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GOP Warrior Grimm Takes Huge Lead Over Allegretti, As McMahon Makes First Major Screw-Up

July 31, 2010

Mike Grimm

It’s official: Mike Grimm is the leading GOP candidate in the 13th CD primary.

And given the land mine his opponent Michael McMahon recently stepped in, he might just be on track to win this November. McMahon, a Democrat pretending to be a conservative in a district that leans Republican, had a massive campaign explosion this week, as a member of his posse indicated that they had performed a segregated “Jewish Money” accounting of Mike Grimm fundraising, apparently in their furor over Grimm receiving lots of money from fine Jewish donors.

Also this week, Grimm received endorsements from John McCain and Sarah Palin.

I guess the Brooklyn GOP will just have to sit and spin, as their boy Michael Allegretti’s campaign begins to nosedive.

The Brooklyn Paper had this story:

Republican congressional hopeful Mike Grimm now has the distinction of being endorsed by both halves of his party’s losing presidential bid.

On Wednesday, 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin followed Sen. John McCain in endorsing the former Marine and FBI agent in his race against Michael Allegretti for the GOP nomination to challenge freshman Rep. Mike McMahon (D–Bay Ridge).

Palin, echoing McCain’s earlier endorsement, said in a five-sentence press release that Grimm would “represent New Yorkers with just as much integrity and courage as he defended them in the FBI and the Marine Corps.”

Grimm admitted that he’s never met Palin, the controversial “soccer mom” who thinks she knows foreign policy because Russia is “right over the border” from her Alaskan home.

But he was quite happy about getting the endorsements, claiming Palin’s “common sense solutions to the problems facing our nation make her one of the most important leaders in the Republican Party today.”

Though New Yorkers rejected the McCain-Palin ticket in 2008, the team is obviously popular in the 13th district, taking it from then-Sen. Barack Obama, 52 percent to 48 percent, even as McMahon was winning the House seat in a landslide. Four years earlier, voters in the Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst district voted to re-elect President Bush.

Of course, not all Republicans care what John McCain or Sarah Palin think.

“I don’t think these endorsements will overwhelmingly help a candidate in Brooklyn,” said Craig Eaton, chairman of the Kings County Republican Party, who, full disclosure, is backing more-centrist Allegretti along with the county GOP establishment as a whole. “The voters have certain needs and certain issues that affect them on a daily basis.”

Still, an endorsement by Palin is something of a political brass ring, these days.

As the Times recently reported, Palin has endorsed just over 50 candidates and incumbents this year. Out of the 27 that have already had primary or run-off elections, only four have lost.

It’s unclear if Palin will physically appear in Bay Ridge to support Grim, but McCain has agreed to walk the campaign trail with Grimm and host a fundraiser that will certainly add to the candidate’s $603,000 war chest. Allegretti has less — nearly $217,000 according to recent campaign filings.

Allegretti wasn’t rattled by Grimm’s high-profile name-dropping, but he did offer faint praise, congratulating Grimm “for earning the support of another high-profile politician from thousands of miles away.”

“I doubt Sarah Palin has ever been on the ferry, so here’s some advice if she ever finds herself on board: Don’t bother looking for Russia, you can’t see it from our waters,” chided Allegretti. “But you can see Brooklyn. And I’d gladly give her and Michael Grimm a tour of our district if they want.”

Allegretti said he has a lot of “local support” — notably Eaton, state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge), state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R–Staten Island) and Robert Howe, past president of the Bay Ridge Republican Club.

Craig Easton? Marty Golden? Robert Howe?

Can you get any more irrelevant and boring than that?

Firstly, most of the voters would only recognize Golden, who has enough of his own political troubles given his embarrassing non-vote in Albany and his politically foolish challenge of his younger Democratic challenger.

Easton and Howe?

Wow. The average voter wouldn’t know them any better than they know the census worker who came to their house ten years ago.

That’s how irrelevant they are.

More on that later… Back to McMahon.

