Former attorney general Frank Bellotti, whose identification with the Massachusetts Democratic Party dates back to his run for Norfolk district attorney in 1958, could not believe his friend George Regan would put his names up in lights — on a fund-raising invitation for Republican Governor Charlie Baker.
But that’s what the often-zany Regan did when he sent out the invitation to a Nov. 3 gathering at his home in Marina Bay, Quincy.
“With remarks by Attorney General Frank Bellotti” was streamed across the invite. It didn’t even say “former” attorney general. Bellotti hasn’t been attorney general since he decided not to run for a third term in 1986.
Bellotti is holding back any public comment. But to say he was irritated is mild, according to his friends.
Not only has the 93-year-old Bellotti been a Democratic icon for decades, but the invitation appeared a week before he is set to travel to Agawam to get a lifetime achievement award from local Democratic Party activists.
The normally brash and combative Regan was unusually contrite, acknowledging it was a screwup — but not his fault.
“I love Frank dearly,’’ he said. “But sometimes our company moves too fast, and the left hand doesn’t quite know what the right is doing.”
“I just hope in this case, Frank doesn’t cut my hands off,’’ he added. He did note that Bellotti showed up a year ago at a similar Baker fund-raiser at his residence and even said a few extemporaneous words.
He said he reached out this week to Bellotti and apologized.
How did that go?
“Frank, he was fine,’’ Regan said.”He has yelled at me for much worse in the past.”Frank Phillips can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.