Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Suddenly some real questions for candidate Mike Grimm --- Like --- How did he manage to toss-off his legal bill so easily ?????

Boy, former Congressman and recently declared congressional candidate MICHAEL GRIMM seems to have a lot of EXTRA MONEY  >>>  apparently just lying around

NY Law Journal article suggests some of the $$$$$ Grimm has put out there since his conviction and sentencing looks like it might not be properly accounted for




An article appearing in the print edition of today’s New York Law Journal opens with this,  “Michael Grimm, who once threatened to throw a reporter off a Capitol Hill balcony, somehow managed to shed a six-figure debt to Squire Patton Boggs….”  (See  This Ex-Congressman Wiped Out Six-Figure Big Law Debt”  by Miriam Rozen,  10/16/17,  New York Law Journal/ On-line  [http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202800552759/This-ExCongressman-Wiped-Out-SixFigure-Big-Law-Debt?mcode=1202617075062&curindex=1&slreturn=20170917105513]).  So it does have the look and sound of a hit piece.

Nonetheless,  this NYLJ piece does shine the light on some things that Mike Grimm needs to address right up front in any attempt to get back into the political arena.   Let’s start with these big questions:   a) How is it that Grimm's $421,000 legal bill has been erased,   but supposedly Grimm has raised less than $5,000  ---  which would require a formal filling;   also where did the money paid into the court as as Grimm’s mandatory “Restitution” come from ?????

As the wag that brought this article to my attention put it,   “Grimm’s money stuff is looking strange…..”

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Did Julianne Cuba Blow Up Jerry Kassar, the Conservative Party in Brooklyn, the Independence Party in Brooklyn and the Dirty Deal that benefited Republican City Council Candidate John Quaglione ?????


According to Julianne Cuba,  Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long says that “…. Brooklyn Conservative Party chairman Gerry Kassar — who didn’t return a request for comment and still denies ever being a part of the scheme — was fully in the know [about the scheme to circumvent the NYS Election Law by substituting John Quaglione as the City Council Candidate for both the Conservative and Independence Parties]….   ‘Gerry was aware of it, he’s naturally aware of it because it was his county that ultimately had to make the switch — I had nothing to do with that part of it, I’m not a delegate,’  [Mike Long] said….   And Capano is now charging that the same party leaders who initiated the deal to swap out Conservative and Independence placeholder candidate John Bruno — which insiders said stank of back-room politics — are trying to silence his campaign by asking him to ‘play dead’ and ‘step aside’ so he won’t take votes away from Quaglione. He pointed to being left out of the Dyker Heights Civic Association forum on Oct. 10….”  (See “Reform Party blows up deal to combine conservative lines” by Julianne Cuba  10/12/17,  Courier-Life/ Brooklyn Daily/ Party Line   [https://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2017/41/pl-party-line-2017-10-13-bk.html]).

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Worthy of Note: Bob Capano is barred from the Dyker Heights Civic Association Debate

A Statement from City Council Candidate Bob Capano on His Exclusion From The Dyker Heights Civic Association Debate: 
"Although I have been invited to attend every other community City Council debate, including ones sponsored by the Bay Ridge Council on Aging, the Bay Ridge Community Council, the Arab-American Association of New York, and the Bay Ridge Center, I was not asked to participate in the Dyker Heights Civic Association forum.
This organization is run by the leaders of the Brooklyn Conservative Party and undoubtedly, they view any public attention that I get as potentially taking away votes from John Quaglione, who recently replaced Mr. Bruno on their ballot line. The Reform Party and I believe the people deserve more choices, not less. It is sad when a community organization puts party politics ahead of allowing their members to hear from all candidates on the ballot on election day."

Monday, October 9, 2017

OMG !!! Names like Grimm, Fossella and Kassar show up nationally.....

Newsmax picked up the Grimm ball and ran with it  ---  its homepage article even quoted Jerry Kassar about Grimm's emergence as a possible candidate against popular Dan Donovan  --- ---  ---

And  WTF  !!!    Did they really also float Vito's name out there, too  ???

Even though it was largely warmed over material that has been mulled over a lot locally, and even on this blog, the fact that a national Republican media outlet like Newsmax has decided to broadcast the Grimm message far and wide with a homepage featured article is a big deal  (See "Grimm Seeks NY House Seat with Breitbart Support" by John Gizzi,  10/8/17,  Newsmax/  Home  [https://www.newsmax.com/johngizzi/former-n-y-rep-michael-grimm-steve-bannon/2017/10/08/id/818430/]).


