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As Allegretti Criticizes McMahon on Facebook, Grimm Says “Thank You” to Petition Collectors at LaGuardia Breakfast in Brooklyn

August 17, 2010

Michael Grimm, Sharon Goldstein, Secretary LaGuardia Republican Organization, and Lucretia Regina-Potter

In a recent email, the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization stated that it had hosted a “Petition Breakfast” to thank the hardworking individuals who collected signatures for the various campaigns that institution is supporting. The event featured candidates in local GOP races.

One of those candidates is recent Atlas Poll victor Mike Grimm, GOP candidate in the 13th Congressional race. Another was 49th Assembly District candidate Lucretia Regina-Potter.

Meanwhile, on the web, Michael Allegretti was chiding his and Mr. Grimm’s Democratic incumbent opponent Michael McMahon for opposing the “Ground Zero” mosque so late.

First, let me share with you LaGuardia’s release on their recent event:

The Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization, chaired by former Assemblyman Arnaldo Ferraro, recently hosted a breakfast for members of the club that collected a large number of petition signatures. The organization set an all-time record, collecting the highest number of Republican signatures ever in the 49thAssembly District. Certificates of Appreciation were distributed by the leadership of the LaGuardia Republican Organization.  Lucretia Regina-Potter, Republican District Leader of the 49th AD, and the Republican candidate for the NY State Assembly, and Michael Grimm, theRepublican candidate for  US Congress were present to congratulate and thank those members that achieved this great accomplishment. The large crowd attending the function had a good time, and everyone showed much enthusiasm and support for their candidates.

Some thoughts:

It’s good to see that their organization has not seemingly suffered at the hands of the Brooklyn GOP’s politically crippled Chairman Craig Eaton (known to some as “The Irrelevant One”).

Indeed, despite his attempts to bash the 49th Assembly District leadership, root canal its club organization, and use patronage jobs to lure members away, our understanding is that Mr. Eaton is still desperately looking for poll workers to fill the void usually filled by the 49th AD’s experienced crew.

Let’s not forget: this is the same Chairman who took to craigslist to advertise for Republican patronage jobs in the 49th.


Apparently, Mr. Eaton is demonstrating little success neutering independent Republican organizations in his county, as he has been caught doing on other occasions.

As for the candidates present at the event, I must tip my hat to Mr. Grimm for not forgetting Brooklyn, a borough so often overlooked in the 13th Congressional race in spite of its massive voting potential. And despite the incessant attacks against her by party thugs, Mrs. Regina-Potter looked bright and resilient at the event.


Meanwhile, on the web, Michael Allegretti’s Facebook page has been all atwitter the past few days. You already know he whined about the Atlas Poll (which he lost by just over 10%–a decent showing) and took some criticism for that in the blogosphere.

Today, he went after Michael McMahon, who did indeed take way too long to make a decision on the politically nuclear issue of the so-called “Ground Zero” mosque. Allegretti wrote: “I’m glad to see that our congressman has finally weighed in on the Ground Zero mosque issue. His late and tepid response is further proof that he will not lead on the issues that are important to this district.”

As you know, Mr. Grimm, his primary opponent, has been extremely vocal against the mosque, discussing his personal connection to the issue as a 9/11 first responder.

We will be offering some commentary in the coming days regarding this issue. And we will be offering a one week Atlas Poll starting this evening about it, as well.

Now, some of you are saying: “Hey, Dagny! Why aren’t you telling us what Allegretti is doing day to day, not just on Facebook?

Well, as for what Mr. Allegretti has otherwise been up to, I can’t tell you. On his webpage, his events calendar is empty. Literally. If I didn’t know better, I’d think he had no events and stayed at home all day. Mr. Grimm, on the other hand, has a calendar full of events on his page.

The Allegretti for Congress team might want to look into that… It looks sloppy.


By the way, be sure to look for it this week: The “Real Deal” on Michael Allegretti.

  1. Brochino permalink
    August 17, 2010 7:45 pm

    Danny, this is why this site is so grossly unreliable. You initially state that Allegretti was chiding McMahon for supporting the Ground Zero Mosque when in fact the latter wasnt. If you would actually take the time to read anything you would realize that McMahon opposed the mosque and Allegretti was criticising him for having taken so long to address the issue.
    Then a few paragraph laters you tell the proper story. Just a slight constructive criticism.

    • John Galt permalink*
      August 17, 2010 9:15 pm

      Brochino, I take issue with the notion that “this site is so grossly unreliable.” I just spoke with Dagny and she stated that it was an honest mistake. As you can tell, the portion of the piece that discussed the story was accurate. The lead-in was inaccurate. It has been since corrected. In general, I’m happy to report, such errors happen very infrequently, and the very few additional examples I can think of were the products of drafts that did not save properly through WordPress.

