Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) fired up a group of union members in Boston with a speech urging them to work down in the trenches to fend off limits to workers' rights like those proposed in Wisconsin.
"I'm proud to be here with people who understand that it's more than just sending an email to get you going," Capuano said, according to the Dorchester Reporter. "Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary."
"What the hell is going on?'' said Representative Michael Capuano, a Somerville Democrat. "There's always some degree of tension in politics; everybody knows the last couple of years there's been an intentional increase in the degree of heat in political discourse. . . . If nothing else good comes out of this, I'm hoping it causes people to reconsider how they deal with things.''
Or is it the Michael Capuano that a short month later called for politicians to be a little more violent.
On a Sunday morning in the spring of 1993, Michael E. Capuano, then the mayor of Somerville, was tossing fly balls to his 9-year-old son in a Tufts University field while a trio of unleashed dogs - two rottweilers and a golden retriever - romped nearby.
After asking the owners to keep a closer eye on the dogs, Capuano returned to his son. The dogs edged closer. Capuano tossed another fly ball. And when his son became so distracted that the ball hit him in the face, Capuano had had enough.
Seizing a baseball bat, he stalked off toward the animals, only to be intercepted by Tracey M. Brown, a lifelong Somerville resident and the owner of one of the rottweilers.
"Nice lesson you're teaching your son,'' Brown recalled saying. "The way you solve a problem is to pick up a bat. Why don't you try solving your problem with words?''
Remember, this is the guy the progressives are giddy about taking on Senator Brown. Gimme a break.