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Mike Grimm Trounces Establishment’s Choice in 13th Congressional Primary

September 15, 2010

Vito Fossella, the Brooklyn GOP and the Staten Island GOP all have one big thing in common.

None of them could hand Michael Allegretti the gold medal in the 13th Congressional District’s Republican primary.

I’m happy to report that my candidate, Mike Grimm, won the election in a landslide–so much so, the establishments of both boroughs of the district must be licking their wounds in shame right about now.

Congratulations are in order for Team Grimm, which ran a remarkable campaign and led the charge against the establishment-backed candidate.

Here are the final results.

Michael Grimm
8,391 68.65%
Michael Allegretti
3,832 31.35%

Here’s the story from


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Michael Grimm easily swept to victory in the GOP congressional party primary last night, setting up a November showdown with Rep. Michael McMahon (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn) and dealing a crushing blow to the borough Republican Party organization.

“I am overwhelmed right now,” Grimm told a cheering throng at the Renaissance, Grant City, after opponent Michael Allegretti called him to concede the race.

With 100 percent of the vote counted, it was Grimm with 8,391 votes, or 69 percent, to Allegretti’s 3,832, or 31 percent. Grimm won each side of the congressional district decisively.

On Staten Island, it was Grimm, 6,797 votes, or 73 percent, and Allegretti, 2,573 votes, or 27 percent.

In Allegretti’s native borough of Brooklyn, Grimm won 1,594 votes or 56 percent, to Allegretti’s 1,259 votes, or 44 percent.

Grimm’s victory was a slap to former GOP Rep. Vito Fossella and members of the Island Republican Party, including state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) and Assemblyman Lou Tobacco (R-South Shore), who backed Allegretti.

“The whole bunch of them got wiped out,” said former Borough President Guy Molinari, a Grimm supporter, who said that Grimm won the balloting in the home election districts of Fossella, Lanza and Brooklyn state Sen. Martin Golden, another Allegretti ally.

“They’re not even smart enough to know what happened to them,” said Molinari, who was ailing and did not attend Grimm’s victory party.

In a nod to his Tea Party supporters and with an eye on other races last night, including Tea Party favorite Carl Paladino’s big victory over Rick Lazio in the GOP gubernatorial primary, Grimm told the crowd, “This is not about Michael Grimm’s victory. It’s much bigger than that. This is about a movement.”

The House race was a heated one, with Allegretti and Grimm trading accusations of negative campaigning. Allegretti hit at Grimm, a Marine Gulf War veteran and former FBI agent, for wearing military ribbons he hadn’t earned.

But Grimm, who has also been backed by the Conservative Party, last night said that the attacks had boosted him.

“The smear campaign turned it,” Grimm told the Advance. “The more negative they went, the better our numbers became. It backfired on them.”

But McMahon’s campaign spokeswoman, Lauren Amendolara, said Grimm “has not answered the personal character issues raised by his opponent during the primary.”

“Congressman McMahon has the utmost faith in the voters who have put their trust in him and looks forward to winning that confidence again on November 2,” she said in a statement issued by the McMahon campaign.

City Councilman Vincent Ignizio (R-South Shore) bucked the party and endorsed Grimm. He said last night’s result “should send a message to anyone watching this race.”

“Many people did not like the fact that I endorsed Michael Grimm,” he said. “I thought he was the best candidate. Seventy percent of the voters agreed with me.”

Grimm entered the Renaissance ballroom to cheers along with Ignizio, County Clerk Stephen Fiala, Molinari Republican Club President Robert Scamardella and Brooklyn Conservative chairman Jerry Kassar.

Speaking to the crowd, Grimm touted the endorsements he’d received from Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Sarah Palin.

“I will not waver,” Grimm said. “I will not falter. Together, we will continue this success and take it all the way to November.”

New voting machines being used in the city for the first time caused delays in tabulating the vote. Allegretti called Grimm to concede around 10:15 p.m.

Speaking to supporters at his Dongan Hills campaign headquarters, Allegretti quipped, “I’m sorry I was late. I was out campaigning, but the poll sites were already closed.”

Speaking of Grimm, Allegretti said, “We should all applaud him on a job well done.”

The mood in the headquarters was somber, with supporters watching a New York Yankees game on television at one point during the night.

“Don’t be so quiet,” Allegretti said. “This was not in vain; it is the beginning of a walk down a path to take back this district.”

But Lanza and Tobacco would not say they would endorse Grimm.

“We’ll see what happens going forward, as the next couple of weeks unfold,” said Lanza.

