Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It’s Official — Slow News Time in NYC Politics — “Boyfriend” Liam McCabe gets on front page of Daily News for calling Mayor an “...Asshole...” in Tweet to Councilman Gentile’s Office


Daily News Gives Front Page Treatment to a story that Ross Barkan broke in the NY Observer  —   DN Headline: “You're an Ass, Mr. Mayor”


New York Magazine piles on  —  Who are we to say, “Nay !”



Since when are snarky e-mails and social media postings between local staffers for a Congressman and City Councilman in Bay Ridge city-wide news ?  Well, if it involves a staffer for an under-the-gun congressman, like Michael Grimm’s Brooklyn Conservative Party hire Liam McCabe privately calling NYC’s top elected official, Mayor deBlasio an “...Asshole” and then repeating it on the record, maybe it's a little interesting.

According to Ross Barkan’s initial report in the NY Observer, “For one Michael Grimm aide, a single expletive can sum up the entirety of Bill de Blasio’s tenure. ***  Liam McCabe, a staffer to the Republican congressman and frequent de Blasio antagonist, called Mr. de Blasio, the Democratic mayor, an ‘asshole’ in a Facebook thread today — and in a follow-up interview with the Observer, doubled down on his salty language. ***   ‘The Mayor is an asshole, Councilman. He deserves no applause,’ Mr. McCabe wrote on Councilman Vincent Gentile’s Facebook page, responding to a status Mr. Gentile wrote that praised Mr. de Blasio for condemning the protesters who assaulted police on the Brooklyn Bridge last Saturday (See “Michael Grimm Aide Curses Out Bill de Blasio” by Ross Barkan,12/16/14, NY Observer [http://observer.com/2014/12/michael-grimm-aide-curses-out-bill-de-blasio/] [@newyorkobserver on Twitter | newyorkobserver on Facebook]).

Why the Daily News picked this up as a front page item remains problematic  —  but when a single headline can embarrass two NYC pols — well, maybe the folks at the News see that as a win-win, even as they acknowledge the NY Observer broke the story ( See “Aide to Republican congressman Michael Grimm calls De Blasio 'an a**hole,' by Dan Friedman, Ginger Adams Otis, 12/17/14
[http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/michael-grimm-aide-calls-de-blasio-hole-article-1.2048063]). The News coverage specifically quoted Congressman Grimm’s staffer as follows: “... [H]e has failed to unite city  'He deserves no applause.' Liam McCabe, 35, attacked the mayor on Facebook and in a magazine interview....”

On the other hand, showing that the story might have some legs, it was picked up by New York Magazine. According to a piece by Margaret Hartmann, “Decorum in the office of Staten Island Representative Michael Grimm has gone right out the window — or rather off the balcony. Responding to Councilman Vincent Gentile's Facebook post yesterday praising Mayor Bill de Blasio for condemning protesters who assaulted police on the Brooklyn Bridge, Grimm aide Liam McCabe commented, ‘The Mayor is an asshole, Councilman. He deserves no applause.’ While the comment has been deleted, McCabe apparently wants the world to know that he stands by his assessment. 'I think he’s an asshole, plain and simple,' McCabe told the Observer...." (See “Michael Grimm Aide Thinks Mayor de Blasio Is an ‘Asshole,’ Doesn’t Care Who Knows It” by Margaret Hartmann, 12/17/14, New York Magazine
[http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/12/grimm-aide-de-blasio-asshole.html] [ @marghartmann]).


GRIMM SPOX PROMISES “APPROPRIATE DISCIPLINARY ACTION”

The Daily News specifically noted that “...Grimm has distanced himself from the 'disrespectful' comments and promised disciplinary action....”  It went on to give these details, “... ‘Mr. McCabe’s remarks were disrespectful, out of line, and are absolutely not condoned by the congressman. The comments have been deleted, and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken,’ Nick Iacono, a spokesman for the congressman, told ‘The Observer.’ ***  It’s not the first time McCabe has made news. ***  He was arrested for hitting his 14-year-old son outside his Brooklyn school in 2012. ***  McCabe let Grimm shave his head for a children’s cancer charity earlier this year.”

For the uninitiated, Mr. McCabe is a mandatory hire from the ranks of the Brooklyn Conservative Party resulting from their party's endorsement and Wilson-Pakula authorization allowing Grimm to run on that line. One wonders if the Conservative Party Chairmen will be consulted concerning any “appropriate disciplinary action” for their operative, McCabe.

8 comments:

Galewyn Massey said...

UPDATE: THE "GOLDEN CHRISTMAS PARTY" EDITION

GRIMM PEPPERED WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS STAFFER MCCABE

At Marty & Colleen Golden's Holiday Party...

A few people pigeonholed Congressman Michael Grimm about his Brooklyn Conservative Staffer Liam McCabe; and Grimm "promised" Brooklyn Republican activist Nancy Roden and others that McCabe would not be fired...

Also, the Grigory Davidzon Caucus of the Brooklyn GOP, including Brooklyn GOP Executive Vice Chairman Arnaldo Ferarro, 45th AD State Committee Member Boris Pincus, and 46th AD State Committee Members Lucretia Regina-Potter and Marcus Nussbaum all shared in the Goldens' Holiday Cheer at the Bay Ridge Manor on Wednesday evening, December 17th.

Anonymous said...

Boris, Marcus, Arnaldo, Lucretia? Is Davidzon playing this game or is it Dr. Ferarro? Marty doesn't care, because they beat a path to HIS door.

Anonymous said...

Well folks, I guess after the assasination of the two police officers you now realize that Liam McCabe is a visionary.

Anonymous said...

Was Mccabe right?

Anonymous said...

Kassar just might achieve his goal of having the Conservative party subsume the Brooklyn GOP. Kassar might be on the cusp of being the other choice to the Dems.

Anonymous said...

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/grimm-plead-guilty-felony-count-tax-evasion-article-1.2053630

Galewyn Massey said...

RESPONSE: THE "NOT SO FAST, NOW..." EDITION

2014 LOOKS LIKE IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR FOR JERRY KASSAR, BUT...

More than most other team and individual sports, games and contests political races are subject to pendulum swings. Sometimes, it's as quick as the tick-tock of a short-stroke metronome.

We are already into the 2015 and 2016 election cycles with the spy-counter-spy moves and counter-moves already being made here and there.

Galewyn Massey said...

UPDATE: THE "IT'S MY PARTY AND I'LL CRY I WANT TO" EDITION

I WAS WITH RUSSELL GALLO, JOSEPH HAYON AND CRAIG EATON LAST NIGHT

It was at the Brooklyn Republican Organization Holiday Party.

A good time was had by all....