Speaking at a delegate breakfast, Walsh called Republican Senator Scott Brown an "honorary girl." According to the Boston Herald, the chastened Massachusetts Democrat issued a mea culpa within a few hours of his gaffe:
“In the excitement of getting the convention underway and getting the message out about how important it is to re-elect President Obama and elect Elizabeth Warren, I made a statement about Scott Brown that I regret. I apologize for that remark,” said Walsh in a statement.
Walsh was tweaking Brown at a Massachusetts delegation breakfast when he said Brown “spent a couple million dollars folding towels on TV to prove he’s an honorary girl.”
Brown’s campaign quickly condemned the statement, and called on rival Elizabeth Warren to explain a dismissive remark she made to a Boston Globe columnist about laundry over the weekend.
“It seems Professor Warren and her spokesman can’t decide if they are just too good to fold laundry, or if household chores are suitable only for women. Professor Warren should apologize for her own elitist remark, and denounce her spokesman’s insulting comments suggesting folding laundry is a ‘girl’s’ job,” said Angela Davis, the chairwoman of the Brown for Women coalition.