“Golden” Boy Greenfield Uses Obama Tactics in 44th City Council District Special Election
We’ve seen these tactics before. Liberal Democrats who want to raise taxes and promote agendas that are not in the best interest of our citizenry have been using them for years, and sometimes successfully.
David Greenfield, the Vito Lopez-backed liberal who has strangely received the support of Democratic Sympathizers Jerry Kassar and Marty Golden, has been using tactics that we have seen a similar Democrat, Barack Obama, use in the early stages of his campaign for state senate in Illinois.
Some of you may recall this story while Obama was still on the campaign trail:
As a community organizer, he had helped register thousands of voters. But when it came time to run for office, he employed Chicago rules to invalidate the voting petition signatures of three of his challengers.
The move denied each of them, including incumbent Alice Palmer, a longtime Chicago activist, a place on the ballot. It cleared the way for Obama to run unopposed on the Democratic ticket in a heavily Democrat district.
“That was Chicago politics,” said John Kass, a veteran Chicago Tribune columnist. “Knock out your opposition, challenge their petitions, destroy your enemy, right? It is how Barack Obama destroyed his enemies back in 1996 that conflicts with his message today. He may have gotten his start registering thousands of voters. But in that first race, he made sure voters had just one choice.”
Obama’s challenge was perfectly legal, said Jay Stewart of the Chicago’s Better Government Association. Although records of the challenges are no longer on file for review with the election board, Stewart said Obama is not the only politician to resort to petition challenges to eliminate the competition.
“He came from Chicago politics,” Stewart said. “Politics ain’t beanbag, as they say in Chicago. You play with your elbows up, and you’re pretty tough and ruthless when you have to be. Sen. Obama felt that’s what was necessary at the time, that’s what he did. Does it fit in with the rhetoric now? Perhaps not.”
It would seem that that is the case with Mr. Greenfield.
As you may recall, we were the first to report that Mr. Greenfield was suing the other candidates in the 44th City Council race.
In a piece in today’s Daily News (thanks to Isaac for forwarding it to us), Mr. Greenfield’s tactics were closely scrutinized as he has moved to knock all opposition off of the ballot and tie up his competitors in court, undermining the democratic process:
A Brooklyn teen is hoping to become the City Council’s youngest member ever – but the adults are fighting tooth and nail to keep him off the ballot.
Still, at least one of the adults running against him in the 44th Council District worried enough to take him to court.
Tischler insists there is nothing wrong with his petitions.
After all, his mom and dad helped him gather the 1,415 signatures he eventually submitted – nearly double the required 765. Anything that looked fishy, Tischler said, was tossed.
“They wouldn’t knock me off if they didn’t think I was a real challenge,” Tischler said. “Let the people decide who they want to be their councilman.”
We must wonder why the mainstream media has not covered this situation more rigorously…
Nevertheless, an even bigger question is what the Conservative Party and The Golden Prince (aka Marty Golden) think about their endorsement of Greenfield in light of this negative attention he has been getting.
As for Mr. Golden, it would appear that endorsing an ACORN rally for the Atlantic Yards was not enough. He needed to go ahead and endorse a Democrat as well. As for Mr. Kassar, we assume he does what his employer Marty Golden tells him to do.
(You may recall Mr. Kassar attacked our blog (sort of) in a recent newspaper piece)
So, all in all, it would seem we don’t have to wait until 2012 to see Obama run for another election.
We have David Greenfield.
Let’s see how that works out.