaza in Boston,” Weld said. “It was great.”

Linehan exercised his vocal chords singing along to Irish tunes, which gave Warren an opening to discuss another type of “singing.”

“I understand Bill wants more people to sing this year,” Warren said. “On Beacon Hill I understand that usually means going before a grand jury.”

Treasurer Steven Grossman, who is considering a run for governor, made himself the punch-line, when he said, “I do have something else going for me that nobody else in the race could have: charisma.”

Grossman also referenced patronage hires, which have allegedly been a way of business at the Treasury before Grossman’s time there.

“We’ve done a lot of reform at Treasury since I got there. We now hire at the Lottery totally based on merit,” Grossman said. “So now the jobs at Treasury are given away based on who’s going to work the hardest on my campaign and who gives me the most money.”

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