Allegretti Engages in Cheap Ethnic Politics in Latest Ad
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?
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.