Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s recent foray into the parody music video business wasn’t well received by everyone.
Michael P. Monahan, vice president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, wrote that he was “not amused” by the video in an email to union members, The Boston Globe reports.
“What man could ever lower himself to this level if he had an ounce of conviction in his body for our issues?” Monahan wrote.
The music video, a riff on Adele’s uber-popular “Hello,” features Walsh in a fur coat attempting to get in touch with Gov. Charlie Baker. The video played on the close relationship—”bromance,” if you will—between the Democratic mayor and Republican governor on major issues, including in the recruitment of General Electric to Boston.
Monahan’s complaint, he said in a follow-up interview with the Globe, was Walsh’s willingness to “put himself at the feet of a governor with such anti-union positions.”
Baker’s proposal to privatize parts of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has been strongly criticized by transit workers and union leaders. Walsh, a former union president, was supported in his election bid by a wide group of organized labor leaders.
“I wrote the e-mail because I was extremely disappointed, frustrated, and embarrassed,” Monahan said. “This so-called union mayor has been silent — not a peep out of him — when just a couple of years ago he was running the building trades.”
Monahan previously led the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 103, which did not endorse Walsh’s bid for mayor, the Globe notes.
“I don’t know if it is sour grapes, but it’s unfortunate that tone would be taken in that e-mail,” Walsh told the Globe. “It was a lighthearted skit. It was a funny thing. That’s what the breakfast is all about. Let’s not take ourselves so seriously.”