Faced with jokes and cracks about their party for decades at the South Boston St. Patrick's Day Breakfast, South Shore Republicans decided to hold a breakfast of their own a few years ago.
State Senator Robert Hedlund called the South Boston St. Patrick's Day breakfast "too predictable," but sometimes predictability can be good.
Sunday at the Scituate Country Club at the fourth annual GOP 8 St. Patrick's Day Breakfast, Plymouth County Sheriff Joe McDonald cracked one joke that many in the bloggo-sphere and on Facebook say crossed the line.
According to Blue Mass Group, a liberal blog, McDonald's joke did not go over with the conservative crowd:
McDonald offered a joke about Barack Obama being visited in a dream by three past presidents, who offered advice on how to improve the country. Lincoln’s advice: “Go to the theater.”
Fortunately the “joke” was met, according to the Globe last night, by “scattered laughter” but the fact that the Sheriff said it in the first place is disgusting. I hope the candidates and electeds present, including Michael Sullivan, Gabriel Gomez, Kirsten Hughes and others will condemn these remarks
Here's the joke, as written on a conservative blog called "Laughing Conservatives."
McDonald, who was first elected Sheriff in 2004, notes on his website that he is an "avid sportsman and target shooter" and writes: "Plymouth County deserves the best in public safety, and I intend to continue to deliver."
Since Sunday, Sheriff McDonald's Facebook page has been inundated with posts by people offended by his joke, some going as far as calling the joke "treason," while others simply attack McDonald.
Attempts to reach McDonald for a comment have been unsuccessful as of Tuesday morning.