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DEVELOPING STORY: Golden Prince’s Flip-Flop on Microstamping Costing Him Dearly

June 26, 2010
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Trouble is brewing in The Golden Prince’s realm.

After his embarrassing absence from a critical vote on microstamping (which would require certain guns made and sold in New York to have unique identifying information on spent shells), Sen. Marty Golden took a tremendous deal of criticism from all precincts of the political spectrum. The bill was endorsed by law enforcement officials around the state, but the gun lobby was completely opposed to the legislation. Golden is himself a former cop.

So, the theoretically “conservative” Golden was caught between a rock and a hard place. Would he side with his fellow cops or with the gun-slingers and sellers? In true Bay Ridge Cabal form, the pathetic Golden chose to flee the Senate chamber rather than take a stand and cast a vote.

And now, the political propaganda mill is causing a serious stir in Goldenville with flyers critical of Golden’s flip-flop.

As you can see from the flyer above, he is taking serious heat over his lack of leadership.

Golden is lampooned in the flyer (released by New Yorkers Against Gun Violence) for his alleged statement in 2008 regarding microstamping: “As a former New York City Police Officer…it is my goal to create legislation that will make the utilization of microstamping a reality, a measure that will enhance crime fighting for our law enforcement officers.”

Wow, what a quote!

With all this talk of flip-flopping, I couldn’t help being reminded of this 2004 Bush campaign ad that was devastating to John Kerry:

Flash-forward to just this past week, when Golden said he would have voted ‘no’ had he been in the room when the vote was taken.

Thereafter, the state Democrats tore into Golden, blaiming him for the failure of the bill’s passage:

“Today Senator Martin Golden and his Republican colleagues struck a victory for gun criminals and a blow to law enforcement,” said Senate Democratic spokesman Austin Shafran.

“It is a disgrace that a former cop took a walk from the chamber and refused to stand up for law enforcement and let politics get in the way of public safety.”

“Microstamping gives law enforcement the tools they need to catch dangerous criminals and protect New York’s families. Unfortunately, the special interests won out over public safety. We could say we saw Senator Golden at his worst, but we did not see him at all – he was absent when it counted most.”

And even our reformer friends from the opposite side of the aisle at The Bay Ridge Interpol had a shot at the beleaguered Prince, stating “All That Glitters is Not Golden,” with a hilariously appropriate image of a “While You Were Out” slip. They followed that up with their usual sarcastic flourish:

Does this mean Marty is for handing out semiautomatic handguns on street corners? Perhaps. Maybe he was too ashamed to admit it so he stepped out to check his voice mail.

Insiders say the call was actually from the Bay Ridge Manor and they needed Marty’s credit card number to order more rubber chicken in preparation for the campaign trail this fall. Stay tuned…

That must sting, Marty…


Many of my colleagues have very little sympathy for the Senator. We have offered him numerous opportunities to reach out with the disaffected Republican in Brooklyn (which are now coalescing into what has been termed “The Brooklyn GOP Revolution“) and have even given him advice on how to raise his profile with GOP reformers.

He has rejected those opportunities.

And now, when he demonstrates a total lack of leadership (or a spine, for that matter), he looks around and finds himself alone on a stage, pale and with too few answers:

You can make your own opinions.

But regardless of his statements, the voters will be the ultimate decision-makers on his worthiness to retain his position as Senator.

And this debacle certainly won’t help him.

  1. Martyn Golden put in "The Dock" with "Blood on his Hands" permalink
    June 26, 2010 10:04 am


    Look closely at the still shot above. Guilt is written all over Marty Golden’s face as he tried to explain away his “non-vote, no vote” on the Gun Micro-stamping Bill.

    Are the chickens startin to come home to roost for Marty?

    As The Jig is Up Atlas would say it: Marty Golden has “Blood on his hands” for all of the wounded and slain police officers and other victims of gun violence.

  2. Golden has no primary, but Allegretti does permalink
    June 26, 2010 10:15 am

    This couldn’t come at a worse time for the Allegretti Campaign and the Executives of Craig Eaton’s Kings County Republican Party who have formally endorsed both Golden, Allegretti and others.

    Taking a stand against gunned down cops and other shooting victims that’s being really tough– running out on them, that’s cowardly.

