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Latest Allegretti Campaign Attack Against Grimm a Desperate Primary Swan Song

September 1, 2010

Michael Allegretti must be upset.

Facing a likely defeat in the upcoming 13th Congressional GOP primary against favorite Mike Grimm, the former lobbyist and oil man has dug deep into his magician’s hat in a last ditch attempt to smear war veteran Grimm.

Yes, I may be a Grimm supporter, and I’m not going to tell you you have to agree with everything I say. But even if you don’t, I think you’ll agree this latest move on the part of Mr. Allegretti is basically a swan song for a Spruce Goose campaign that never really took off.

To demonstrate, here is David Freelander’s piece from the New York Observer:

Staten Island Republican Congressional candidate Michael Allegretti today accused his Republican opponent, Mike Grimm of living a lie, and  falsifying everything from his military career to his time in the FBI.

“Today I have four questions to ask my opponent in an effort to find out ‘Who is the real Michael Grimm?,'” Allegretti said in a statement, which followed an appearance on the steps of City Hall.

Question one: Why does Michael Grimm claim to be a successful small businessman who can bring jobs to our district when all of his businesses have ended in failure?

Question two: Why won’t Michael Grimm prove why he left the FBI just a few years before his retirement kicked in?

Question three: As Michael Grimm fights to earn the Republican Party nomination, and claims to be a Republican with roots here, why hasn’t he voted in a single Republican primary here?

Question four: Why does Michael Grimm continue to avoid giving a credible explanation as to why he knowingly used photos of himself, on numerous campaign materials, wearing military awards that he knew he did not earn and should not be wearing? The voters of Brooklyn and Staten Island deserve answers.

Grimm lacks any political experience and has been making much of his biography as a Persian Gulf War veteran, FBI agent who brought down financial fraudsters on Wall Street, and later, small businessman who operated a health food restaurant.  But he has in his campaign a photo of himself wearing ribbons that he is not entitled to, and supporters of his opponents have wondered why Grimm would quit the FBI at the height of his career to run a health food restaurant.

Grimm also broke a Defense Department rule that forbids candidates for office from using photos of themselves in uniform.

Whoever wins the Grimm/Allegretti primary will take on Mike McMahon in the general election in a race that has at least an outside shot of slipping into Republican hands, and Grimm is widely seen as the stronger of the two.

UPDATED: When reached for a comment, Grimm said he was awarded some ribbons erroneously due to an administrative mistake on the part of the Army. “At the time I was wearing them, I was entitled to wear them,” Grimm said. “To have this petulant child say anything about my military service when he hasn’t served a day in his life is truly distasteful.”

Aside from Mr. Freelander’s negative tone toward Mr. Grimm, I rather like the “petulant child” remark quoted in the piece.

Because that’s how this move on the part of Allegretti comes off. It sounds like whining.

Let’s face facts: Allegretti is so busy asking voters “Who is the real Michael Grimm?” that he’s forgotten to tell us who the real Michael Allegretti is.

Is he the Brooklyn and Staten Island GOP establishment’s cabana boy?

Is he the cap-and-trade liberal his detractors have accused him of being?

Is he a proud Washington lobbyist?

Is he a paisan? (Oh, I think he answered that already…)

By what right does Mr. Allegretti ask who Mike Grimm is when he himself has painted a picture of his record that is more mirage than mural. He has accused Grimm of faking his resume, not living in the district, being the establishment candidate–basically every lie in the Gerry O’Brien playbook of GOP political strategy.

And still, he fails.

No one I’ve spoken to believes Allegretti has the advantage going into this month’s primary. Grimm has better financing potential, better endorsements, and is more relatable than his primary opponent.

These media operatics Mr. Allegretti persists in pursuing have not benefited him at all, because we, the voters, are not in a better position to decide whether he will offer the district more quality leadership than Mr. Grimm.

This has always been Allegretti’s problem.

So, with under two weeks to go before the primary, all that’s clear to me is that Michael Allegretti is the one going after his opponent in earnest and not the other way around. I think, at the very least, we can agree that that is not exactly a position of strength.

