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Allegretti’s Bad Days Continue As “Taxpayer’s Party” Petitions Are Denied

September 9, 2010

Michael Allegretti (Photo: New York Observer)

Michael Allegretti can’t get a break lately.

After getting slapped by fellow Republicans for his debate performance and seeing endorsements go the way of his GOP opponent Michael Grimm, Mr. Allegretti watched as the corrupt Board of Elections threw out 2,001 of his petition signatures for his Taxpayers’ Party line.

The line was supposed to serve as a fire escape to the November elections in the event he loses the GOP primary (which most insiders are forecasting).

We thank NY13 Watch for their continuing coverage and for bringing this story to our attention. Here is there reporting on this event:


Almost half of the signatures collected by Congressional Candidate Michael Allegretti’s campaign for a second party line were ruled invalid by New York City election commissioners yesterday.

Allegretti’s failure to collect enough valid signatures for this second line means that he must win the next Tuesday’s Republican Primary to be on November’s General Election Ballot.

“It’s inconceivable that the Allegretti campaign could have submitted a petition that was this flawed,” said former Congressman and Staten Island Borough President, Guy Molinari, a Grimm supporter. “It is a clear indication that his campaign is in chaos and not attracting the type of grassroots support necessary to beat Mike McMahon in November.”

Allegretti, a Washington environmental lobbyist, faces Michael Grimm, a Marine Combat Veteran and former FBI undercover agent, in next Tuesday’s GOP primary. Grimm, with the backing of New York State’s Conservative Party, is already guaranteed a spot on next November’s General Election ballot.

“The voters should be skeptical of a candidate who filed a nominating petition that was riddled with this many errors,” New York State Conservative Chairman Mike Long said. “With the type of organization Allegretti has put together, it is clear Michael Grimm will win Tuesday’s Primary giving us one of the strongest Republican-Conservative candidates in the country challenging an Obama/Pelosi Democrat.”

Of the 5,288 signatures Allegretti submitted, 2,001 were found to be invalid by the New York City Board of Elections, making him short of the required signatures for his Taxpayers Party line.


The New York Observer’s David Freedlander had this piece yesterday regarding the petition debacle:

The Board of Elections ruled yesterday that Michael Allegretti failed to file the correct amount of valid signatures to run a third-party line in November.

The line, called “The Taxpayer’s Party” was one that Allegretti tried to create just for the purpose of the general election, although it does bare some similarity to lines created by GOP governor hopeful Carl Paladino and Long Island congressional candidate Chris Cox.

Allegretti submitted 5288 signatures but 2,001 of them were ruled invalid. Candidates must file at least 3,500 but often try to do many times more than that.

The Grimm campaign is having a good time with this, and says it shows that the Allegretti camp is in disarray.

“It’s inconceivable that the Allegretti campaign could have submitted a petition that was this flawed,” says Grimm adviser (and SI powerbroker) Guy Molinari,  “It is a clear indication that his campaign is in chaos and not attracting the type of grassroots support necessary to beat Mike McMahon in November.”

Grimm will be on the ballot in November as the Conservative nominee, even if he loses the primary next week.


The Allegretti campaign sent along a response, accusing the Grimm campaign of running scared from an honest fight—and using dirty tricks to do it..

“The Grimm campaign combed through each of our 5000-plus signatures, spending the time and money on lawyers to do it,” said Allegretti campaign manager Marco DeSena. “Of the approximate 4,200 [signatures] they challenged, the board found less than half actually had problems. And most of these were very minor problems. Their campaign has to try to win some way, because it’s surely not going to be Grimm’s background or ideas carrying them to victory.”


Mr. Allegretti has the endorsements of the GOP establishments of Brooklyn and Staten Island. He is also being endorsed by establishment figures Marty Golden and Lou Tobacco.

Meanwhile, more high profile endorsements have gone the way of Michael Grimm, previously the underdog in the race. Additionally, most GOP reformers are leaning toward him.

We will keep up updated on this issue, and please be sure to visit NY13 Watch for continuing coverage of the race in the 13th Congressional.

  1. Allegretti's Tube of Anal Glow permalink
    September 9, 2010 3:43 pm

    I heard that the Grimm team found over 2000 bad signatures in Allegretti’s GOP petitions too.

    I guess if Allegretti can commit fraud about his residence, he can commit fraud with his petitions too!

  2. Aaron Ringel is a filthy bastard permalink
    September 9, 2010 4:21 pm

    Kind of the same way that Michael Grimm can lie about his military record, and his business record. Wow, everyone is a fraud in this race. But I do believe Michael Grimm to be the biggest fraud of them all, especially with his staff of cretins. Don Molinari, Ringel the Dingel, Fat Fuck Bruno and Union Bitch Lauria.

