Lynch, who hosted the breakfast when he was the state senator from South Boston, may have had a hometown advantage, though he had to bat first. Lynch was seated closer to the podium than Markey, who sat to the right of Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy, and Markey referenced Southie’s solid support of Lynch when he said his South Boston coordinator is “in a witness protection program at an undisclosed location.”
The breakfasts were previously hosted by former Senate President William Bulger, who lives in South Boston. Bulger’s brother, the notorious alleged killer and mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, is heading toward a trial at the nearby Moakley Federal Courthouse. That particular fraternal relationship was not the subject of any dark humor at the Sunday breakfast.
After the ceremony, former Gov. Bill Weld told reporters that he had seen the former Senate president Saturday night.
“I was with Bill Bulger last night at the Clover Club at the Park Plaza in Boston,” Weld said. “It was great.”
Linehan exercised his vocal cords, singing along to Irish tunes, which gave Warren an opening to discuss another type of “singing.”
“I understand Bill wants more people to sing this year,” Warren said. “On Beacon Hill I understand that usually means going before a grand jury.”
Gov. Deval Patrick delivered a video message, which featured a cameo by Lt. Gov. Tim Murray in a racecar driver’s suit, and Senate President Therese Murray attended an event her district.
The video showed a fake press conference, where Patrick said that the new reality shows “Southie Rules” and “Wicked Single” were so bad he had declared a state of emergency and issued a driving ban.
“Did he say driving ban,” the lieutenant governor said, appearing on screen in his race suit.”