Skip to comments.Howie Carr thread Feb 1-14, 2013
Posted on 02/01/2013 6:43:26 AM PST by raccoonradio
Howie Carr thread for the first half of Feb. starting with today's Boston Herald column, "Dear John, it was something you said"
"This is a great day for Massachusetts. This is the day John Forbes Liveshot Kerry stops being our senator. The governor, who was born in Illinois, is replacing the senator who was born in Colorado with an interim senator who was born in North Carolina who will serve on Capitol Hill with the senior senator who was born in Oklahoma."
Senator Nurse Fuzzy Wuzzy.
by Howie Carr
Friday, February 1, 2013
This is a great day for Massachusetts. This is the day John Forbes Liveshot Kerry stops being our senator.
The governor, who was born in Illinois, is replacing the senator who was born in Colorado with an interim senator who was born in North Carolina who will serve on Capitol Hill with the senior senator who was born in Oklahoma.
(Go to the Herald page, linked above, for a selection of John Kerry's greatest audio clips.)
In honor of this magnificent day, which many of us feared wed never live to see, lets review some of Liveshots greatest hits.
Everyone has their own favorite John Kerry moment, and this is mine, from 2004, when he announced that his vice presidential running mate was U.S. Sen. John Edwards. Liveshot, always a superb judge of character, said this about the ambulance-chaser who touched everything but the third rail:
I know his skill. I know his passion. I know his conscience. I know his faith. He has honored the lessons of home and family.
Yes, Mr. Secretary, but did you know his pregnant mistress?
Kerrys acumen doesnt end at the oceans edge either. Here is Mr. Secretary on Syria and its very ethical leader: Syria is an essential player in bringing peace and stability to the region. President Assad has been very generous with me in terms of the discussions we have had.
On the dedication of the Big Dig tunnel: This tunnel will be a bargain!
This is a guy who makes Ed Markey look in touch. Remember when the Herald caught Liveshot trying to beat the $500,000 state sales tax on his new $7 million yacht, the Isabella? As reporters swarmed, he jumped into his Chevy Volt, er, SUV, and issued this clarion explanation:
Can I get outta here please?
As the reporters kept pestering him with questions, perhaps because hes never seen a tax he didnt like, unless it was on himself, of course: Lets not get silly here.
Then there was the time Mitt Romney mentioned a tar baby. What a racist. You can hear the cut of John Kerry talking about a big tar baby out there. To which the national media responded as one: Nothing to see here folks, move along.
On the fact that when it comes to charity, he tosses around quarters like they were manhole covers: The fact is I did make some contributions. Theyre not enormous. I have two kids. I live off my Senate salary. My wife may be independently wealthy. Im not.
Now hes worth $193 million.
And of course, this great one from 2004: I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.
Under fire, he shot back: Is that flip-floppin? Is that a flip-flop?
As a matter of fact, yes it is.
Music, anyone? Im fascinated by rap.
His favorite Red Sox player? Manny Ortez.
Favorite football team? Youre lookin at the biggest cheesehead in America, right here.
In rural Ohio, pandering for the hick vote: Can I get me a hunting license here?
If you dont study hard, youll end up in Iraq. It was a botched joke.
In the 2004 campaign, he hired a guy who worked at a bicycle or windsurfing store as his valet. One day the valet lost Kerrys special magic hairbrush. Kerry went nuts. Wheres my brush? Wheres my brush?
Now Kerry has hired noted Globe throne-sniffer Glen Johnson as his new valet. Some words of advice Glen:
Dont misplace the brush.
Parody lyrics by me, 2004:
Have yourself a Kerry Little Christmas, cozy all the way
While the seat of power is so far away
You'll be just one more lib in the Senate, thanks to W
You won't live on Pennsylvania Avenue
Ketchup heiress has lots of dough, lots and lots of dough to spend
It won't buy you the White House though, for the voters know, my friend
Mondale, Gore and also Mike Dukakis know just how you feel
When you're seen, you don't have any appeal
So have yourself a Kerry Little Christmas now
Got a lot of votes in San Francisco, New York and L.A. they loved him too
But he's still going back to Massachusetts
The Swift Boat hero, left Democrats so blue
yes he’s mentioned she now will reign as Senior Senator. And yes frightening
Hey Senior Moment Senator Granny Warren! The MA Fishing Industry just got “hammered”!
Hey Senior Moment Senator Granny Warren! The MA Fishing Industry just got “hammered”!
Hey Senior Moment Senator Granny Warren! The MA Fishing Industry just got “hammered”!
