This photograph by Haverhill’s Transformative Development Initiative fellow Noah Koretz kicked off a live and humorous exchange on Facebook Friday.
Gov. Charlie Baker and Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini traded jokes Friday about going into the shoe business together.
The live social media discussion was prompted by a photograph taken by the city’s Transformative Development Initiative fellow Noah Koretz. The photograph showed the Fiorentini + Baker shoe store in Los Angeles.
“In the spirit of bipartisanship, Gov. Baker and I have decided to open a new business,” Fiorentini joked in a Facebook post using Koretz’ photograph. To the mayor’s surprise, Baker quickly responded. “This is really something. I had no idea the mayor and I were in the fashion business.”
Following the live chat, Fiorentini told WHAV he didn’t expect the governor’s response.
“It was good humor and good to see. Government needs more of that,” the mayor said. He added, “When you put aside your differences and look for common solutions, lighten up and laugh, amazing things are possible. I hope Washington is listening!”
The banter between the Republican governor and Democratic mayor wasn’t lost on resident Lou Carbone. He joined the chat, joking, “Fiorentini makes the left shoes, Baker, the right.” Baker responded, “Good one Lou!”