Indeed, it could very well mean the end is nigh for Camp Allegretti.


Incidentally, very soon my colleague Dagny Taggart will be posting her objective assessment of Mr. Allegretti’s campaign. The tone will be substantially different from mine, I’m sure. Please be sure to come back and read it.

  1. Michael Allegretti will win permalink
    September 1, 2010 3:24 pm

    Michael Allegretti will win. Hands down! He’s a Paisan. He’s one of us!

  2. Friend of Allegretti voting for Grimm permalink
    September 1, 2010 3:45 pm

    This is straight out of the O’Brien playbook. However, maybe he played it too early. Grimm has time and money to deal with this. He also has strong supporters too smart to be fooled by this crap.

  3. Sarah from Bensonhurst permalink
    September 1, 2010 6:58 pm

    It’s becoming more and more apparent that Michael Allegretti cannot win the primary this month.

  4. Is The Battle of The Signs Showing a Bad Trend In Brooklyn For Allegretti? permalink
    September 1, 2010 7:57 pm

    In the Fort Hamilton and Dyker Heights “Republican stongholds” Mike Allegretti had an overwhelming early lead in the battle of the lawn signs. Little by little just a few Grimm signs made their appearance in what looked like solid Allegretti-land.

    Lately, there are a few more Grimm signs, but there has been a significant culling of Allegretti signs off of many lawns in Upper Bay Ridge and Dyker. The Allgretti signage still looks like a visible majority on the lwns of southwest Brooklyn, but without the dominance that it once had.

    One wag said that Allegretti had his signs out too early, and the people who said “yes” to the signs early-on had a chance to think things over for a long time or just got tired of the signs. Whatever it is, it doesn’t show enthusiasm for the Allegretti campaign.

  5. newrepublicancoalition permalink
    September 1, 2010 8:48 pm

    Mike A, will win. At least he is not beholdened to the conservative party of new york state. Grimm only has a chance because of jerry kassar. Republicans need to show some indepndence and say no to Grimm otherwise the conservatives will be setting the table not the Republican party!

    Mike A is the future of the party!

    • Right thought, wrong candidate. permalink
      September 1, 2010 10:26 pm

      republicans can put a marker down by voting for Carl Paladino…

      select a train wreck not a trained monkey…

      conservatives can put a marker down by voting for Ralph Lorigo…

      select someone that’ll let you switch to the train wreck at Jamaica…at least he’s not a trained monkey…

  6. The Sea Dweller permalink
    September 2, 2010 3:10 pm

    Starring Mikey Allegany as The Petulant Paisan.

    Is The Petulant Paisan actually working with Gerry “More Onion Rings” O’Brien?!

    Because I had heard O’Brien was on the road with a rogue competitive eating outfit run by Kobayashi.

    Could’ve heard wrong. Sorry.

  7. allegretti out permalink
    September 3, 2010 8:11 am

    I hear Eaton & Co. are shaking in their boots about Allegretti losing the Primary Sept. 14th- how embarassing that “the Party’s candidate” loses to another Republican.. a final blow to the relevance of Eaton and the Brooklyn GOP.

    September 3, 2010 11:10 pm

    Really the headline said “REVEAL” not “EXPOSE”.

    But there really isn’t any difference, is there?

    • Young GOP Kid permalink
      September 4, 2010 4:14 pm

      Based on some of the things I’m reading here, sounds like “expose” could also be Allegretti expressing his desire to see Grimm naked. That’s one way of taking it LOL

  9. Just Bicurious permalink
    September 3, 2010 11:34 pm

    Could this be considered a Freudian slip by Mr. Bicurious?
    The apple doesn’t fall far from the Chelsea tree.

  10. Little Mikey Take Your Ball And Go Home (To Chelsea) permalink
    September 3, 2010 11:44 pm

    Aww too bad, looks like Little Michael Allegretti’s “Taxpayer’s Line” got bounced off the ballot by the Board of Elections. Better luck next time Losers.

