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Allegretti Engages in Cheap Ethnic Politics in Latest Ad

August 27, 2010

Please resist the strong desire to vomit upon seeing this:

Haven’t lost your lunch yet?

Well, I have.

And Michael, you took our blog’s advice–but you took it way too far…


Little Michael Allegretti, known to some bloggers as “The Toxic Avenger,” has finally sunk as low as he can go in the 13th Congressional primary. Granted, I’ve been predisposed toward Grimm from the start (I am not denying that). But this advertisement goes beyond the pale.

It is offensive and obnoxious, to say the least.

Let’s break this down.

The ad starts with the line: “Politicians and Insiders Broke the Place.” First foil.

Alert! Alert! Michael Allegretti is a Washington insider! He was a lobbyist and member of a controversial climate group that has drawn conservative criticism. Hello?

Are you forgetting your own resume, Michael? Apparently.

Then, a deep-voiced narrator intones: “A conservative like Michael Allegretti can fix it.” Really? Well, how do you suppose he’s going to do that?

Naturally, an all-natural 13th district voter gives us the simple, obvious answer: “He’s one of us.” Grimm is not, though. Even though he’s lived on Staten Island for years and years, he’s not. Even though Grimm speaks more like a member of the district and less like some stuck-up Manhattan elitist than Allegretti does.

Grimm’s apparently not one of us (Maybe he’s a dolphin? Perhaps a Giants fan?). I don’t know why.

Later, that same man says, “He’s a paisan,” in a way that just says: Yeah, duh, he’s Italian-American, so we (fellow Italian-Americans) must vote for him blindly because we only vote for Italian-Americans.


Not to mention, it’s totally disingenuous. Mike Grimm, his opponent (who actually served his country before running for public office, unlike Allegretti, who served his wallet) is himself a “paisan.” He is Italian-American. His name just doesn’t emulate that fact.

Allegretti knows this. That’s why he’s catering to a base he imagines will vote for him solely because he has an Italian last name.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you ethnic politics at its worst…

Oh, and let’s not forget that Allegretti “knows how to make jobs here on Staten Island.”

Funny, I thought the district was divided between Brooklyn and Staten Island… Silly me!

Anyway, besides that fact, what “jobs” does Allegretti “know” how to create? Is he some sort of magician? Is everyone who is unemployed in the 13th Congressional district being promised a position at Bayside Oil?

Come on.

Allegretti’s ad fails to indicate just what his plan exactly is, and frankly, I’m left wondering if he even has a plan at the end of that video.


By the way, I hope you noticed the part where it said he was supported by “Tea Party Activists.” Is that the same “Brooklyn Tea Party” whose leader frequents white nationalist websites and defends anti-immigrant/anti-Muslim “culturalism” (which isn’t even a real word)?

I guess so.

Also–gasp!–I forgot Allegretti is also supported by the–wait for it–“taxpayers.” Shock of shocks!

Perhaps we believed he was being supported by the Tim Geithners and other tax cheats of Staten Island? That’s like saying he’s being supported by mammals. It doesn’t tell us much.

Oh, and did I forget to mention the support of “grass roots Republicans”? Well, who would those be? Perhaps the members of the Staten Island and Brooklyn Republican Party establishments (which have both endorsed Mr. Allegretti)?

Oops! My mistake.

The best and yet most offensive thing about the ad is the implication that Michael Grimm is not an outsider. If anything, Grimm has had the least to do with the “insiders” that are ruining Washington. He’s a former soldier, FBI agent and small businessman. Not an oil baron or a lobbyist.

Give me a break.


Michael Allegretti must be getting desperate. His ads, while better in their approach, are becoming more and more reprehensible in substance.

Hopefully, the voters will realize that fact when they arrive to vote for Mike Grimm next month.


By the way, I believe my colleague Midas Mulligan can take full credit for this overall style of advertising–except the ethnic politics part–being as he actually recommended it to the Allegretti campaign after their latest YouTube gimmickry. Midas said: “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 guess the Allegretti camp takes advice from blogs after all–just not very well.

  1. Sow Sad permalink
    August 27, 2010 8:42 pm

    The Bible tells us;

    “Be not deceived, God is not mocked. For whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.”

  2. Informed Italian permalink
    August 27, 2010 11:56 pm

    What a cafone.

