Joseph Brannigan, a longtime Democratic state senator who represents part of Westbrook, took to the PPH editorial pages Monday morning to defend State Rep. Sean Flaherty (D-Scarborough) against PPH columnist Tony Payne's August 1 swipe at Flaherty ("[W]hat does a part-time swim coach fresh out of college know about solving a billion-dollar hole in the state budget?").
Unfortunately for State Sen. Brannigan, his full-throated defense of the freshman legislator (entitled "Columnist shouldn't attack lawmaker for his youth") was probably skipping through the printing press at about the same time this happened.
- John C.L. Morgan