Massachusetts politicians gently mocked each others’ electoral ambitions and standings in opinion polls at the annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast on Sunday, but the state’s chief executive also took some ribbing for kicking back in a neighborhood bar on the holiday.
City Councilor Michael Flaherty, who cohosted the breakfast with Congressman Stephen F. Lynch, was one of several speakers who poked fun at Baker from the dais.
“Anyone see him on the news? He was bar-hopping last night in South Boston,” Flaherty japed. “At one point, he had L Street blocked off — he was Irish step-dancing in the middle of the street.”
Flaherty said the governor’s alleged antics were “bad news for Democrats, particularly his gubernatorial challengers from the Democratic side. Because, um, he’s acting like a Kennedy.”
Baker responded to the ribbing at the end of his remarks.
“I really want to thank whoever it was that video’d me simply doing what everybody else does in South Boston on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, just enjoying myself a little bit at the L Street Tavern pounding back” — here Baker paused — “a shot.”