    • Do you Kiss Your Mother with the Same Mouth? permalink
      September 9, 2010 5:35 pm

      “Vulgarity is only in concealment of truth, or in affectation.”
      — John Ruskin

      Very notable [is the] distinction between coarseness and vulgarity, coarseness, revealing something; vulgarity, concealing something.
      — E. M. Forster

      “Will minus intellect constitutes vulgarity.”
      — Schopenhauer

      The commentator above is a true vulgarian slug.

      • Response permalink
        September 9, 2010 6:36 pm

        For starters I do kiss my mother with this mouth so go fuck yourself. Secondly, you act offended by my hideous comments but you arent offended by the title that Grimm’s campaign manager Aaron Ringle uses, “Allegretti’s Tube of Anal Glow”.

  3. September 9, 2010 4:27 pm

    Perhaps everyone should reevaluate the Master of Antics, Michael Grimms endorsements. Jonathan Judge, just in case your wondering why you arent included, well its because frankly, no one cares what you think.

  4. September 9, 2010 4:28 pm

    Perhaps everyone should reevaluate the Master of Antics, Michael Grimms endorsements. Jonathan Judge, just in case your wondering why you arent included, well its because frankly, no one cares what you think.

  5. September 9, 2010 4:54 pm

    Wow, the Allegretti staffers really are lashing out in the final dying days of their campaign. Instead being here shouldn’t you be on looking for a new job?

  6. Young GOP Kid permalink
    September 9, 2010 5:45 pm

    It’s all over for Allegretti. I think everybody knows that by now. This is further evidence of that fact.

  7. Dear Departed Dandy Don* permalink
    September 9, 2010 6:41 pm

    [In a howling off-key voice; sung to the tune of … er, “Turn out the lights, Melinda”] Turn out the lights, Melinda…
    [switching to a more melodic and familiar] The party’s over…

    *This ole Cowboy gunslinger’s only retired.

  8. September 9, 2010 8:03 pm

    Hey Steve Gonzalez, your mother can’t talk to you now. My dong is in her mouth.

  9. September 9, 2010 8:08 pm

    BTW Gonzalez, your mommy’s knocked up again, but thankfully I wasn’t the baby daddy.

    You’re going to have a new brother, and you can you can thank your stinking drunk of a buddy, Vito-Two Families-Fossella…that is…soon to be Vito-THREE Families Fossella.

    Sniff, sniff, Marty Kohn!

    • Aaron Ringel is a Filthy Bastard permalink
      September 9, 2010 8:47 pm

      Im not Steve Gonzalez you mentally deficient twat. But you are Aaron Ringel, the bitch of Grimm. Why dont you learn some respect.

    • Fly On The Wall permalink
      September 11, 2010 8:56 am

      (and I’m afraid I use the word loosely here)
      Let’s use this site for intellectual, witty, informed debate.
      Let’s not turn it into what the WWR is compared to good sportsmanship.

      • Fly On The Wall permalink
        September 11, 2010 9:06 am

        I meant WWF!

  10. Allegretti's Tube of Anal Glow permalink
    September 9, 2010 10:25 pm

    Poor Steve Gonzalez, the Bushwick Marty Kohn and Allegretti’s puff-boy. Ever since Aaron Ringel rightly deemed Gonzalez a traitor to the Marine Corp–which Gonzalez is–Steve has had a hard-on for Aaron that won’t quit, even when Allegretti feels like playing the mommy to him.

    Steve, how does it feel selling out a brother Marine with lies just to keep a job as puff-boy for bi-curious Allegretti, the Queen of Kings? Try some Listerine bro!

  11. This is the best intellectual joust since Wittgenstein took a poker to Popper permalink
    September 9, 2010 10:44 pm

    Gonzalez-Ringel, Ringel-Gonzalaez — Mothers, Marines, anal glow, Jiffy Lube, Fossella, Molinari, two families, three families.

    What wit, what repartee, what intellectual content!

  12. Eaton Sauted permalink
    September 9, 2010 11:47 pm

    Eaton should serve up nicely with fava beans and chianti and some Golden pomme fritte.

  13. Eaton Going Crazy permalink
    September 10, 2010 10:01 am

    well, although some thought earlier this year that even if Allegretti lost the primary he could still run for public office in the future, i have heard in many political circles that after the “smear” campaign he has run against a veteran, including his performance in the NY1 debate, and his mailings, his political carrer dies for good on Tuesday…. and Eaton will continue to take heat as a Republican chairman who stood idly by while his candidate baselessly attacked the record of the GOP winner…

  14. David Y. permalink
    September 10, 2010 12:35 pm

    Rumor has it the Allegretti camp is rolling out its “September Surprise,” today. A last ditch attempt to save a sinking ship, I believe.

