Biden congratulates the wrong Marty Walsh on Boston mayoral win
November 6th, 2013
08:04 PM ET
8 years ago

Biden congratulates the wrong Marty Walsh on Boston mayoral win

(CNN) - Marty Walsh was at home Tuesday night watching the election results for Boston's mayoral race when he turned to his wife and said, "I bet it would be funny if I got a call tonight from the White House."

Ten minutes later, the phone rang.

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It was a White House operator. Walsh, a former aide to U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy who is familiar with the White House connection process for congratulatory calls, tried to warn the operator that they had the wrong guy.

Moments later, a Washington area code popped up on his phone.

Vice President Joe Biden quickly congratulated who he thought was former state legislator and now Mayor-elect Marty Walsh.

"Son of a gun, Marty!" Biden said. "You did it."

Vice President Biden works the phone

Walsh said he told the vice president about the mix up, Biden laughed, and Walsh proceeded to give him the correct Mayor-elect Walsh's number.

The White House wasn't the only one to dial the wrong Marty Walsh in Boston Wednesday night. R.T. Rybak, mayor of Minneapolis and vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, also made the mistake, as did DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida.

"It's an honest mistake," Walsh said, adding that it's happened before and he expects it will happen again.

The vice president's office did not respond to a request for comment.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Steve- Illinois

    With the NSA at their fingertips, they can't even get the correct number for the candidate they are so happy to congratulate. These geniuses are running the country.

    November 6, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    So what! A gesture of good will gone awry.

    You gotta Luv it Lyle.............and I love Joe Biden and his family.

    November 6, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  3. brain

    Biden – synonymous with incompetence... scary that this halfwit is a heartbeat away from the most powerful office in the world.

    November 6, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  4. ED1

    As always open mouth and out comes stupid.

    I hope he does run in 2016.

    November 6, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    The Cooch did not have the decency to call McAuliffe, so I suppose we can give Joe an "A" for effort, his heart is in the right place. As for the Cooch, I guess he is just acting like a RWNJ child in a man's body.

    November 7, 2013 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    Is calling the wrong Walsh as bad as Bush invading the wrong country?

    November 7, 2013 06:51 am at 6:51 am |