Bencivengo a go-go and DeAngelo

Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo today proudly tweeted news that the local St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee had selected him as grand marshal of the 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 

It reminded us of one of Bencivengo’s best lines from his successful 2007 challenge of then-Mayor Glen Gilmore, delivered in a debate at the Nottingham Fire House.

Making the case for himself over Gilmore in the Catholic working class town composed in large part of Italian and Irish Americans, Bencivengo self-deprecatingly said, “You’ve had a tall, handsome Irishman as mayor, now it’s time for a short, ugly Italian.”

Also of interest, half Irish and half Italian Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-14) is the only elected official to have been selected as grand marshal for both the St. Pat’s Day and Columbus Day parades. Bencivengo a go-go and DeAngelo