Politics

Ed Markey reveals his unusual go-to Dunkin’ order

"My mother's not happy."

Sen. Ed Markey addresses supporters last November during a campaign stop in Boston. Steven Senne / AP

Like any good Massachusetts native, Sen. Ed Markey is a Dunkin’ regular.

However, unlike his partner in the Senate, we wouldn’t describe his go-to order as a classic.

During a 30-minute interview Tuesday with Crooked Media focusing on the perhaps more important subjects of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, Republican attempts to challenge the presidential election results, and the Senate runoffs in Georgia, the Malden Democrat somewhat reluctantly confessed his preferred Dunkin’ order in response to a listener question.

According to Markey, it begins on a not-so-unusual note: A large, dark coffee with “extra cream and sugar.”

Relatively normal stuff.

But then in took a surprising — and, a lot of people are saying, alarming — turn.

“I order a jelly doughnut, which I love, a lemon doughnut, and a coconut doughnut — three,” Markey said. “I don’t eat all of them. You know, my mother’s not happy, like, ‘Clean your plate.’ But a little bit of a taste of each one is good, and I also usually get a bottle of orange juice, as well as a bottle of water.”

The Green New Deal resolution co-author noted that he ends up walking back to the Ford Escape — a hybrid, of course — “kinda loaded down,” but stressed that the “intent” is not to eat “the entirety of those doughnuts.”

Rather, he said, it is to “not pass a day without having a taste of each one.”

Pressed on the topic, a Markey aide confirmed that the Dunkin’ stops — including the doughnut-sampling routine — were a usual occurrence during the senator’s re-election campaign this past year (or, if not Dunkin’, Dempsey’s in Medford).

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“The three doughnuts were an every morning thing,” Taylor St. Germain, Markey’s deputy communications director, told Boston.com.

During the interview, Markey suggested that his wife, Susan Blumenthal, a public health advocate and former U.S. assistant surgeon general, wasn’t exactly on board with his routine.

“She’s judging me,” he said.

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