“even if temporary?
Ya, for like the next six years.
AS FOR HIS ‘FAREWELL TOUR’ AROUND THE STATE YESTERDAY:
“How can we miss you if you don’t go away?
Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Five surgeons from big cities are discussing who makes the best patients to operate on.
The first surgeon, from New York, says,
‘I like to see accountants on my operating table because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered.’
The second, from Chicago, responds,
‘Yeah, but you should try electricians! Everything inside them is color coded.’
The third surgeon, from Dallas, says,
‘No, I really think librarians are the best, everything inside them is in alphabetical order.’
The fourth surgeon, from Los Angeles chimes in:
‘You know, I like construction workers...Those guys always understand when you have a few parts left over.’
But the fifth surgeon, from Washington , DC shut them all up when he observed:
‘You’re all wrong.
Politicians are the easiest to operate on...
There’s no guts, no heart, no ba*ls, no brains, and no spine..
Plus, the head and the a** are interchangeable.’
Howie Carr: Red flags were raised long ago for future
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Good career move by ex-U.S. Sen. Scott Brown.
And Scott, thanks for giving the Herald the scoop. You promised wed get the news first, and we did.
Not that his decision to take a pass was unexpected. Two weeks ago tomorrow, he and I were doing another one of our joint book signings at Willow Books in Acton. We had a good crowd, and after it was over, he told me how much he was enjoying the appearances.
Want to do some more of these? he asked.
Well, sure, I said. But arent you going to be busy, or something, in another month or so?
He just shrugged.
It would have been a tough fight. He could have beaten Not-so-Fast Eddie Markey, but in less than two years, hed have been looking down the barrel at JoJoJo Kennedy. In the end, Brown could have won two statewide races for the Senate and spent $80 million only to serve a combined total of fewer than five years.
It was different in 2009. He had nothing to lose. The fight was a lark. It was supposed to be a warm-up for the attorney general fight in 2010, or something. But if hed lost this next one, it would have been the end of the road. Not too many pols come back from dropping two in a row.
I didnt talk to Scott Brown yesterday, he just texted me that he was out. But I wonder if hell run for governor in 2014 either. This is really getting to be a tough state for a Republican, and Brown is about as good a natural retail politician as anybody anywhere. But what can he do when so many of the low-information voters are pulling the straight Democrat ticket?
Last fall was really nasty. In our post-election book signings, Browns fans have been telling him endless stories about being intimidated, or forced to hold Warren signs by their unions, or having their property vandalized, all for the crime of opposing a fake-Indian carpetbagger from Oklahoma.
In Orleans right before Christmas, a female UMass freshman recalled sitting in a large theater-style classroom a couple of months earlier, and her professor asking for a show of hands who was for each of the candidates. Apparently, she was the only one to raise her hand for Brown, and everyone saw her.
On her way out of class, she was heckled, cursed, spit at and generally called every name in the book. Talk about the war on women
At some point you say, Who needs it? If you dont have a hunch, why bet a bunch?
The filing deadline is Feb. 27. The Republicans have exactly 25 days to round up certified signatures from 10,000 Republicans and independents. Good luck with that.
As for all you bookstore operators out there, Scott Brown and I are back in business. Give us a call.
yikes...I mentioned the bit about the UMass student on Facebook to Dan Kennedy (Bos Phoenix, Beat the Press segment of Greater Boston) and he said he found it hard to believe to be true. Yeah right. I have said Brown should change to a Dem and change his last name to Kennedy to get elected in this low info voter state.
Time to plug welfare leakage
by Howie Carr,
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Leakage thats what Gov. Deval Patrick is now calling rampant welfare fraud in his administration.
According to the inspector general, $25 million has been wasted, and we all know thats just the tip of the iceberg. Still, though $25 million seems more like a flood than a leak.
But dont worry, the governor assures us that the fraud rate is only about average. Thats certainly a relief. Wed all hate to think that the commonwealth is below average in the amount of fraud and abuse by the non-working classes.
But this is a governor who dismisses any and all cases of welfare fraud as mere anecdotes. And by the way, it appears we have a lot more anecdotes than were first reported closer to 50,000, rather than the original 19,000.
None of this welfare dirty laundry would have come out if only Granny Warrens daughter hadnt forced the state to order a voter-registration drive last summer among the layabout class. A half-million letters went out (complete with prepaid return envelopes) and almost 50,000 came back return to sender, address unknown. No such number, no such zone.