  11. Michael Grimm Fact Check,Successful-Restaurateur: FAILURE permalink
    September 4, 2010 1:09 am

    Michael Grimm, Successful-Restaurateur: FAILURE

    Would you care for a side of food poisoning?
    We all know that Michael Grimm touts himself as a successful small business owner. But is that the truth. No, no it isn’t. Lets examine Michael Grimm’s first endeavor, a small health food take-out place on the Upper East Side.
    It wasn’t until mid year that Michael Grimm finally revealed the name of his restaurant business to the public. He referred to it as Granny Say. But there was no such place in Manhattan. Actually Michael Grimm was a part owner of a restaurant and controlled his stake under the title Granny Says LLC. The actual place was Healthalicious located on 1594 2nd Avenue New York, NY 10028-4127.

    Grimm told the Daily News in an article published 7 July 2010 that his restaurant had been under the name Granny Sayz which he had sold in April 2009.

    This is the same restaurant which he told the SI Advance in an article published 11 July 2010, he was a co-owner of. The same restaurant he opened after he left the FBI in 2006 because he was tired of the long hours. The same restaurant which he told the SI Advance that after two years was FOUNDERING. Just to clarify, when a business is foundering, that means it is failing.

    How can Michael Grimm claim to have been a successful small business owner when in fact he was forced to sell his STAKE, due to the failings of the business and his management and ownership?

    Why don’t we take a look at one of his STELLAR restaurant inspection reports.

    Wow, 30 violation points. 30. Hmm, doesn’t look to good for Healthalicious. In fact it doesn’t look to good for Mr. Grimm. Failing business, disgustingly poor inspection. But yet he tells everyone that he is a successful small businessman.
    The following are some of Michael Grimm’s lies concerning his success in the restaurant business.

    Exhibit A:!/grimm4congress?v=info
    What successful entrepreneurship? It failed!

    Exhibit B: Literature
    What skills? It failed!

    Exhibit C: More Literature

    What “success” in the restaurant endeavor? You sold it because it was failing. We cant debate that he has “real experience in the business world” as he has but we can only describe it as having been a failure. And where does this “succeeding in tough economic times” come from. You failed!

    Ridiculous. Michael Grimm’s first endeavor into the business world was a failure. But it isn’t safe to say that he learned from his mistakes. In fact Michael Grimm would go on to launch another business in Texas, yes that is right, Texas. Once again Michael Grimm opens a business far away from the constituency he wishes to represent and its success so far is doubtful but this will be addressed later.

    Next time you see Michael Grimm, ask him, ask him why he touts his failed restaurant as success in the business world.

    Posted by Michael Grimm Fact Check at 1:30 PM

  12. Money Wars: Michael Allegretti Vs. Michael Grimm In NY-13 permalink
    September 4, 2010 1:14 am

    Money Wars: Michael Allegretti Vs. Michael Grimm In NY-13 »
    By Celeste Katz

    NY-13 GOP Congressional hopefuls Michael Allegretti and Michael Grimm aren’t just fighting about Grimm’s military record — they’re fighting for cash.

    Here’s how they measure up as of the latest filing: Allegretti brought in about $42,000 net this period and has about $155,000 banked, while Grimm took in about $63,000 net and has $385,000 cash on hand.

    Read more:

  13. Dom Perignon For McMahon permalink
    September 4, 2010 1:20 am

    Former President Clinton campaigns for NY Democrat
    By BETH FOUHY 09/03/2010

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton slammed Republicans Friday for their stewardship of the economy during their years in power in Washington, and said the party’s campaign message heading into the 2010 midterm elections is: “Put us in because the Democrats didn’t fix what we did to you in 21 months.”

    Clinton appeared at a campaign rally on behalf of first term Democratic Rep. Michael McMahon, one of a handful of House Democrats from New York thought to be vulnerable in November. McMahon’s district covers Staten Island, the most Republican-leaning of New York City’s five boroughs.

    Michael Grimm and Michael Alegretti are vying in the state’s Sept. 14 primary for the GOP nomination to challenge McMahon.

