In the 1910 race for mayor of Boston, John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald stressed the class differences between him and his opponent, James Storrow, a member of the Brahmin elite.
My boyhood companions were barefooted and many of them sold newspapers in the streets. My opponent is so far out of touch with the common people, he can't appreciate what the common people want. . . . Do you want money power to control the city? Do you want the money-lenders to debauch the electorate and try to sneak into office by misleading the weak voter by the power of gold? But, no. no, no — a thousand times no. I know I can trust this intelligent audience to stand by the friend of the people — one of your own kind, to repudiate this grasping factor in the present election. Can't I boys?
Quoted in "Honey Fitz" Three Steps to the White House, The Life and Times of John F. (Honey Fitz) Fitzgerald, by John Henry Cutler (Bobbs-Merrill, 1962).