Thursday, October 30, 2014

Staten Island Advance has some sort of meltdown after editorial endorsement of Grimm over Recchia


An odd article in the Advance sums up the Michael Grimm – Domenic Recchia race for Congress in Staten Island [and in Western Brooklyn]

—   BASICALLY, HOLD YOUR NOSE  —   IT STINKS  —   Yet, somehow, the editorial writers decided to recommend a vote for Grimm anyway


Maybe, the editorial folks at the Advance and silive.com were embarrassed that they actually endorsed one of these candidates and this was their guilty squirmy dance


You see, the Advance did do an "Editorial" endorsing Congressman Michael Grimm for re-election [see it discussed below]   —   Then, Brian J. Laline of the Advance did an odd Apologia for that editorial [see that discussed below, as well]  —  It's all a bit strange



Some people will see this post and say that I buried the lead.  Maybe, they are right. However as far as I’m concerned, it’s the Staten Island Advance that made themselves the main story by endorsing either one of these two jokers ( Sorry for the comparative slander on all other “jokers” of whatever description).

S.I.  ADVANCE ENDORSES GRIMM IN SPITE OF MANY STATED REASONS NOT TO DO SO !


Frankly, in a bit of a surprise, the Staten Island Advance endorsed Michael Grimm for re-election, even though the Advance has said several times in editorials that the 11th District deserves better than Grimm and that he is a “sometimes hot-headed Republican incumbent who is facing a 20-count federal indictment.... [and s]tories about Mr. Grimm's extra-curricaular activities are numerous....” ( See “For Congress: Advance endorses Michael Grimm (editorial)” by Staten Island Advance Editorial [Dept.], 10/30/14. SI Advance/ silive.com [http://www.silive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/10/for_congress_advance_endorses.html#incart_most-comments]).

The Staten Island Advance made this editorial decision in spite of myriad stated reasons mitigating against endorsing him, because “Mr. Grimm is still the best practical choice for Staten Island....”  In other words, it's pure pro-Staten Island parochialism and pandering to its Staten Island readership (All Brooklynites in the 11th CD, including Brooklyn Republicans, please take note of that). Given all that they said, if this paper’s editors had any integrity, they would have withheld any endorsement for this congressional seat.

MY HEADLINE STORY  —   ABOUT THE ADVANCE’S STRANGE GRIMM-RECCHIA ARTICLE    A LOT OF IT ABOUT THEIR OWN EDITORIAL ENDORSEMENT


About an hour after the folks at the Advance made their endorsement of Grimm, they put up another rather odd article about the race for the congressional seat for the 11th CD. As I mentioned above in one of my sub-headlines, maybe the editorial folks at the Advance and silive.com were embarrassed that they actually endorsed one of these candidates and this was their guilty squirmy dance (See “Countdown to Election Day: In Grimm-Recchia race, voters face difficult choice” by Brian J. Laline, 10/30/14, SI Advance/ silive.com [http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/10/countdown_to_election_day.html] [laline@siadvance.com] ).

This gives you a good taste of what Mr. Laline had to say, “... Election Day looms and our next congressman will be chosen, no matter how low voter turnout. It's a race with a national spotlight shining on it. No matter who wins, we will be the darling of stand-up comics across America. ***  You know the choice: An indicted congressman, or a Democratic challenger who has a lot of trouble making himself understood.....”  If that weren’t bad enough, right nearby is this bold-faced caption for a photo from the Grimm-Recchia debate: “...Grimm will step down 'if unable to serve' ”

THE ADVANCE'S APOLOGY FOR THEIR ENDORSEMENT OF MICHAEL GRIMM


“The editorial team at Staten Island's main news source -- the Advance and silive.com -- faces the same dilemma [as the voters]. It has been suggested we don't endorse either man for Congress, or we encourage a write-in campaign. ***  I don't for a second think Staten Islanders hang on our every word and vote the way the newspaper endorses. But I do think it's important for the editorial team to share its thoughts after analyzing the race.  We try to see through the incessant silly mailings, ads, stupid TV commercials and meaningless jabs in a race where critical issues have been an afterthought. So today, we offer our thoughts in the campaign for Congress in an editorial.  I have no doubt we will face intense criticism from many. If nothing else, there is passion in this race. ***   Of course, we wish Mr. Grimm did not have a 20-count-indictment floating over his head. We wish Mr. Recchia conducted a more intelligent campaign. ***  But this is the hand Staten Island has been dealt. A decision must be made. Make it.  Even if you are holding your nose while you do.”  [I have to ask    Were these last few instructions to the voters or to the Advance's writers themselves, or maybe both ?]

