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Allegretti Engages in Cheap “ObamaCare” Stunt at McMahon Office

July 17, 2010

I’m beginning to wonder if Michael Allegretti (Dede II) suffers from the same symptoms of political irrelevance our illustrious Chairman ______ “The Duke of Bay Ridge” ______ does.

Both men seemed determined to establish their relevance by unnecessary means.

A recent YouTube video from Allegretti’s campaign is evidence of that.

Here is the video. Watch it, think about what you’re watching and what Mr. Allegretti is saying to you, and then read my thoughts below:

Some things I noticed:

1. He has maybe five people around him. If he had more, the camera would have been facing out toward him and the people there and they would have been louder.

2. The applause is slight and low.

3. Part of the audio was edited very poorly.

4. After pontificating, he enters the office–but imagine what must have transpired in there (perhaps: “Hi, I’m Michael Allegretti.” “I’m sorry. I don’t know who you are.” Or maybe: “Pizza deliveries go to the back entrance, buddy.”)

Is it just me or are stunts like these called “stunts” for a reason?

They needlessly draw attention to the candidate running (in theory) rather than the issue being addressed. But Allegretti even admits on the clip that McMahon voted against ObamaCare.

That wasn’t enough?

I guess now he’s expected to lead some kind of charge against the powers that be in his own party and in Congress?

Not likely.

He’d be about as successful as a Republican would as things stand.

The better argument against McMahon is that, even if he is against ObamaCare, only taking the House of Representatives out of the Democrats’ hands of control will solve the problem.

Realistically, McMahon is not going to be able to do anything on his own. If Congress leans Republican or even changes hands to the GOP by next year, then ObamaCare is likely threatened if not on the chopping block (that is to say if they can overcome a veto–which is unlikely–or until a Republican President comes in–which might happen). Until then, it’s law (and for many of us, that’s very unfortunate).

But Allegretti is one to call any Democrat names. He himself has offered opinions on issues that many Republicans would and do disagree with him on. Drawing attention to himself on this issue only invites further commentary from his detractors (of which I am one) regarding his liberal views.


So once again, Michael Allegretti demonstrates his political cluelessness to his would-be constituents without offering any solutions to our problems.

Seems like a loser to me.

  1. Monty permalink
    July 17, 2010 8:23 pm

    To be honest, I am upset. The discharge petition is about repealing a healthcare bill that hurts americans. It is sponsored by the Heritage Foundation. I can’t think of a more conservative organization or one that is looking out for all of us like this. To condem Allegretti for this is out of line. At least he is trying to help and trying to put mcmahon in a box. What are peoiple like u who control this blog doing? Absolutely nothing! Why don’t u throw away ur preconceived opinions and actually look at what is important, that is beating a Democrat. Your petty concerns will not help with that. I work for the Heritage Foundation, I know you will not allow this message on your blog but you should realize that Allegretti has done something that we at the Foundation hope all candidates do, he is out front om something important. You should support him, especially if you are a supporter of Ayn Rand, we’re with Allegretti on this and feel you should be too.
    Grow Up and unite behind real leaders…

    • John Galt permalink*
      July 17, 2010 9:58 pm

      There is a split of opinion among our writers regarding the 13th Congressional. For example, Francisco D’Anconia is a Grimm supporter and is very critical of Michael Allegretti in his writings. Other writers are not enchanted by either Grimm and Allegretti.

      I take issue with your statement: ” I know you will not allow this message on your blog…”

      Will we not? Are you not commenting openly here and are you not being responded to by the editor of this blog? I wonder whether you’re being entirely fair thinking that we would somehow not permit a difference of opinion on our blog. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

      Allow me to explain why I think your statement is wrong. First of all, McMahon voted against the ObamaCare bill and even if he wanted to bash Nancy Pelosi and his own party for it, it would not bear any fruit for himself or his district and he would not be successful. Politically, ObamaCare has no chance of being overturned this year and maybe not even if the Democrats lose control of Congress. Francisco made that point, and he made it accurately (as did “A Stunt Is A Stunt Is A Stunt” below).

      Second of all, Mike Grimm is against the health care bill passed by the Democrats, as well. Isn’t he equally as likely to be a “real leader” (to use your expression) as Allegretti? I think you’re the one who sounds a bit biased here. If one of the Republicans is elected and they do what they have promised, then they will vote to repeal ObamaCare.

      Third, I know that all of our writers would prefer to see a competent Republican replace McMahon in Congress. None of us have ever said otherwise. It’s unfortunate that Allegretti has gotten involved in the mire of the Brooklyn GOP’s world of hate, but he chose to be their Golden child. If he were a real leader, he would tell the leadership of the party to work toward rebuilding the party and putting petty differences aside.

      He has not, to our knowledge. That’s unfortunate.