David Freedlander had this story:

Mike Grimm, a G.O.P challenger to Democrat Mike McMahon’s Congressional seat, took in over $200,000 in his last filing.

But in an effort to show that Grimm lacks support among voters in the district, which covers Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, the McMahon campaign compiled a list of Jewish donors to Grimm and provided it to The Politicker.

The file, labeled “Grimm Jewish Money Q2,” for the second quarter fundraising period, shows a list of over 80 names, a half-dozen of which in fact do hail from Staten Island, and a handful of others that list Brooklyn as home.

“Where is Grimm’s money coming from,” said Jennifer Nelson, McMahon’s campaign spokeman. “There is a lot of Jewish money, a lot of money from people in Florida and Manhattan, retirees.”

As a point of comparison, the campaign also provided in-district and out-of-district fundraising totals from McMahon and Grimm’s G.O.P primary opponent, Michael Allegretti. However, they did not provide an out-of-district campaign filing from Grimm, but only a file of Jewish donors to him.

Nelson said that the list was compiled by the campaign’s finance director, Debra Solomon and that she did not know exactly how the finance team knew who was Jewish and who was not.

“She herself is Jewish so she knows a lot of people in that community,” Nelson said.

Nelson stressed that the point of compiling the list was not to show that Grimm had a lot of Jewish support, but that he had little support in the district.

“I don’t think ethnicity matters. When people look at who is funding his campaign it’s not people who have a direct vested interest [in the district.]”

The campaign also wanted to point out that Grimm benefited greatly from his endorsement by Rudy Giuliani, and made a separate column to denote donors who have to the former mayor’s presidential or Senate campaigns. Only five appear to have done so.

Grimm recently went to a religious service led by Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, a Kabbalahist who is known as a rabbi to the rich and famous. Several of his followers, including Haim Revah, whose company owns the Lipstick Building and Ilan Bracha of Prudential Douglas Elliman, donated to Grimm.

McMahon meanwhile has been trying to make his own in-roads into the Jewish community. A source said that he is scheduled to meet next week with several major Jewish donors.

Reached by phone, Grimm, who is part-Italian, part-German, said he was proud of his Jewish support and said he was disturbed to hear that the McMahon campaign compiled a separate list of his Jewish donors.

“The fact that a U.S. Congressman would separate out any group by religion or even by ethnicity is nothing short of outrageous,” he said. “This goes beyond politics.”

Michael McMahon

Can you spell B-O-M-B-S-H-E-L-L?

It spells “bombshell,” Michael (the Democratic Michael–forgive me)

Well, this is one of those oops-doesn’t-cover-it moments.

It’s potentially fatal.

And it should be. I mean, how did McMahon let his happen? Is he just that incompetent that he doesn’t know how to hire campaign staff that don’t publish the fact that he’s keeping some sort of sick Schindler’s List of voters?

Shameful. I want answers Michael, and the truth would be nice…

I can’t wait to see what the complete fall-out from this episode is, but as I said, it could be fatal.

We’ll just have to wait and see.


Back to “Little Michael” Allegretti, the Baron of Political Cluelessness, who is being ripped apart by the conservative blogs. One blog called him a “liberal environmental radical and a closet industrial polluter.

Oh dear…

The claws are out for Mr. Establishment, whose dealings with the Brooklyn GOP leadership make him stink worse than those “mutated Bayside Oil fish” I’ve heard about.

Just kidding!

Anyway, it appears his campaign is on life support after the beating he’s been taking in the media. I guess the Republicans are tired of having Dede Scozzafavas forced upon them.

In fact, this primary day simulation was recently released showing the course of Allegretti’s campaign:

It’ll be interesting to see how quickly the Eaton clan jumps ship when it hits the final iceberg.

I’ll be watching…

  1. Macker from Beautiful Bay Ridge permalink
    July 31, 2010 6:13 pm

    While Jim McCall is listening to a Bobby Darin CD in his basement, I’m guessin’ he’s very happy about how Semper Fi Mike Grimm has done so far. Grimm is endorsed by one of the Brooklyn Republican clubs McCall feels comfortable with right now, and Grimm is solidly in with the Conservative Party through the November election(if only Gerry Kassar were 110% behind Grimm things would feel a lot better, but what the hell).

