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In Recent Interview, Neophyte Allegretti Demonstrates Political Cluelessness

June 24, 2010

Michael Allegretti, Political Neophyte

Mr. Slick is at it again, ruining our chances of victory in November.

13th Congressional candidate Michael Allegretti, the Bay Ridge Cabal’s latest sacrificial lamb, has been demonstrating utter political incompetence yet again, this time with Politico.

In a recent article entitled “Allegretti: Fossella a Good Example,” the neophyte with no prior government experience pretends to be a political consultant and offers his misguided perspective on the state of the race, McMahon and voters.

As you may know, I recently wrote a piece detailing why I believe Mr. Allegretti is New York’s latest Dede Scozzafava, emphasizing that his primary opponent, Mike Grimm, is a far more conservative and winnable candidate, in my opinion.

I emphasized his poor reception in the media, his liberal views on global warming and allegedly abortion (which, whether you agree with him or not, makes him a tougher sell in this district). His background as a Washington lobbyist was discussed, as well has his total dearth of public service. I also mentioned some recent gaffes and image issues Mr. Allegretti has.

Then, I come to see a comment from our reformer friends on the opposite side of the aisle–The Bay Ridge Interpol–including a link to a recent Politco story about Allegretti.

The story is not very flattering to the would-be GOP primary victor (read the story here or on Politico’s website, then read my commentary below):

New York Republican Michael Allegretti is expressing kind words for an unlikely figure: Vito Fossella, the beleaguered former congressman who stepped down from his seat in 2008 after a drunk driving arrest and revelations that he had fathered a child out of wedlock.

“I have no opinion on that, to be honest with you,” Allegretti told POLITICO when asked whether he thought Fossella wanted to return to the 13th District seat he held for four terms. “He was a good congressman and a good example for anyone aspiring to office on Staten Island and Brooklyn to look to.”

Allegretti’s remarks came a month after the Staten Island Republican Party – in a move that raised eyebrows from New York to Washington — threw its backing to Fossella, even though the former congressman is not seeking the GOP nomination and the only announced party candidates are Allegretti and Michael Grimm, a businessman and former FBI agent.

The surprise move touched off a wave of speculation in New York political circles that the Staten Island GOP, whose chairman is a Fossella ally, was seeking to weaken Grimm in an effort to boost Fossella. The former FBI official is regarded in some corners as a potentially stronger general election candidate than Allegretti, and some have speculated that his loss could open the door for Fossella to run for the seat in 2012.

When Fossella reiterated after the surprise endorsement that he was not running for the seat, Allegretti got the nod in a re-vote.

When asked in the interview why he believed Fossella initially got the endorsement, Allegretti said, “Staten Island, I guess, has a lot of political enclaves and there are a lot of long-seeded loyalties and Vito Fossella was a good congressman for the district and obviously there were members of the Republican Party still had strong feelings for him.”

Allegretti, for his part, is betting that Rep. Mike McMahon’s alienation from his Democratic base will pull him over the finish line in November. In the interview, he said McMahon’s vote against the health care bill had split the Democratic voters who had helped to power McMahon’s 2008 win in the Staten Island-area district.

“The ideological left has abandoned him. Some will vote for him, most will stay home,” said Allegretti, whose family owns a New York heating company. “All Mike McMahon has tried to do is walk down the middle of the road. He’s never stood for anything besides his own career, his own re-election.”

Allegretti argued that in seeking to position himself to the center, he had diminished his support from Democratic voters – particularly those in South Brooklyn. He was quick to point out that the influential Working Families Party has refused to endorse McMahon and won’t allow the New York Democrat to run on its ballot line in November, as it did in 2008.

“His support might be broad in numbers, but it is weak in reality,” said Allegretti, referencing McMahon’s lopsided victory last election cycle. “You don’t see people with Mike McMahon signs. You don’t see people going door to door.”

McMahon campaign manager Jonathan Yedin pointed out that McMahon had received the endorsements of a host of Democratic groups in the district.

“He has the support of Democrats, Independence Party members and Staten Island Conservatives – not to mention many Republicans who have no interest in backing someone like Michael Allegretti who got the nod from the local GOP after their favored choice, Vito Fossella, bowed out of the race,” said Yedin.

Allegretti acknowledged in the interview that the late Sept. 14 primary – less than two months before the general election – was an obstacle in the campaign. “Absolutely it’s a late primary,” he said. “You can’t hide that.”

But Allegretti was quick to argue that his recent endorsements from the Staten Island and Brooklyn Republican parties had provided his primary effort with a boost. “The support our campaign has picked up over the last three or four weeks has really taken us to a new level,” he said.

The steepest challenge for any Republican in the race could end up being McMahon’s bank account – which now totals a sizable $1.1 million and is expected to grow after a high-profile recent fundraiser headlined by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“I’ll raise what I need to win,” said Allegretti, who has $243,000 in the bank, before acknowledging, “I’m never going to out-raise him.”

***

OK…. (deep breath)

Here were my favorite lines (reading some made me laugh uncontrollably):

– Regarding McMahon: “His support might be broad in numbers, but it is weak in reality.”

