By Howie CarrMumbles chickened out.
This whole Chick-fil-A fiasco turned into, as he would say, an Alcatraz around his neck. Amazing, this guy who goes to Mass every Sunday — does he know he’s supportin’, to use his terminology, a group that is probably more opposed to gay marriage than Dan Cathy?
And if Boston College gets invited to the Chick-fil-A bowl, will you allow the Eagles’ plane to take off from Logan airport?
Usually, Mumbles takes his cues in PC idiocy from Mayor Bloomberg. This time, he was driving the lead clown car. And you know the old saying: Monkey see, monkey do.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago instantly jumped on the bandwagon. He took time out from cozying up to well-known gay-marriage supporter Louis Farrakhan to denounce Dan Cathy. Amazing how similar Chicago and Boston have become — both cities celebrate diversity by hating Chick-fil-A and looking the other way at Muslim homophobia.
Oh yeah, and one other thing Boston and Chicago have in common.
Rotten baseball teams.
The problem here for Mumbles is, this was a glimpse into the way he runs Boston — “my city,” he calls it when he’s splinkin’, as he says, in private. Usually, though, the stories about his heavy-handed tactics don’t make it out of the business sections. After all, it’s hard to feel sorry for a real-estate developer.
Mumbles has become a punchline — he calls Home Depot “Home Deep-co” and blasts AT&T because they don’t do “diddly-dunk.” This is a guy who sounds like he could use an “aconomic lesson,” as he once said. But this week the whole country sees that he can play plenty rough — like a mayor in a ’50s black-and-white movie.
Mumbles’ muscle is the ISD — Inspectional Services. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the beat-down of a businessman. Remember Halftime Pizza on Causeway Street during the Democratic convention of 2004?
The owner put up a “GO BUSH” sign and got hit with multiple citations.
Even by Mumbles’ standards, he was particularly tongue-tied yesterday. Asked if he’d gone overboard he replied:
“No I don’t I (three seconds of totally unintelligible gibberish) as mayah of the city of Boston, I have an opinion, I’m expressin’ my opinion.”
Or, as he put it later, “I made an opinion.”
“A Menino-ism,” he called his temper tantrum.
This week the mask slipped. Mumbles is not just a dolt, he’s a vindictive, power-mad tyrant. And the fact that everyone has seen it first-hand — that must really fry his nose, as Mumbles is wont to say.