Meet The New “Marcia”

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Bill Delahunt is the new “Marcia” Coakley.

Congressman Delahunt’s 10th congressional district went for Brown…  Now he’s got a serious challenger, former state treasurer and GOP gubernatorial candidate (and frequent Fox 25 contributor) Joe Malone.

Even better, he apparently shares Marcia’s deft political touch:

Yesterday, Delahunt significantly backed away from his strong support of the health care bill in comments on MSNBC. The adviser said that Delahunt had been considering such a move for months, but that Brown’s election on Tuesday convinced him most constituents would support a new approach.

Yeah, that’s the ticket.  I was gonna flip-flop on ObamaCare, but I was waitin’ ‘til the voters were ready for it—yeah, that’s it!

It Delahunt’s name sounds familiar, he’s the classy Congressman who told Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff David Addington that he hoped Al Qaeda got a good look at him on CSPAN.

You kind of communicate with Al Qaeda if you do. I can’t talk to you because Al Qaeda may watch C-SPAN," Addington said.

Delahunt responded: "I’m sure they are watching. I’m glad they finally have a chance to see you, Mr. Addington, given your penchant for being unobtrusive."

Delahunt is also a big fan of South American thug Hugo Chavez. The WSJ called him a “Venezuelan subsidiary in Congress.”

Locally, Rep. Delahunt is already well known for his almost Kerry-esque arrogance towards the voters. Meanwhile, Malone is a likeable guy who regularly ends his political analysis on local TV by singing Sinatra tunes with fellow commentator, Democrat Scott Harshbarger. 

Here’ another interesting point about Delahunt vs. Malone and the Scott Brown phenomenon: Like Scott Brown, Malone is a frequent caller to my shows and other local talk shows.  He’s already part of the populist conversation.

On the other hand, in the four years since I’ve been doing local talk here in Boston, I’ve never had a single unsolicited call from a Democratic office holder.  In fact, most are like Gov. Patrick and Martha Coakley—they turn down my invitations.

Michael Graham
Radio talk show host, columnist for the Boston Herald, stand-up comic and former GOP political consultant. Learn more about Michael here.

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