(Weak against you, Mr. Allegretti? No. Against Mike Grimm? Apparently–so much so that insiders are saying to Politico that Grimm would be a stronger general election opponent)

– Regarding the endorsements of the Staten Island GOP/Bay Ridge Cabal: “The support our campaign has picked up over the last three or four weeks has really taken us to a new level.”

(A new level of infancy and mediocrity maybe. Everyone knows Allegretti is a consolation prize for the party establishment to milk for dollars before they toss his carcass over the bow in November. And wasn’t Mr. Grimm out in force collecting signatures in Brooklyn while you were passing the basket in Manhattan a few weeks ago?)

– About McMahon’s support: “He has the support of Democrats, Independence Party members and Staten Island Conservatives – not to mention many Republicans who have no interest in backing someone like Michael Allegretti who got the nod from the local GOP after their favored choice, Vito Fossella…”

(Exactly what I said: consolation prize)

– Allegretti on his finances as opposed to McMahon’s: “I’m never going to out-raise him.”

(Why acknowledge that? Why feed into a media fixation with Republican failure? Why not emphasize your political independence and dedication to the people rather than your own purse? That didn’t occur to you to do? Oh well.)

– Allegretti on McMahon: “The ideological left has abandoned him. Some will vote for him, most will stay home.”

(That’s a negative?! Michael, in this district, that’s a plus!)

– Allegretti on McMahon: “All Mike McMahon has tried to do is walk down the middle of the road. He’s never stood for anything besides his own career, his own re-election.”

(Really, because I think he’s been careful to vote the way his constituents have wanted him to. Whether he personally believes in the votes he’s cast, that’s a separate question. He might be a total flaming liberal, but what politician doesn’t do what he/she does for his/her own career? You’re somehow different than he is, Mr. Allegretti? Please…)

***

Now that we’ve read that piece, let’s consider some questions.

Michael McMahon is a Democrat, yes. A liberal? In all likelihood. A clever politician? Perhaps. Should he be reelected over a Republican to give the Democrats a bigger majority? Absolutely not.

Mike Grimm is a Republican, yes. A conservative? I believe so. Is he an establishment candidate? Absolutely not. Does he stand a better chance at beating McMahon in a general election? Without a doubt.

Alright. Then, you have Michael Allegretti. He is a Republican, yes. A conseravtive? Apparently not. An establishment candidate: Triple ‘Yes.’ Does he stand a better chance at beating McMahon in a general election? Without a doubt, the answer is ‘no.’

The fact is Michael Allegretti is not ready for primetime, and certainly not in the 13th Congressional District. Would he fair better in a more moderately liberal district? I’m sure.

Instead, the brain trust of the GOP establishment has decreed that we must all fall in line behind a man who typifies what we as libertarians and Republicans would detest: a Washington liberal lobbyist with no political experience and personal baggage.

Am I missing something here?

It’s almost as if the GOP establishment in Brooklyn (and perhaps even Staten Island, but I’m not so sure) wants McMahon to have an easy victory this fall.

Maybe the Staten Island GOP wants to keep the seat warm for Vito in two years.

Maybe the Brooklyn GOP likes the relationship McMahon and Senator Golden have built up over the past two years (more on that in a future piece).

But one thing is pretty clear to me: if the GOP wants a Republican to win in the 13th Congressional race, they’re going about it all the wrong way.

Whether that’s their intention or not is yet to be seen…

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9 Comments
  1. Republican Voter, Grimm from the start, Grimm to The End permalink
    June 24, 2010 10:23 pm

    From somebody who’s backing Michael Grimm, EXCELLENT ANALYSIS!

    From somebody who’s read a lot of print and blog political material,
    it was an excellent bit of critical analysis of Michael Allegretti’s hoisting by politico.

    Has Allegretti tried to walk any of this back? He really needs to do that, fast.

  2. Bicurious Rino permalink
    June 25, 2010 1:19 am

    Who is a bicurious rino….

  3. Al from Gerritsen Beach permalink
    June 25, 2010 1:45 am

    This is a great piece. I don’t think Grimm is the best the 13th could do, but I would certainly prefer him over Allegretti voting in the primary. Anyone associated with Eaton has lost my confidence already.

  4. Slick Schooled permalink
    June 25, 2010 1:54 am

    …..the iceberg has just been hit

    “Congressional hopeful Michael Grimm picks up endorsement from Councilman Vincent Ignizio”

    http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/06/congressional_hopeful_michael.html

  5. Susan Cleary Is A Class Act and I Voted For Her permalink
    June 25, 2010 9:48 am

    Susan Cleary was a true conservative. Allegretti? He’s a wimp.

  6. Michael Allegretti Has to be More Forthcoming About Family Business Associations permalink
    June 26, 2010 11:43 pm

    Michael Allegretti’s curt cut-off line that questions about the dicey side of the family oil business are ‘irrelevant and unfair” just won’t cut it anymore. Supporters and opponents of Allegretti’s campaign for U.S. Congress deserve far more from the candidate.