Kassar was quoted by Newsmax' regular White House columnist John Gizzi as follows:   "....   'Grimm is a populist-type candidate and as such he has a chance,'  Gerard Kassar, Conservative Party chairman of Brooklyn, told Newsmax. 'But he has a long way to go before he will be able to convince the rank-and-file Republican primary voters they should move from Dan to him.'..."

Meanwhile,  Newsmax and Gizzi seemed to heap high praise on somebody that they thought might be another possible, and even better, candidate against Donovan,  Vito Fossella.   But according to Newsmax,  former Congressman Vito Fossella seems to be sticking with Donovan because of his popularity and support in the district  ---  "....  Former Rep. Fossella told Newsmax he has no interest in entering the race and is supporting Donovan.....   'Dan Donovan has the reputation of being a well-liked and effective congressman who reflects the priorities of Staten Island and Brooklyn,'  [Fossella] said...."

Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Three Candidates for State Senate Scenario Upstages the Three Candidates for City Council Scenario

Suddenly, there are three credible candidates for the STATE SENATOR slot now held by the aging Bay Ridge caterer,  MARTIN GOLDEN  ---  AND ---  that is stepping on the news that there are three Republican candidates, named Quaglione, Capano and McCabe  ---  all still active in campaigns for the City Council 

The details and evidence for this stuff is still a little muddled  ---  but for once, there is actually MORE HERE THAN MEETS THE EYE.

For more news,  WATCH THIS SPACE.....

Monday, October 2, 2017

The day that the Brooklyn GOP music died

There was a reason that Golden and Quags sat out the Ghorra-fest  ---  If you're not sure whether the service to which you are invited is going to be a wedding or a funeral,  then it's better for you to find a reason not to be there  ---  it avoids the possibility of lots of different kinds of present and/or future embarrassment(s).  (Ahem !!!  Can some among my brothers and sisters give me a loud "AMEN" ???)

Besides, Marty Golden and John Quaglione would not have found a "safe place" in which they'd be comfortable at the Ghorra-McCabe reception

The 2017 Republican Kings County Convention was  held earlier today.   The event took place virtually in secret (and almost as surely on improper and short notice) at the Brooklyn Bar Association on Remsen Street. Twenty-six people were in duh house... but only twenty-three of them were elected members of the Brooklyn Republican County Committee.

I won't talk about the preliminaries,  other than to say that good order and the proper formalities were not followed..... The need for roll-calls and the obvious absence thereof or any motion(s) to dispense with roll-calls would seem to be high on the list of inadequate formalities and/or the lack of good order.

The vote for "Chairman" was a rather simple and straight forward affair.  Three names were put forward for nomination:  Ted Ghorra,  Steve Maresca and Clorinda Annarummo.  However,  only Ted Ghorra's name was put up for a vote on the floor.  That vote appears to have been one-sided,  but Ghorra's total was far from unanimous,  since about 84 of the tallied votes did not vote for Ghorra.

The reason that Marty Golden and John Quaglione would not have felt all that welcome at today's Remsem Street gathering, would be that their presence would only have disrupted the Liam McCabe-Ted Ghorra exchange of verbal bouquets.  Liam put Ted Ghorra's name in nomination;  and for his part,  Ted Ghorra said that he was playing the "long game" and that he thought Liam McCabe would be a big part of that "long game" as the Brooklyn GOP's Vice Chairman for Youth Outreach.  Several of Liam's people were also given Vice Chairman spots  ---  although there seemed to have been a problem with a "Raymond Caneletta" that almost sent Liam into one of his legendary spirals.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Query --- What's going on with an obviously anti-Nicole Malliotakis tweet appearing under name and style of "New York City Republicans" --- probably from one of Brooklyn's GOP State Senator Marty Golden's office hacks

Is Marty Golden's house mouse & puppet  >>> Staten Islander Marko Kepi <<<  the man behind the curtain for this hit piece:  https://www.facebook.com/notes/new-york-city-republicans/dumping-trump-a-bad-move-for-malliotakis-si-advance-commentary/1860599433956405/

A couple of days ago, somebody,  who was once one of Marty Golden's strongest supporters, called me with a few leads.

