How is losing an election for the NYS Assembly to Democrat Michael Cusick in an arguable “swing” district a good credential to run for U.S. Congress against the same Mike Cusick or against former Congressman Mike McMahon, also a Democrat ?
On the other hand, the story does make interesting political grist for the mill as far as internal Brooklyn GOP politics goes
A few of my Baker Street Irregulars have let me in on something that is perhaps stranger than fiction.
Try this on for size. There is a behind the scenes effort to generate some enthusiasm for Staten Island Republican Joseph Tirone to be the GOP candidate for Congress in place of the disgraced former Congressman, U.S. Marine and FBI Agent, Michael Grimm.
So far my reporters have indicated that Tirone has reached out to certain Brooklyn GOP people like the following: Joseph Hayon, a social conservative activist; Lucretia Regina-Potter, 46th AD District Leader, GOP County Executive Member and connection to Kings Republican Executive Vice Chairman Arnaldo Ferraro; Russell Gallo, Kings County GOP Secretary and GOP Executive Member, and Tirone’s 2014 Campaign Treasurer; and Kings County GOP Chairman Craig Eaton. The responses have all been positive; and a few have made some degree of commitment to the Tirone effort.
My opinion is that this is going nowhere, because there is nowhere for it to go. However, it costs me nothing to stay open minded about all or any part of it.
This alignment is more interesting for what it says about internal Brooklyn GOP politics than it does anything about who will ultimately be the next GOP candidate in the 11th C.D. All of the GOP operators above were united against the forces of Marty Golden in the 2013 Republican organizational primaries and at the 2013 Kings County GOP Convention. As has been well reported here on this blog, that coalition seemed to have fallen apart a few months ago. Now it seems to be reforming with the first political battles of 2015 – those involving the refilling of the Grimm seat, soon to be vacated by the disgraced incumbent.
As of this moment, Golden and his GOP operatives appear to be backing Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan (with Golden's Conservative Party types going for Nicole Malliotakis, along with Glenn Nocera), and the once and future Eaton crowd are going with Joe Tirone, for now.