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13th Congressional Commercial Wars: Allegretti and Grimm Vie For GOP Votes

August 22, 2010

13th Congressional candidate Michael Allegretti is back with a new ad

Oh, dear…

This is only the latest in a slew of advertisements brought to us by YouTube in which the GOP candidates for the 13th Congressional duke it out for the most effective way of communicating their message.

In my opinion, Allegretti was already behind in this commercial race before the release of his new ad above. You may recall this equally glum, unhappy advertisement from Mr. Allegretti months ago:

All I see is negativity and lots of frowning.

Is that what I want in a congressman?

Frankly, no.

Then again, that’s just me. In fact, let’s compare these ads with those of Mr. Allegretti’s opponent Mike Grimm.

Here are two of Mr. Grimm’s advertisements:


Therein lies Mr. Allegretti’s problem: he comes off as too distant, cold and calculating–playing into the “Washington lobbyist” critique of him to a T. Mike Grimm comes off as strong, local and positive. His resume is tailor-made for a political career, and he just comes off as a more likeable person.

Does that mean Mr. Allegretti is not the smarter or more capable of the two?

Not necessarily.

Indeed, some of Mr. Allegretti’s detractors are too quick to judge him based on his perceived views and his “stealth” positions on issues. A variety of online conservative detractors have posited all sorts of bad things about him. My issues with Allegretti are less with his philosophical views (as my colleague Francisco D’Anconia dislikes) and more with his political connections in the establishment.

But irrespective of my views, the fact is Mr. Allegretti is not really demonstrating successful advertising strategies. And even if he were already the GOP’s candidate and had won the primary, his somber message would not inspire the kind of confidence in voters that they are looking for from a candidate taking on McMahon, who has, on the whole, not been the kind of typical Democrat the GOP wished he would be.

If he wants to be more effective, Allegretti should change his ad techniques. Perhaps he himself should not be in the advertisements, as he always seems upset about something. I don’t know about you, but I want my congressman to be a voice of positivity and strength.

I don’t get that from Allegretti.

So, in the run-up to the primary and the election, I’m sure we’ll see more messages and videos from these candidates. When they do, we will bring them to you here at Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn.


If you disagree with my views or would like to comment, please do so!

Let’s keep the discussion going.

  1. Just Substitute "DiSanto" for "Allegretti" and It's Good to Go Against YKW permalink
    August 22, 2010 3:28 pm

    The recent “Allegretti ‘Broken’ Ad” is so generic that slightly tweeking it and putting in “DiSanto” instead of “Allegretti” with appropriate voice-over would make a passable 30-second TV/Cable advert against a ceratin incumbent state senator.

    As important as content is, the more important issue wrt all these adverts is — “WHAT’S THE BUY?”

    Doesn’t Grimm have more money available?

  2. Michael Allegany permalink
    August 22, 2010 7:14 pm

    Did he just say something about traffic? Allegretti’s going to fix traffic? Will he also turn our water into wine? I gotta say, I love that Michael Allegany. He’s got my vote.

    • Brochino permalink
      August 22, 2010 7:31 pm

      Oh, and Michael Grimms thousand promises between his website and ad are any different? Give me a break.

      • Brochino permalink
        August 22, 2010 7:34 pm

        In addition, how will Michael Grimm reduce deficit spending since he supports spending whatever unspent stimulus money remains. Im sorry, but that is not fiscal conservatism. In fact ity sounds more like the talk of a man who knows little about politics and the economy.

  3. David Y. permalink
    August 22, 2010 9:16 pm

    Word in SI is Allegretti’s not doing so well.

  4. Y Is A Crooked Letter In The Alphabet permalink
    August 22, 2010 9:55 pm

    Fact is NONE of the “establishment” candidates are doing well at all.

  5. Champagne For McMahon permalink
    August 22, 2010 10:00 pm

    NY-13: GOP field may splinter in McMahon seat
    Democrat Michael McMahon is running for re-election in a potentially hostile district, but his GOP competitors are doing their best to pave his path to a second term. The latest move came from GOP challenger Michael Allegretti, who filed 5000 signatures to form a new party line for November. Dubbed the Taxpayer’s Party, Allegretti seeks the ballot line because of a schism in the local Conservative Party, which endorsed Allegretti’s GOP foe, Michael Grimm. What this means, if it goes through, is that both Grimm and Allegretti will be on the November ballot, no matter which of the two gentlemen survives next month’s GOP primary. All hail intrasquad discord!,-8-21-10

  6. History Repeats Itself...tragedy...farce...SSDD permalink
    August 22, 2010 10:39 pm

    The ultimate value of third-party lines or an additional independent line in an election is problematic.

    If both Allegretti and Grimm remain on the ballot in November, McMahon’s chances of holding his seat go up tremendously.