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Staten Island Advance - who cares. Domenic Recchia got the New York Times endorsement. And that is the only one that matters. Just ask Joe Hynes. Or Barry Kamins. They'll tell you. They were both willing to buy The NYT's editorial board member Dorothy Samuels a double entree at lunch for her commitment to endorse. And they were two men living off a public servant's salary so two entrees at that fine restaurant off Jay Street, well, you get it . . .

Anonymous said...

Dorothy, you aren’t in Kansas anymore.

The New York Times! The New York Times!

Recchia got the Times endorsement!

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

You know nothing about the politics of Staten Island and the parts of Brooklyn that make up the 11th Congressional District. A lot of newsstands in that district don’t even sell the Times. Most of Recchia’s voters and all of Grimm’s voters don’t read the New York, some never have.

Sometimes, Dorothy, you liberals are really funny, you think you are like real people.

Recchia got the NEW YORK Times endorsement! That sure means a lot in Staten Island

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Dorothy - Just a word of advice - Give that Hynes stuff a rest. Hynes ran as a Republican in most of his re-election campaigns. Eaton and the Brooklyn Republican Party ran with him again in 2013, they got more out of him and his campaign than they ever put into it. Even your friend Gail and this blog supported Hynes in 2013. Hynes ran ahead of the rest of the ticket because he ran the right kind of campaign for his end of Brooklyn and the Orthodox Jews. Brooklyn Republicans are happier with their choice of Hynes and how he campaigned than they are with Lhota and how he campaigned. Most important of all, nobody cares about any of this stuff anymore.

Anonymous said...

Dorothy: 1. You need to shut the f--k up. You don't know what your talking about. 2. You need to be spanked across someone's knee hard. 3. See number 1

Anonymous said...

To the commenter above, You are obnoxious and sexist yet par for the course of what is acceptable discourse at this blog.

To Anon at 8:59:

"He ran the right kind of campaign for this end of Brooklyn." In that statement you have exemplified the utter disgrace of the local Bay Ridge GOP. If the hate-filled, race-baiting tactics implemented during that campaign was "right" for Bay Ridge than that community needs far more work than the present District Attorney's Office even realizes. Your assertion is also a grave insult to the many good hard-working community activists in that neighborhood. A few weeks ago I had the chance to attend an event called Bay Ridge Cares. That to me is what is representative of Bay Ridge and its love for the community. It is a far cry from the divisiveness you and your politicos attempted - unsuccessfully - to create during last year's Republican DA run.

As far as this blog administrator supporting Republican Joe Hynes, yes I have recently read the postings and find them to be very disappointing. Especially in light of the fact that the writer of them knows more than most the terrible damage and injustices that have been perpetrated on good men at the hand of Joe Hynes. He stole years from some - and actual lives from others. But hey, here was yer man a Republican and you folks do anything for your party.

Anonymous said...

The Times endorsed a democrat and Staten Island Advance endorsed a Staten Island guy.

Truly shocking !!!

Anonymous said...

The new york times endorsement will help Recchis a lot with the coney island vote.
Any word on the amsterdam news?

Anonymous said...

sounds like Dorothy slipped hynes a roofy and the ex marine wasnt standing at attention

Anonymous said...

Cut the old guy some slack. He hired a lot of people as personal favors for his friends, I bet that's what happened to good old Charlie Joe with this one. So what if this sweet young thing keeps biting him on the ass. Some people are into that, it's called marking. I'll bet Joe likes it better than you know.

Anonymous said...

So long as the message gets out - and keeps getting out - of the former Republican D.A.'s corrupt and unethical campaign practices and the Brooklyn GOP's complicity and facilitation of that unethical behavior - that is all that matters. Your mocking puerile sexist side show to the main issues is of no consequence.

Anonymous said...

Dorothy, this is an adult blog not for feminazis who argue like children. Now go stand in the corner until you behave.

Anonymous said...

Go Gail!!!!!!!! I was wondering why you put up with Dorothy.

Anonymous said...

As expected.

Galewyn Massey said...

UPDATE: THE “RELATED MATTERS” EDITION

FOR AN UPDATE ON RELATED MATTERS, SEE MY 11/4/14 COMMENT “GRIMM UPDATES: THE “REMEMBER, YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST” EDITION” IN THE COMMENTS THREAD BELOW MY 11/3/14 POST, “THE BROOKLYN GOP RACE TO LOOK AT: Lilikakis versus Brook-Krasny in the 46th A.D.” ABOVE ON THIS BLOG