LOWELL -- Governor Deval Patrick’s re-election campaign launched today with a strong bump -- and a crash of plates -- thanks to one diner waitress.
“I was probably staring at him, checking him out,” said Kazanjian, laughing, in an interview later. The Lowell native who now lives in Dracut said she had been waiting tables since she was 15 and this was her first dropped tray.
Slowly making her way through the scrum of campaign staffers, eager customers, and journalists clogging the dining room, Kazanjian lifted the tray of eggs, toast, bacon, and hash browns high above her head.
She was next to the governor when someone accidentally bumped her, she said. The tray slid from the veteran waitress’s hands and landed at the governor’s feet with a crash, prompting a round of gasps, guffaws, and applause.
Not missing a beat, Patrick, who has been fielding questions recently about being a possible candidate for the Supreme Court, knelt to help pick up the felled victuals.
“Anybody who gets on their knees and helps me pick up the home fries and food off the floor is a great person," Kazanjian said. "You don’t see that often.”
The Owl, owned by Kazanjian’s parents, is a friendly, trolley-car style eatery near downtown Lowell. Patrick visited the diner while campaigning once before.
Addressing the crowd a few minutes after the eggs went airborne, Patrick gave a nod to his supporters, and Kazanjian.
“I appreciate you being so cool,” Patrick said to her.
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