Here are a few anecdotes from the inspector generals report involving leakage:
A gimme girl was receiving Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children while in jail, while simultaneously submitting time sheets stating she was participating in a work program at a career center.
In 2010, a gimme girl stated she did not know the whereabouts of the father of her child. Eighteen months later, she gave birth to a second child and named the same father on the birth certificate.
Another deadbeat claimed shed been unemployed for more than six years and that her husband was incarcerated. The inspector general discovered a bank account into which she had recently deposited $7,000, while withdrawing $8,500. There was of course no evidence of investigation by the Department of Transitional Assistance.
The inspector general discovered some problems with the relationship status between grantees and dependent children. Does this mean that children are being claimed by multiple women as their own in order to qualify for yet more handouts? Why not? Apparently nobody ever checks.
Dont worry though. Deval is on the case. The hacks are setting up an Integrated Eligibility System with anticipated implementation by 2015.
Only two more years of leakage among the anecdotes. Thats a load off the taxpayers minds.
All in all, its a tough report. Even Deval had to do something. So he regretfully fired his DTA commissioner, Dan Curley.
A good guy, Deval said.
Too bad Curleys not a lawyer. Deval could make him a judge, just like hes doing with Mary Beth Heffernan after her bang-up job as public safety secretary.
Are there any clerk magistrates jobs open? Give Curley the job, and I guarantee you in three months his nickname at the courthouse will be Personal Recognizance.
Or maybe Leakage.
Go you remember who that author he had on talking about the shroud of Turin? She had a book.
Do^ Not Go...
Make of this what you will:
a) supposedly a big announcement 7:35 am today (Monday)
about the future of AM 830 WCRN Worcester
b) Cryptic message on Michael Graham page: It’s
coming 11 12 13 Truth
Graham to WCRN
or WCRN to Fox Sports
It was announced today that starting next week former WTKK host Michael Graham will be on noon to 3 pm
on WCRN AM 830 Worcester along with WESO 970 Southbridge, WBNW 1120 Concord, and WPLM 1390
Plymouth in what is being called the New England Talk Network
Too bad they can’t Jeff Katz for the morning drive. The current 830 morning line up is, well sorry, lame.
Yes..people in radio are guessing Graham is paying for the time, “brokered time”. WCRN prob can’t afford to pay him, so he would prob buy time then sell ads to pay himself back. The CRN morning show is Hank Stolz, the program director of the station. Maybe it’s in conjunction with
the Money Matters network...they can sell ads and
I think the new Graham show displaces a noon news hour by
Stolz, some brokered time hour long shows at 1, then
prog talker Jeff Santos brokered at 2 (so now Howie gets Graham for a lead in)...or is it Huckabee? The WCRN website is pitiful. Prog talk gets, shall we say, hammered in
New England. While it is on taxpayer funded NPR outlets,
commercial prog talk is only on fulltime stations in
Brattleboro and Bangor, the latter thanks to moonbat Stephen King...and in Boston itself it’s just about gone on the commercial dial (there may be a weak AM station doing Santos 6-7 am). But hey with NPR why bother...?
I find NPR very hard to take, outside of Car Talk and a few of the weekend shows, which I rarely listen to. And 99.5, for household background “elevator music”.
Yes...I go into a Hess station in N Reading sometimes late afternoons and the college-age help has All Things Considered on a portable radio, yuck.
I would guess the WCRN gig would make it hard for Graham
to fill in for Howie, unless he did a “double shift” (or got someone, who? to cover his reg one) and could do it via
a Net connection from the WCRN studios.
WTF is going on with RKO??? They played almost 20 minutes worth of ads from noon til 20 after then a replay of Kuhner, now, interrupted by live Rush? WTH?
Diff with satellite feed? Don’t know.
I do know in terms of automation if someone clicks the wrong date on automation software (at least at the type WMWM uses, my station at Salem State) it runs through every PSA etc
and then ends with dead air.
Maybe sat. problem who knows.
Willies got so much to be thankful for
by Howie Carr
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Lets look on the bright side, the mayor of Lawrence said last night. But Willie Lantigua missed some of the obvious high points he could have bragged about.
First of all, a former state rep from Lawrence has already been arrested this year.
And it wasnt him, it was Jose Santiago!
More good news: Lantigua has finally filed his campaign finance reports. OK, so they were two years late.
And do you realize that it has been one week seven whole days since one of his pals has been convicted of a crime?