    Defending Marty Golden’s running out on the gunned down cops and other shooting victims– that’s PATHETIC. How long can Eaton’s people keep doing it without destroying Allegrett’s shot at congress?

    Allegretti says he’s an NRA member– what’s his position on Gun Micro-stamping?

  3. Gerry O'Brien's Lower Intenstine permalink
    June 26, 2010 11:22 am

    I wish we (the Democrats) had a more viable candidate to challenge Golden. Someone with Bay Ridge street cred AND a big warchest. Golden is against the ropes here. Someone needs to finally knock him out and claim the title. Someone needs to strike while the iron is hot. Golden may win again this year but mark my words, he will not win again in 2012. He is over. The charade is running out of steam. No one can plug this many holes in a sinking ship. Team Golden is taking on SERIOUS water and his boat is going down.

  4. Just, wait one minute, there! 2010 isn't over yet. permalink
    June 26, 2010 11:49 am

    Michael DiSanto is a fresh face and that’s a big plus in the anti-incumbent game.

    The young people are closer to the DiSanto marriage position.

    DiSanto supports a stronger “Child Abuse” Bill than Golden.

    There are several motivated groups coming over to DiSanto, including mainstream Democrats and motivated Republicans disaffected by Golden.

    It’s summer and Golden is sweating, even when things aren’t that close.

    Golden has turned into a gaff machine– or maybe, everybdy just started paying attention to what he really doesn’t have to say.

    Expect a tighter race by November.

  5. Gerry O'Brien's Gallbladder permalink
    June 26, 2010 1:49 pm

    The Jig is spinning. It’s rudder has been destroyed. Scurvy has broken out amongst the cabal. They don’t know what to do, and they can’t afford Gerry or Jeffrey anymore. I guess the rubber chicken dinners are not as lucrative as they once were.

  6. Gerry O'Brien's Duodenum permalink
    June 26, 2010 3:17 pm

    The Jig is Dead.

  7. Gerry O'Brien's Failing Liver permalink
    June 26, 2010 4:12 pm

    Where In The World Is Claudio DeMeo? Is he with Carmen Sandiego? I wish Justin Brennan would just run this year. I was disappointed when he dropped out. He’s smart and “gets it”. We’ll see… I need to hear more from DiSanto and DeMeo!! They don’t talk enough. They should be ALL OVER this stuff with Golden! He is handing these challengers his head on a platter. He’s lobbing them softballs right over the meat of the plate. Where are they with the baseball bats?

  8. Regina-Potter for 22nd State Senate District permalink
    June 26, 2010 4:36 pm

    Will Lucretia Regina-Potter please come to Bay Ridge and campaign against Marty Golden!? We need a COMPETENT REPUBLICAN FIGHTER. Marty Golden is a spineless slug and an embarrassment to our district and our party.

    This district needs a woman’s touch! Marty Golden must go!

  9. Gerry O'Brien's Pancreas permalink
    June 26, 2010 6:54 pm

    Ding dong, The Jig Is Dead.

    Which old Jig?

    The Jig Is Up.

  10. Did Marty Golden Play Possum Like Falstaff? permalink
    June 27, 2010 11:57 am

    What made Marty Golden do his “discretion is the better part of valor” walk from the Senate Chamber during the crucial vote on the Gun Micro-stamping Bill? Was he just trying to buy time, or was it more duplicitous?

    To die is to be a counterfeit, for he is but the counterfeit of
    a man who hath not the life of a man; but to counterfeit dying,
    when a man thereby liveth, is to be no counterfeit, but the true
    and perfect image of life indeed. The better part of valor is
    discretion, in the which better part I have sav’d my life.
    [Henry The Fourth, Part 1 Act 5, Scene 4]

    Almost invariably paraphrased today as “Discretion is the better part of valor”, Falstaff’s phrase elegantly attempts to redefine what might be viewd as a cowardly act.

    So far Marty Golden has not been nearly as eloquent as the Bard’s
    “Falstaff”. Nonetheless, the little sojourn may have displayed another aspect of “guile” in our State Senator.

    More to come, I’m sure.