The material mentioned in the headlines above was just one of those things.....   One of those crazy flings.....   [Yeah, that does have the old familiar ring of a showtune doesn't it .....]

The Tweet [From Albanian Marko Kepi ???] includes an article by the SI Advance's political guy,  Tom Wrobleski that is a blatant journalistic hit piece aimed at Nicole Malliotakis.

Now, let's close our eyes and say:  "MARKO !!!"   [answer:  "KEPI !!!"].....  [Yeah, that does have the old familiar ring of a GEICO TV ad doesn't it ???]


BTW,  the material above does seem to flesh out a tweet that appeared on Marko Kepi's personal Twitter space  ---  "So many fake Republicans out there using our party as a steppingstone  for their political careers.  Flip flopping as they go.... "   (See ---  https://www.facebook.com/marko.kepi.3/posts/10154756868752056?pnref=story0> ).

Monday, September 25, 2017

Not only are lots of NFL players [Sons of Bitches] --- so are bunches of NFL owners --- AND --- ROGER GOODELL IS THE BIGGEST SON OF A BITCH OF THEM ALL

Roger Goodell says that he is "PROUD" of the NFL players' response to President Trump 

It's time for all good Americans to boycott all the NFL >> Sons of Bitches <<<  ---  and anybody & everything giving aid, comfort and support to any and all of the NFL >>> Sons of Bitches <<<  whatever their business relationship to the other Sons of Bitches might be   


Let's be clear  ---  any of the players, coaches owners, league and/or team front office personnel,  and any networks, announcers, reporters, commentators or media types of any sort that support the players' participating in the so-called National Anthem demonstration(s) from Colin Kaepernick  through this Sunday's larger scale demonstrations are  >>> Sons of Bitches <<<  and their main product, NFL Football, and any related products or media work products, need to be boycotted by the good people in America.

Also join in the social media push back such as #Takeastandnotaknee  .....  

Monday, September 18, 2017

Is Bob Capano going "... to be or not to be... nobler... to take arms against... "

Perhaps some have counselled Bobby C, using the well-said words of Dylan Thomas,  "Do Not go gentle into that Good Night"  ---  but instead  ---  "... rage against the dying of the light..."

Many people think that his great Primary Day victory was like a "New Day" for John Quaglione  ---  and you can't count me among those folks.

But  ---  there is a flip side to that, and it is this:  John Quaglione's great Primary Day victory is just as much a "New Day" for John's Primary Day opponents,  Lucretia Regina-Potter,  Liam McCabe, and of course Bob Capano, whom I mentioned above in my headlines.  However,  perhaps, any talk of a "New Day" is premature,  because somebody thinks that the "dying of the light" of the day gone by needs to be played out in a different manner and to the beat of a different drum.


I seem to remember that Bob had put it out there during his campaign in the GOP Primary >>>  he was the ONLY Republican candidate running in the 43rd City Council District already on a party ballot line in November.  Now, I don't know if that was 100% accurate at the time;  however,  it is a fact that BOBBY C IS STILL ON THE BALLOT IN NOVEMBER, as the candidate of the Reform Party.

Early this AM,  somebody wadded-up a spitball message to me indicating that Bobby C might be planning on doing some kind of campaigning as the Reform Party's candidate in the 43rd District. Well,  as sure as night comes before day,  maybe JQ's "New Day" hasn't quite started yet  ---  because at least for somebody in the mix, there is still some raging to be done.....

And here's what I say to that  (now folks, please note, this is NOT a show tune):

“Do not go gentle into that good night,
[All ages] should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
o not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my [brother], there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with [burning] fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Was it an "April Fool's Day Edition" of the New York Post on September 16th ???

Is all of the Grimm talk lately,  including the article in yesterday's New York Post,  somebody's idea of a practical joke ???