That would be Wilfredo Laboy II, son of the political prisoner, former School Superintendent Wilfredo Laboy. He got the jail time, the old man did, but Junior got probation. All he did was lie to the grand jury.
Willie Lantigua pointed out last night that the majority of drug suspects in Lawrence now come from out of town. Not to mention out of the country.
I ask you to join me in refusing to allow distraction to keep us from the job at hand.
In case you were wondering, distraction is another word for grand juries.
Alas, Gov. Deval Patrick was apparently unable to attend. But he is a gracious patron to his dear pal Mayor Lantigua. On the way to City Hall, perhaps Willie heard Republican state Rep. Jim Lyons talking on the radio about how the state Lyons constituents, people who actually have jobs and pay taxes are forking over $152 million for the Lawrence school system.
Of course he didnt mention that the city of Lawrence is also making its own contribution $4 million. Lyons calls the city an ongoing criminal enterprise, like Lawrence isnt an equal-opportunity mob.
Take Lennie Degnan, the mayors suspended-with-pay chief of staff. His father-in-law is an ex-con, Nick Rizzo, the guy who looted Paul Tsongas campaign account back in 1992. And hes from North Andover. Lawrence doesnt care about your native tongue, or the color of your skin, just the length of your rap sheet.
Just ask Deval Patrick. The mayor should have thanked Patrick for the loan of an additional $35 million. Im sure itll be paid back.
But look at how much Lawrence gives back not just the votes to elect the fake Indian, but also, when his man Ron Bell allegedly drinks too much in Boston, whos there to hire him off the waiver wire? Willie Lantigua, thats who.
The mayor has much to be proud of. Think of all the arrested cops hes still got on the payroll. And how about the three kids in the anti-gang program who were allegedly supplementing their income by sticking up bodegas?
Whats the big deal? Theres a word for it ... double-dipping.
Is there method to his madness?
by Howie Carr
Friday, February 8, 2013
Is Whitey Bulger going soft in the squash?
I mean, if your only defense is that you had total immunity from the feds, conveniently given to you by a dead guy, then why would you start yapping on a recorded line about how you never gave the evil G-men any information?
In other words, you claim you had a quid pro quo, but you never delivered the quid for the quo.
I bought (expletive) information, I didnt sell it, Whitey said Sept. 12, in a dogtrack-ready spiel to his younger brother Jackie. I never gave them (expletive) information. Nothin. Nothin.
Obviously, Seamus is still in Step One of the Five Stages of Snitchhood denial that hes a rat. Even to his brother, who is himself a convicted felon.
In his prime robbing days, Whitey didnt talk on phones wiretaps. Or indoors bugs. Or in cars ditto.
This conversation was recorded nine days after his 83rd birthday. Hed been in the can for 15 months, and before that, hed spent 15 years sitting on a park bench in Santa Monica Heavens Waiting Room, Left Coast Annex.
Its to be expected hes lost a little off the fastball, but why would he be spewing out this kind of nonsense to undermine his own already unbelievable defense? Unless maybe hes laying the groundwork for his next defense senile dementia.
You know who else this filing by the feds is bad news for? The dwindling band of Zip Connolly acolytes who think the bent fed was framed. Doesnt sound to me like Whiteys going to go to the mat for his old go-to guy, Special Agent Cannoli.
I didnt know that (expletive) John Connolly wrote all those reports.
Stop me if youve heard this before. Whiteys partner in crime, Stevie Flemmi, was making the exact same complaints about his first FBI handler, H. Paul Rico. First he said he never said that stuff in the 209s, even though he was the only one who could have known the details. Then he said Wimpy Bennett must have said it until Frank Salemme pointed out to him that hed already murdered Wimpy Bennett weeks before the reports were filed.
Finally, Stevie admitted everything, but whined Rico had stiffed him on the informant fees he was due.
You dont get it, Stevie told his co-defendants. They gave us gold and we gave them (expletive).
In this case, the expletive was his co-defendants. Stevie really was lucky to get out of Plymouth in one piece. Now hes going to be brought back from Otisville to testify against Whitey. The trial is supposed to start June 6.
Once Whitey was the boss of all the snow in South Boston. This morning he sits in his cell in Plymouth and watches the other kind of snow fall.
Whiteys got more than one blizzard headed his way this year.
hi and sorry for late reply—no , I don’t remember that author...
Driving ban? Take a hike, gov
by Howie Carr
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Hey Gov. Patrick, didnt your mother ever teach you about the magic word please?
You know, youd ask her for something, and shed say, Whats the magic word, Deval?
