Pols on Parade for Columbus Day

October 8, 2012

Today both local dailies quite naturally featured stories about the usual political gladhanding – most notably by Senate rivals Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren – at East Boston’s annual Columbus Day Parade.

But one paper had better marching orders.

Boston Globe (boink! Sorry, paywall):

Brown, Warren keep on marching

Tight, heated race stops in E. Boston

The state’s hotly contested race for the US Senate came to East Boston on Sunday afternoon, as Republican incumbent Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, both marched in the city’s annual Columbus Day parade.

Separated only by the UMass Lowell marching band, the rivals greeted supporters along the route as their aides and volunteers tried to pump up the crowd by chanting slogans and passing out campaign paraphernalia.

Campaign signs for both candidates dotted the route, and Brown and Warren appeared to be greeted with comparable levels of enthusiastic cheers, polite applause, and quiet stares as the parade progressed.

The Globe also noted that “Warren . . . marched with a group of mostly young supporters, as well as Boston city councilors Salvatore LaMattina, Ayanna Pressley, and Felix Arroyo.”

The Herald coverage, on the other hand, took a slightly different route:

Brown: Jobless rate’s for real

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown scoffed yesterday at conspiracy theories circulated by his party and business tycoon Jack Welch that the Obama administration concocted last week’s encouraging unemployment numbers to distract from the president’s mauling by former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney in their first televised debate.

“No, no, no,” the senator said when asked by a reporter if he believes the jobless numbers were fake.

But Brown, who has been touting his bipartisan voting record on the campaign trail, stopped short of giving Obama any credit for steering the economy toward recovery.

“Listen, we had one month out of 40 something. Let’s see what happens next month. Everything’s flat. I know it, he (Obama) knows it, everyone knows it . . . ”

But there was nothing flat about the response the Herald got when it quizzed Warren on the same topic:

When Brown’s rival, Elizabeth Warren, who also marched, was asked whether she thought Democrats fudged the numbers, an angry Mayor Thomas M. Menino answered for her.

“That’s a typical explanation from Jack Welch. Where has he been the last three or four years? These are real numbers,” Menino railed. “Jack Welch, go back to New York! Stay there.”

Like we said, better marching orders.

 

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