Said Tobacco, “Tonight is about Michael Allegretti.”

Fossella was not in attendance, but his father, Vito Sr., was there for a time.

Aside from briefly introducing Allegretti, borough GOP chairman John Friscia made no formal remarks and left the headquarters without speaking to the Advance.

Alluding to the dissension that engulfed the Island party after Fossella left the House amid scandal in 2008, one veteran Republican blamed Allegretti’s loss on “the chaos of the past two years.

Looking toward a potential battle for the party leadership next year, Molinari said, “If they cared at all about the party, they would step aside. When you take a loss like this, you don’t show leadership.”

SILive continues their extensive and well-appointed coverage of this race.

We shall have further commentary and analysis in the coming hours, as well as what this means for the Brooklyn GOP establishment.

  1. Young Republican permalink
    September 15, 2010 7:52 am

    Let’s not discuses Lucretia Regina- Potter’s defeat to the Party establishment’s candidate. But will this blog unite around the candidate chosen by Republican voters to defeat Shelly Silver and Vito Fossella’s candidate?

  2. Allegretti's Tube of Anal Glow permalink
    September 15, 2010 10:25 am

    There is a new power in Brooklyn GOP universe that delivered a staggering blow to the the Eaton establishment last night by helping Grimm defeat Allegretti in his own backyard, even his own ED, and it is named Joe Kovac!

  3. September 15, 2010 11:56 am

    I agree Joe Kovac, Grimm’s Brooklyn Campaign Mannager and his team, although small in size, really showed who the power people are in Brooklyn. If I was Craig Eaton, Marty Golden and the rest of the Brooklyn GOP I would be scared. Like how they say it is better to be feared than loved because fear lasts a lot longer than love.

    It’s a sham that Lucretia Regina-Potter, a women that was screwed by the Duke lost her race.

  4. The Watcher permalink
    September 15, 2010 11:58 am

    Gerry O’Brien did another horrible job and it’s amazing they paid this fat ass for his work. What a loser.

  5. Some Watcher You Are permalink
    September 15, 2010 12:24 pm

    O’Brien wasn’t involved in the Congressional race at all. He turned down the Allegretti people when they belatedly asked him to work on Michael’s campaign.

    He did, however, help a young reformer defeat a 20-year incumbent Democratic District Leader by a 62% to 38% margin in the 60th AD, and helped another reformer win a 3-way race with over 50% of the vote in the 52nd AD.

    While we’re at it, how did Roy Antoun’s Obama-Democrat for Assembly do in Queens? Or did he fail to even get on the ballot, like Jonathan?

    • Change, yeah, for the bettah! permalink
      September 15, 2010 3:52 pm

      First . . . I nominate Joe Kovac for Kings County Chair. He’s knows the ropes. Get’s things done. And . . . He’s better than Easton! Change for the bettah!

      Second, if it was’t Gerry O’Brien hit pieces that went out for Allegretti, then it was out of his playbook and certainly Kraus was involved. I know Kovak will put an end to that! He won’t take their s%#t! Change for the bettah!

    • The Watcher permalink
      September 15, 2010 10:38 pm

      You are a patheic loser claimimg credit for the Democratic District Leader Race.

    • Gerry O'Brien enabled by Egeln $$$ permalink
      September 17, 2010 8:19 am

      In this article: Egeln quotes O’Brien. O’Brien reaches out to Egeln to breathe life into his dying consultancy. Boo Hoo!

      “’Carl Paladino’s victory is a real turning point for the Republican Party,’” said political consultant Gerry O’Brien of Brooklyn, seeing the “’most interesting gubernatorial race in over 20 years. He was able to send a message enabling voters to send a message to Albany.’”

      “The rank-and-file Republican voters, he said, stood up to and rebuked the party leaders’ choice and decision-making ways, shaking up the GOP with grassroots anger.”

      What a crock of bull! He’s trying to position himself with another potential client. He’ll work for anybody who’ll pay. Palledino’s got the bucks and Gerry’s got dollar signs in his eyes. Ughh!

  6. Maya Karpinski permalink
    September 15, 2010 5:10 pm

    I paraphrase Winston Churchill’s famous quote –
    a form of Winston Churchill’s quotation, made in a radio broadcast in October 1939:

    “I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key.”

    Therefore, I say, “Craig Eaton is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, but perhaps there is a key….”

    A riddle wrapped up in an enigma – meaning > puzzle; difficult to solve. that is certainly Craig Eaton, of Eaton & Torrenzano LLP!