  3. What a disgrace this has all become! permalink
    August 28, 2010 7:32 pm

    Allegretti is making a clearly pro-Italian pitch in the television advert referred to above. At the same time Craig Eaton’s hate blog the Jig is Up Atlas keeps lashing out with ethnic stereotypes at the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Club and its candidate for the assembly, Lucretia Regina-Potter, for being too Italian. In both instances, such a naked resort to ethnic bias is a disgrace, and such a thing was never allowed until Craig Eaton took over as the Republican County Chairman.

    What’s coming out of the Brooklyn Tea Party — Brooklyn GOP Alliance is even worse.

    That’s what comes from a party organization, now completely remade by Craig Eaton, that has been very weak on the issues, and which has no Republican philosophy upon which to make any arguments against its principal and principled opposition, the Brooklyn Young Republicans and the 49th AD Republican Organization.

    Once the real history of the present insurgency against the basically anti-Republican County Organization of Craig Eaton has been put before real Republicans, support for the likes of the disgraced Craig Eaton plummets like a wounded sparrow. Who among us would have thought that the regime of Craig Eaton would make so many of us look back on the tenure of County Chairman Hy Singer as “the good old days”?

    Some here argue that Eaton is “Irrelevant”, to the contrary, Craig Eaton’s leadership of the Brooklyn GOP is the single most relevant reason to strongly oppose him. Essentially, his style and his substance are a disgrace, jointly and severally.

    Just look at the most recent ad for Eaton’s show pony Mike Allegretti, no real 21st Century Republican leader would put up with that nonsense from his protégée.

  4. Mozzarella Mike permalink
    August 29, 2010 1:29 am

    Does the “paisan” speak the native tongue? Who is “one of us”?
    Those that are truly Italian or those that wish to be when it is convenient for them?
    When one sits on the fence one gets a fencepost in the behind.

  5. Gunning For Third and Heading Home permalink
    August 29, 2010 1:56 am

    First Bloomberg,then Capano,next Allegretti. Take your ball and go home already. You don’t know how the game is played.

  6. "Paisan" Mike Allegretti Goes Home to Attack Grimm permalink
    September 1, 2010 6:55 am

    They are running in all of Staten Island and in the southwest corner of Brooklyn, so what’s Michael Allegretti doing in Manhattan? Of course, he’s attacking Michael Grimm?

    Really, it’s all about Allegretti moving back to where he’s most comfortable to take some cheap shots at his Republican Primary opponent. As the Allegretti campaign headed into it’s last two weeks with any shot at a major party line (or any line at all for that matter) the chicken is going home to roost.

    Instead of going to the nearby site of the proposed mosque to deliver a meaningful attack against the projected “Ground Zero” Mosque project that would endear him to most Brooklyn and Staten Island Republicans, Allegretti went to his actual home boro, Manhattan, to launch a new attack on Michael Grimm’s combat awards, military service, anti-mob history with the FBI and business activities in Texas. Like I said, “The chicken is going home to roost.”

    There were no new items, no new specifics and no new take on these warmed over stories. The only thing that was new was that Allegretti delivered his attacks from the place where he really “wants to be a part of it–NEW YORK, NEW YORK” — Liza Minnelli’s favorite place with two names.

    Speaking of which, as they used to say on those few “sad nights” up at Yankee Stadium —

    “It’s time to cue Liza” for the whole Allegretti campaign, not just the “I’ll take Manhattan…” part of it.

  7. Jimmy Boffone permalink
    September 4, 2010 11:31 am

    I just can’t believe that ad. He almost looks as bad as Lucretia Regina Potter. Outrageous.

  8. MICHAEL Allegretti FOR CONGRESS CAN'T FIX IT... permalink
    September 4, 2010 2:01 pm

    The Allegretti campaign for congress is not about getting the right ad, or the right piece of mail literature, or the right phrase and pose at a debate.

    When Michael Grimm showed up on the scene late in 2009 it was all over for environmentalist – Bayside Oil heir and cap-and-trade conservative Republican who’s position on most of the social issues is clearly buzzmumbleststbzzbzzmumblezst.

    All that’s left to look forward to is Sarah’s before primary tweet for Mr. Grimm. Now, if Alligretti could block that, that might be impressive, but still not a game changer.


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