Massachusetts Republicans are branding Newton Mayor Setti Warren as "not ready for primetime" after the potential US Senate candidate incorrectly labeled a potential colleague as dead.
During a weekend broadcast of WCVB-TV's "On the Record," Warren was asked to name the San Francisco mayor assassinated in 1978 along with city supervisor Harvey Milk.
"Dianne Feinstein," Warren said after a brief pause, providing the name of the future mayor.
Making the mistake all the worse is that Feinstein is a fellow Democrat who has served alongside Warren's former boss, John Kerry, in the US Senate since 1992.
Co-host Ed Harding laughed at the reply, prompting Warren to backtrack.
"Dianne Feinstein became mayor after, and then became US senator, after Harvey Milk was assassinated," Warren replied.
For the record, the mayor who was assassinated was George Moscone.
Even as it tweaked Warren in a press release, the Massachusetts Republican Party raised questions about its own readiness for the spotlight.
Both times the release incorrectly spelled Moscone's name as "Mascone."
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