I guess she didnt because I didnt hear it Friday, when you ordered everyone in the state off the roads at 4 p.m. Like everyone else, I did hear about the $500 fine and/or one year in jail for violating your order, which you had said the previous day you probably werent going to issue.
I know, the bow-tied bumkissers are already falling all over themselves lauding you for your wise decision to shut down business statewide and arrest anybody who had the audacity to try to get home from work. But did it ever occur to you that at 4 p.m. Friday maybe half the state had only minimal snow? Think Nantucket.
If you had to order a driving ban, why not at 7 p.m.? Ninety-nine percent of the people would have been home by then. Do you really think a lot of people were planning to go out joyriding in the blizzard? Gov. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire asked her constituents to get off the roads by 7 p.m. No haughty orders, she just said she would rely on their common sense. But then you dont have much in common with Maggie, do you, Deval?
Earlier this week, she vowed to veto an increase in the beer tax (it didnt even get out of the legislature). You couldnt slap a beer sales tax on top of the beer excise tax fast enough, remember?
Every moonbat wakes up in the morning hoping this is the day he gets to inconvenience, or hector, or lecture somebody else, preferably some bitter clingers who have to work for a living.
Friday was the day moonbat Devals dream finally came true. He out-Dukakised Dukakis. But the difference is, when Dukakis declared a driving ban, nobody complained. Because at that point it was necessary people had been caught by surprise.
It was 1978, remember no Weather Channel, no models. Nobody was caught unawares Friday. You could have picked up the news reports on the fillings in your teeth.
Myself, Id hired a guy to drive me home Friday night. I was going to leave my car warm and safe in a garage in Brighton. But then he heard about the year in jail, and he chickened out.
So I called Veterans Taxi. At 5 p.m., Veterans called back and said the cops had just ordered them off the road. In other towns, the police were doing robo-calls, a chance to throw their weight around, too.
I wasnt that worried driving home. I had press credentials, and if any cops had stopped me, I figured I would just tell them I was Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis son.
Can you imagine what TV viewers from outside New England must have thought watching us here in Boston these last few days? First you have a mayor talking about deploring plows in the sea of Boston, and if you have any problems, call nine-eleven. (Go ahead, check your phone for an eleven.)
And now my car is in the driveway, totally buried in snow. Deval, its all your fault. Can you come over today and help me dig it out? Please.
What the heck is going on with the howiecarr.us and all related websites for sale? There must be something afoot.
hmm...meanwhile McSCREAMER IS ON! Yikes!
I think Howie said he had to go to Cleveland for something, or was it somewhere else?
Howie set up howiecarr.us because he thought he was able to escape WRKO last year. Turned out he couldn’t. Maybe it’s just expiring or they let it expire?
OK here’s what it says...now I know Howie had someone set up sites for him like fatboy, liveshot, etc. and I’m trying to remember who...wow!
Due to the ending of a longtime friendship with Howie Carr I am selling this domain. Also available for sale are the domains fatboy.cc, liveshot.cc, mumblesmenino.us, and coupedeval.com. Site traffic statistics are available. Please use the blog form below for your offers, all replies will be confidential. Also available for sale is the Howie Carr story with 20 years plus of photos and video for qualified biographers. Thank you.
OK I did a WHOIS search and it said howiecarr.us belongs to Larry Bruce. OK...now I remember. “Larry the Loner”, Howie called him on air. Tech engineer for RKO at one point; he even consulted for smaller stations like the one I’m on, on the North Shore (not now though). So Larry the Loner and Howie have ended a longtome friendship?
"Due to the ending of a longtime friendship with Howie Carr I am selling this domain. Also available for sale are the domains fatboy.cc, liveshot.cc, mumblesmenino.us, and coupedeval.com. Site traffic statistics are available. Please use the blog form below for your offers, all replies will be confidential. Also available for sale is the Howie Carr story with 20 years plus of photos and video for qualified biographers. Thank you."
I looked up the site on whois, and it is owned by Larry Bruce. Larry is a longtime associate/cameraman/engineer, so it seems that they have had a major falling out.
Yes I did the same and I knew he was an engineer for RKO at one point (I remember a pic of him in the Herald, adjusting knobs etc.) and he was an engineer for my station WMWM Salem State (some engineers would do a whole bunch of college stations in spare time). I pointed out on a radio board (more than once) that Larry had a youtube video posted on howiecarr.us showing the Jerry Williams show, with Howie and newsreader Deb Robi in the next room, from 1988 or so. He clearly says he filmed the video and called himself the
I was racking my brains trying to get his name but as soon as I saw it on WHOIS I said, yes, Larry Bruce, and indeed some kind of problem. WHOIS says howiecarr.us expires in July.
