June 30, 2004


Menino lets loose: Mayor slams ‘incompetent’ Kerry camp (David R. Guarino and Noelle Straub, June 30, 2004, Boston Herald)

Mayor Thomas M. Menino unloaded a searing attack on fellow Democrat John F. Kerry yesterday, calling his presidential campaign ``small-minded'' and ``incompetent'' - laying bare a years-old rift weeks before the city plays host to Kerry's FleetCenter coronation. [...]

Menino said he was enraged to see a local newspaper item saying he hung up on Kerry Sunday. The mayor yesterday said Kerry's campaign floated the story, which he called untrue.

``I wasn't angry with him, that's a rumor they're spreading,'' Menino said. ``They are trying to balance out their decision by saying the mayor's angry. I had no harsh words with them.''

Menino called the alleged leak ``the failure of the campaign to communicate with the public,'' adding, ``They are trying to find scapegoats for their incompetency.''

Watching the Kerry campaign in action is like being a character in the JG Ballard novel, Crash.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 30, 2004 10:18 AM

I don't know how anyone thought Menino could be angry. He doesn't sound angry, does he?

Posted by: pj at June 30, 2004 10:26 AM

Word in Boston is that Menino is ticked since the convention, which he pushed for Kerry, is a mess, Kerry wouldn't cross the picket line, and various other things. Interesting is that some Dem friends of mine, who normally are very positive toward Menino, were mad at Menino for attacking Kerry because Kerry is needed to get rid of the Hitler Bush.

Posted by: AWW at June 30, 2004 8:06 PM
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