Saturday, October 8, 2011
When Senator Scott Brown was a student at Boston College Law School, he posed in the nude for Cosmo magazine. The money he got for posing helped pay his tuition at law school. Elizabeth Warren, the woman who will probably be his opponent in next years’ senatorial race, was asked how she financed her education. She said, “I kept my clothes on.” Brown’s response was, “Thank God.”
The infighting between these two candidates brought out an incident in one-time presidential candidate Carl Perrin’s campaign. Campaign funds had shrunk so low that there was not enough money even to buy a case of cheap beer. Thinking of Scott Brown’s fund raiser for college tuition, Perrin thought about posing in the nude to raise campaign funds. His family was dead set against it.
“If I could someone to pay me to take off my clothes,” the candidate insisted, “we could enough money to get the campaign in gear.
“You’re 80 years old,” his wife said. “Believe me, no one wants to see you naked.”
“I may be 80, but I’m in pretty good shape for a geezer,” he replied. “Besides, it would be good publicity.”
“That’s not the kind of publicity a presidential candidate needs.”
“It’s not just the publicity; it’s the money,” the former English professor maintained.”
“If you need money,” his great granddaughter offered, “I’ll let you have my lunch money.”
To give Perrin credit, at least he didn’t take the kid’s lunch money. And the public was spared the sight of a nude octogenarian.