During a City Council vote today on a proposal he didn't like, Councilor Frank Baker (Dorchester) voted "present" and then, forgetting to mute himself, let fly a hearty "fuck them."
The measure, sponsored by at-large Councilor Julia Mejia, is aimed at letting people cook certain items at home and then sell them; Mejia said the measure would particularly benefit "minority and immigrant entrepreneurs" who don't have the capital to buy or rent a full commercial kitchen.
The proposal required two votes, one on a proposed change to the city zoning code to allow the use, the second to set up detailed regulations for regulation and inspection of the new home commercial kitchens. Baker's short outburst came during the first vote, on the zoning change:
Both proposals passed 12-0-1.
It was unclear if Baker was hating on Mejia and other sponsors of the measure or on the people it would help. However, he has tangled with Mejia before. In January, during a discussion on whether to try to eliminate the special elections that might have been needed had Marty Walsh left for Washington before March 5, he verbally slapped Councilor Ricardo Arroyo (Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale), took a dig at then Councilor Kim Janey (Roxbury) and then made fun of the way Mejia pronounced "what's up."