    Read more:

  14. Eaton Going Crazy permalink
    September 4, 2010 9:28 am

    Allegretti was disgraceful on the NY1 debate questioning Grimm’s service when he hasnt served a day in his life. All those who support Allegretti who claim to support our military and veterans (like Golden and Eaton) should be ashamed. Allegretti is just a spoiled rich kid who is on the attack because of the strength of Grimm’s resume.

  15. Allegretti's Tube of Anal Glow permalink
    September 4, 2010 10:50 am

    The way Allegretti kept saying “Michael…Michael…Michael,” it sounded more like him playing Bubbles to Michael Jackson than a debate. And he dropped his whole fake macho deep voice and resorted back to his naturally soft bi-curious lisp, like steam escaping from a pipe. No wonder his Manhattan residences were in Chelsea and Greenwich Village. Heck, his old place at Horatio Street was on the route of the annual Pride Parade!

    • Young GOP Kid permalink
      September 4, 2010 4:12 pm

      This has to be one of the most hilarious comments I have ever read here. Spectacular! (and plausible…)

      • September 4, 2010 4:55 pm

        As an extra special treat, Allegretti’s Tube of Anal Glow presents an interactive game.

        The link below harkens back to the Bi-Curious Candidate’s previously unknown days in show business, which he was desperately trying to break into. This effort was unsuccessful…and his debate performance says a lot about why.

        Nevertheless, The King of Queens does appear in the video linked below, at the very beginning. First person to spot him gets a free tube of…well, you know!

  16. Gerry permalink
    September 4, 2010 4:10 pm

    Allegretti gave one of the worst debate performances ever. Hands down.

  17. Berardelli Lies Outright and Gallo Dissembles About Marine Grimm's Service permalink
    September 5, 2010 9:11 am

    The Brooklyn GOP Blog Radio program of August 4, 2010 was absolutely despicable.

    Gene Berardelli either was completely uninformed as to the issue of the awards displayed in Michael Grimm’s “Dress Blues” photo, or he was prepared to lie and slander a man who valiantly served his country in battle. Specifically, Berardelli ignored the clear and actual explanation given by Mr. Grimm [as recently as the NY-1 debate which was well before Berardelli’s blog broadcast] as to his authorization to wear the Army commendations depicted in the photo, but instead Berardelli chose to attack an “explanation” that was not made by candidate Grimm. GB also quoted a City Hall News article that was plainly a red-herring hit piece against Grimm.

    Russell Gallo, who claims have to some kind of service background himself, made a very strong challenge of Grimm, saying that everything would be finally resolved if Grimm released certain discharge papers. However, Gallo then proved himself to be a dissembler on this when he acknowledged that Grimm might have been authorized to have worn the ribbons when in the specific Marine Corps unit in which he was serving at the time.

    • "The Jig is Up Atlas" beat their....[let's say gumbs] on this one, and in the last sentance conceded defeat. permalink
      September 5, 2010 1:13 pm

      Allegretti and Eaton’s amen corner at The Jig is Up Atlas are nuts if they think this medals charge is any good for Allegretti.

      Even though I don’t think any real Marine calls anybody petulant, maybe this medals crap can make you do strange things.

      If Allegretti doesn’t think Mr. Grimm did his bit “for God and Country,” he should just come out and say so. He should say, “I was a bigger American hero going around climate conferences with Tony Blair than Grimm was out in no man’s land during Desert Sheild and Desert Storm.”

      As for Berardelli and Gallo — “Liar, liar, pants on fire! You lose- game, set, match…”

      • Marines Can't Use Big Words? permalink
        September 5, 2010 6:15 pm

        Marines and anyone else with an education could properly call a greasy, elitist fool like Allegretti a “petulant child.” They could have also called him a “supercilious juvenile” or a “cantankerous snob.”

        All of the above would be correct, sir/madam.

  18. It's How Grimm and Allegretti Think About Themselves permalink
    September 5, 2010 1:27 pm

    Most likely, Michael Grimm thinks was a hero because he served his country in a desert and almost got himself shot or blown up in the process.