In case you were so busy partying after John Quaglione's unlikely huge blowout of his GOP rivals on Primary Day,  some people are again talking about a Michael Grimm 2018 race against incumbent Republican Congressman Dan Donovan for the GOP nomination

According to yesterday's article in the NY Post  ---  "Disgraced Republican ex-Rep. Michael Grimm is set to announce a bid to win back his old Staten Island-Brooklyn seat next year, according to a report — a move opposed by state and local GOP officials....  Grimm was released from federal prison 16 months ago after serving seven months in the slammer on charges that he falsified tax returns for the Manhattan restaurant he ran before taking office....   He was convicted in 2014....  The Republican is looking to oust GOP Rep. Dan Donovan, Staten Island’s former district attorney, who won a special election after Grimm went to jail in 2015....   Grimm will announce his candidacy at an Oct. 1 rally in New Dorp, NY1 reported Saturday, citing anonymous sources...."  (See "Disgraced ex-congressman set to announce run for office' by Mary Kay Linge, 9/16/17,  NY Post/ Metro  [http://nypost.com/2017/09/16/disgraced-ex-congressman-set-to-announce-run-for-office/]).

"April FoolsDay" is celebrated every year on April 1 by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes;  and by the lights of the common definers of such things, the jokers and their victims are referred to as "April fools";   so, in which camp of fools are you counting yourself in this strange week in September 2017  ???


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

We could have gone with Sinatra's "My Way".....

But instead let's be in their faces with this one from Queen:

....   I've paid my dues
Time after time
I've done my sentence
But committed no crime
And bad mistakes
I've made a few
I've had my share of sand kicked in my face
But I've come through
(And I need to go on and on, and on, and on)

We are the champions, my friends
And we'll keep on fighting 'til the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
'Cause we are the champions of the world

I've taken my bows
And my curtain calls
You brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it
I thank you all
But it's been no bed of roses
No pleasure cruise
I consider it a challenge before the whole human race
And I ain't gonna lose
(And I need just go on and on, and on, and on)

We are the champions, my friends
And we'll keep on fighting 'til the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
'Cause we are the champions of the world

[One more time, with feeling  !!!]    We are the champions, my friends
And we'll keep on fighting 'til the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
'Cause we are the champions of the world

Saturday, September 9, 2017


I have a cold and I was trying to get some rest before going out to dinner with some family members tonight  ---  that was before I got three different John Quaglione robocalls  along with one or two for the other guys  running  ---  And then, I got  a marathon filibuster of a call from one of my regular followers (yes, maybe that should be my ONE regular follower) asking, pleading, begging, exhorting (and on and on without any offer of reward or compensation to me of any kind) that I do a feature post about the City Council primaries in Bay Ridge

Since there is only so much torture that a man of my age and in my condition can take,  I will succumb  ---  reluctantly.....

The envelope,  please !!!

Oh,  I guess everybody knew this before I did  ---  the winner will be  >>>  LIAM MC CABE <<<  in a squeeker over both John Quaglione and Bob Capano,  who will be still fighting it out at the wire for second and third, even after the polls have closed.  As for Lucretia Regina-Potter,  although she will not be that close to the front-runners,  she will get enough of a vote in her pockets of strength to show whomever comes in second and/or third that making an early deal with Lucretia and Arnaldo would have been a wiser strategy than trying to shut them out and, more important, shut them down.

Why Liam will come in for the win at the finish ???   Whenever the new kid in the race shows that he can be a credible candidate  ---  that is a very big advantage.  Plus,  his argument that all the others have run before and failed miserably is quite compelling.

Why not Quaglione,  he's so much better than he was ???   John ran a very good campaign;  if both he and Liam were newcomers,  I'd even give the edge to John.  However,  first impressions are lasting,   and JQ's bad performance running for the same office in 2013 won't be overlooked by most of the folks this time around.

Doesn't the same argument apply for Bob Capano ???   To a certain extent it does,  but 2009 is a very long time ago,  and  who even remembers that Bob also ran unsuccessfully for the NYS Assembly ???   Bob raised less cash than two of his intra-party opponents, and most of the Democrats as well. That's not great for somebody who lists John Catsimatidis,  Curtis Sliwa and Craig Eaton among his strongest supporters.....  On the other hand,  Bob and his team have waged a long uphill fight largely based on great media presentation and an appeal to the Donald Trump base inside the Brooklyn GOP in Southwest Brooklyn.  It's possible that Bob & Co, might have found the winning formula for the 2017  race for CIty Council  ---   however, I do believe that is unlikely.

