Just when gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez seemed to have his hugely underfunded primary election rival Robert Massie on the ropes, his campaign last weekend created a bit of a sympathetic bounce-back for Massie with some unfortunate tweets.
Last Sunday, Gonzalez campaign manager Kevin Ready, who helped guide the campaign to a resounding victory over Massie at the June 2 Democratic state convention, taunted Massie for not marching in Saturday’s 48th annual Boston Pride Parade.
“Proud to be here with the only #magov candidate marching in today’s #BostonPride parade, @jay4ma!” he tweeted during the parade.
It was a theme the campaign was pushing, namely that Massie — as well as Governor Charlie Baker — was not participating in the event that has been a big part of Boston’s LGBT community for decades.
It turns out Massie, who has been using a cane on the campaign trail, has a disability that kept him from marching in the procession that started in the Back Bay, went through the South End, and ended up at City Hall, although he was present at several events along the route.
“Wow,’’ his spokesman Arjun Singh tweeted. “Not only was @bobmass at #BostonPride, but his disability made it physically impossible for him to march in the parade. This is the kind of meanspirited rhetoric people with disabilities have had to endure for decades.”
“Do you plan to mock his disability at every march that occurs this summer?” Singh said in a second tweet.
Asked to comment on the the allegation that Ready was mocking Massie’s disability, Gonzalez spokeswoman Sydney Asbury said, “That’s absolutely inaccurate.”
Amid all the Twitter sniping, Massie has left the country and is headed to Fontainebleau, France, Saturday to accept an award from the Society for Progress for founding the Global Reporting Initiative, a nonprofit that helps set standards for businesses around the world to measure and report their environmental footprint and their effect on human rights and corruption.Frank Phillips can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.