  7. The Irish Curse permalink
    September 15, 2010 5:46 pm

    Gerry O’Brien, how do you sleep at night? I mean, not with all the bad shit on your conscience, just with that massive gut. It’s gotta be tough. How far the marty have fallen, indeed! You’re only as good as your last mailer. So Gerry O’Brien’s current claim to fame is helping Kevin Caroll beat Ralph Perfetto in a Primary with a 10% turn out. Puhleez. See you at Dizzy’s, Gerry. You shaved ape.

    • Gerry O'Brien Sucks Ass permalink
      September 15, 2010 10:36 pm

      Gerry O’Brien is a political whore who will work for you if the price is right. His work is like crap.

      • Gerry O'Brien's 1988 Volvo permalink
        September 15, 2010 11:24 pm

        Gerry had the Photoshop market cornered back before Eaton & Co. learned how to use a computer!
        He was charging those fellas a pretty penny back in the day to stick Vinny Gentile’s head on
        Humphrey Bogart’s body but then they got wise to his game. Just think how far they’ve come:
        they used to pay this addled, fat moron to do their bidding and now they’re BLOGGING!
        and yet Gerry is still out there with his badly Photoshopped libel-laden mailers
        and his exorbitant Dizzy’s tab.

  8. Some Watcher You Are is Gerry O'Brien permalink
    September 15, 2010 6:53 pm

    Hi, Gerry! Thanks for stopping by, ya big galoot!

  9. Guy Fawkes and his Jesuit educated Gunpowder Plotters permalink
    September 15, 2010 8:27 pm

    The bozo bogs-bloggers at you know where are having their jollies taunting you know who, the old Scarlet Pimpernel – Tiger Ragger, and yes, “Gunpowder Plotter”.

    They think that he’s all broken up over LRP and R(R)P, sleeping too much, drinking too much Irish and no longer capable of doing his thing on the blogs since his least favorite boy beat his most favorite girl in the 49th AD last night.

    Well, he’s sleeping just enough, there’s no such thing as drinking too much Irish (take that “Rescue Me”, btw he bought a bottle of Irish single malt (…ey) today at Park Avenue Wine and Liquor, which is located on Madison, what’s that all about?) and he’s still happy to dish the computer trash talk until the cows come home.

    There’s still a couple shots left in that old jug – November 2010, and 2011 for REAL REGIME CHANGE IN THE BROOKLYN GOP. If not in the 49th then some place or places close to it.

    Let’s see what happens next.

  10. Hourly Taitz asks for Grimm to care about the Constitution permalink
    September 15, 2010 11:28 pm

    Hour, by hour, by hour the crisis deepens and deepens. More and more real Americans doubt that President Obama is really eligible to serve.

    Now that we have the supposedly true conservative Republican running in the 13th CD, when are we going to have that candidate demonstrate that he cares about the incipient constitutional crisis of having a formally elected and nominal POTUS who appears not to satisfy the clear constitutional requirements for the office of president?

    The crisis revolves around the controversy that stems from U.S. Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, which states, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”

    In addition, the cult of Obama has made it virtually impossible to verify many of the details of the president’s biography and personal history, including the precise address and circumstances of the
    time(s) President Obama resided in Brooklyn.

  11. Cipriano beating Potter -- "That ‘twas a famous victory...." permalink
    September 16, 2010 7:06 am

    After the Grimm trouncing of Michael Allegretti (especially in Brooklyn), their main political project in 2010 (going back to Eaton’s big announcement at the Kings County 2009 Convention “…next year Brooklyn will pick the Republican Candidate for Congress not Staten Island…”) Golden and Eaton asked their “brain trust” to come up with something to switch everybody’s attention to something else, preferably something “successful”.

    Among the many consultants and amanuenses to Kings County Republican Chairman Craig Eaton and Marty Golden, someone suggested the hoary and ghoulish, but nonetheless literary chestnut, “The Battle of Blenheim” to connect their principals to/with the historic and heroic conservative political operator and statesman Winston Churchill (who fancied himself descended from Marlboro) and to build up the only “success” of primary night Peter Cipriano’s signal and single victory in the 49th AD.. Of course, the text was slightly modified to accommodate and acknowledge the great and now FAMOUS victory achieved at such cost in the 49th AD over the LaGuardia Club’s Arnaldo Ferrarro and his candidate for the assembly Lucretia Regina-Potter, and it went something like this:

    From the poem “The Battle of Blenheim” by Robert Southey:

    “It was a summer evening
    Old Kas[s]ar’s work was done,
    And he before his cottage door
    Was sitting in the sun,
    And by him sported on the green
    His [statuesque Staten ’ candidate Nicole]ine …
    [and her younger 49th AD consort] Peterkin…

    Now tell us all about [it],
    And what they fought [it] for…
    But what they fought each other for,
    I could not well make out;
    But everybody said,” quoth he [Kassar],
    “That ‘twas a famous victory….