      And finally, you need to learn to convince people better. You wrote, “Grow Up and unite behind real leaders.” I can assure you that all of us here are grown up. And Atlas shrugs in Brooklyn for a reason–in fact, a number of good reasons. If you want to support your candidate, that’s fine. But offer genuine reasons for doing so and don’t throw around names like “The Heritage Foundation” and expect people to submit to you. Explain why Michael Allegretti is a better candidate than Mike Grimm with actual reasons and you will win supporters. Otherwise, you just look like an irrational, angry hate blogger.

      That won’t benefit your cause.

      P.S. Feel free to email us with Heritage Foundation information or statements regarding Mr. Allegretti. They will be reported.

  2. A Stunt Is A Stunt Is A Stunt permalink
    July 17, 2010 9:02 pm

    The “Repeal Bill” is an election year stunt by the Republican Caucus. The “Discharge Petition” is an election year stunt by the Republican Caucus. Michael Allegretti’s letter drop at Congressman McMahon’s Office is a cheap local election year stunt (and it certainly looked like one in Allegretti’s video). The amount of funding these combined efforts efforts will get for hospitals in the 13th CD is ZERO DOLLARS ($0.00), so basically Allegretti is lying with his funding numbers.

    “Monty of the Heritage Foundation” has expressed his opinion. I would have expected a lot more substance from the Heritage Foundation. Even a Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in 2010 won’t get Obamacare repealed. It certainly will not be repealed by this sitting Congress.

    Stop the stunts, stop the tricks. Real Republicans must present real solutions, immediately for the long term.

  3. Whoever Runs The Jig Skipped Grammar School permalink
    July 18, 2010 12:09 am

    Whoever runs The Jig skipped grammar school. Some questions I have about the rumored writers:

    Did Russell Gallo start to do tours in Iraq at age 8? That would explain the poor writing style.

    Is Gerry O’Brien illiterate? That would explain it, too.

    Is Clorinda Annarummo’s original language Mandarin? That might explain it, as well.

    Was Craig Eaton raised with Russian as his primary language? That could explain it also.

    Is “Jeff Kraus” not competent to author a scholarly work?” That

    These are all questions to which I do

  4. Gerry O'Brien's Chronic Gout permalink
    July 18, 2010 9:00 am

    He should’ve also delivered a copy of his résumé so when McMahon is re-elected, he can be in the running for a $20k community liaison gig.

  5. Since "honest" and upset Monty mentioned it... permalink
    July 18, 2010 9:32 am

    Monty said, “…Why don’t u throw away ur preconceived opinions and actually look at what is important, that is beating a Democrat. Your petty concerns will not help with that. I work for the Heritage Foundation…”

    Since Monty’s main criteria is “…beating a Democrat…” there is one and only one choice to support in the upcoming Republican primary, Michael Grimm.

    Regardless of the outcome of the Republican primary, Michael Grimm will be on the Conservative Party line in November. As a result, of the two candidates running in the Republican primary, only Michael Grimm has a real chance of beating Democrat Michael McMahon in November 2010; and Allegretti has no chance.


    Even if he wins the Republican Party primary, Allegretti has no chance to win in November 2010.


    Since “honest” Monty mentioned it.

  6. July 18, 2010 6:07 pm

    • Young GOP Kid permalink
      July 18, 2010 11:00 pm

      That was freakin awesome!

    • Little Mikey, Didn't You Ever Hear About The Brooklyn GOP Revolution? permalink
      July 19, 2010 2:36 am

  7. Gallo = Cock (In Italian) permalink
    July 18, 2010 10:54 pm

    Is it just me or does anyone else find it disgraceful the way Russell Gallo refers to himself on “The Jig”: “The question begs, It was former 47th Council and 47th Assembly District candidate 47th Assembly District Male Republican District Leader, The “People’s District Leader” the greatest Male Republican District Leader who has ever lived the honorable Russell C. Gallo.”

    What a “cock” and bull description LOL

  8. Gene B. Fails Again permalink
    July 18, 2010 10:59 pm

    Gene had this to say about his failed blog radiocast this weekend:

    Hey everyone:

    Just got done taping a tremendous episode, and then listening on the playback, it sounds like Skype was fading in and out, so I took down the episode. I want to give thanks to my guests, Russell Gallo, David Storobin and Jim Mendrinos. (go check out for info on the NY Underground Comedy Festival) and we’ll get everyone back on at some point to talk with us again.

    Thanks to the live listeners, who apparently had no problem hearing the show, and our guests.


    (Gene, it couldn’t have been that tremendous an episode with those guests. Russell Gallo I barely know, and David Storobin–who is that? These mystery guests reek of desperation. If you can’t find quality guests Gene, just give up. No one’s listening to you anyway, you Craig Eaton hack)

  9. CableFan20 is Nuts permalink
    July 19, 2010 3:27 am

    CableFan20, who is likely Gerry O’Brien, is going on a rampage, commenting on Urban Elephants like a fiend. My God, someone get this man a hobby!

