Crafty move or political blunder ? --- Will Gentile's endorsement of Hillary overshadow his generally good performances in the debates with Donovan thus far ?
According to Paula Katinas' articel in the Brooklyn Eagle, "... Councilmember Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst), who is running to become the congress member representing the 11th Congressional District (Staten Island-parts of Southwest Brooklyn), announced his endorsement of Clinton on Sunday, just hours after she revealed via a Youtube video that she was running for the Democratic nomination for President in the 2016 election. *** 'Hillary has always been a champion of hardworking everyday Americans like those in Brooklyn and Staten Island. I trust Hillary to always fight for working families to ensure the path to the middle class stays paved for generations to come by raising the minimum wage, providing access to well-paying jobs, affordable housing, a good quality education and health care for all,' Gentile said in a statement on Sunday. I know Hillary will build upon the hard-fought progress we've made to make sure ordinary citizens across America will always have a fair shot to get ahead. That's how we'll keep America moving forward....' ( See "Unlike de Blasio, Gentile quickly endorses Clinton" by Paula Katinas, 4/13/15, Brooklyn Eagle [http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2015/4/13/unlike-de-blasio-gentile-quickly-endorses-clinton]).
Why is VG getting himself mixed up in this kind of stuff ?
IS VINNIE RUNNING FOR A SPOT IN THE HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN OR IS IT FOR CONGRESS AGAINST REPUBLICAN DAN DONOVANMy first thought when I heard about this was --- Now, there's a smart move --- surf on the wave of the current news story.
Then I said to myself -- HOLD ON THERE ! Isn't this exactly the same thing that so many people want to hit John Quaglione over the head with --- for his early endorsement, and then working along-side, DA Charles "Joe" Hynes in 2013 ? And the answer certainly is --- OF COURSE IT IS --- and for all the same wrong reasons.
What makes the Vinnie Gentile endorsement of Hillary even worse, is that it actually detracted from the Gentile campaign for congress; and it was a missed opportunity for Vinnie G. to show that he is his own man. This looks like political opportunism at its worst. Councilman Gentile needs to remember that he is running against Dan Donovan and Hillary Clinton isn't on the ballot yet as the Democratic standard bearer. Unless he were trying to get a spot in the Hillary campaign for president, Councilman Gentile would have been better off getting in behind his old friend and colleague Bill De Blasio and said something like this: "I agree with Mayor De Blasio on this one, it's far too early to be endorsing Hillary Clinton."
HILLARY THING TAKES FOCUS AWAY FROM DONOVAN'S PERFORMANCE AT DEBATES AND DONOVAN'S HORRIBLE CAMPAIGN AND STAFFInstead of having things like Donovan's Minimum Wage gaffe dominate the week's conversation, it sort of just gets mixed in ( See "Dan Donovan's bad night (commentary)" by Tom Wrobleski, 4/15/15, SI Advance/ si.live.com [http://www.silive.com/opinion/columns/index.ssf/2015/04/dan_donovans_bad_night_comment.html]; see also "Top Congressional Candidate Seemingly Doesn’t Know the Federal Minimum Wage" by Ross Barkan, 4/14/15, New York Observer/News[http://observer.com/2015/04/top-congressional-candidate-seemingly-doesnt-know-the-federal-minimum-wage/]).
After just a few debates, it's beginning to look like Dan Donvovan --- and his campaign staff --- are not yet ready for prime time. That and not Hillary Clinton needs to be Vinnie Gentile's main talking point. So hopefully, he'll forget about Clinton completely between now and May 5th (unless, Hillary agrees to come into the 11th Cong. Dist. to campaign with our councilman --- that would be very interesting for EVERYBODY).
HE DID IT AND HE'S PROUDUntil then, instead of talking about women like Hillary Clinton, Gentile and his campaign should be pointing out how somebody like Jessica Proud --- by all reports,a woman --- as a spokesperson for Dan Donovan, keeps doubling down on her boss's bad answers in the debates.
One wonders if she really knows what she's doing --- unless she thinks that doing things the way she does is a good thing because it keeps getting her name in the papers with her poor responses instead of her boss and his.
In any case, who candidates surround themselves with are legitimate areas of provocative inquiry and snarky commentary during a campaign.