    Of course, between now and November pigs might fly and they might get NHL Hockey and Ice Capades in hell; in any case, my guess is that Mike Grimm gets Jim McCall’s vote in November. Any body whanna bet on that?

    For Mike Allegretti “…the old bridge trembled and then [dissembled]oops! Dumped [] into the foamy brine…You may be gone, but you’re not forgotten. Fare thee well– So long, Clementine, Bye!”

  2. Gerry O'Brien's Wife's Mole Issue permalink
    August 1, 2010 9:25 am

    This is a komplete non-story which Grimm and Allegretti will undoubtedly try to blow out of proportion. Just seeing Grimm use the words “segregation” and “religion”. He’s so obviously looking for this to be the thing to push him over the edge and give him some sort of relevance. “Even an apology isn’t going to make it right”. OK, Grimm. What should McMahon do? Resign? Shoot himself? Turns out Jennifer “Jew Money” Nelson used to work for Guy Molinari (Hmmmm. Conspiracy?). After all, Guy Molinari is Grimm’s #1 cheerleader and has been looking for a wedge since they jumped all over the Fossella rumors a few months back and still nothing stuck and no one cares about Grimm.

    • Is Jennifer Nelson supposed to be the "Linda Tripp" of this story? permalink
      August 1, 2010 10:08 am

      Love it, love it, love it…

      Who’s going to turn up as “Lucienne Goldberg” or even better, the intern with a soiled blue dress in a plastic bag?

      Probably it’s none of that; just an attempted McMahon smear of Grimm that backfired.

      We can only hope that it has more sex appeal.

  3. Grimm's "Huge Lead" and the reason for it permalink
    August 1, 2010 11:02 am

    Grimm’s positive coverage in the Brooklyn Republican blogs is at Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn, Allegretti’s appears in The Jig is Up Atlas.


  4. Mantashen Mike permalink
    August 1, 2010 11:18 am

    I am also hearing Gerry O’Brien received an anonymous package that said “Jew Pastries Q2”. Unfortunately, Gerry ate them all before the box could be dusted and examined for fingerprints.

  5. Lora permalink
    August 1, 2010 11:40 am

    The Bay Ridge GOP is a joke! They have no grassroots organization. They’re hanging on desperately to Marty Golden’s coattails. But when a fresh breeze comes along, they’ll be knocked right off. Time’s almost up boys.

    Kiss kiss…

  6. Leaning Grimm permalink
    August 2, 2010 3:26 am

    I live in the district. I don’t like either of these guys, but I’m leaning Grimm for sure. At least he doesn’t have questionable associations with environmentalist groups, oil companies and “the family.”

  7. When Did Who Find Out About What and Where Are They Now? permalink
    August 4, 2010 11:10 pm

    “This is the lowest level of political chicanery I can imagine,” said Michael Allegretti. “When I heard his people were conducting a list like this, I was disgusted.” [from CNG (10), Tom Tracy, 7-30-10]

    But a little birdie told us months ago that Michael Allegretti had inside sources within the McMahon camp that told Allegretti the McMahon folks had lots of negative material on Grimm.

    Was Jennifer Nelson’s “Jewish Money List” one piece of what was meant by negative material? Sounds like it could have been. Then, what did Allegretti know and when did he know it concerning this story?

    Wasn’t Jennifer Nelson’s release of the “Jewish Money 2Q” info to the NY Observer, with full attribution to several McMahon staffers, a gaff of titanic proportions and an act of monumental malpractice by a “communications director”?

    Something isn’t right about this story at all.

  8. "People from Staten Island and Brooklyn Are Violent" Says Grimm permalink
    August 4, 2010 11:41 pm

    NY-13 Congressional candidate Michael Grimm, still foaming at the mouth trying to exploit every last drop of the floundering “Jewish Money” non-story, took it to the next level, adding that had Congressman McMahon voted for the healthcare bill, McMahon’s life would have been in jeopardy at the hands of his own constituents.

