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News from Staten Island: Grimm, Allegretti Vie For Island Support

February 9, 2010

This story was recently forwarded to me by our of our contacts. It is from SI Live and was posted this past Sunday. I thought I’d share it with you, given our prior coverage of the 13th CD race:

While some locals complained that GOP congressional candidate Mike Allegretti’s campaign kickoff last week was too heavy with Brooklynites, Staten Island types like GOP chairman John Friscia were in attendance.

Funny, we didn’t see Friscia at Republican Mike Grimm’s kickoff event the other week.

Simple reason, according to Friscia: He wasn’t invited, meaning he didn’t get an E-vite, a robo-call or a personal call from anyone connected to the campaign.

“Had I been invited, I would have attended,” he said.

Grimm is backed by Guy Molinari, who hasn’t been shy about criticizing Friscia’s leadership skills.

But Guy said that no snub was meant.

“I don’t think it was an intentional omission,” he said.

Guy said he didn’t know who was on the Grimm invite list, and that some of his own people did not get calls about the kickoff.

Besides, he said that the Grimm camp wasn’t looking for “big numbers” at the event.

“We just wanted to get the kickoff under our belt,” said Guy, added that the event was meant mostly to generate a media hit for Grimm.

It was interesting, meanwhile, to see Friscia and Molinari Republican Club president Bob Scamardella arrive together at the Allegretti event.

The two almost went head-to-head for the Republican Party leadership last year.

“Yeah, the only thing missing was we didn’t arrive in the same car,” Friscia quipped.

Staten Island Tea Party organizer Frank Santarpia was also in the house, as he was for Grimm’s kickoff.

When asked whom he was supporting, Santarpia said he “hasn’t heard enough” from the candidates. He said he’d like to have the Tea Party sponsor a forum between Allegretti and Grimm.


Disclosure reports revealed that Allegretti loaned his own campaign $27,500 recently.

It’s generally seen as a bad thing when a candidate loans themselves money, being taken as an indication that donors don’t feel enthusiastic enough to make contributions.

But Allegretti spokesman Ray Riley said that the loan is a actually very positive sign in that is shows “what a committed candidate can do.”

“Michael believes very personally that if he is going to ask others to invest in him, it would be disingenuous not to invest in himself,” Riley said. “As the race unfolds, you will see that Michael will continue to make investments in his campaign to show to his donors, and more importantly, each and every one of his supporters, that he is committed to running this race through November.”

If he raises enough in the future, Allegretti has the option of paying himself back.


The Allegretti event, as you might expect, was also a magnet for Brooklyn types, with state Sen. Marty Golden and borough GOP chairman Craig Eaton leading the charge.

From the podium, Allegretti, a Brooklyn native, said he appreciated the “friendship and counsel” he’d received from Friscia and Eaton, and said “this campaign will work” to earn their support.

Also attending were Lucretia Regina-Potter, who is running for a Brooklyn Assembly seat, and Jonathan Judge, who is running in the special election to fill Democrat Simcha Felder’s old City Council perch.

New GOP Queens City Councilman Dan Halloran and Bronx GOP chairman Jay Savino were also in the crowd.

Running here in the most Italian congressional district in the country, Allegretti was sure to trumpet his heritage.

“I’m Italian,” he told the crowd. “Could you tell? I have the long name.”

Allegretti also said that he planned to hold a “series of conversations” with district residents as the campaign heats up.


Read the original story at SI Live.

  1. John Galt permalink*
    February 11, 2010 2:24 pm

    UPDATE: One of our friends emailed us this story, which I think complements this post:

  2. Brooklyn GOP boss hosting hospitality suite! permalink
    February 12, 2010 8:26 am

    Flashback to September 3, 2008 – Craig’s priorities for the Brooklyn GOP!

    “Brooklyn GOP chairman Craig Eaton is hosting a GOP hospitality suite at the Marriott City Center Hotel in Minneapolis during convention week.

    The chairman was concerned about where he was going to get some beer and wine in order to stock the room for thirsty guests, but, luckily, the liquor store across the street from the hotel delivers.”

  3. Harold permalink
    February 12, 2010 11:29 am

    Wonder what else he had delivered…….

    • Gerry permalink
      February 12, 2010 11:46 am

      Mmmmmmmm………..good point.

