DEVELOPING STORY: Golden Prince’s Flip-Flop on Microstamping Costing Him Dearly
Trouble is brewing in The Golden Prince’s realm.
After his embarrassing absence from a critical vote on microstamping (which would require certain guns made and sold in New York to have unique identifying information on spent shells), Sen. Marty Golden took a tremendous deal of criticism from all precincts of the political spectrum. The bill was endorsed by law enforcement officials around the state, but the gun lobby was completely opposed to the legislation. Golden is himself a former cop.
So, the theoretically “conservative” Golden was caught between a rock and a hard place. Would he side with his fellow cops or with the gun-slingers and sellers? In true Bay Ridge Cabal form, the pathetic Golden chose to flee the Senate chamber rather than take a stand and cast a vote.
And now, the political propaganda mill is causing a serious stir in Goldenville with flyers critical of Golden’s flip-flop.
As you can see from the flyer above, he is taking serious heat over his lack of leadership.
Golden is lampooned in the flyer (released by New Yorkers Against Gun Violence) for his alleged statement in 2008 regarding microstamping: “As a former New York City Police Officer…it is my goal to create legislation that will make the utilization of microstamping a reality, a measure that will enhance crime fighting for our law enforcement officers.”
Wow, what a quote!
With all this talk of flip-flopping, I couldn’t help being reminded of this 2004 Bush campaign ad that was devastating to John Kerry:
Flash-forward to just this past week, when Golden said he would have voted ‘no’ had he been in the room when the vote was taken.
Thereafter, the state Democrats tore into Golden, blaiming him for the failure of the bill’s passage:
“Today Senator Martin Golden and his Republican colleagues struck a victory for gun criminals and a blow to law enforcement,” said Senate Democratic spokesman Austin Shafran.
“It is a disgrace that a former cop took a walk from the chamber and refused to stand up for law enforcement and let politics get in the way of public safety.”
“Microstamping gives law enforcement the tools they need to catch dangerous criminals and protect New York’s families. Unfortunately, the special interests won out over public safety. We could say we saw Senator Golden at his worst, but we did not see him at all – he was absent when it counted most.”
And even our reformer friends from the opposite side of the aisle at The Bay Ridge Interpol had a shot at the beleaguered Prince, stating “All That Glitters is Not Golden,” with a hilariously appropriate image of a “While You Were Out” slip. They followed that up with their usual sarcastic flourish:
Does this mean Marty is for handing out semiautomatic handguns on street corners? Perhaps. Maybe he was too ashamed to admit it so he stepped out to check his voice mail.
Insiders say the call was actually from the Bay Ridge Manor and they needed Marty’s credit card number to order more rubber chicken in preparation for the campaign trail this fall. Stay tuned…
That must sting, Marty…
Many of my colleagues have very little sympathy for the Senator. We have offered him numerous opportunities to reach out with the disaffected Republican in Brooklyn (which are now coalescing into what has been termed “The Brooklyn GOP Revolution“) and have even given him advice on how to raise his profile with GOP reformers.
He has rejected those opportunities.
And now, when he demonstrates a total lack of leadership (or a spine, for that matter), he looks around and finds himself alone on a stage, pale and with too few answers:
You can make your own opinions.
But regardless of his statements, the voters will be the ultimate decision-makers on his worthiness to retain his position as Senator.
And this debacle certainly won’t help him.