Golden Enlists Relative of Allegretti Campaign Manager to Object to Contested Election
The days when Marty Golden went unchallenged are long since past.
Gone are the days when “The Golden Prince” and his Duke of Bay Ridge, GOP Chairman _______ ________(aka “The Irrelevant One”), could make deals with Democrats unchecked and unanswerable to their constituent Republicans.
But now, Sen. Golden is worried. He’s not used to being challenged, so he has decided to eliminate one of his political rivals, Mike DiSanto, by challenging his petitions. To do this, he has enlisted the aid of a member of a Democratic family that has been donating to the Golden family for years, it would seem. The irony is that this relative is also related to the Campaign Manager of the Allegretti campaign, raising questions about Mr. Allegretti’s involvement in the 22nd State Senate race.
Ah, the tangled web of Bay Ridge GOP politics…
We were first alerted to this story by the following press release from the DiSanto campaign:
Brooklyn, NY — Bridget C. Riley, a young registered Democrat from Bay Ridge, has challenged the petitions of New York State Senate candidate Mike DiSanto.
Bridget C. Riley, a young registered Democrat from Bay Ridge, has challenged the petitions of New York State Senate candidate Mike DiSanto. The 22nd Senatorial District is currently represented by eight-year incumbent Senator Martin J. Golden. The district includes parts of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Sheepshead Bay, and Marine Park.
According to voter registration records and campaign finance disclosures, Bridget Riley currently resides with Raymond J. Riley, Chairman of the Board of Raymond Riley & Associates and longtime donor and employee of Senator Martin J. Golden.
Mike DiSanto is not surprised by the challenge and stated “Everyone in the community knows my signatures are valid. I owe it to the more than 2,000 registered voters who took the time to sign my petitions and support democratic elections to fight this challenge in court.”
Commenting on the fact that first time candidates are typically knocked off the ballot by entrenched incumbents, DiSanto stated “We live in a democracy and do not crown kings in America. I will not be intimidated by those who seek to undermine the political freedoms that our country was founded upon.”
Ah, but Mr. DiSanto’s campaign release does not tell the entire story.
According to a trusted source, Bridget C. Riley is related to Raymond Riley, the current manager of 13th Congressional candidate Michael Allegretti’s campaign. Ironically, the Rileys all live at the same address in Bay Ridge, and the family is almost entirely registered Democrat.
The exception, of course, is the 25-year-old Raymond Riley, who is a registered Republican.
This information is all based on available public records.
Why is this significant?
First of all, it shows you the kind of demented détente Golden has with a host of local “Democrats” in the district. Indeed, we have it on reliable information that the current Brooklyn GOP Chairman was once a registered Democrat in the 1990’s.
What changed between then and now? Marty Golden became an elected official. And as you know, the Chairman has already given substantial sums of money to Golden, who has, in turn, aided the Chairman’s interests, in particular his charity, the MHE Foundation.
(Some of our fellow Republicans at Urban Elephants don’t see a problem with this relationship between Golden and Eaton–they think it’s par for the course in politics. We respectfully disagree. We here at Atlas seek accountability and transparency, not status quo politics. All of us agree this arrangement is either suspect or does not fit that bill)
Being a Republican or a Democrat connected to Marty Golden has its benefits, it would appear.
Because of those benefits, Marty Golden has used his leverage to ensure that the voters of his district never have a competitive election. It is common knowledge that he has made deals with Democratic machine operator Vito Lopez and a host of other Democrats to ensure that never happened.
By seeking public office, Mr. DiSanto has defied those deals, and his race demonstrates the first major challenge to the Senator in quite some time. While DiSanto has been somewhat lacking when it comes to funding and getting the word out (at least from what I can tell, but I could be wrong), the Senator clearly perceives him to be a threat worth wiping away.
Marty Golden comes from a school of politics that does not appreciate competition. Golden has profited handsomely from not having a meaningful challenge in the past decade. But while he has brought money to his district, he has done so at the expense of other GOP races and other districts.
Golden has actively undermined Republican candidacies in the past (and presently, as well), and will continue to do so. He has maimed the GOP in Brooklyn so badly by allowing the GOP Chairman to apportion which lambs will be sent to the slaughter in the various races around the borough rather than seeking strong candidates to compete to win.
In fact, most of Brooklyn is considered a GOP wasteland, and it has become this way under Golden’s management of the party.
That is an undeniable fact.
But Marty Golden is content with this situation. That’s why he must challenge DiSanto’s signatures. He cannot have anyone tamper with the deals he has going on in Brooklyn, and he’s going to use every lawyer and every trick in the book to try to boot DiSanto and any other challengers off the ballot.
This is not to say that there are no legitimate reasons to pursue a challenge to a candidate’s petitions. It is possible that DiSanto’s petitions are flawed, and we will learn that in time.
But I suspect that Golden isn’t motivated by anything but his own self interest rather than DiSanto not following the rules.
Oh, and let me not forget my pal, Little Michael Allegretti, the Baron of Political Cluelessness.
What’s he doing snooping around Marty Golden’s district, sending his people to enlist relatives to make challenges? (I roll my eyes as I write this)
Did Allegretti think that the connection would not be made to his campaign manager? Is he really that foolish?
I find it hard to believe that a relative of Allegretti’s campaign manager made an innocent decision to challenge the petitions of Mike DiSanto and that neither Allegretti or his campaign manager were aware of it.
You have to wonder if this was something Golden planned a long time ago? Did he hand pick Riley to perform just this task? Were phone calls made and instructions given? Who told the objector how to object: the form, manner and drop-off location? Those things, frankly, aren’t common knowledge.
These are all fabulous questions for the Allegretti campaign to ignore and for others to find answers to.
And I will be looking…
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