  15. Fossella and Allegretti and the Ginsu knives -- now how much would you pay? permalink
    September 10, 2010 5:55 pm

    They’ve pulled Vito Fossella out of the dust bin, wiped the purple stain off his lips and trotted him out there for Michael Allegretti.

    What next, raise somebody from the dead to do an endorsement?

    Hi, Billy Mays here for…
    …Michael Allegretti…
    He’s the real Sham Wow!

    • Fly On The Wall permalink
      September 12, 2010 1:47 pm

      Real sham, no wow!

  16. We'll Need Two Big Forks For Two Big Turkeys permalink
    September 10, 2010 10:28 pm

    Yum, Yum, Yum!

    The kitchen is permeated with aromas of two swell-breasted and well roasted Tom Turkeys.

    It’s a good thing nowadays that so many modern kitchens have enough oven space to cook two huge gobblers at one time. The ovens are opened and the birds are removed. The roasting pans are put side-by-side on the counter and the two turkeys look perfect together.

    As if by magic, mom produces two large oven forks and gives one to Uncle Guy and the other to Marine Corps Mike. They lean over the well-cooked turkeys, each taking a long wiff as if to savor the moment. Simultaneously, they stick the forks in.

    In unison, Uncle Guy and Marine Corps Mike shout, “This one’s done.”

    How true, how true! Mike Allegretti and Vito Fossella are both done and deserve to be forked side-by-side by real Republicans.

    • Grimey Grimm permalink
      September 11, 2010 1:35 pm

      Actually, grimm with his cab “combat attendance badge” yells at Guy Molinari, stop tickling my prostate to which sanctuary city giuliani screams, oh yes continue, grimm is the biggest republican whore I’ve seen in ages. true story, though I left the part about Master Kims daughter bitch slapping Grimm out.

      • A clear demonsration of the application of "formal logic" permalink
        September 11, 2010 1:48 pm

        Commentor “Grimey Grimm” decided to leap right past any attempt at an inverse or obverse proposition and instead chose the long-leap to argue the contrapositive. Or as he prefers to call it “the prostate tickle”.

        Simply, brilliant political tete a tete, I must say.

  17. Eaton Going Crazy permalink
    September 10, 2010 11:23 pm

    anyone else see the hypocisy of eatons blog- they attacked on how they percieved some asminimizing Fossellas antics that cause his downfall and Eaton was known to bad mouth him- now all of a sudden Im sure everyone at Eatons blog will love fossella!!

  18. Fly On The Wall permalink
    September 11, 2010 1:45 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!

      September 11, 2010 1:57 pm

      If the Grimm Campaign and the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Club can get that kind of operation up and going in the 49th AD, Grimm makes taking Brooklyn outright a competitive bet.

      Of oourse, Lucretia would then cruise to about a 70-30 win over what’s-his-name.

      It’s a win-win, they should really work to make it happen.

  19. Allegretti is riding that horse 'til it drops permalink
    September 11, 2010 4:25 pm

    Maybe, his polling’s telling him that his blitz on Grimm’s Marine Corps photo medals flap is working (but that’s not what I’m hearing from anybody). What is obvious is that Michael Allegretti has decided that he’ll stay negative until the very end; and his supporters seem to agree that is the way to go.

    Today’s (Saturday’s) mail had two different Allegretti attack pieces. That clearly shows that Allegretti is fighting from behind, with only three days left.

    It also shows that Allegretti doesn’t care what’s left for either Grimm or for himself after the primary. AND WHAT DOES THAT SHOW?

    It shows the same thing as Vito Fossella’s 11th Hour endorsement of Allegretti —
    for some “Republicans” this has turned into a


  20. ALLEGRETTI GAFF on "Cap and Trade" Raises 11th Hour Issue as to His Duties at and Relationship with "The Climate Group" permalink
    September 12, 2010 9:24 am

    According to the reports of their debate at the Staten Island Advance, Michael Grimm induced a major gaff by his opponent when he got Michael Allegretti to admit that he had spoken out in favor of Democratic President Barack Obama’s “cap-and-trade” energy bill.

    According to the story in the Advance, “Grimm said that Allegretti favored the legislation, and [Allegretti] had been quoted as saying it was a ‘major step for U.S. domestic climate action’.”

    In the same newspaper article, Allegretti reportedly answered that he had made those comments while working for the Climate Group environmental firm, and was merely analyzing the potential impact of the legislation.

