Political Roast Leads to Laughs
The 132nd annual Crocodile Club dinner and roast was held at Lake Compounce in Bristol.
A political tradition brought the laughs today at the 132nd annual Crocodile Club dinner and roast at Lake Compounce in Bristol.
Only one gubernatorial hopeful was in attendance.
"I am one of 372 Republicans running for governor," Sen. John McKinney joked on Friday. He's one of four interested in challenging Gov. Dannel Malloy.
Toni Boucher, Mark Boughton and Tom Foley were all no-shows to the roast, so McKinney had the stage all to himself. McKinney took friendly jabs at all three.
He took it in stride, joking about Foley's tie selection.
"He was disappointed to learn they don't make ties in platinum colors, so I suggested that Tom consider silver, because, you know, silver is second place and that would be appropriate," McKinney quipped.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal also made an appearance at the roast.
"I feel right at home here," he told the crowd. "In fact it has very much the same feeling of the Senate; we sit around for four hours and at the end we've done nothing, right?"
The jokes were all in good fun. The event, which was revived three years ago, benefits the New England Carousel Museum.
"I think people come here to have a good time and they expect to expect the unexpected," said executive director Louise DeMars.
Politicos are already looking forward to next year's event, as it will be held just months prior to the election for governor.