    Oddly, it is the Republican establishment candidate, Michael Allegretti, who is most likely turn out to be the “spoiler” on the November ballot.

  7. The Owl Who Lives in Jerry Kassar's Hair permalink
    August 24, 2010 12:07 pm

    Allegretti is a RINO liberal, a global warmer who has sung the mighty praises of Al Gore and cap and trade.

    Meanwhile, Alegretti is an industrial polluter. His family’s Bayside Fuel Oil empire is listed as a major point source of toxic emissions by the EPA; producing over 2,000 pounds of airborne carcinogens per annum.

    Don’t be fooled, Craig Eaton’s great white hope is little more than a liberal environmental radical / closet industrial polluter RINO.

  8. Lora permalink
    August 24, 2010 5:35 pm

    Allegretti will likely lose the primary next month. But even if he does not, he will certainly not win the general election. Craig Eaton’s boy is destined for failure. That much is a fact.

    Kiss kiss…

  9. The Republican-Conservative Effort to Unseat McMahon Was Always Built on Loose and Shifting Sand permalink
    August 24, 2010 5:42 pm

    Whether it was the product of fools or knaves, the 2010 effort to unseat Democratic Congressman Michael McMahon has been a series of fits and starts, punctuated by flops and fizzles.

    Be it by luck or design, Congressman McMahon will still be Congressman McMahon through 2011 and 2012, unless he steps on his own….


  10. Is Allegretti a Fraud? permalink
    August 24, 2010 10:05 pm

    From Bay Ridge Interpol:

    Over the past few weeks, we’ve read some definitely damning articles and been privy to some fairly fraudulent infotainment when it comes to Allegretti and his views before and after his Congressional campaign.

    There are some who cite his prior allegiance, not only to Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi but, to his hopeful opponent himself, Congressman Mike McMahon.

    Et tu, Brute? Ya don’t say!

    According to his bio, Allegretti served as Director of Climate Initiatives for the Partnership for New York City from 2006 to 2007. Meanwhile, his family’s oil company, Bayside Fuel, was being monitored by the EPA as major point source of toxic emissions, producing some 3,000+ pounds of airborne carcinogens annually – carcinogens that have been shown to cause blood disorders and affect the reproductive, respiratory and central nervous systems in human beings… in the 13th Congressional District.

    While Allegretti worked for the über-liberal, environmental think tank, The Climate Group, as Senior Advisor on US Policy, his family’s oil company was busy releasing hexane, toluene, benzene, xylenes, dasher, dancer, prancer, vixen and ethyl benzene into the air. In fact, we hear Allegretti has a dog named Ethylbenzene.

    But don’t take it from us… you may think we’re biased. Take it from New York !

    I don’t know about you, but Allegretti’s chances are looking pretty grim.

  11. August 25, 2010 8:40 am

    “There are some who cite his prior allegiance, not only to Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi but, to his hopeful opponent himself, Congressman Mike McMahon.”

    Mind citing any of Allegretti’s links to these people.

    • SI-NDConservative permalink
      August 25, 2010 9:44 am
      The Climate Group’s US Policy Director Michael Allegretti and Evan Juska Give Their Thoughts on Obama’s Election Victory and What it Means for Climate Change
      London, England, United Kingdom November 6, 2008

      The election of Barack Obama was truly an historic moment for the United States. It represented a marked shift in direction for US policy, as Obama won the election on a message of “change,” with a defiantly progressive slogan of “yes we can.” But as Obama acknowledged during his victory speech on Tuesday night, now is when the real work begins. Citing a “planet in peril,” Obama reminded Americans that one of the most pressing challenges facing the country is how to address the threat of climate change.
      Allegretti said, “The passage of the Waxman-Markey bill was a major step for US domestic climate action.”

    • David Y. permalink
      August 25, 2010 9:52 am

      Let me guess: you work for the Allegretti campaign?

  12. Big Bill Is Coming permalink
    August 29, 2010 1:22 am

    Clinton For McMahon
    By Liz Benjamin
    However, intra-party squabbling on the other side of the aisle between McMahon’s two would-be GOP opponents, Michael Allegretti and Michael Grimm, has improved the incumbent’s chances in the general election, in spite of the fact that …
    Capital Tonight –

  13. Allegretti's Tube of Anal Glow permalink
    August 31, 2010 1:17 pm

    Grimm Factcheck is a moron and a big fat liar. His website calls Grimm a Democrat, but that is because Mr. Factcheck is so dull that he misunderstood Board of Elections records. In fact, the record show that some BOE employee registered Grimm as a Democrat, realized this was an error, and immediately issued a future change of party to Republican on the same exact day. So Grimm was always a Republican, and apparently, Mr. Factcheck will always prove to be mentally challenged when it comes to the facts.


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