During Vigorous Debate, DiSanto Throws Sharp Darts at Golden’s Hind
Marty didn’t get it easy the other night.
The headline of The Brooklyn Paper’s story covering the 22nd Senate debate read “DiSanto’s Golden Moment Against Sen. Marty.” The photo online (at left, by Tom Callan) shows a jowly, red-eyed Marty Golden staring out from a pale face. Golden was reportedly quite calm during the debate, only to be outshone by insurgent Democratic candidate Mike DiSanto.
DiSanto is running against Golden (in contravention to the armistice between Democratic Boss Vito Lopez and his ally Golden) with no support from the Democratic establishment.
Thomas Tracy of The Brooklyn Paper had a very striking piece of coverage regarding the debate:
Political newcomer Mike DiSanto slammed longtime state Sen. Marty Golden as a “hallway” hack who skipped out on key votes in Albany rather than take controversial positions.
At a debate last week sponsored by the Bay Ridge Council on Aging, the 30-year-old Democratic challenger appeared a bit nervous as he thundered against the 60-year-old Republican stalwart’s failure to vote on the return of state sales tax on clothes and shoes and for “hanging out in the hallway” when the Senate debated a bill that would allow law enforcement to track bullet casings back to the gun from which it was fired.
The Senate ultimately pulled the vote from the floor after realizing the measure wasn’t going to pass.
“Where were you?” DiSanto asked Golden. “Our taxes are going up and you didn’t bother to show up.”
Golden answered calmly, distinguishing himself from the booming DiSanto, whom he referred to condescendingly as a “young man.”
The incumbent admitted that he missed a few votes, but claimed to have made 97 percent of all Senate votes. He then turned the tables on DiSanto, saying that the Democrat “wants to be part of the caucus to raise taxes and fees.”
He also questioned why DiSanto hadn’t voted at all before 2004.
“You blame me for screwing up when I have a 97-percent voting record, but you’re voting record is more inconsistent,” Golden explained.
DiSanto said he didn’t vote before 2004 because he was putting himself through college and was “disillusioned” with the voting process at the time.
Golden spent the rest of the debate falling back on what he called his record of service, rattling off the names of the schools and civic programs he’s helped with his legislative earmarks. But that barrel of pork has dried up now that Golden is in the Senate minority.
State figures show that in 2008, just before the Democrats took hold of the senate, Golden brought $2.8 million in member items to the district, which also includes Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay, Borough Park, Gravesend and Marine Park. Last year, he brought in just $250,000.
But DiSanto’s money woes are apparently just as stark.
At a time when Democrats are trying to further their power base, no one seems to be aiding DiSanto, who has just over $6,000 to wage a campaign. Golden has well over $119,000 to keep his seat, according to campaign finance reports.
Tracy does a good job of painting a picture of the room in this piece.
But what the story leaves out are the established connections between Sen. Golden and Vito Lopez, to which political insiders ascribe Marty Golden having never received a genuine challenge for his seat.
Indeed, DiSanto has been running without any noticeable support from the local donkeys tethered to Lopez.
But the story makes an important point about Golden’s loss of pork ever since the Democrats took control of the State Senate. It’s not new to us here at Atlas, being as we reported about it a whole year ago.
Golden has a lot more to answer for than DiSanto given his voting record, his tremendous blunders this year, and his associations with ACORN and Vito Lopez. Republicans are becoming less and less enthused by Golden, and reformers have been skeptical of him for a very long time.
So, as the Golden smokescreen wisps away, we shall see what the voters think about “The Real Marty Golden.”
One thing is sure: the tide is changing.
We welcome comment from the Golden and DiSanto campaigns regarding the debate. Further coverage is upcoming!