13th Congressional Updates: A New Candidate, Allegretti Gets Attention, and Grimm is a “Young Gun”
Our friends at the NY 13 Watch blog inform us that there’s another candidate seeking to replace Michael McMahon in the 13th Congressional (thank God it’s not another “Michael”). That’s the CEO of Locate Stock Dot Com, John Tabacco, running as an Independence Party candidate. For the video of that, click here.
Meanwhile, Mike Grimm got some good news recently, while Allegretti (Dede II) mounts up another embarrassment money-wise. He makes up for it by grabbing some attention regarding Charlie Rangel.
This is from PIX’s Morning News blog regarding Tabacco:
The leadership and practices of the state Independence Party has come under fire recently from several local politicians. One of them is the CEO of Locate Stock Dot Com, John Tabacco. Mr. Tabacco ran as an independent in the race for Staten Island’s North Shore Council Seat last year.
The New York Post claims Tabacco received support from the Independence Party only after he shelled out a 10,000.00 business loan to the wife of the chairman of the Party. Tabacco says believes there is corruption in the Independence Party. Tabacco also stopped by to make an exclusive announcement that he will run against Michael McMahon for Vito Fossella’s former U-S Congress seat. Tabacco insists when he shelled out cash for the business loan, the Independence backed him. But when he refused to renew the loan, the Independence Party refused to back him as a Congressional Candidate. Tabacco says the loan was paid back in full at 12% interest.
This smells a bit fishy, but ok.
NY 13 Watch had this to say:
It’s official: John Tabacco is running in NY-13 and challenging Rep. McMahon for the Independence line. He spends most of the time in this clip talking about the loan mess involving Independence Party head Frank McKay and drops his announcement in at the end. Interestingly, he says that McMahon is “doing a great job” but just doesn’t stand for the same things he does.
This aspect of the race will be worth watching. A primary loss to Tabacco would be an embarassment and something of a momentum-killer that McMahon will most certainly want to avoid.
Let’s see where that goes…
Also, more trouble for Little Michael Allegretti. It’s being reported that Allegretti has collected far less money than Mike Grimm, his Republican opponent. Grimm is now what they call a “young gun”:
Washington- The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) announced today that Republican Michael Grimm (NY-13) has reached ‘Contender’ status as part of its Young Guns program. ‘Contender’ status is the second step in the three-level program. Grimm now faces a new set of benchmarks to reach ‘Young Gun’ status in his bid to represent New York’s 13th Congressional District. His opponent is incumbent Democrat Michael McMahon, who rubber-stamped his party’s failed trillion-dollar stimulus with no jobs to show for it. Proving that New York voters are tired of McMahon’s out-of-touch agenda, Grimm has raised over $727,000 in total, including $230,000 from this quarter alone and has over $600,000 cash on hand.
Founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program is a member-driven organization dedicated to electing open-seat and challenger candidates nationwide. By achieving ‘Contender’ status, Grimm has already demonstrated his ability to build a successful campaign structure and achieve vital fundraising goals.
“Michael Grimm has met a series of rigorous fundraising and campaign goals that will go a long way in helping to put this seat back in the Republican column,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX). “Michael is part of a strong and growing pool of candidates who are frustrated with the Democrat majority’s big-government ways and aren’t willing to stand by any longer. The success of his campaign has put congressional Democrats on notice that Americans are ready to turn the page on the failed experiment known as the Obama-Pelosi agenda.”
Michael Grimm has dedicated his life to serving the country and the state of New York. After joining the United States Marine Corps at the age of nineteen, Grimm went on to serve for 11 years as an FBI Special Agent. During his time in the FBI, Grimm worked undercover for the Financial Fraud Squad, where he relentlessly fought both corruption on Wall Street and crooked politicians. With a successful career in the FBI and a law and accounting degree under his belt, Grimm ventured out into the private sector, opening a restaurant and becoming a principal in a bio-fuel company.
Tough times for the establishment candidate, it would seem.
Just more evidence that the establishment doesn’t know how to run a successful campaign.
However, he did get a mention in Politico regarding the McMahon/Rangel connection. This from Maggie Haberman:
I mentioned earlier that the fallout of Rangel’s case would be used against Democrats predominantly outside New York City, but a notable exception there is Rep. Mike McMahon, who captured Republican Vito Fossella’s old Staten Island seat in 2008 in a conservative-leaning district.
One of his GOP rivals, Michael Alllegretti, was out with a statement tonight calling on McMahon to return donations from Rangel. McMahon is still widely seen as fairly safe, in part because of the GOP split ticket between Allegretti and Michael Grimm, and in part because he has no challenge from the left and labor is largely standing down against him.
But this is will now be a nuisance to him, especially since it involves a member of his state’s delegation.
Allegretti originally issued this statement regarding Rangel:
“Today, a House of Representatives ethics committee brought charges against Rep. Charlie Rangel, confirming what we in Staten Island and Brooklyn have known for years: That Congressman Rangel cares more about using and abusing his position for power than he cares for his constituents. As a result of today’s actions, I call on my Democratic opponent, Rep. Michael McMahon, to return all of the campaign money he’s received from Congressman Rangel during his time in office. This isn’t a political stunt–as McMahon claims every time he gets called out–but a justifiable request that is in keeping with the values by which his constituents in Staten Island and southern Brooklyn try to live. Mr. McMahon once campaigned on providing the “change we deserve” in this district. If he’s saying his constituents deserve a guy who plays the game for the sake of his own political survival, that’s like a slap across the face of every person who has ever voted for him. Come on, Congressman, do the right thing.”
Not so bad.
At least he didn’t hand-deliver it to McMahon’s office this time…
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