Wow... the plot thickens. Wonder what happened? Thanks for the heads up, raccoonradio!
Will Howie be back today and/or tomorrow? Heard McScreamer yesterday for a few seconds. My ears still haven't recovered...
Don’t know if Howie will be on today (vacation in Fla.? who knows) or not. Yes don’t know why he and Larry Bruce are no longer friends. Last year Larry helped out by finding stuff related to the Liz Warren Pow-Wow-Chow book via a library in Manchester NH (Howie did a column on it last yr)
meanwhile this from the Globe today, take it for what it’s worth:
by Kevin Cullen:
>>We all know where Whitey Bulger fits on the criminal spectrum, but what about the political spectrum? Turns out hes a Reagan Democrat who bemoans the state of both major parties. He dismisses President Obama as a radical socialist and Mitt Romney as a union-busting venture capitalist who likes firing people and shipping jobs to China. I dont know why Fox is wasting its time wooing Scott Brown. Roger Ailes should give Whitey his own show.
According to what Howie said on Friday he was going to Cleveland yesterday and will most definetly be back on air today. Out of habit I increased the volume on RKO at 3pm yesterday and shut it off immediately after hearing mcscreamer’s voice.
yup—to work on new book
New Howie site http://howiecarratrifleman.com/ He said on air when someone asked about his email blast “we’re trying to get the 7500 names (subscribers) back from the other person” (see above_
Yowsa... what's with all the screeching women in the Boston media??
Maria Stephanos from Fox 25. They do this during a ratings period for the TV station—Fox 25 is basically advertising on Howie’s show. When the ratings period ends you will magically not hear from Maria for quite some time (be aware she was one of the three finalists for “Pres of Howie Carr Nation” the other 2 being Col Hunt, who won, and “Officer Mark”...)
Pol farewell tour bites into funds
By Howie Carr / Boston Herald
Youve probably never heard of ex-state Rep. David Torrisi of North Andover. Apparently most of his constituents had never heard of him either, because last September he lost the Democratic primary to a 29-year-old first-time candidate.
But living well is the best revenge, and after losing, Torrisi went on a fine dining spree that should have been chronicled on the Food Network.
According to his end-of-year filing with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance, between Oct. 20 and the end of the year, Torrisis campaign committee raised exactly 40 cents.
At the same time, he was spending $8,992.28, most of it on dinner with colleagues, staff dinners, dinners with campaign supporters, staff lunches, lunches with campaign supporters and lunches with colleagues.
Maybe if Torrisi had sprung for those meals with his colleagues before the legislative redistricting, the leadership wouldnt have shunted him into such an unwinnable district.
Torrisi did not return repeated calls for comment.
His biggest feast came on Nov. 20 at Old City Hall. That was dinner with colleagues for $818.02.
Next came staff dinner at Strega Waterfront a week before Christmas. Thats a swell place; Michelle Obama has dined there. Lame-duck Torrisi ran up two separate tabs on Dec. 18 for $651.03 and $163.
Hope the staffers ordered the lemon cake. Thats my favorite, even better than the ricotta pie.
And isnt Phil a great maitre d?
Next on the Torrisi gourmet tour is Ruths Chris Steakhouse on School Street. A chain, but a nice chain. Dinner with colleagues $570.70 on Dec. 5. Then theres Flemings Prime Steakhouse in Park Square. Torrisi threw another dinner with colleagues there Oct. 24. Not as many colleagues that night, apparently, because the tab was a mere $179.21.
How about a red-meat emporium closer to home? On Dec. 11, the soon-to-be-extinguished solon hosted a dinner with campaign supporters at Burtons Grill in North Andover. Cost: $256.25.
Torrisi also celebrated his last hurrah at The Last Hurrah on Nov. 20 and Dec. 4. Total tab: $336.55.
Christmas is about giving, especially if you have a campaign account and youve run your last campaign. So on Dec. 11, someone, presumably Torrisi, stopped by the Apple Store in Peabody and dropped $911.62 for staff Christmas gifts.
The trip to the Apple Store was the day after he visited Wine & Beer at the Andovers and dropped $167.95 on gifts for campaign volunteers, and the day before he visited the Wine Connextion and spent another $185.99 on more gifts for campaign volunteers.
The lesson here is, public service is tough. And fattening.