    SI Advance political reporter, Tom Wrobleski, then directly quoted Mr. Allegretti as follows: “In my job, I had a fiduciary responsibility to tell people what legislation meant.”

    On the campaign trail, Allegretti has said he believes the “Cap and Trade” energy legislation would boost energy costs for homeowners and businesses.

    What position or legal relationship did Michael Allegretti have in/at/with “The Climate Group” that would have imposed a “fiduciary duty” on Allegretti to take any specific position on the “Cap and Trade” Bill? “Fiduciary Duty” is not an insignificant term or concept under state and federal law. It is the kind of obligation that binds “partners”, “board members”, certain investment advisors, various professionals in law and accounting, and the like. As far as this observer is aware, Mr. Allegretti has not heretofore indicated that he had any fiduciary obligations to or on behalf of anyone at The Climate Group (in addition, before posting this, a search of Google & AOL was conducted and didn’t return any hits on such topics other than the very SI Advance article that has been quoted).

  21. Eaton's Jig Has to Lie to Try to Help Allegretti Cover-up "Fiduciary Obligation" Gaff permalink
    September 12, 2010 4:46 pm

    Craig Eaton’s bogs-bloggers at “The Jig is Up Atlas” think that just making stuff up is some kind of political discourse– it’s nothing of the sort.

    The Jig is Up’s September 12th posting, “Grimm Gaff On Amnesty Raises 11th Hour Issue as to His Duties at and Relationship with “The Molinari Group, and The LaGaurdia Club” said…” pretends to quote from Tom Wrobleski’s article in the SI Advance of September 12th. Eaton’s Jig states that Grimm said he had some “Fiduciary Duty” in connection with some of his supporters. Not only do no such quotes exist in Wrobleski’s article, “The Jig is Up Atlas” posting completely misrepresents Wrobleski’s report of what candidate Grimm actually did say to the SI Advance.

    Needless to say, the only mention of any “Fiduciary Obligation” was in connection with Allegretti’s comments concerning his association with ultra-left “The Climate Group”.

    Yet again, Craig Eaton’s E-mail agents have lied to try to benefit an Eaton endorsed candidate. In this instance it’s Michael Allegretti, and the lie is an attempt to make cover for Allegretti’s statement that he had some kind of fiduciary obligations in his job at “The Climate Group”. This particular information had never come out earlier during the campaign; and it suggests that a closer and more significant association with that international interest group existed than heretofore acknowledged by Mr. Allegretti.

  22. Do I Hear Yoyo Ma playing Brahms? permalink
    September 12, 2010 8:04 pm

    Sometimes a work is so exquisite and difficult, but it requires something more substantial than a violin, but still quit fine and subtle in its own right.

    The tugging back and forth is more obvious, but the music, the music…

    Again and again, “The Jig is Up Atlas” just makes things up and thinks that it counts for something just because it’s on the internet and some search engine will pull it out of…oblivion…. as Doctor Phil often says, “How’s that been workin’ for yuh, lately?”

    Today, we had already gotten to mention Allegretti’s gaff a second time thanks to Eaton’s bogz-jiggerz, and now we get to re-buff the Allegretti lead story yet again thanks to Eaton’s E-space laureate “I Snoozed While Reading Jamez McCallz Pathetic Post said…”

    Now, once more , with feeling….

    For anybody who missed it the first two times, according to the story in the Sunday Advance, Michael Grimm had accused Allegretti of favoring Obama’s proposed Cap and Trade legislation, in fact he quoted Allegretti as saying it was a ‘major step for U.S. domestic climate action’. Allegretti reportedly answered that he had made those comments while working for the Climate Group environmental firm, and was merely analyzing the potential impact of the legislation. SI Advance political reporter, Tom Wrobleski, then directly quoted the rest of Mr. Allegretti’s response as follows: “In my job, I had a fiduciary responsibility to tell people what legislation meant.”

    Our humble contribution to the discussion was merely pointing out that Allegretti had never previously disclosed that he had any “Fiduciary Obligations” while associated with the ultra-liberal internationalist “Climate Group.” We just wondered what relationship of his with/to “The Climate Group” gave rise to fiduciary duties.

    Eaton’s jigs players twice tried the cut and paste to make it about something Grimm said– both times lies, nothing like it was said by Grimm.

    Although only few might have heard it, it was definitely music to our ears when we discerned several chords of Bach and knew that it was Yoyo Ma on the cello. Close enough for us to claim TJIUA was again played like a fiddle, thanks boys.

