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Staten Island GOP Endorses Michael Allegretti in 13th CD Race

May 28, 2010

The 13th Congressional saga continues… From

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The Staten Island GOP’s county committee this evening endorsed Michael Allegretti for Congress, but not before a supporter of opponent Michael Grimm slammed the party members for previously endorsing Vito Fossella for the slot.

During a county convention in the Labetti Post, Rosebank, Republicans also endorsed Nicole Malliotakis to run against Assemblywoman Janele Hyer-Spencer (D-East Shore/Brooklyn), and backed two incumbent GOP lawmakers for re-election.

In a letter to GOP chairman John Friscia earlier in the day, Grimm said that he would not participate in the convention because Allegretti’s nomination was a “pre-determined outcome.”

“The charade is not one in which I want to be a part of or associated with,” wrote Grimm, who called the borough GOP “a corrupt organization.”

“The people of Staten Island deserve better than the games you insist on playing and they will get it with a Republican Primary,” Grimm wrote.

Though Grimm’s camp did not plan to have his name placed into nomination, supporter Louis Adimando, of Annadale, nominated him from the floor.

With a number of Fossella family members and supporters among the close to 400 people in the room, Adimando called the GOP executive committee’s endorsement of Fossella last week an “embarrassment.”

“The golden boy has fallen,” Adimando said.

Fossella this week said he would not be a candidate against Rep. Michael McMahon (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn). Fossella left the House in 2008 after a DUI bust led to revelations that he’d fathered a child during an extramarital affair.

When GOP law chairman Thomas Sipp said the floor nomination should not be used to “launch an attack,” Adimando said that he was trying to “clean the slate.”

Allegretti won the nomination in a voice vote and entered the room to a standing ovation.

Pleasant Plains resident William D’Ambrosio, a county committee member and longtime friend of Fossella’s, called Adimando’s outburst “inappropriate.”

“I thought his remarks were out of place,” he said.

In a telephone interview, former Borough President Guy Molinari, a Grimm supporter, called Adimando “our hero,” and said the floor nomination was a surprise to the Grimm campaign.

“What he did… was one of those things that makes America great,” Molinari said. “I’ve never been so proud of someone. It took courage to do that.”

Friscia earlier said that Grimm’s failure to participate was a slap to rank-and-file Republicans.

“He sounds very much like a person who has decided to take his ball and go home,” he said.

Accepting the nomination, Allegretti scoffed at McMahon’s claims to be a “middle of the road” lawmaker.

“My father always said, don’t walk in the middle of the road, you’ll get hit by oncoming traffic,” said Allegretti. “That’s what we’re going to do to Mike McMahon: Hit him straight on.”

Allegretti has also been backed by the Brooklyn GOP.

In a statement issued by his campaign, McMahon said he’d been an “independent voice” in Washington and had fought for better transportation, more jobs and a stronger economy since being elected.

Said McMahon, “The only road I will continue to be on is the one my father always said to take: The high road.”


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  1. Lot's of Credit to Michael Allegretti None to Eaton permalink
    May 28, 2010 6:11 pm

    Make no mistake, the endorsement of Michael Allegretti by the SI GOP is attributable to him, some of the pros on his team and some of his inside contacts on Staten Island.

    The Craig Eaton, who we all know and love (gag me with fishhooks), almost killed the Allegretti campaign from the gitgo; and Mike Allegretti has had to carry his immenseness like a monkey on his back for well over eight months now. Now, the lunatic fringe is trumpeting like elephants in heat on their silly blog.

    Allegetti has to step up, right now, prove he’s a star and get Eaton off the stage. There’s still lot’s of time to turn the early momentum of the Allegretti Campaign into a sucking Black Hole (which coincidently, is exactly what astrophysicists use to describe the massive dead spot in space popularly known as “Craig Eaton”).

    Now’s the time for an “Eaton Under the Bus– Night of the Long Knives” along with his fellow traveler crew of raving lunatics at the Seergy Club and The Jig Is Up Atlas

  2. Keep Pitching Brooklyn and Allegretti Will Lose permalink
    May 29, 2010 11:09 am

    If Kings County GOP Chairman Craig Eaton keeps up his King Kong chest thumping, his “Brooklyn Selected” cadidate for Congress in the STATEN ISLAND-Brooklyn district will surely lose.

    Perhaps that’s already a done deal, “Mikey, is that the plan?” (Any “Mikey” running for congress may answer)

  3. New Reader permalink
    May 29, 2010 6:31 pm

    I’m a new reader of your blog, and I have to say it’s about time someone stood up to whoever is making us lose time and time again. When a party has lost this many time in a borough, you begin to wonder why. Is it message, leadership, candidates, or all of the above. From what I’m reading, it seems like all of the above.

    The GOP leadership apparently fetishes Marty Golden above all things. For those of us who don’t live in Golden’s district, the GOP has no presence. That’s a fact.

    I’m glad someone is finally calling these people out on this crap.

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