    Great praise the Duke of [Bay Ridge] won,
    And our good Prince [“Martine”](to rhyme like “Eugine” did)
    Why, ’twas a very wicked thing!” (this was edited out right away)
    Said [statuesque Nicole]ine “Nay, nay, my [big] girl,” quoth he,
    “It was a famous victory.

    “And everybody praised the Duke
    Who this great fight did win.”
    “But what good came of it at last?”…
    Quoth little Peterkin (headed to ceratin defeat in November)
    “Why, that I cannot tell,” said he;
    “But ‘twas a famous victory.”

    When the heard the little ditty, Eaton and Golden looked at each other bewildered, and they agreed,
    that they were not going to put out anything that referred to Craig Eaton as “Duke” and Marty Golden as “Prince”. “Besides, we just don’t get it.”

    So the grand idea of using the literary hook of “The Battle of Blenheim” thoughtfully and intelligently provided by one of the many consultants and amanuenses was dropped without any gratitude or credit of any sort.

    Since they make so many decisions just like that, Eaton and Golden are now regarded by some of their own key staff and supporters as the greatest pair of political operatives and strategists since Laurel and Hardy. Others think they should be referred to as Craig “Clouseau” Eaton, and his valet, plenipotentiary and general caddy Marty “Cato Fong/Kato Kaelin”.
    (Maybe we should have an “Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn” poll on the pair’s best nickname, with write-ins.)

  12. Eaton Going Crazy permalink
    September 16, 2010 9:40 am

    For certain, it seems that Grimm and his credible team, like Joe Kovac, have a take no prisoners approach and are ready to take on the Brooklyn GOP establishment. Whats funny is how the Eaton supporters on the other blog are now trying to distance the “Party” from Allegretti’s smear camapaign against Grimm’s military record while they stood idly by and supported Allegretti while it was happening- now they just want to “move on”.. Another thing that Eaton does not get- in addition to making sure you pick winners if getting involved in primaries is that when you lose, you have to eat alittle crow for awhile- its only been 24 hours guys- suck it up!! You guys blindly followed Eaton’s losing path now deal with it, whether you get a seat at the back of the room with Grimm is up to him- sorry thats the price of making a poor decision!!
    Also, we believe they refer to Eaton and the brooklyn GOP as a “Tiger”- after their crusing defeat with Allegretti- INCLUDING IN BROOKLYN- its obvious to all its a toothless tiger!! Clearly, they dont bring much to the table- even if they will eventually have seats in the back for the campaign… The Staten Island Advance reports trouble for Friscia and the SI GOP next year after their loss in the primary- the same can be said of Eaton and the Brooklyn GOP!

  13. Eaton's MHE Foundation permalink
    September 16, 2010 2:16 pm

    Now that Vito Lopez’s Foundation’s crimes have been uncovered maybe its time to look at Eaton’s Foundation

    Who knows what you will find

  14. Grimm makes "Silk" in the 13th CD and crushes the nuts in Brooklyn permalink
    September 17, 2010 7:15 am

    Grimm DIDN’T crush Allegretti, GRIMM made ALLEGRETTI into a containerized substance that’s something like sweet milk.

    In the 13th CD Allegretti was crushed, pureed, emulsified and homogenized by the Grimm campaign, like the “SILK” people do to almonds. In Brooklyn the process was not completed to the finished product, but Allegretti was certainly crushed in his family’s backyard, Eaton’s and Golden’s too.

    Eaton and Golden, please take note: “Who’s yoh daddy? Cause some new guys cum in an take yoh momma for a good long party.”

  15. Stephen Maresca's Mother's Meatball Recipe permalink
    September 17, 2010 9:30 am

    It is at times like these when we must appreciate the pointless, irrelevant victories such as Peter Cipriano winning the fight for the honor of being beaten yet again by Peter Abbate in November. For if we think too much about just how badly we were trounced by Team Grimm and the Staten Island GOP on the other side of the pond, we may actually realize Chairman Eaton is a powerless and ineffectual donothing.

  16. Allegretti's Tube of Anal Glow permalink
    September 17, 2010 12:39 pm

    Looks like most Brooklyn GOP members are happy that the Queen of Kings–Michael Allegretti–had is ass handed to him. It goes back to the old saying, “Hubris is death in politics,” and Allegretti looks like a man who died a thousand times.

