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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Joe Biden Called and Congratulated the Wrong Man for Boston Mayoral Election

After securing a victory in Tuesday evening’s Boston mayoral election, Democratic mayor-elect Marty Walsh fielded congratulatory phone calls from President Obama and outgoing Mayor Thomas Menino.

Missing from that list? Vice President Joe Biden.

But here’s the catch: Biden did call Marty Walsh. Just not the Marty Walsh.

Instead, he called former Sen. Edward Kennedy campaign staffer Marty Walsh, beginning the conversation with “You son of a gun.”

MassLive scribe (and Mediaite contributor) Garrett Quinn reports that, according to staffers, the two spoke briefly before Biden called and left a voicemail on the real Walsh’s phone.

At least he initially called someone involved in politics and not any of the several dozen other Martin Walshes in the Boston metro area.

The “wrong” Walsh took the mixup in stride, telling the Boston Globe that he expects similar calls to come from more officials in coming weeks.

“We’re a dime a dozen in Boston,” he said. “I probably know eight Marty Walshes.”

UPDATE: According to The Hill, former senate staffer Marty Walsh also received erroneous phone calls from Minneapolis mayor R. T. Rybak and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).

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