Saturday, July 24, 2010
Scott Brown in Hampden
Hey, I went to the fundraiser last night at the Hampden Country Club for State Representative candidate Jack Villamaino (above) with special guest speaker U.S. Senator Scott Brown. Of course the Senator's presence brought out all the local media, such as WWLP-TV22's Julie Tremmel and her cameraman.
Mike Dobbs of The Reminder.
David Miles of Turley Publications in Palmer brought his sense of humor in the form of his famous eyeball hat.
The candidates trying to oust Congressman Richard Neal were in attendance, with Tom Wesley posing here with Jennifer Devine. A relative of mine? Among the Irish we're all relatives.
Agawam City Councilor Bob Magovern is shown here on the left with Neal's other challenger Dr. and Mrs. Jay Fleitman.
GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker didn't make it, but his running mate Richard Tisei did.
State Senator Mike Knapik.
State Representative Don Humason.
Tom McCarthy, the state senate candidate from my childhood stomping grounds of Springfield's old Pine Point was there.
But not all the candidates present were Republicans. Democrat Hampden County District Attorney candidate Jim Goodhines was there. Goodhines is a man of sterling character in a race otherwise populated by rogues such as Michael Kogut, a former stooge for Springfield's disgraced former mayor Michael Albano.
Non-candidates in attendance included Miss Teen Massachusetts Tamara Sacharczyk from East Longmeadow.
Also attending was my fellow Pine Pointer Kevin Gray, who used to live on the street behind me when I was growing up.
Senator Brown had to drive to the event all the way from Washington D.C. and was delayed by traffic, forcing former state rep and retired Judge Bob Howarth to tell bad jokes in order to pass the time.
Finally the rock star arrived.
Senator Brown is famous for his unusual background, having been a model in his youth who once posed nude for Cosmopolitan. His wife has also reported that he wore pink leather shorts to their first date.
Eat your heart out Scott Brown!
Two of Massachusetts' grand eccentrics.
A great time was had by all.
Here's a picture of WGGB-TV40's Dave Madsen with James Taylor in Stockbridge.
This is from the Green River Festival in Greenfield last weekend.