Golden and Brooklyn GOP Come to Kiss the Ring of 13th Congressional Hopeful Grimm
They’ve come begging. The Brooklyn GOP and Marty Golden, fresh off a humbling defeat in the primaries in September, have come to pay homage to the conquering hero.
But 13th Congressional hopeful Michael Grimm himself, in accepting their endorsement, went, in my opinion, too far. In a recent press release, Grimm and his campaign extoled state Sen. Marty Golden as “one of the state’s most distinguished leaders” and the Brooklyn GOP establishment as “public servants who are fighting for values and reform.”
(Pause) If you haven’t already fallen over in a fit of laughter, please compose yourself and continue reading…
What irresponsible comments on his part. My suspicion is–and was indicated by our various sources (including individual(s) in the Grimm campaign)–that the language of this press release was actively suggested by the GOP establishment figures in order to counter their deservingly poor reputations around the county and elsewhere.
Whether that is true or not, one thing is certain: the Grimm campaign will certainly stay tight-lipped about it.
In their minds, they hope that the support they received from pro-reform Republicans such as myself and my colleagues will continue undisturbed through November as Grimm makes in roads with the very establishment that insulted reformers and himself online and behind his back (and sometimes to his face).
That’s quite an assumption to make.
Before I go further, here is the text of their release:
The Michael Grimm for Congress campaign showcased a powerful display of unity at its Brooklyn office opening in Dyker Heights on Saturday. The Brooklyn GOP rallied around Grimm’s campaign, as leaders of the party pledged their endorsement and support.
“This is a defining moment in my campaign,” Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) said. “Like-minded people have come together today behind one goal: electing me to Congress on November 2. They’re supporting me because we know the era of job-killing taxes and regulations must end and we must restore fiscal sanity to Washington, D.C. I’m the only candidate in this race who will deliver that change.”
The GOP endorsement was delivered in person by party chairman Craig Eaton. The party will provide its full support toward Grimm’s campaign and vowed to do whatever it takes to help Grimm win in November. Likewise, leaders of the Brooklyn Conservative Party, including State Chairman Michael Long and Brooklyn Party leader Gerard Kassar, were on hand. The Conservative Party has already endorsed Grimm’s grassroots campaign.
To top the festivities, State Senator Martin Golden (R-Bay Ridge), an icon of the Brooklyn GOP and one of the state’s most distinguished leaders, gave a ringing endorsement of Grimm.
“Washington politicians are taxing us to death,” Golden said. “New York has the second-highest taxes in the country. Our economy won’t grow until we end the cycle of taxing and spending. That’s why we need Michael Grimm now more than ever to fight for our families by growing our economy and creating jobs. That is why I am proud to endorse him for Congress.”
Of course, this lovefest is probably no more than bruised feelings and gloating masquerading as campaign puffery.
Think about it. Marty Golden and his crew failed to have their “horse” in the 13th Congressional primary win Brooklyn–their own borough–over a carpetbagging Grimm campaign that came across the bridge from Staten Island and decimated Allegretti on his own turf.
Imagine how embarrassed our GOP chairman (aka The Duke of Bay Ridge) and his cabal must have been when Allegretti lost?
Now, a humbled and admittedly failed GOP establishment has come to kiss the ring of Mr. Grimm.
Meanwhile, a likely suspicious Grimm is only too glad to receive the support of these cretinous failures if it makes for a decent photo op.
However, whoever chose to use the words in Mr. Grimm’s press release obviously didn’t do their homework or purposely placed misleading statements in the release to appease his new friends in Brooklyn.
After all, does Team Grimm like the fact that Marty Golden and the Brooklyn GOP has worked with corrupt Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez for all of these years at the expense of our party?
Do they approve of his alliance with ACORN and radical socialist Bertha Lewis during the Atlantic Yards fiasco?
Do they approve of his absence from the Senate chamber on a key vote on the issue of microstamping (an issue on which is flip-flopped)?
I think not. Indeed, they may not care at all.
One inside source had this to say about the release:
The establishment was “trounced” in the recent election (to use a word your blog first used and everyone else used thereafter). All of their candidates with only a couple of exceptions were defeated, and now they’re scrambling to appear important and useful again. Unfortunately for them, they’ve already proven their ineffectiveness to all of the anti-establishment candidacies that won in the September primaries. The goal of the Grimm campaign and other similar campaigns in the state is to consolidate their power among the GOP base. Given the slime the establishment of Brooklyn threw at Grimm, I’d be surprised if Team Grimm wasn’t keeping a suspicious eye on all of the Brooklyn GOP’s cast of characters.
Let’s hope so.
Meanwhile, although I supported him in the past, I must keep a suspicious eye on Mr. Grimm from now on.
And so should all reformers…
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