      We are not a news agency; we are a political blog. I do not coif my hair and buy Armani suits to wear on air. We don’t have advertisers and an army of reporters and photographers.

      This is a local reform blog in Brooklyn. And all of us are human beings.

      At the very least, I think we deserve as much of the benefit of the doubt as any newspaper or news source, which have far greater resources than we do, when it comes to writing up our pieces. I think a 0.4% inaccuracy rate in just over a year is pretty decent. Incidentally, those who have noticed such errors have shown far greater tact in doing so.

      In the future, please email us if you see anything inaccurate or suspicious with anything on our blog.

      Thank you for pointing the error out. I apologize to those of our readers who were misled, and I thank you all for your continued support and patience.

    • Sexy Republicana permalink
      August 17, 2010 9:22 pm

      Who’s “Danny,” Mr. Brochino? Did you mean “Dagny”? As in the author of the post?

      I guess that makes you “grossly unreliable”? LOL 😉

      Let’s be fair and show some respect. That’s the only thing that separates us from the thugs in the establishment.

      PS I love Atlas Shrugs!

  2. Young GOP Kid permalink
    August 17, 2010 9:39 pm

    I guess Fox News, CNN and the major news networks should all close up shop over the Shirley Sherrod debacle?

    Give me a break. Let’s be fair. This is nothing like that. It’s called a misprint.

    Besides, Dagny is always a great read!

  3. Michael Grimm Goes into the Heart of Brooklyn with Local Support permalink
    August 18, 2010 12:45 am

    Michael Grimm’s going to the LaGuardia Club breakfast shows synergy and symmetry in the related campaigns against the candidates supported by the helpless giant Kings County Republican Organization headed by Chairman Craig Eaton.

    Craig Eaton has two real candidates whose fate is important to him, Marty Golden, his only incumbent office holder, and Mike Allegretti, the early apparent Republican candidate for Congress against vulnerable Democrat Micheal McMahon. At every turn, Republican Chairman Craig Eaton has made it more difficult for every other Republican in Brooklyn to get their own jobs done, because Eaton has done and is doing such a bad job as the Republican County Leader.

    Eaton’s only real job is to help elect a few candidates by ensuring them the broadest support. Instead, Eaton has guaranteed long and spirited opposition to both Golden and Allegretti.

    Allegretti faces the old fashioned kind of opposition that one would expect in a party primary. Thanks to Eaton, Allegretti is identified as the Brooklyn candidate in a Staten Island District, while having Brooklyn’s strongest Republican Club opposing his candidacy. BRILLIANT!!!!

    State Senator Golden should have faced a traditional primary, but no candidate came forward in 2010. Instead, Golden faces a more modern and pervasive opponent in the Republican Party during the primary season, a dissatisfied Republican party base exacerbated by “the blogs”. Golden and his supporters will get to swallow a peck of dirt between now and November; and then they’ll have to weather a good part of the Republican base doing its “Atlas Shrug” on election day 2010.

    Eaton, Golden, Allegretti, no MacDonald’s happy meal for you in the 49th AD and no real port in the storm elsewhere in Brooklyn in 2010.

  4. Gene Berardelli permalink
    August 18, 2010 1:55 pm

    Did someone say breakfast?!

  5. Joshua Bell on how the The Jig Blog is Really a Stradivarius permalink
    August 18, 2010 7:44 pm

    To the world it might look like a bunch minnkies are pounding the keyboards for Craig Eaton at The Jig is Up Atlas, but somebody here has pulled their strings into such perfect tune that it sounds like a beautiful virtuoso performance – by me. Antonio Stradivari would be so proud at the deft craftsmanship.

    Trust me, thejigisaresinedbowupEatonsatlas sounds as good as my recent performance of Tschaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with a very fine young orchestra [You Tube — Tschaikovsky Violin- Concerto Part 1.mp4]. Anne-Sophie Mutter only wishes that she could sound as good as some of the perfectly-induced stuff recently coming out of Eaton’s hate blogs.

    Then again, maybe this is all a “head game” to annoy the bunch minnkies who are pounding the keyboards for Craig Eaton at The Jig is Up Atlas.