    Off to Chelsea with you Allegretti, you have proven you are no Republican and have no business being a politician.

  17. Bye Bye Queen permalink
    September 17, 2010 3:14 pm

    See you at Ram Rod’s sweetie!

    • Hey Mikey... permalink
      September 17, 2010 3:16 pm

      …please push my stool in.

  18. Please Be Nice permalink
    September 17, 2010 6:29 pm

    Please be nice. Allspaghetti has already taken it up the butt by his “great”(gag)state senator Marty and his trusty scumbag Craig.
    Let’s see how this plays out.
    Will Marty and Craig now swallow each other whole? Watch closely and learn how to do it correctly kiddo your future depends on it.

  19. Picture two Burmese pythons simultaneously consuming the other from the tail forward permalink
    September 17, 2010 8:57 pm

    That’s the next phase of the Brooklyn GOP descent into hell. Eaton and Golden will each use up the other.

  20. Grimm the New King of Kings permalink
    September 18, 2010 9:17 am

    I love how on the other blog they are lashing out at everybody and dont know who to attack- that shows how the Eaton Bay Ridge Cabal is in disarray because of the Primary results. They have enemies all over. One thing is certain- Mike Grimm and the Grimm team are in position to lead the Brooklyn GOP-
    P.S. I havent seen Eaton endorse Grimm yet- or more importantl,Grimm reach our for it- guess he knows how useless it is and ready to start fresh in Brooklyn with new GOP leadership- which has them running scared!!

  21. Internal Poll Gives McMahon Strong Lead in NY-13 permalink
    October 1, 2010 1:17 am

    Internal Poll Gives McMahon Strong Lead in NY-13
    By Steve Peoples | September 30, 2010

    Rep. Mike McMahon (D), a freshman serving in a conservative district, was supposed to be among the most endangered New York Democrats this cycle.

    But the Staten Island lawmaker released an internal poll Thursday suggesting that his contest against GOP challenger Michael Grimm won’t live up to those expectations.

    McMahon leads Grimm 51 percent to 33 percent with 16 percent undecided, according to a Global Strategy Group survey of 500 likely voters conducted Sept. 19 to 22.

    Global Strategies found that “despite the fact that the Democratic Party faces a difficult political environment, McMahon is personall popular and well-liked across party lines.” Fifty-six percent of respondents have a favorable view of the first-term Congressman. And his favorables among independents and Republicans exceed 50 percent as well, according to the poll.

    New York’s 13th district leans Republican, having given Sen. John McCain a 2-point edge in the 2008 presidential contest. But the centrist McMahon may have positioned himself well here.

    He voted against the health care overhaul, a move that irked local labor unions (the SEIU, for example, has refused to endorse in this race), but may have boosted support among the center.

    Confronted with the McMahon poll this afternoon, the National Republican Congressional Committee released to Roll Call its own internal poll showing that McMahon’s lead is just 8 points — 46 percent to 38 percent.

    The survey of 400 likely voters was taken at roughly the same time, Sept. 22 to 23, and conducted by Barry Zeplowitz & Associates.

    In a polling memo entitled, “Why Michael Grimm can win,” the firm offered this assessment of its numbers:

    “Michael Grimm’s strong primary showing along with the political environment that exists in the district and the country makes this race very winnable. His ability to grow his favorable rating while McMahon’s has remained stagnant is another positive sign. An incumbent with a single-digit lead with 39 days left in the campaign is a vulnerable incumbent.”

  22. Good News and Bad News, Good Guys and Bad Guys permalink
    October 1, 2010 6:40 am

    Beauty is in the eye…
    And who wants something in their eye?

    The 13th CD race is going to be something to behold. There are big cracks inside the Republican Parties on each side of the bridge; and the Staten Island – Brooklyn jealousy and xenophobia is nothing new.

    Guy Molinari is a grand old man of the Grand Old Party, but lots of people don’t like him and never will.

    The Democrats have similar problems, but not as bad. They also have Andy Cuomo at the top of their ticket… which of his Shakespearean personas will emerge by election day. My bet is Mackers, shhhhsh “The Scottish Play”… will Burnam Wood come to the Empire State?

    The Conservative, Working Families and Independence parties are collectively “The good, The Bad and The Ugly” depending on how you (and the press) look at them.

    Paladino and the Tea Partiers are wild cards…wilder than we’ve seen in a long time.

    Then, of course, there are events beyond anybody’s control…
    events…events, history’s wild cards.


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