February 14, 2008

Senator Pichardo and the After Hours Dog

Monique Chartier

This is possibly an insignificant incident but too fun to pass up.

"Do you know who I am?"

One of my favorite expressions, often used by an elected official or semi-famous person in a jam or trying to get his or her way. Generally delivered in an imperious rather than a tactful tone, it is a wonderful statement because it instantly conveys something quite different than the speaker intends.

Intended message: "I am an important person. How dare you question or hinder me?"

Received message: "I am a jackass."

This MSNBC link to a Turn to Ten I-Team story does not report whether State Senator Juan Pichardo (D-Pawtucket) actually used that phrase during his attempts to get into a closed hot dog restaurant in Olneyville shortly after 1:00 am last week. But when a New York Systems Wieners' staffer informed Senator Pichardo that he could not be allowed into the restaurant because it was closed, he certainly made it clear who he was, flashing his i.d., emphasizing his elected rank and insisting that he be let in to eat. In his own words:

"I would like to see if I could eat inside," Pichardo said. "He said, 'Well, we're closed.' I said, "Well, there's still some people there.' I said, 'I'm a state senator.'"

It worked, though with attendant commotion. When the Senator was finally inside, restaurant regular Scott Bonelli pointed out to the Senator and then to Jim Taricani that Pichardo was

using his position of authority for an embarrassing reason, to be seated at a hotdog joint at quarter past one [in the morning]

And Greg Stevens, the restaurant's owner, said

I'm not commenting on this incident; but in general, it's inappropriate for politicians to abuse their office.

You know, there are some smart people in Olneyville.

UPDATE - The Pichardo Card

Helen Glover at 920 WHJJ recommends an excellent new product.

(Thanks to Helen's producer Tim Staskiewicz for the heads-up.)

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"Do you know who I am?"

What kind of response to these jokers expect to get when they ask that question?

If the person doesn't know who you are, that probably means that you aren't really anybody!

Posted by: brassband at February 14, 2008 9:19 PM

it would serve him right to get diarrhea

Posted by: joe at February 14, 2008 9:24 PM

Yeah, I was thinking of Pat "Do You Know Who I Am?" Kennedy, too. Hope he "got the works." I'm here on official business investigating the secret sauce, here's my official Senate ID to prove it. I mean, I could see if it was Cappricio's or Providence Prime or something. lol. This is soooo sad, and hilarious at the same time.

Posted by: Will at February 14, 2008 10:10 PM

Helen Glover over on WHJJ did a video spoof about this... "The Pichado Card"... Pretty funny... Click on Helen's picture to launch it...


Posted by: Matt at February 14, 2008 11:33 PM

This phrase is patented by the Democrat elite from Whitehouse and Sundlun through the Kennedy's and Lynches, Murphy and Williamson, etc.
Less amusingly, the much drooled over by many so-called "conservatives" RI State Police also have a strict policy of not giving tickets to anyone in their own "do you know who I am" list; including all family members of any police force-past or present as well as known politicians.

Posted by: Mike at February 15, 2008 9:43 AM

Dude wanted to show his machismo.
Let him try it in North Providence sometime.

Posted by: rhody at February 15, 2008 9:30 PM

Just another reason why more voters should have voted for me in 2006 than Jaun.



Posted by: donroach at February 16, 2008 4:04 PM