As Allegretti Holds Fundraiser in Manhattan, Grimm’s Troops Descend on Brooklyn to Petition for Signatures
With all the reporting we’ve been doing on the so-called “Brooklyn GOP Revolution,” we found a portion of this story from SILive.com very interesting.
Apparently, while 13th Congressional candidate Michael Allegretti was clinking glasses in Manhattan trying to raise money, Guy Molinari/Rudy Giuliani-backed candidate Mike Grimm‘s footsoldiers were out in force in Brooklyn collecting petition signatures to put Mr. Grimm on the ballot.
Michael Allegretti has the backing of the Bay Ridge Cabal. He is their only other visible candidate to our knowledge, besides State Senator Marty Golden.
Here’s the story:
GUY TWEAKS ALLEGRETTI
The Michael Grimm forces are doing a little crowing after claiming to get 1,000 GOP petition signatures in one night in Brooklyn, rival Michael Allegretti’s stronghold.
Grimm needs 1,250 signatures to get on the primary ballot against Allegretti.
Former Borough President Guy Molinari, Grimm’s top supporter, said that the Grimm team had about 50 people fanned out in the Brooklyn part of the congressional district on the first night that petitions hit the streets last week. He said that Allegretti’s forces didn’t even get out of the gate that night, with Allegretti holding a fund-raiser in Manhattan.
Guy did allow that it’s his understanding that some Brooklyn folks don’t customarily go out on the first night of petition-gathering.
But that didn’t stop him from giving a few toots of the horn.
“We’re not going to stop Allegretti from getting on the ballot,” Molinari said. “But we’re going to make life a little more difficult for him.”
Allegretti’s camp declined to comment on Guy’s broadside.
Why do we note this?
Well, recently we learned that Mr. Grimm endorsed the 49th AD’s Republican candidate Lucretia Regina-Potter, who is a prime target of the Bay Ridge Cabal in their theater of war to muzzle independent Republicans.
This has not been confirmed, but one wonders if GOP old hand Arnaldo Ferraro, the former Assemblyman of the 49th AD, and the Regina-Potter campaign had anything to do with mobilizing Mr. Grimm’s campaign to move so quickly in Brooklyn.
Nevertheless, in all likelihood, the Shah of Staten Island Guy Molinari undoubtedly knows a thing or two about petitioning, given his vast experience in politics. There are few political players as well-attuned to local politics as he is.
But the support of the 49th AD leadership in Brooklyn can’t hurt one bit.
We shall continue to follow this story and other developments in this race.