  6. Meanwhile It Looks Like Cipriano's Campaign "in the 49th AD" Sticks to Bay Ridge permalink
    August 19, 2010 11:03 pm

    In The Bay Ridge Eagle of August 19, 2010 Harold Egeln reported that State Senator Martin Golden endorsed Peter Cipriano:

    “… a candidate for the 49th Assembly District who is hoping to unseat Peter Abbate, a Democrat Assemblyman who has represented Bensonhurst, Bath Beach and Dyker Heights for 24 years.
    “‘Peter is the kind of idealistic, young candidate we need, someone who will tirelessly campaign and get our message across this November,’ said Golden.”
    “‘I’m glad Senator Golden believes that I am the new, independent voice we need to send to Albany and stands with me to fight to revive jobs, lower taxes, reign in spending and bring much needed reform to Albany,’ said Cipriano. He faces-off with Lucretia Regina-Potter in the Republican primary on September 14.”


    From a photograph that accompanied the article, it’s clear that Peter had beat a path to the door of Golden’s Bay Ridge office to quickly get the anxious young man’s picture taken with the incumbent state senator, before the older man thought better of it.

    The image was a keeper – just imagine Bette Davis singing “They’re Either Too Young or Too Old”. Golden looked liked a jowly Brian Dennehy made up to play Frank Skeffington, in “The Last Hurrah” and Cipriano looked like he was there to pick up a “blind date” arranged by his mom for the Junior Prom.

    Cipriano’s webpage also features pictures of a few the young man’s friends at his recent fundraiser for the 49th AD candidate at Marty Golden’s Bay Ridge Manor.

    Doesn’t the neophyte Cipriano know that none of the 49th AD is in Bay Ridge?

  7. Kiss of Death permalink
    August 20, 2010 12:40 am

    Doesn’t this kid know that an endorsement from Marty Golden is the political “kiss of death”? Remember Pat Russo, Bob Capano, Anthony Xantakis, Joe Cammarata and company. Malliolikis and Allegretti are next on that list. The Golden touch is shriveled up.

  8. Cipriano and Golden, A "May-December" Romance? OR "They're playing our song" permalink
    August 20, 2010 6:52 am

    The picture of Golden and Cipriano in the Bay Ridge Eagle is full of pathos; and it makes one feel very mello about the blush of youth and
    the ravages of age.

    A great song was an old standard done by many in Marty Golden’s day -the “September Song”. One of the versions of the “September Song” – that is particularly apt goes like this:

    “Oh it`s a long long time from May to December
    And the days grow short when you reach September
    When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame
    And you ain`t got time for waiting game

    “When days dwindle down to a precious few
    September November, and these few golden days I`d share with you
    Those golden days I share with you

    “When the days dwindle down to a precious few
    September November, and all those golden days I`d share with you
    Those golden days I`d share with you

    “Those golden days I`d share with you
    Those golden days I`d share with you

  9. Gazpacho Kennedy permalink
    August 20, 2010 9:01 am

    You’re right. I noticed it, too. Marty looks like he’s 80 years old in that Home Reporter photo. He’s spent his entire career courting senior citizens now he’s become one.

    “So long, screwy, see you in St. Louie!”

  10. Lucretia and the 49th AD LaG Club Throws a "Thank You Breakfast'" while Eaton and Cipriano "try" to raise funds permalink
    August 20, 2010 11:36 pm

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.”

    Before Craig Eaton starts humming something from “La Cage Au Folles”, the quote above is, of course from Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities”.

    The campaigns of Lucretia and Peter are clearly headed in opposite directions.

    Lucretia Regina-Potter is personally campaigning all over the 49th AD and the 49th AD Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Club has hosted, all within the borders of the 49th AD, its first series of events for all of it’s endorsed candidates.

    This synergistic approach has enabled Lucretia to meet and greet active Republicans inside her home district in the company of the widely known and respected U.S. Senate Candidate Joe DioGuardi, as well as to introduce the hardworking but relative newcomer Congressional Candidate Michael Grimm to one of his key Brooklyn constituancies. Because the 49th AD club’s resources were used for the benefit of all of the endorsed candidates at these events, the Lucretia-only spending has been utilized for a buy of nice new posters and much more lit.

    Peter C’s late July fundraiser was another tale of woe. As usual, it was another Cipriano event held away from the 49th AD. If you subtract the candidate, the candidate’s family and a few friends, Craig Eaton and a handfull of Republican leaders from everywhere but the 49th AD, Gerry Kassar and the real true in the flesh “American Mohamad” M. Barkeshli, there was almost nobody there. Hold on a second, even if you do count those people, there was almost nobody there.

    The real benefit of an event like this was that the real true in the flesh “American Mohamad” M. Barkeshli could lead Craig Eaton and the rest in a sing-along of Barkeshli’s favorite karaoke tune “Going to a Town”.

    Chairman Craig Eaton and Clorinda Annarummo got down and got funky on the parts about burning towns and Jesus’ body soaked in blood, until everybody chimed in with the chorus, “I’m so tired of you America”, which drowned them out.

