I don’t know what Russell Gallo’s case of the vapors might have been all about [but you can see my guesses below] — Gene was quite vague and contradictory as to what was going on with Russ that was keeping him off the show — and no factual determination can be made about it
Suffice it to say, Russell’s absence was very convenient — it allowed Mr. Berardelli to play a very subtle game with Amanda Kohut in the role of Gene’s ready, willing and able foil — As it worked out, her skill set was far superior to Mr. Gallo’s for the role that needed to be played by the occupant of the Gallo seat
The during the first thirteen or fourteen minutes of the “Behind Enemy Lines” blog-radio podcast, Gene did his smarmy best to do factual background and paint a word picture whose outlines were so vague and details so indistinct that, had Mr. Berardelli not repeatedly uttered the name “Duggar”; “Josh Duggar”; and/or mention of the “Duggar family,” one might easily have confused what Gene was talking about with something far more local.... (See “ICYMI - America: Stop Suing Everyone!” posted by Gene Berardelli [with a link to the podcast], 5/28/15, “Behind Enemy Lines”/ We Are America Radio /WNJC 1360 AM
THE DUGGAR SCANDAL IS IN SOME WAYS ANALOGOUS TO THE HAYON MESSGiven what has gone on this week involving Berardelli and Gallo, and the scandal of Joseph Hayon and the Brooklyn GOP, one can only wonder what happened to Mr. Gallo, and what Berardelli was up to with his “teachable moment” about a family-full of Duggars on his program.
Personally, I think it was an attempt at a slick argument being made in the form of an unstated analogy to the Hayon arrest, what might have gone on before with Hayon and what Gene wants to call "due diligence." (BTW, round two about what might have gone on BEFORE in l'affaire d'Hayon could lead to a very interesting discussion for another day. [I just love this job.])
WHERE WAS GALLO ? WHY WAS HE (NOT) THERE ?The last minute scratch of Gallo was announced at the opening of the show by Berardelli, who suggested that there was some kind of breakdown by his sidekick, with a mention of heavy drinking in some nearby bar. Later on in the program, Gene said that Russell was “working” (and who knows what he meant when he said that [but I have some ideas]); and both early and late in the program, Berardelli indicated that Gallo was not in his usual chair because he needed a “therapy day.” For reasons that will be more obvious below, I don’t think Russell Gallo’s non-appearance on this week’s “Behind Enemy Lines” show was any kind of breakdown or accident.
As I stated above, Berardelli’s factual background and word picture in the first segment of last night’s show were so vague and indistinct that one could easily have confused Berardelli’s description of the Duggar scandal with the one in Brooklyn, involving Joseph Hayon and so many other activists in the Brooklyn GOP, including Berardelli and Gallo themselves. However, that vagueness and lack of differentiation between the two matters was only a result — more accurately, it was part and parcel of a product. That product was composed, orchestrated and produced by Berardelli himself, with the able and necessary assistance of Ms. Kohut.
I’ve listened to that thirteen or so minutes of podcast several times. It is completely contrived and obviously synthetic ( as opposed to natural and spontaneous). In fact, it sounded like an over-rehearsed direct examination of a novice expert witness conducted by a novice attorney. It was most obvious at the beginning, before Berardelli revealed that he was really talking about the Duggars. Clearly up to that point, Berardelli and Kohut wanted everybody to think they were going to talk about Hayon (if you were around Brooklyn this week and read this blog or Gene's, you'd know what I mean). Early on, Ms. Kohut even feigned not being on top of the news – but later on she showed that she was completely familiar with the details of the Duggar case, and even some of the scenarios involving others in the Duggar family.
One can only guess why Gene did hthe thirteen minute segment the way that he did; or what he hoped to accomplish by it. However, everybody who hears how Kohut handles her part of the segment would know that – Gallo’s down and dirty style “on air” would never have been able to carry it off the way that Amanda did.
Who knows, maybe Gallo was replaced right after a dress rehearsal. And he went off to do his best John Barrymore, with his show going on at some local pub (hence “working” by not being “on air” – or taking a therapy day over some Jack Daniels at a convenient local).
SOME BACKGROUND, A CONJECTURE AND A LITTLE MORE BACKGROUNDThis morning I was told by two Brooklyn GOP operatives, not hooked up with Russell and Gene, that the operatives were contacting or had contacted Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton to AGAIN ride heard on the Brooklyn GOP’s Leopold and Loeb team – before they killed again. Maybe (wink-wink, nod), that’s why Gallo had his case of the vapors; and why Gene could only deal with the Hayon scandal by analogy.
Sure it seems strange, I'll give you that; but that’s the way things work inside the Brooklyn GOP – – sometimes (wink-wink, nod).