  10. Peter Cipriano is Anti-Mormon permalink
    July 19, 2010 4:30 am

    Peter Cipriano’s secret buddy Mohammad Barkeshli made a movie about Mormons. In it, you will hear his “friend,” the “American Mohammed” (as he refers to himself, or did), discussing the Mormon faith.

    Of note is Peter Cipriano, who makes an appearance in the film (no that is not a child actor playing Cipriano–that is the dopey boy himself just a few years ago). He demeans Mormons, enters a Mormon temple and starts sacrilegiously playing around, making a fool of himself.

    This could only have been made a couple of years ago.

    In the film, he uses these exact words to describe the Mormon faith: “Extreme Christianity. They’re like a cult, a Christian cult.”

    Well, the questions begs: what do you mean by “extreme” Christianity, Peter?

    Do you consider pro-life Catholics “extreme’?

    Do you consider the numerous born-again Christians in our party and elsewhere in our city and nationwide to be “extreme”?

    How do you see Christianity, Peter? Are those of us who have firm Christian convictions somehow “extreme” or “crazy” to you? Perhaps those of us who claim to eat the “living body and blood of Christ” are maniacs in your book? Or is it “extreme”?

    What makes you feel so comfortable to pass judgment people’s faiths anyway? What right is it of yours to judge a Mormon any more than a Catholic, Muslim or Buddhist?

    By what right do you judge?

    That’s right: NONE.

    As I mentioned, not to be undone, Peter and his buddies run inside the Temple and start playing around with things.

    How respectful.

    And THIS is the boy Jerry Kassar wants to be the candidate in the 49th on the Conservative line?

    THIS is the GOP’s candidate?

    Wow, that says a lot about where these two parties are right now in Brooklyn.

    Peter, you should be ashamed of yourself, and I hope you understand that you have a LOT of explaining to do, young man.

    To view the video, click here (don’t bother taking it down like you made Barkeshli do with his blog, Peter–it’s already out there):

    • Cipriano is a Disgrace permalink
      July 19, 2010 1:19 pm

      He should just drop out. Now that this is out there. And I’ve heard that Cipriano and Barkeshli are living together. I guess everybody needs a little “American Mohammad” in them?

      • Cipriano a Drop-Out, No? permalink
        July 19, 2010 2:29 pm

        Didn’t Cipriano drop out of college? This is the guy Jerry Kassar put up to take on a 25 year incumbent?

        Talk about crazy.

        The anti-religious sentiments don’t help him either.

  11. Memoirs of an American Mohammad permalink
    July 19, 2010 4:43 am

    An American Mohammad said:

    “Mohammad Barkeshli – I don t need time to know what you are like: knowing each other is like lightening. Who can know you in what you silence, or in those words with which you silence it? He who seeks you in the life you are living, gets to know only allusions to you, pretexts where you hide. To follow you back into what you have done before, to add action to smile, years with names, will be losing you. Not me. I met you in the storm. I knew you suddenly in that brutal breaking out of darkness and light, where the bottom is revealed that escapes day and darkness. I saw you, you saw me, and now stripped of all ambiguity, of history and of past, you”

    Talk about nuts…

    • Hilarious! permalink
      July 19, 2010 1:20 pm

      This is hilarious! Memoirs of an American Mohammad? Freakin hilarious!

  12. More Lies From The Jig permalink
    July 19, 2010 2:27 pm

    They’re lying about Judge’s campaign disclosures AGAIN. They say he’s “thousands of dollars” in debt. That’s poppycock (by the way Gallo = “Cock” in Italian, in case you were wondering). Here are the facts, from what I can ascertain:

    Not that they’ll ever take notice.

  13. July 19, 2010 3:30 pm

    An interesting note:
    They may claim that Cipriano is technically still enrolled as a student; however, if he, by some cheer miracle, does end as a “State Assemblyman,” that effectively removes him from whatever enrollment he once had because State Assembly is a full-time job… So if Cipriano is indeed serious about holding this office, it means he’s also serious about dropping out of school.

    “The question begs, the truth has spoken.” LOLOL

    This Allegretti guy seems like another hack. My support is with with Tom Vendittelli. This co-opted nonsense in NYS elections is precisely that: nonsense. Vendittelli, at least to me, represents what Republicanism used to be (but lost touch of in the past 30 years) and I feel he wants to restore the Republic much better than the other three candidates (McMahon, Grimm, or Allegretti) ever will. McMahon, Grimm, and Allegretti all seem like they want to play economic czar with your money in some fashion whereas Vendittelli offers the best small-government solution: a refund from the Federal Government so you can play with the money that you earned. No one seemed to pose that policy.


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