Walsh St. Pat’s video plays off Baker ‘bromance’

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BOSTON – Despite their political differences, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh have worked closely together on a number of successful projects, such as convincing industrial giant General Electric to relocate to the city. But they’ve also been teased about their camaraderie – to the point of media references to a “bromance” between them.

Picking up on that theme, Kris Carter, the co-chair of the mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics and the creator of dozens of videos for the city’s YouTube.com channel, produced one that spoofs the two leaders’ delicate but friendly relationship, transforming British artist Adele’s song “Hello” to “Hello Gov, it’s Marty.” He apparently had the mayor’s full cooperation in making the video, which was shown during the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Sunday.

“Hey Gov, it’s Marty, haven’t heard from you in a while,” Walsh says in the video, after a pan of him  standing on Boston Common dressed in a fur coat and wearing sunglasses, much like Adele in her music-video performance of the song. “I don’t know if you heard that G.E. is coming to Boston. We really need to work together on this. Give me a call back. I need you.”

Baker joked about putting some distance between Walsh and himself in a WBZ-AM news report on Monday’s snow, perhaps a reflection of the often off-color humor at the annual breakfast roast. The governor, who quietly traveled to Georgia recently to attend a conservative conference, and the mayor, whose support for Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton has been credited with delivering the state primary to her on March 1, have decidedly different political agendas. But as the video highlights, they’ve collaborated to accomplish shared goals.

The video, at three minutes and 30 seconds, had been viewed almost 16,000 times by Monday morning on the Vimeo.com website.

Watch it here:

“Hello Gov, it’s Marty” [Adele Spoof] from Kris Carter on Vimeo.