I’m a little late getting started today. You know how parties can take on a life of their own.
We had quite the eclectic crew show up at Captain’s Cove Seaport, a collection of great and near-great pols, elected officials, neighborhoods activists, and urban warriors. Cougar Rodgerson pawed in with some of his cubs from the Black Rock arts community. The Coug was sporting facial chops that gave the appearance he’s on the verge of conversion to Judaism. “Not yet,” Coug cracked. Circumcision this afternoon, Coug!
Bob “The Troll” Walsh dropped by with that mischievous smile and a brain that never stops working. The City Council maverick is like a kid with matches and gasoline always poised to flame up a controversy. The Troll and Kool Hand Tommy Kelly, one of Black Rock’s wit masters, looked like they were cooking up a darn good conspiracy, as was story-teller extraordinaire Ace Holleran.
Always sweet to see the Mother Goose of the Democratic party Dottie Guman, now party vice chair. East Side District Leader Marilyn Middlemass showed up with her quirky sense of humor.
Quite a mighty crew of Republicans showed up including OIB’s genial think tank Bruce Hubler, State Sen. Rob Russo, Republican Town Chair Marc Delmonico and wife Barbara, and chief strategists and fundraisers for Congressman Christopher Shays. Where were the Jim Himes people? I was ready to broker a deal between the two congressional camps over debates. Could Maura Keaney, Himes campaign manager, be taking the Park City lightly? Where were the signs, Let The Good Himes Roll! I guess they left them at the convention. They coulda done a fab rendition of Walk Like An Egyptian.
Great to see Sun Cat, Jonathan Kantrowitz, key correspondent for My Left Nutmeg, and always gracious John from Black Rock.
And how about mighty Local Eyes putting up a brave defense of Mayor Bill Finch’s first six months in office. LE made quite an impression on behalf of his honor, and he’s never even met him! Now that’s real courage.
Many precious moments with the three amigos–Sly Salcedo, Chico Rivera and the indomitable Joel Gonzalez who slipped out of the zoo when the tigers weren’t watching–all three potential candidates to fill the seat being vacated by State Rep. Felipe Reinoso. Where was Eze Santiago? Yo Mitch, did you advise your prodigy not to show? We could have had a makeshift nominating convention on the spot. And could it be dapper Hector Diaz might jump into the state representative fray? Stay tuned. Captain Charlie Coviello stopped in to hold court with the three amigos. Talk about brokering a deal. What ca