Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty received a letter from the White House inviting him and his wife to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the President and First Lady. Mayor Doherty was surprised by the invitation. V.P. Joe Biden was born in Scranton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s father was born in Scranton, so there is a Scranton connection in Washington, D.C.
In March of 2008, during the presidential primary, then Senator Obama spoke at the Irish Women’s Dinner at the Radisson at Lackawanna Station Hotel in downtown Scranton. In April of 2008, Senator Obama returned to Scranton for a meal at the Glider Diner. Mayor Doherty supported Hillary Clinton in the presidential primary and raised money for her campaign
It should be noted that Scranton’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is reported to be the fourth largest in the United States. 150,000 people pack Scranton for the parade and festivities. The good news is that the parade in Scranton will be on March 12th so Mayor Doherty will still be in town for the celebration.
In 2008 Hillary Clinton was Grand Marshall for the parade. Mayor Doherty would like the President or Vice President to come to Scranton and be Grand Marshall of their parade.
Congratulations to Mayor Doherty for this high honor.