  11. Blah Blah Marty Golden permalink
    June 27, 2010 4:38 pm

  12. Gerry Kassar's "Common Sense" = A Common Paycheck permalink
    June 28, 2010 8:31 pm

    Kings County Conservative Chairman Gerard Kassar runs a regular item in the Brooklyn Spectator called “Common Sense”. It has no connection to Glenn Beck or Thomas Payne or anybody else who might have used that title or term. It’s all part of what Kassar is and does, which lately is being Marty Golden’s “bought and paid for” toady. Nothing else matters to Gerry Kassar because Marty Golden is Kassar’s paycheck and meal ticket, end of story.

    Don’t expect to see any disclaimers in Kassar’s column even when there is a manifest conflict of interest, like there was this week. Kassar thinks it’s perfectly good columnistic integrity not to disclose his regular receipt of a pay check from the man whom he constantly extols in his column, it’s all part of what Kassar is and does.

    This week Kassar’s column starts out with the usual blowing of “Golden Smoke”– the usual crap about Marty Golden having been a decorated police officer, and goes from that old chestnut on to hype Golden’s vapid Anti-gang Bill (all of (that came straight from Golden’s own press release on the bill). What Kassar doesn’t tell his reading public (which Kassar says is more people in one week that has ever seen or heard of Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn) is that the so-called “bill” is an absolute phony, it’s an election year Christmas Tree– part feel good anti-crime crap and part lard up the budget with more goodies for the New York State law enforcement-criminal justice full employment and inflate their pensions factory, Golden’s real constituency.

    You know Kassar and Golden are getting desperate this is a little early in the feast for the red meat.

  13. “Golden on Golden's Anti-gang Bill” -- A Laugh Riot! permalink
    June 28, 2010 11:43 pm

    Don’t miss Marty “did you know that once he was a police officer” Golden double talking his way through a soft-ball interview about his recently proposed Anti-Gang Bill.

    Look at him try to read then try to ad lib. It’s a tour de force.
    It’s reminiscent of Jackie Gleason’s best “try to impress the boss” routines. If anybody ever did a “Yogi Berra” imitation of an interview about the Anti-Gang Bill, this would have been it. The Aflac Duck going “Hah!!!” was all that was missing.

    Look at how a State Senator can make up crime statistics as he goes along:
    …2500 let out of jail on parole from the Rockefeller Drug Law;
    …40,000 cops now 32,000 with over 1000 dedicated to anti-terror “because they only have to succeed once” (just a momentary loss of focus there);
    …about 20 to 30% of the increase in crime will be gang related;
    …that means 60-80 murders next year will be due to gangs alone.

    That’s why we have to act now to give law enforcement the tools:
    …follow these guys right into the school yards, because that’s where they recruit for the gangs;
    …raise the penalties on all crimes that are gang related (whatever it is, if it can be tied to street gang activities, raise the penalty);
    …exile gang leaders from New York State, by sending them to out-of-state prisons.

    We also need to involve the schools:
    …dress codes in schools, “we’ll tell the school boards what they have to do about clothes”;
    …introduce school programs about gang activities and to strengthen the family as an alternative to gangs; and
    …after school programs to give those who might go into gangs other things to do.

    See and hear it all for yourself, State Senator Marty Golden describing his own bill in his own words, just “Google” or use whatever search engine you prefer:
    [“Legislative Report” with NY State Senator Marty Golden 052510]
    It’s on several different sites, including the State Senator’s own; he must be very proud of his work.

  14. Golden No-Show Upsets Crowd At St. Finbar permalink
    June 29, 2010 10:04 pm

    All the usual suspects were at Marty Golden’s so-called “Town Hall”.

    The Fiorello LaGuardians were prominent in and around the hall at St. Finbar, making contact mostly with small goups outside then moving about the hall during the meeting. On the political side, Lucretia and Mike Grimm worked inside and outside the room with literature, and were photgraphed and interviewed together by Harold Egeln of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and the Bay Ridge Eagle.

    Because the State Senator was a “no show”, supposedly doing “the peoples’ busness in Albany,” his stand-ins Kassar, Quaglione and Krauss tried their best to divert the crowds ire at their boss. It was a mistake to try. The crowd was hot and bothered and Marty Golden was lucky not to be there as a focus for their upset. The big pitch about the lawsuit against the MTA was not greeted with special favor. Most in attendance seemed to think it was too little too late.