  23. They can't even read, yet they cut and paste permalink
    September 12, 2010 10:50 pm

    There’s just no point in doing the “Allegretti Fiduciary” dance a fourth time.

    But one must comment on those guys over there at the Eaton bogs-blogs-works, to quote the great Bugs Bunny, “What a bunch of maroons!”

    We started with “Brahms” and finished with “Bach” and they never caught it. Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha!

    Of course Russell Gallo (Maroon #1) probably thought we were talking about YoYo Ma’s “Six Unaccompanied Cello Suites” by Bach, whereas we’re sure that Gene B (Maroon #2) would have believed that we meant Brahms’ “Double Concerto” or possibly one of his Cello Sonatas.

    It should have been “Brahms-Brahms” or “Bach-Bach” and definitely not “Brahms-Bach”. Our preference would have been the Brahms, no the Bach, no the Brahms, no the Bach, no the……….. (Maybe we should do an Atlas Shrugs In Brooklyn Poll on it.)

  24. Was the Golden-Eaton Support For Allegretti Bought and Paid For permalink
    September 13, 2010 6:39 am

    $5000 donations are a big deal. Linda Allegretti gave that much to Marty Golden for the 2010 elections. That’s just a little more than she gave him for 2008’s, when he had no opponent.

    The Allegrettis gave the Eatons a lot of money over the last couple of years as well; you know “charitable giving”.

    Marty Golden’s and Craig Eaton’s love for Michael Allegretti just has no end, nor do Linda Allegretti’s pockets.

  25. Eaton Going Crazy permalink
    September 13, 2010 8:40 am

    looks like Eaton is heading for an 0 for 3 day tomorrow, losing with Allegretti, Lazio and Cipriano… Im sure the other blog will just cut and paste this comment and change the wording, but the reality is I’m sure they will be silent Wed. morning. Except for Eaton calling to suck ass to the Grimm, Paladino and Potter campaigns!!! I think Brooklyn and NYS Republicans will really take notice to Eaton’s failure of leadship and choosing 3 losers in a Republican Primary!!

  26. Young GOP Kid permalink
    September 13, 2010 9:18 am

    How many more failures must we endure before we realize Craig Eaton is destroying our party? He already lost every election last year. The year before that. Can we agree that after three years of failures it is our fault collectively that we have permitted Eaton to reign as long as he has? We all need to mobilize and kick this man and his thugs out.

  27. Eaton Going Crazy permalink
    September 13, 2010 11:00 am

    What people have to understand is that the #1 job of Political Party Chairman is to WIN elections… it is not golf outings, or fancy dinners with nice flowers, endorsements, or radio blog shows, or even websites. It should be clear to any somewhat objective Republican that Eaton has failed at this.

  28. Allegretti tries to cut losses after primary blowout, but "...Bad Days Continue..." permalink
    September 19, 2010 8:05 pm

    Looking back, Michael Allegretti made so many blunders and wasted so much money, one wonders who was really advising him.

    Blunder #1 letting Eaton and Golden get into the campaign. Since the middle of 2009, it should have been obvious that Brooklyn Party Chairman Craig Eaton was carrying heavy baggage, because of his handling of certain key leaders including two in the 13th CD. By early 2010 and the Greenfield Lazar race, the Eaton problem had metastacized into an Eaton-Golden problem, and hostility to Golden was open and serious. Eaton and Golden could only deliver a naked Brooklyn GOP leadership endorsement, on primary day they couldn’t deliver Brooklyn GOP vote.

    Blunder #2 attacking a Marine Corp combat veteran over the appropriateness of his military decorations, pure fnatacy; pushing it to the very end, pure insanity and suicide in the Republican Party.

    Blunder #3 the Vito Fossella roll-out. Great, two discredited losers in one place.

    Miachael Allegretti might have assumed that things like that would have all ended on September 14th. Michael guess again.

    Some of the McMahon supporters want to kick your political corpse:

    See Bay Ridge Interpol, Saturday, September 18, 2010: “So long, screwy! See ya in St. Louie!” Here’s they main part of it:

    “Looks like Michael Allegretti has packed up and left town.

    Just a few days after getting DEMOLISHED by Republican primary opponent Michael “Mr. Wonderful” Grimm, it would appear as if Allegretti has closed down his Dongan Hills lemonade stand.

    In fact, Allegretti’s whole damn crew gunned up and clapped quick.

    I guess that’s what happens when you get TROUNCED 70-30. Suckers take the walk.

    God, I love when Republicans fight over who’ll get the chance of being beaten in November by a Democrat. It’s cute.

    Silly Republicans.


    So Michael Allegretti, was it all worth it? Would you hook up with Eaton and Golden in the same way, again?

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