  4. Wag-the-Dog permalink
    February 12, 2010 1:07 pm

    The KCRP Executive Boredom met on Tuesday night, a bunch of no names running for statewide office appeared and pretty much explained that they weren’t Democrats. An endorsement for the special election in the 44th Council District was talked about, but it was held in abeyance because “two qualified Republicans” were in the race (so let’s wait and see what happens in the elction). Eaton, as usual, was a real profile in courage— he and his henchmen didn’t have the dignity or the common decency to formally stab Jonathan Judge in the back. All in all nothing important was done— par for the course for Craig Eaton’s Executive Boredom. Eaton tried his hand at stand-up, though— explaining how his endorsement of Rick Lazio was a “personal” endorsement as the Kings County leader, but that the KCRP would make its own formal endorsement later on— this was good stuff and could have been a whole Seinfeld episode. The Executive Boredom came to an end—not with a bang but with a whimper.

    The Bay Ridge Home Reporter columnist, Theodore General, must be moonlighting as a PR guy for Craig Eaton since half of his 2-11-10 column is Eaton-realated news. However, Eaton’s name is only mentioned twice to my count and his immenseness won’t appreciate that.

    One of the “Generally Speaking” items was patter about Mike A’s kick-off bash at the Excelsior Grand—all the usual suspects, big crowd, lots of money, etc. The big spin however was this: “The next morning Alligretti was out bright and early greeting bus and subway commuters at Fourth Avenue and 86th Street” — I was there early myself and all the evidence of any Alligetti campaign at 4th Avenue and 86th Street that day were about six mushy Allgretti flyers at the foot of the subway stairs on the southeast corner of 86th & 4th. I looked around and found no other evidence that they had been there. Either this was just a photo opp, or Alligretti’s crew campaigns like a bunch of sugar plums. A real campaign appearance leaves much more evidence of its presence—unless it’s a stealth campaign.

    BTW Mike A, wasn’t Mike G supposed to be out of this race by January???
    What year?

  5. Alleeoooop permalink
    February 12, 2010 5:22 pm

    Allegretti? He’s a Brooklyn boy, right? Lol ugh

  6. Edward permalink
    February 13, 2010 12:12 am

    Allegretti? Heard he’s the Queen of Kings.

    • Bicurious permalink
      February 13, 2010 10:09 am

      Who finds these seemingly bicurious GOP candidates, anyway? LOL

  7. Spartacus permalink
    February 13, 2010 10:30 am

    As a Libertarian minded Republican, I respectfully say that sexual orientation and/or preferences is a personal, private matter. It is irrelevant and should not be the basis for any measure of qualifications for any public, elected or appointed office or job capacity. What matters in this regard is character, honesty, integrity, ethics and the ability to perform the job and fullfill the mission.

    It does the Republican Party a disservice to be homophobic and/or bisexual phobic.

    My comments here are not directed at or toward any particluar candidate(s).

    If the GOP – locally and/or nationally – continues to be homophobic it will continue to divide our Party and we will be further “Balkanized.” The “Pat Robertson-ization” of the GOP will be our Waterloo, so to speak. Let us leave the Middle Ages behind and move into the 21st Century.

    Thank you for reading my comment.


    • Sexy Republicana permalink
      February 13, 2010 11:24 am

      I totally agree!!!!!!! If the candidate is bad politically, then that’s all I care about.

  8. The Spy Who Loved SI permalink
    February 14, 2010 2:47 am

    (Dedicated to Mike Grimm, I Heart FBI Agents… Sorry Allegrotti)

    Nobody does it better!

  9. Don't Ask...Actually, Yeah Do Tell permalink
    February 16, 2010 12:25 am

  10. a Staten Island independent voter permalink
    March 15, 2010 9:02 pm

    From the NY Post, March 15, 2010

    Staten Island Rep. McMahon remains against health-care bill.

    Rep. Michael McMahon’s position on health care is emerging as a focus in his tough reelection bid this year.

    Republican candidate Michael Grimm, who is vying for the Staten Island seat, today blasted McMahon, a Democrat, for waffling on health care reform.

    It took Mr. McMahon months to state his position on the bill the first time, and now he is vacillating again, Grimm said in a prepared statement. It is time for Mr. McMahon to do what is right for New York’s 13th district, and not vote with Nancy Pelosi and the Washington insiders.

    McMahons spokeswoman said Grimm has his facts wrong.

    Congressman McMahon remains opposed to the health care bill. Mr. Grimm should try reading the newspapers, where that was reported over two weeks ago. Although some groups may be hopeful, the Congressman remains a no, a campaign spokeswoman said.

  11. Ally Oops! permalink
    March 15, 2010 9:45 pm

    At least Grimm isn’t trying to sell us that steaming pile of Global Warming bullsh&t. Real men live in Staten Island, all the wussies can stay in Brooklyn where they came from.

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