    Soon it was obvious that the earlier Golden hands needed reinforcements, and calls obviously had been made to Craig Eaton and Allegretti. Each arrived later in the program. Allegretti arrived first and alone, looking weak compared to Grimm who had already made the good first impression. Eaton was as usual more than a bit late and more than a penny short, even with R Gallo doing his “Lurch” imitation. They used their very best command presence, the results were as would be expected for somebody arriving late for the main show.

    The late arrival possibly avoided a complete shut-out by the Eatonians, but the 49th is clearly still in the hands of TFLRRO, hands down.

  15. John Galt permalink*
    June 30, 2010 10:11 pm

    UPDATE: The media continues to hold Golden accountable. This is from the L Magazine (many thanks to Henry Stewart of that periodical for mentioning us):

    Marty Golden has become gun-toting criminals’ newest hero!

    Agree with the state senator from Bay Ridge or not (and we certainly do not), nobody’s happy about his cowardly abstention from a hard vote. Criticism has been mounting—including handed-out fliers like the one above—from right and left since Golden missed a vote two weeks ago on “microstamping” that would have “require[d] semiautomatic handguns made and sold in New York to have unique identifying information on spent shells,” Bay Ridge Interpol explains.

    Golden stepped out of the chamber to take a phone call, standing in the hallway while he was called upon to vote. The bill failed, and now criminals can go back to shooting Golden’s old cop-colleagues with anonymity.

    As [Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn] explains, the measure was staunchly opposed by the gun lobby, but strongly supported by law enforcement. What’s a good conservative politician, especially an ex-cop, to do? Stand against his old buddies? Not bow down to the NRA?

    He did what any smart politician would do—he got the hell out of there. Isn’t that the kind of leadership Brooklyn needs?

  16. Micro-Marty Golden Switch-Hitter for a Long Time permalink
    June 30, 2010 11:46 pm

    At last it’s all out there for everybody to see, but State Senator Martin J. Golden is having trouble dealing with it nonetheless. He’s embarrassed that now everybody knows that he sometimes swings both ways depending on whom he’s with. The big gun guys think he likes them and the micro- guys thought that he had a special something just for them. As a result he’s leaving everybody wondering if he’s really one of them or just somebody who’ll blow this way or that for convenience, fun or profit. Maybe he’s just a tease holding out on everybody.

    Switcher Golden has been this way before. On April 28, 2009, Rick Karlin for the Albany Times Union reported:
    “…This wouldn’t be the first time a Republican lawmaker was on the spot regarding gun control.
    Sen. Marty Golden, R-Brooklyn, last year made an abrupt about-face on the microstamping measure, supporting and then opposing it as the bill moved into the Senate last year.
    Insiders say that Golden came under election-year pressure [in 2008] to withhold support for a law that could anger the Republican base….”

    Now, it’s two for two for Marty in two separate election cycles 2008 and 2010.

    This time it was the Mayor that he was screwing with and he didn’t have the common decency to give His Honor a friendly hand around when it counted. Remember the one about– “A friend in need….”

    Of course when you’re doing it for freight not friendship, price not pleasure, business is business. Maybe this time Marty Geeze was waiting for the last best offer for his favor; and the final bid was coming by phone. Those are calls you have to take.

  17. Golden Told MTA Riders "Drop Dead"-- Now He's Outraged permalink
    July 1, 2010 11:05 pm

    “What these lawmakers excel at is deceiving their constituents.

    The MTA’s service area is represented by 142 members of the Assembly and Senate. Fully 64 of them wrote letters, testified or issued statements railing about planned transit cuts after voting to cut the MTA’s funding. [Marty Golden even backed a lawsuit– he should have sued himself.]

    They had the gall to posture as champions of a furious public. Each of these weasels must be held to account. Here are all of their names in alphabetic order.


    Senate: … Marty Golden….

    • Attribution permalink
      July 1, 2010 11:17 pm

      The quote above was taken from the New York Daily News June 28, 2010

      The gist of the News Editorial was that the MTA cuts of the Bay Ridge B-37 bus line and others in his district were Golden’s own fault, along with the rest of the named legislators.