    Everybody talked and laughed, and had a good time, but did they make any money for Cipriano’s campaign?

    Ah, it was the best of times for one, and it was the worst of times for the other.

  11. "Does Charlie Daniels play a mean fiddle?" permalink
    August 21, 2010 7:50 am

    Ah doen know nuffin about no Stratti various ‘n Go-whan hairy ass violins, or who the heck is a guy named Josh ’n Bell or somebody name Zsa Zsa Highfits, but I get it when the GEICO guy akzss “Does Charlie Daniels play a mean fiddle?” even though he sounds a lot like heez sayin’ “Does ‘Johnny’ Daniels play a mean fiddle?”

    Ah doent knows if nobody can save no money on GEICO en-sure-ants, all Ah really knows this mornin’ is that somebody here at this Atlas Shrugs place just played the folks over at The Jigs is UP Sombebody-named Eaton’s Atlas blog like Charlie Daniels fiddlin’ at Gran Ole Opry, all over again.
    Thank y’all kindly.

  12. Eaton and Company can't stop cadidates from visiting LaGuardia Club permalink
    August 21, 2010 8:19 pm

    Craig Eaton and Gerry Kassar have tried their best to stop candidates like Joe DioGuardi and Mike Grimm from making forays into the 49th AD and campaigning with Lucretia Regina-Potter.

    So far Eaton and Kassar have failed. Lucretia was with both of them in the last week.

    LRP intends to fight hard and win her Opportuniy to Ballot on the Conservative Party line. If she does win it will make her race in Novemeber against Democrat Peter Abbate that much stronger. She has the real cred with the Conservative rank and file because of her RTL endorsement. Also a wild card this year, is that several “non-alligned” Conservative Party members will come out in the primary to support Ralph Lorigo’s bid to pull the Conservative Line away from Rick Lazio.

    Asked around the LaGuardia Club — why didn’t Eaton and Company petition to get Peter Cipriano on the Tax Yatta Yatta Yatta line along with Allegretti.

    Hint, it would really have upset Democrat incumbent Peter Abbate, who just might do a little for Mike DiSanto, if the Eaton-Golden monster reneges on any more deals. It seems that some incumbents thought the Conservative Party line should have been left blank in the 49th AD. The fact that Cipriano is as good as a blank line didn’t seem to have satisfied Mr. Abbate.

  13. Hold That Tiger permalink
    August 21, 2010 8:50 pm

    Typical of Eaton, Golden, and Kassar:

  14. The Battle of The Lawn Signs -- What About The Missing Troops? permalink
    August 22, 2010 12:54 pm

    For a couple of months now, there have been Mike Allegretti lawn signs popping up all over Bay Ridge. With only three weeks until the primary, why do the lawns of several active members if the Kings County Republican Executive Committee still not have Allegretti signs on them?

    Are there cracks in Eaton’s “inner circle” over Allegretti?

    With the lawn-look of of Dyker Heights resembling Bay Ridge in pockets only, one wonders whether there is resistance to Allegretti in parts of the 46th AD.

    Needless to say, the “Cipriano Operation” hasn’t done nearly as well for Allegretti in the 49th AD. That might be because Cipriano thinks that he has to go easy with Allegretti since the Conservative Party backs Grimm, and Lucretia will use any Cipriano backing of Allegretti as part of her Conservative Party challenge.

    “The question begs” can Eaton and Company deliver Brooklyn for favorite son, Allegretti, in the primary?

  15. Is there an Allegretti-Cipriano Cross-endorsement? permalink
    August 22, 2010 1:03 pm

    My quick internet search has not turned up any report of an Allegretti endorsement of Ciptiano or a Cipriano endorsement of Allegretti.

    Any word on that?

  16. Michael Grimm and the Veterans permalink
    August 22, 2010 1:07 pm

    I heard that there have been some objections to Micheal Grimm “campaigning” at various veterans’ organizations.

    If that is so, what’s going on with that?

    • Brochino permalink
      August 22, 2010 7:36 pm

      I heard something very similar. I heard of a particularly brutal encounter between Michael Grimm and combat veterans, combat veterans who spent a year or more overseas in a combat zone.

  17. McMahon will get re-elected permalink
    September 1, 2010 1:23 am

    Staten Island Democratic Congressman Michael McMahon leads both his GOP challengers by more than 30 percentage points. McMahon is ahead of Michael Grimm 56-23 with 20 undecided and Michael Allegretti 56-24 with 21 undecided. McMahon is the greatest Congressman in New York’s 13th Congressional district. No matter who wins the Republican Primary, McMahon will get re-elected in November.

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