    Most likely, Michael Allegretti thinks he was a hero because he shared dessert with big shots from foreign countries and got [I leave the rest to your imagination] in the process.

  19. September 5, 2010 11:44 pm

    Look. I found home video of Allegretti’s first job at the airport. But for some reason they keep calling him Johnny.

  20. Where Were You Michael Grimm? permalink
    September 6, 2010 1:10 am
    King, Fossella Protest Ground Zero Mosque
    by Mark Impomeni


    About one hundred local dignitaries and family members of 9/11 victims joined Rep. Peter King (R.-N.Y.) and former Rep. Vito Fossella (R.-N.Y.) at a rally on Sunday to protest the location of the proposed Islamic mosque and community center two blocks from Ground Zero.

    The protest was held at the FDNY Rescue 5 memorial on Staten Island. Rescue 5 lost 11 members on September 11, 2001.

    In a letter announcing the gathering, Fossella, who represented Staten Island in Congress, explained the choice of location for the protest, and said that opposing the proposed location for the mosque was a matter of right versus wrong.

    “Staten Island lost more sons and daughters on that day than any other community. It has been our solemn duty, responsibility, and frankly a privilege to honor the memory for those who lost their life nearly 9 years ago. We must continue to honor those memories and to never forget them,” Fossella wrote.

    “Recently there have been efforts made to construct a mosque near Ground Zero. This proposal has met with tremendous opposition, not only throughout New York City, but across the country as well. We believe that this is not the right location. Just because something may be permitted, does not mean that it’s the right thing to do,” Fossella said.

    At the rally, Fossella echoed those words, questioning the decision by developers to site the mosque so close to the former World Trade Center.

    “We made promises to be the voices of those that died on September 11, 2001. A mosque on that site undermines the efforts to ensure that that hallowed ground remains sacred,” Fossella said. “[Muslims] can worship if they want. They don’t have to worship [there]. This country is 3 million square miles. We ask one simple question: ‘Why here and why now?’”

    Rep. King, who represents Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, framed the controversy surrounding the development as one of sensitivity.
    King said that the developers and supporters of the mosque were failing to show proper regard for the feelings of victims’ families and the greater community, while at the same time demanding that opponents show sensitivity to the Islamic community’s rights of worship.

    “The time has come to tell people that sensitivity goes both ways,” King said. “Yes, we have to be sensitive to other people’s religions, but those religions also have to be sensitive to the memory of those who died on September 11.”

    Staten Island’s current congressman, Democratic Rep. Michael McMahon, was not present at the rally, a fact not lost on the two men running to oppose him in the November election. McMahon’s website contains a statement on the controversy calling on “all parties” to “work with local community leaders to find a more appropriate site.”

    Michael Grimm, who is seeking the GOP nomination for the Staten Island seat, also did not attend the protest citing a previously scheduled charity obligation.

    Grimm told HUMAN EVENTS that McMahon was not doing enough to oppose the project. “I don’t think Rep. McMahon has been outspoken enough. He’s issued maybe one press release,” on the mosque, Grimm said. “He needs to be an outspoken advocate of the people in the district. It’s telling that Peter King was at the protest today and not McMahon. Where was McMahon, today?”

    Grimm—a former Marine and FBI agent who was assigned to the New York office on September 11 and who recalled working “bucket brigades” with fire and police personnel to clear rubble in the wake of the attacks—said that for him, the controversy provoked a very “visceral and emotional” reaction.

    Grimm said that the issue had nothing to do with 1st Amendment rights, endorsing Fossella’s statement that it was a matter of right and wrong.

    “I consider Ground Zero sacred ground, hallowed ground. It is inappropriate to build a mosque there. Those behind the Ground Zero mosque say it’s about building a bridge [to the community]. This is not the way to do that,” Grimm said. “[The developers] should understand that this is a very sensitive matter and voluntarily move it to another location.”

    Grimm’s Republican primary opponent, Michael Allegretti, was at the protest. In an e-mail to HUMAN EVENTS, Allegretti said that the event was a reflection of the deep-seated hurt caused by the proposed mosque.