      Marty Golden is a hypocrite to pretend and posture otherwise. As usual, he’s trying to play us all for suckers.

  18. Just Pretend It Didn't Happen permalink
    July 2, 2010 7:34 pm

    The Jig is Up Atlas is a full-time hate blog that spends a lot of time actively slandering good Republicans who criticize the regime of Kings County Republican Party Chairman Craig Eaton.

    The rest of the time they create noise to drown out legitimate fair commentary and criticism, and factual reports about public officers like Marty Golden, who just aren’t doing a good job for the Republican Party or the public at large.

    Right now, they are pretending that Marty Golden’s failure to support MTA funding as Bay Ridge’s Republican State Senator had nothing to do with the shut down of the Third Avenue Bus and other cuts in transit service around his district.

    Instead, they bring up that somebody missed a vote on MTA funding in 1987, as if that’s comparable to what Marty Golden did recently to hurt Bay Ridge so badly. The missed 1987 vote didn’t cause the loss of the Third Avenue Bus, Golden’s “No” votes did.

    If you look at the published record, Marty Golden has never been a strong supporter of mass transit. If the people who’ve made complaints to Marty Golden’s offices about MTA problems in the past and who have been given useful information or assistance wanted to hold a rally, all of them could show up inside the 77th Street token booth and not disturb the clerk.

    Marty’s “Town Hall” and mass transit rallies didn’t accomplish a thing. “His” so-called “lawsuit” is a bare bones affair (Why is it even called Marty Golden’s lawsuit?); and if there is not a substantial factual showing by July 22, 2010 that seniors and the disabled are disproportionately effected by these specific cuts, they will stay in place.

  19. Why Did it take Golden More Than Six Months to Begin His Lawsuit? permalink
    July 2, 2010 10:47 pm

    The MTA adopted its plans to curtail service in Bay Ridge in December of 2009.

    Why did Marty Golden and Vinny Gentile take so long to think of a lawsuit? (It was six-and-a-half months.)

    Was he more interested in “not wasting a crisis” that would get him tons of local press and TV coverage?

    Where is all the MTA money going? Do Senator Golden and Councilman Gentile even have a clue?

  20. Congratulations, Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn permalink
    July 2, 2010 11:08 pm

    The main article about Marty Golden’s flip-flops on the Gun Micro-Stamping Bill has been picked up and echoed on several other blogs.

    Lately, more an more coverage in all media of State Senator Martin J. Golden(R), Bay Ridge – Marine Park, has been more critical and even negative than in the past.

    Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn has either broken or amplified several news stories about Golden.

    Single-handedly, Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn has changed the nature of the coverage about the State Senator. That will lead to a more meaningful debate during this electoral year. For that they should be applauded.

  21. Marty Golden, Bread and Circuses permalink
    July 18, 2010 8:37 am

    Is “Panem et Circenses” Latin for “State Senator Marty Golden’s Concerts in the Park 2010” and his rubber chicken award events and other sendups?

    Really “Panem et Circenses” is the Latin for “Bread and Circuses”. The phrase connotes the triviality and frivolity that defined the ethos and polity of the emperor’s handling of the citizenry of Roman Empire during its decline.

    It has become a metaphor for the appeasement of voters by trivial and simplistic devices. The phrase is used to describe the creation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or the advancement of sound public policy, but through the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a debased populace. The phrase also implies the erosion or ignorance of civic virtue and duty amongst the concerns of the citizenry.

    Are the things that make Marty Golden “popular” just a subset of “Bread and Circuses”? I’m sure many would argue that with Marty Golden it’s not “Bread and Circuses”, but things he’s really good at like rubber chicken and summer concerts. They would argue that certainly, such a distinction makes all the difference in the world and renders any comparison to Roman decadence ridiculous.

    State Senator Golden (I know you were once a cop before you became a pensioned American with disabilities, but lately that’s clouded your thinking terribly, so try to get over it), don’t get all tangled up in controversial issues like the “Gun Micro-stamping Bill” or defending the now-outlawed New York City Police data base on non-criminal stops. Stick to what you’re good at, Senator, rubber chicken and “free” music (btw, who does pay for it?).

    Who cares if some people might refer to it all as “Bread and Circuses”?


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