Senator Pichardo and the After Hours Dog
This is possibly an insignificant incident but too fun to pass up.
“Do you know who I am?”
One of my favorite expressions, often used by an elected official or semi-famous person in a jam or trying to get his or her way. Generally delivered in an imperious rather than a tactful tone, it is a wonderful statement because it instantly conveys something quite different than the speaker intends.
Intended message: “I am an important person. How dare you question or hinder me?”
Received message: “I am a jackass.”
This MSNBC link to a Turn to Ten I-Team story does not report whether State Senator Juan Pichardo (D-Pawtucket) actually used that phrase during his attempts to get into a closed hot dog restaurant in Olneyville shortly after 1:00 am last week. But when a New York Systems Wieners’ staffer informed Senator Pichardo that he could not be allowed into the restaurant because it was closed, he certainly made it clear who he was, flashing his i.d., emphasizing his elected rank and insisting that he be let in to eat. In his own words:
“I would like to see if I could eat inside,” Pichardo said. “He said, ‘Well, we’re closed.’ I said, “Well, there’s still some people there.’ I said, ‘I’m a state senator.'”
It worked, though with attendant commotion. When the Senator was finally inside, restaurant regular Scott Bonelli pointed out to the Senator and then to Jim Taricani that Pichardo was
using his position of authority for an embarrassing reason, to be seated at a hotdog joint at quarter past one [in the morning]
And Greg Stevens, the restaurant’s owner, said
I’m not commenting on this incident; but in general, it’s inappropriate for politicians to abuse their office.
You know, there are some smart people in Olneyville.
UPDATE – The Pichardo Card
Helen Glover at 920 WHJJ recommends an excellent new product.
(Thanks to Helen’s producer Tim Staskiewicz for the heads-up.)