Jamie Kemmerer celebrates his “beginning” loss at the first stop on “Michael Grimm’s Famous Bay Ridge Wine Bar Crawl”
Both Kemmerer and Golden thank DEMOCRATS — HMMMMM !
Golden or somebody like him said, “We are now the party in charge in Albany....” — HMMMM !
This post is like too many of my term papers back in college — a week late and not quite sure what it all meant.... Actually, I was waiting for Jerry Kassar’s column so I could do a riff on that, but he is obviously even more dilatory than I am (maybe, it’s because he had more to celebrate at Pippin’s last week). I gave the election results, now I want to talk about the parties, and what was said about the Parties and other stuff.
So I guess I’ll have to stick with the almost week-old basic coverage in the Home Reporter (See “State Senator Marty Golden secures his seat, trumps Kemmerer” by Meaghan McGolderick, with reporting contributed by Heather Chin, 11/5/14, Home Reporter/ Spectator [http://www.homereporternews.com/news/government/state-senator-marty-golden-secures-his-seat-trumps-kemmerer/article_c39d974a-653f-11e4-afa8-2f004b770846.html]).
Speaking of the “Republicans” – maybe
According to the Home Reporter - Spectator reporters, “Republican State Senator Marty Golden celebrated a two-to-one victory over his Democratic challenger, James Kemmerer on Election Night with friends, family, constituents and colleagues at the Ridge’s Pippin’s Pub near 97th Street and Third Avenue....” I got a personal report from one of the attendees, the party was kept small and on the DL for a few reasons (more about that later).
According to Meaghan and/or Heather, the “unofficial election results, at final count Golden had received 22,598 votes (69 percent) and Kemmerer, 10,152 (31 percent).”
Here’s a little of what State Senator Marty is supposed to have said, “I want to thank you all because without you, we couldn’t have done this.... [The Republicans]* had an overwhelming sweep across the district and it’s because of each and every person in this room.... I want to thank the Democrats in this room that went out there and made their support for me known....“[The Republican Party]* swept the district tonight [ thanking those closest to him, his family – wife, Colleen and sons, Patrick and Michael – and his staff – Jerry Kassar, Ray Riley and John Quaglione, among others, for] making this win happen.”
* Note on the Golden quote above: Obviously State Senator Golden’s own quotes were somewhat more colorful, descriptive, and perhaps even problematic, than the Home Reporter’s editorial insertions of “The Republicans” and “The Republican Party” — I wonder what those specific words and thoughts could have been ?
The Home Reporter noted that Golden then specifically thanked the New Era Democrats, who were hailed as one of the first groups to endorse him formally in the 2014 election cycle.
Speaking of the Democrats !
Still going by what the fine young women writing for the Home Reporter had to say, “On the other side of the Ridge at the Owl’s Head Wine Bar** (479 74th Street), [Jamie] Kemmerer thanked volunteers, family and neighbors and beyond during his concession speech, vowing that ‘this is just the beginning’ because ‘We have a lot of work to do in this part of Brooklyn and in our own party. I intend to do that work with [everyone here].’... ”
**Note on the Owl’s Head Wine Bar: Yes, that is the Bay Ridge establishment whose bathroom was made part of the news by Congressman Michael Grimm in late September 2013. This incident was covered in my October 15, 2013 post “Is Congressman Michael Grimm embroiled in another scandal ? This one looks something like what sunk Congressman Vito Fossella...” below on this blog. For those who have forgotten, it was at that Bay Ridge off-5th-Avenue bistro where Congressman Grimm and another sweet young thing needed to take a 15-17 minute break together in the powder room.
Speaking of the “party in charge in Albany” ? ? ? – ! ! !
The Home Reporter coverage ended with this: “Golden’s win was part of the GOP’s successful effort to take back the State Senate, where a power-sharing arrangement had persisted for the past two years between Republicans and the Independent Democratic Conference. ‘We are now the party in charge in Albany.’...” Now, that is a truly provocative quote — Does anybody know who said it ? And, equally important, to what political party were they referring ?