    “Today’s event was mostly peaceful, though very emotional. The pain is still raw, and today’s protest showed that. It gave those who feel so strongly about the issue a way to express their feelings,” Allegretti wrote. “I was humbled to address the gathering and speak with so many thoughtful New Yorkers afterward. It is clear that the majority of New Yorkers and Americans feel the same way about this issue.”

    Like Grimm, Allegretti—a former investment house broker whose family runs a local fuel oil business—said that Rep. McMahon has not been a vocal enough opponent of the proposal, crediting the congressman’s view on the mosque but criticizing his inability to change minds within the Democratic caucus in the House.

    “Though Congressman McMahon wasn’t at today’s event, he has come out on the right side of the issue. It’s good to see that he has common sense, though it’s sad that he has such little influence within his Democratic leadership in Congress,” Allegretti said.

    Polls consistently show that majorities of New Yorkers are opposed to the building of an Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero. A recent Quinnipiac University survey found seven in ten opposed to the project. A larger protest is scheduled for Saturday, September 11, in lower Manhattan.

    With New Yorkers so adamantly opposed to the mosque, protests will likely continue until developers either change the location of the center or drop plans altogether.

  21. Fly On The Wall permalink
    September 6, 2010 10:55 am

    I just watched last week’s NY1 debate between Michael Grimm and Michael Allegretti.–republican-candidates-for-s-i–brooklyn-house-seat-debate-on–inside-city-hall-/
    Michael Grimm’s points seem to have substance. All Michael Allegretti seems to have is “the picture” of Michael Grimm. His whole objection to Michael Grimm is a Kodak moment and like most Kodak moments Allegretti’s campaign for CD13 will soon be a memory!!!!

  22. Kleenex For Russell permalink
    September 6, 2010 11:08 pm

    crying like a baby….pounded the pavement to get bootleg signatures on an insignificant obscure party line. Tossed out like an illegal housepet.
    crawl back into your cage and hope for a bone toss while cleaning the carbines

    • Please give details permalink
      September 7, 2010 7:00 am

      Are you talking about the “Hope For Brooklyn” Party?

  23. How Do You Solve A Problem Housepet Named Maria? permalink
    September 7, 2010 12:15 am

    Easy, put her out or deport her illegal alien butt.

  24. No Taxpayer Reform For Allegretti permalink
    September 7, 2010 11:11 pm

    Allegretti is OFF THE BALLOT with the Taxpayer Reform line.
    Kicked out on his sorry a$$. No blanket of security for you Mikey.
    Grimm is the REAL REPUBLICAN!!

  25. Allegretti Quotes From Sunday's 9/11 Rally Are Mealy-Mouthed Jibberish permalink
    September 8, 2010 10:19 pm

    According to Allegretti “Today’s event was mostly peaceful, though very emotional. The pain is still raw, and today’s protest showed that. It gave those who feel so strongly about the issue a way to express their feelings,” What part, if any, wasn’t “peaceful”? Was there even the slightest violence?

    Later Allegretti wrote, “I was humbled to address the gathering and speak with so many thoughtful New Yorkers afterward. It is clear that the majority of New Yorkers and Americans feel the same way about this issue.” Did he poll them? What is the way that most Americans feel? Are they as mealy-mouth as he is? How would Allegretti have any clue about any of this?

    Allegretti, the candidate whose run against Congressman McMahon is quickly fading, had this to say about the incumbent, “Though Congressman McMahon wasn’t at today’s event, he has come out on the right side of the issue. It’s good to see that he has common sense, though it’s sad that he has such little influence within his Democratic leadership in Congress.” We think it’s sad that Mr. Allegretti has so little influence on this issue with his real Congressman Jerrold Nadler.

  26. Fly On The Wall permalink
    September 11, 2010 1:46 pm

    A bunch of Kings County republican poll workers who are suddenly “not active at the request of the chairman” are now free to work for Michael Grimm on Tuesday. Sounds like there is more then one kind of Craig’s list!

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