    All that we have seen about Candidate Michael Alligretti’s connection with the “Bayside Fuel problems” was as reported in the Daily News and New York Post:
    [ NY Daily News by David Saltonstall, Senior Correspondent, November 15th 2009. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2009/11/15/2009-11-15_fbis_mikey_suits_aims_for_congress_exundercover_mafia_buster_seeks_si_seat.html#ixzz0s1QhP6TX; New York Post, by Maggie Haberman, November 15, 2009 ttp://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/staten_island/mob_hurdle_in_si_house_race_bHPnldJQW2fz1znlu1IdYJ#ixzz0s1Rr2ONz]

    All that we will say for now is that when candidate Allegretti was still a teenager, it became public knowledge that Gambino capo Joe “Joe Butch” Corrao’s had long been employed in the Allegretti family business, Bayside Fuel and Oil. According to the newspapers’ accounts, Allegretti said he was about 15 years old in 1993 when the scandal broke and “[w]e were as shocked as anyone to learn about who [Carrao] was.” Other news reports unrelated to the candidacy of Michael Allegretti have detailed more alleged links of an unsavory character involving Bayside and various individuals.

    Allegretti’s family has owned Bayside Fuel Oil Corp., which in the mid-1990s lost millions of dollars in city contracts after a top Gotti capo, Joseph (Joe Butch) Corrao, was found to be on the company’s payroll. Michael Allegretti is reported to now own a minority share of Bayside, which he inherited. There are also many donations to the Michael Allegretti Campaign by family members possibly associated with Bayside.

    Allegretti, who learned some of his politics as an aide to Sen. Marty Golden, said that talk of Corrao is irrelevant and unfair, and that questions about Bayside are being stirred up by “Democrats” trying to paint him as guilty by association.

    Wrong, Mr. Allegretti, you are a running to be the candidate of the Republican Party. Republican voters have a right to know your background before they chose you as their candidate, including the whole business about “Joe Butch” Carrao’s employment at Bayside.

  7. Dedicated to Michael Allegretti permalink
    June 28, 2010 10:11 pm

    (The Following Is Meant As A Joke – Enjoy 😉 )

    The other evening, at a Karaoke Bar in New Dorp, Michael Allegretti was seen grasping his microphone tightly, singing this song with gusto:

    I’m not cocky
    I just love myself
    Bitch!

    Mirror mirror on the wall
    Who’s the flyest bitch of them all?
    Never mind, I am
    That bitch is so fucking pretty
    Yeah I am
    If I were her I would kiss me (hey!)
    Mirror mirror on the wall
    Hit up prince charming
    Tell him give me a call
    Never mind, screw him
    Cause I found somebody better
    Never mind, screw him
    I’ll make myself so much wetter (wetter, wetter, wetter)

    Every day I see myself I love me even more (it’s me I adore)
    Ain’t nobody got shit on me, I’m the best for sure (ma chere amore!)

    V is for vanity, every time I look at me
    I turn myself on, yeah
    I turn myself on, yeah
    V is for vanity, thank you mom and daddy cause
    I turn myself on, yeah
    I turn myself on (get into it)

    Mirror mirror on the wall
    Who’s the sexiest of them all
    Never mind, I am
    I am (oh she’s so hot and sexy)
    (Ha!) Yeah I am, that’s right
    No-no-no wonder she’s cocky

    Mirror mirror on the wall
    They call me stuck up, but I’m not at all
    Never mind, I am (I am)
    It’s not my fault I’m the shit
    Yeah I am
    And I’m a bad ass bitch (hey!)

    Every day I see myself I love me even more (it’s me I adore)
    Ain’t nobody got shit on me, I’m the best for sure (are you ready for me?)

    V is for vanity, every time I look at me
    I turn myself on, yeah
    I turn myself on, yeah
    V is for vanity, thank you mom and daddy cause
    I turn myself on, yeah
    I turn myself on (get into it)

    No regrets
    Get into it
    No apologies

    Bam bam ba bam
    Bam bam ba bam
    And now I take myself to be my lawfully wedded bitch

    All the girls say
    Yeah I’m vain, so what, so what
    All the boys say
    Yeah I’m vain, so what, so what
    All the girls say
    Yeah we’re vain, so what, so what
    Everybody say
    Yeah we’re vain, so what AND WHAT (whoo!)

    V is for vanity (yeah), every time I look at me
    I turn myself on, yeah
    I turn myself on, yeah
    V is for vanity, thank you mom and daddy cause
    I turn myself on, yeah
    I turn myself on (get into it)

    If the shoe fits, wear it bitch
    If the shoe fits, wear it bitch
    If the shoe fits, wear it bitch

    Read my lips (muah!)
    I’m a vain bitch (hey!)
    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey

    Can’t love no one else
    Love yourself
    And if they don’t like it
    Tell ’em
    Get in line
    And kiss your ass bitch (muah!)

    Love you baby (au revoir)
    That’s right
    Let’s go out like this

    Mirror mirror on the wall
    Who’s the flyest of them all
    It’s me, bow down get on your knees
    Where’s my queens?
    Who reigns supreme?
    Let me hear you scream
    Whooo!

    And the legacy lives on
    Going strong

    Let us not forget
    Who owns the throne?

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