Glenn’s interview with Jay Severin

GLENN: Jay Severin, a friend of mine from Boston, was apparently in the room with Scott Brown last night while he took the call from Barack Obama. Jay Severin, welcome to the program, sir.

SEVERIN: Thank you, Glenn. It’s great to be back.

GLENN: So you are like I mean, we just starred to become friends here recently.

SEVERIN: Yeah.

GLENN: Are you a slimy political guy?

SEVERIN: Well, I was for

GLENN: That’s enough. I think we’ve heard enough.

SEVERIN: I made my living traveling the world running campaigns for 25 years and now I took an either step up or step down in radio. I’ll let you be the judge.

GLENN: That’s a tough choice. I’m not sure which direction that is.

SEVERIN: I don’t know, prize fighting or radio.

GLENN: All right. So are you I mean, that’s weird because this just puts a whole different spin on everything that we’ve talked about in the past because you’re a guy that I have grown to really respect on, you are an independent thinker, et cetera, et cetera. Am I wrong on that?

SEVERIN: No.

GLENN: I just don’t trust anybody in politics anymore.

SEVERIN: Well, look. I was in the room because I noticed ask the Brown when he first got in the race. I knew of him prior to the race. He’s a state senator. He’s a guy who’s been up there standing up for what I thought were good ideas when there were only six Republicans in the entire legislature in Massachusetts. So I took notice of him. He decided to run. I thought it was a courageous thing for him to do. No one thought he had a chance. I didn’t think he had a chance. But I said as long as you are willing to do this, then certainly I’d like to make sure people hear your ideas and we used my show, my afternoon show in Boston as a continuing platform for him for those ideas and, of course, discussion of those ideas with the citizens of Boston and Massachusetts after our discussions with Scott Brown. He became a regular guest and

GLENN: Can we trust him?

SEVERIN: I think so.

GLENN: Now, I have to be serious. This is

SEVERIN: Of the candidates I have seen and been around and, you know, I’ve been in those rooms on election night for 25 years with candidates in, you know, 30 states and a few foreign countries. I would say this is, this guy is the most natural, honest guy in that position, in that room I think I’ve ever seen.

GLENN: Wow, that’s really good.

SEVERIN: Now, I don’t know but that’s my very real sense of it.

GLENN: You know, everybody has to do that now. Everybody will say, hey, I just think he’s a really good guy. Of course, I don’t know, I don’t know, I have no idea because

SEVERIN: Oh, I feel a sacred trust here because it’s you and your audience. I want to be careful what I’m guaranteeing. I can only say that, look, my name, my work, my family is on the line, too, when I connect it to something or someone. And when I decided to invest in him this way and look, you know, all I can do is talk about it. It’s the people who listen to the program who will go out and do all the work, including making the decisions for whom to vote and whom they trust. And this guy looks like the real thing.

GLENN: I hope so.

SEVERIN: And I just happened to be there because he was gracious enough to invite me and say, look, love for you to join us on election night.

GLENN: Okay.

SEVERIN: And it was just an amazing thing that I was there standing next to him literally when Coakley called to concede and then he announced to the room that that was, put away cellphones. Said, that was Martha, we won, she’s conceded. And a moment later the president called and he had the cheek to say to Barack Obama, yeah, do you mind if I bring my truck. And, of course, this is the truck that the president flew to Boston to mock, the truck that this candidate has been roaming the state in. And so it was like a little bit of a twist to the president. I thought it was very, very cheeky.

GLENN: I have to ask you, the idea that the president I mean, it goes back to arugula. The president says, "Don’t pay any attention to his truck." Downplaying the truck and taking, I think, himself out of the common mankind of area, goes back to arugula. Barack Obama doesn’t even begin to understand the average man.

SEVERIN: I couldn’t agree more. Can you imagine? He singled out, there are so many felonies here. This is the president of all of us. This president flew into Boston and got on stage and mocked and ridiculed by name a candidate who’s a state senator in Massachusetts, made fun of the fact that he drives a pickup truck. By the way, and PS: Scott Brown is lieutenant commander in the National Guard. He is 30 years in the uniform of this country, and this was his commander in chief mocking him in front of his family and the citizens of his state by name. I just thought the debasing of the office, the lowering, the portioning of the office of president of the United States that was represented by this, plus the disconnect that he thought that making fun of someone driving a small pickup truck would resonate with people and win votes. Glenn, I don’t, I don’t get what people are telling him.

GLENN: Okay, I have to just ask you one more question here. Pat and I noticed the same thing. So you were there in the room. Where were were you on the stage?

SEVERIN: Yes.

GLENN: So you saw the acceptance speech and everything else?

SEVERIN: I accompanied him from the suite down onto the stage and was on the stage during the entire ceremony, such as it is. Mitt Romney was in the room as well.

GLENN: How many, how many children do you have, Jay?

SEVERIN: You know, I’m not going to talk about my family, if you don’t mind.

GLENN: Okay.

SEVERIN: For security reasons.

GLENN: I understand that. But you can relate to children.

SEVERIN: Absolutely.

GLENN: Yes.

SEVERIN: Oh, I’m a dad. Oh, absolutely.

GLENN: Got it, got it.

SEVERIN: They are the number one thing in my life.

GLENN: That’s all I want to know. And who had been a guy hold on, I’m just laying out a case here. You are a guy you are a dad.

SEVERIN: Yep.

GLENN: You are a guy who can relate to I mean, you are married. You have a wife.

SEVERIN: Yes.

GLENN: Yeah. You’ve been a guy around politicians for a very long time.

SEVERIN: Yes.

GLENN: You know smart moves and dumb moves.

SEVERIN: Yes.

GLENN: What the hell was he thinking when he said, by the way, anybody want a slice of my daughters here, huh? What was that?

SEVERIN: I actually think that that tells you, that goes more that is testimony more to the point that you were drilling at earlier than anything else. He is guileless. He is such a family guy that he wanted to include them and it was the kind of thing that your uncle might say around the table at Thanksgiving. Like, hey, when are you going to get married, you know? And I thought it was a very it struck me as a very natural moment. And she was mortified. One of the daughters said, oh, Dad and was, like, mortified. However odd it may seem under the circumstances, it just struck me as a very natural moment. The guy is a totally guileless, what you see, what you get guy. And I

GLENN: So I just thought that maybe, I just thought it was because as not only a dad, I would never do that to my daughters because they would never speak to me again. But also my wife, I would have gotten home and she would have collected parts of my body and put them in drawers all around the house for doing that to my daughters.

SEVERIN: I can only tell you under the circumstances it seemed, if a gaffe, an innocent and loving one.

GLENN: Because I said earlier that maybe we should put an ankle bracelet on and just keep tabs on him and monitor him at all times. This wasn’t a warning flag?

SEVERIN: Maybe he is trying to create an innovative way to retire his campaign debt.

GLENN: Okay, that’s even more I need an ankle bracelet now for you. Jay Severin, thank you very much. I appreciate it. And thanks for sharing.

SEVERIN: Thanks, Glenn.