Biden congratulates the wrong Marty Walsh

November 6, 2013

The right Marty Walsh. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

God love 'em.

Vice President Biden reportedly called the wrong Marty Walsh on Tuesday in an attempt to congratulate the new mayor-elect of Boston.

From the Boston Globe:

“You son of a gun, Marty!” he thundered. “You did it!”

The only problem was, it was the wrong Marty Walsh.

Biden had called the cellphone of Marty Walsh, a former aide to U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy who is now the president of Gateway Public Solutions, a government relations firm in Boston.

At the time, this Marty Walsh said, he was sitting on the couch with his wife at their home in Natick, watching the election results on television. Meanwhile, the other Marty Walsh, the one who had just been elected mayor of Boston, was at the Park Plaza Hotel, celebrating his victory.

Alas, Biden isn't alone on this one. Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Vice Chairman and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak also called the wrong Walsh.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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