Councillors endorse Sen. Scott Brown alongside U.S. Sen. John McCain at Bagel Bin

 

By James David Mitchell

 

The Bagel Bin, the local hotbed for all things with the emphasis on bacon, eggs, pizza and politics, was packed on Saturday morning as local Democrats joined local Republicans in what was deemed a historic event on Shirley Ave. with the arrival of Sen. Scott Brown and Arizona Sen. John McCain.

The former 2008 Presidential candidate McCain, who had been stumping on the campaign trail for Sen. Brown’s re-election bid, was dropping by the local breakfast establishment to give local Republican supporters a “pat on the back” for their hard work before heading to Melrose for a larger, planned campaign event.

City councillors Anthony Zambuto, Bob Haas, Ira Novoselsky, and Charlie Patch, arrived to offer their endorsement of Sen. Brown.

The morning began as the senators’ SUV arrived as sign-holding Brown supporters lined Shirley Ave., a crowd of onlookers stood outside the Bagel Bin cheering with a welcome for the two GOP senators.

The event carried into the restaurant where the senators greeted a packed venue of supporters and well-wishers, some patrons unaware by the arrival of the two political icons.

Local supporters of note included Police Chief Joseph Cafarelli, along with numerous off-duty and retired officers, as well as a large contingent of local veterans.

Sen. Brown urged attendees not to sit back during the final two weeks before the election – wondering on Nov. 6 if “I could have done more.”

Senator McCain applauded Sen. Brown’s military service and his record supporting veterans, noting Brown’s experience and leadership as an active member in the National Guards.

“We need Scott Brown to stay in the Senate and represent the people of Massachusetts and veterans all over America,” he said. “We need the hand of leadership Scott Brown will bring.”

McCain also questioned President Obama’s leadership in Washington and throughout the world – offering the murder of the Libyan ambassador and three others during a terrorist attack as an example.

“President Obama always says he got Osama bin Laden and that Al Qaeda is on the run. Al Qaeda is on the run alright – they’re on the run back – back to Iraq, back all over Africa and all over Syria. Nobody believes that this President leads – nobody in the world.”

The senior GOP leader told the hushed but enthusiastic crowd that the Libyan embassy attack is a cover up that is “as bad as anything I’ve ever seen in my time in the U.S. Senate.”

Following the senator’s speech, the two GOP leaders enjoyed breakfast with Mayor Dan Rizzo and wife, Jane, and Councillor-at-Large Anthony Zambuto and guests.

The senator’s then stepped outside with a number of local veterans for a group photo before heading off the Melrose.

Following the senator’s speech, the two GOP leaders enjoyed breakfast with Mayor Dan Rizzo and wife, Jane, and Councillor-at-Large Anthony Zambuto and guests.

The senator’s then stepped outside with a number of local veterans for a group photo before heading off the Melrose.

  • Jman656

    Didn’t know that Haas and Zambuto are Republicans. They did a good job of keeping it a secret. I guess they won’t be getting my vote again.

    • Jim922

      imagine supporting a candidate you belive in because of his views and not party affiliation….shocking…coming from the”open minded” party.