    Grimm told The Hill :

    “Had Mike McMahon voted for the healthcare bill, Staten Island and Brooklyn, they would really have been marching like they were going for Frankenstein. There was no question. That was just not even an option. Physically he would have been in danger. It would have been that bad.”

    Now, I don’t know about you but I think residents of Brooklyn and Staten Island deserve better than to be so cheaply characterized as violent goons in the press, let alone by someone who is seeking to represent them in Congress! I guess now we know what Grimm really thinks of us!

    To quote Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs, “Grimm insulted the character of every man, woman, and child who calls Brooklyn or Staten Island home, and he owes each and every one of them an apology.”

    Posted by Bay Ridge Interpol at 5:45 AM

  9. An Act Of Desperation permalink
    August 4, 2010 11:56 pm

    August 03, 2010
    Categories:Congress .
    Allegretti circulates for Paladino line in NY-13

    Michael Allegretti, one of the Republicans running in a primary in NY-13 to take on Democratic Rep. Mike McMahon, is circulating petitions to get on the Taxpayer ballot line being launched by Carl Paladino, Allegretti’s campaign confirms.

    It’s an interesting play by Allegretti, and also a bit surprising, since circulating third-party petitions is costly, even with the smaller number of signatures required in a congressional race as opposed to a statewide run. Allegretti is the favorite of the GOP establishment but has been struggling in terms of fundraising against GOP rival Michael Grimm, who already has another line, the Conservative Party.

    It’s also not guaranteed that Allegretti gets the necessary number, but it’s a wise move for him to try for another line. McMahon, the Democrat, is also on the Independence Party line, but their brand has suffered of late.

    Allegretti campaign manager Ray Riley said, “We are circulating Taxpayer line petitions with Michael Allegretti’s name on them due to grass-roots interest. We’ve heard from a lot of people interested in both Michael’s campaign and in this Taxpayers line. It’s definitely resonating and we’re exploring our options.”

    Posted by Maggie Haberman 04:43 PM

  10. Reciting the Repetitive Resume permalink
    August 5, 2010 12:35 am

    Gauntlet Thrown Down At “Get Real” Grimm

    [August 3, 2010

    Michael Grimm
    Grimm for Congress 2381 Hylan Boulevard
    Staten Island, NY 10306

    Dear Michael:

    I think you’d agree with the notion that our respective campaigns must be substantive, issues- and constituent-based, and as forward-looking as possible. With that in mind–and to get the focus off of the continuous and irrelevant political inanity and back to where it belongs–I’d like to request a debate between us later this month to give the voters a chance to hear our ideas and learn more about our backgrounds. It will give us the opportunity to make our cases unfiltered by the media and without Congressman McMahon’s constant spin.

    We can show the Democrats how a proper debate is done: Civil, issue-focused discussion, with questions being administered by a moderator and by each other. We can work out the details, including time, place, and a proper news organization to host it, later on. My hope is that a successful debate will spur other such debates, perhaps in other parts of the district.

    You can reach my campaign at (718) 273-5222 (718) 273-5222. I very much look forward to hearing from you, and I wish you all the best on the campaign trail.


    Michael Allegretti]

    Note to Grimm: Leave the resume at home and learn how to debate.

  11. Allegretti is a loser permalink
    August 26, 2010 9:05 pm

    I am sick of hearing how Michael Allegretti is going to win the GOP Primary.
    American Patriot Michael Grimm is going to win because people want their country back and Grimm has what it takes to get it back. Allegretti will just take Obama’s mess and make more of a mess. Allegretti is the wrong choice to represent us in Congress. He is a liberal radical anyway you slice it. We are talking about michael Allegretti, the corrupt Washington insider who once supported Barack Obama’s election saying “The election of Barack Obama is a historic moment for the United States. This Brooklyn boy is responsible for unleashing 3,000 pounds of cancer causing chemicals into the air of the 13th Congressional district.


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