Wit flies at Wild Irish Breakfast in Nashua
At left, Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau shares a laugh with former Nashua Mayor Bernie Streeter on Friday at the Wild Irish Breakfast to benefit The PLUS Co., Inc., a nonprofit human services agency. (KIMBERLY HOUGHTON/Union Leader Correspondent)
At the 23rd Annual Wild Irish Breakfast at the Crowne Plaza, light-hearted barbs was dished out in full as attendees were subjected to political jokes all for a good cause — to raise money for The PLUS Co., Inc., a city organization that helps individuals with disabilities become self-reliant and productive.
With speculation about Ayotte possibly being part of a presidential ticket in 2016, Ayotte said she heard Jindal was in New Hampshire scoping out a possible vice-presidential running mate.
Met with laughter and applause, Jindal was quick to respond to Ayotte's humor. Saying he has no plans to run, he reinforced that notion by adding, "I will come here to New Hampshire again and again to say that over and over."
Brown apparently couldn't attend the Wild Irish Breakfast on Friday since he left for an impromptu trip to the Ukraine where a special election was taking place, Hassan said. Ayotte also targeted Brown, noting she was disappointed to learn that she was the second-choice as guest speaker for the event. Brown turned down the offer after learning he had to wear a shirt to the event, said Ayotte, referencing a New Hampshire Union Leader page one photograph of Brown participating in the Penguin Plunge last month with his shirt off.
About 400 people attended the fundraising event at the Radisson Hotel. All laughing aside, the quirky function served as a serious fundraiser for the PLUS Co., an acronym for People Learning Useful Skills, raising thousands of dollars to support programs that assist individuals with disabilities and help them develop lifelong skills and promote independence.
"You are like a Swiss army knife with a heart — you do it all," he told the company's employees and clients.
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