“How do you like them apples?”
Matt Damon, the Cambridge kid turned international movie star, is being featured in a robocall going out to voters statewide on behalf of comedian-turned-politician Jimmy Tingle.
“Hi, I’m Matt Damon and I’m calling to urge you to vote for Jimmy Tingle for lieutenant governor in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, Sept. 4,” the familiar voice says in the call.
“I grew up in Cambridge. Jimmy was a role model and a friend to me over the years, and a true community leader,” says the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School graduate and star of “The Departed,” “The Martian,” and other international hits.
Damon, who has given $1,000 to his friend’s campaign, says Tingle cares about people.
He closes with a hard ask in the 30-second recording: “Please join me in supporting Jimmy Tingle on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Jimmy Tingle for lieutenant governor. How do you like them apples?”
(For those who have been living under a rock for the last 21 years, that’s a line from his Academy Award-winning Cambridge-based film, “Good Will Hunting.”)
Sean Fitzgerald, Tingle’s campaign manager, said the call is going to just over 300,000 frequent voters on their landlines and cellphones statewide as part of Tingle’s get-out-the-vote efforts.
Tingle, of Cambridge, faces Quentin Palfrey, a lawyer and former Obama administration official, in the primary race. The state’s current lieutenant governor, Karyn Polito, is the only GOP candidate for the low-profile office.Joshua Miller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.