Lastly,  let's look at Lucretia.....   I think it was a strategic blunder for her to have appeared in three (not just two) different places on the GOP Primary ballot  throughout the center portion of the 43rd Council District.  In those overlapping areas in the 43rd Council District,  Lucretia Regina-Potter is running to become Republican State Committee Person (again),  Judicial Delegate (again) and Republican candidate for the NY City Council.  Her latest robocall invites certain voters to "fill in the circle" next to her name up to three times wherever it might appear on the Republican Primary Ballot. I think that message is too much of a heavy lift for most voters.  Nonetheless, I do predict that Lucretia will receive a significant vote on the line for City Council  ---  possibly even enough to exceed the winners "margin" of victory over the number two vote-getter,  possibly even number two and number three.....


(Yawn !!!)

I said before that I think that Justin Brannan has the edge in this race to succeed his boss,  Vinny Gentile  ---  and that should be enough to enable Justin to hold on and win against all comers, foreign and domestic.

Even though "The Reverend" Khader Al-Yateem has definitely won this year's contest for gargantuan picture posters displayed between Senator and 73rd Streets on Fifth Avenue,  remember that the adage "posters don't vote" applies equally to gargantuan sized posters of Palestinian-born clerics running throughout Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights,  Bath Beach and lower Bensonhurst.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

With an Editorial Endorsement by the NY Daily News --- Bob Capano scores the biggest “Earned Media” Coup to date in his 2017 Run for the GOP NYC Council Line for Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and part of Bensonhurst

Here’s the straight skinny as it appeared in the New York Daily News today  ---  “ ‘The Daily News' City Council picks: Brooklyn’….   EDITORIALS SEP 5, 2017….   On to Daily News endorsements in Council races that look to be serious contests in the Sept. 12 primaries….   Voters in District 43 (Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights) have primaries in both parties….   Republicans should go with Bob Capano , who combines real-world experience in the public and private sectors with a proven ability to work across party lines….”

What more needs to be said.  Bob Capano’s “Little Engine that Could” campaign just keeps chuggin’ along:

“I think I can !  ---  I think I can !!  ---  I think I can !!!”

(FYI:  See  “The Daily News' City Council picks: Brooklyn -- EDITORIALS SEP 5, 2017”  by the NY Daily News Editorial Board,  9/5/17,  NY Daily News/ Opinion/ Editorials   [http://www.nydailynews.com/amp/opinion/council-picks-brooklyn-article-1.3461975])

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Bob Capano and the themes of his campaign

For good or ill,  Bob Capano and the folks who have 

>>> gotten his ear and/or are into his head <<<

have decided that "he'll dance with who brung um" ---  or  ---  "go 'all in' with what they got and what's showin' all around...."

More than any other campaign for the contested GOP  line in the 43rd Council District this year,  Bob Capano's has stuck closest to one set of issues throughout this primary season.

First,  Bob Capano says that he was, continues to be, and will continue to be the biggest President Trump supporter among the so-called Republicans running in 2017;  second,  he pitches quite forcefully  that the Democrats presently "in charge" at City Hall have become too radical, even by New York City standards, in their various left-wing approaches to city governance;  third, Capano claims that even in Bay Ridge and surrounding areas,  there is now an element inside the Democratic Party establishment that is foreign and completely UN-AMERICAN,  and that it is a clear and present danger  >>>  and that clear and present danger is personified in the likes of national con artist and radical activist LINDA SARSOUR <<<  and the  upstart radical Palestinian KHADER EL-YATEEM, is her compliant sock puppet locally;  and of course his most often repeated theme is:  that he,  Bob Capano, is the only candidate among the Republicans running in the 43rd District in 2017 with a variety of life and career experience ---  that includes both multiple instances of private sector employment,  including management of a large business, and a public service resume that includes government service on behalf of both Republicans and Democrats.....


Bob's most recent ad buys and mailings show that he is stickin' to those themes  ---  IN SPADES.

What's more, his folks have done some polling;  and it shows that HE is "in tune with" and has "tapped into" lots of Republican voters.  More important,  none of his Republican opponents have effectively singled Capano out as an unacceptable candidate that can't win with his very Trump-centric campaign all around the Southwest corner of Brooklyn in November.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

TICK-TOCK, TICK-TOCK --- the final moments of the biggest GOP primary campaign in years are passing with four very relevant candidates making their last minute pitches to Republican prime voters and others among those candidates' identified bases of GOP voters

John Quaglione, Lucretia Potter, Robert Capano and Liam McCabe are all reaching out to touch somebody  ---  and hopefully motivate and maximize their Primary Day turnouts

The mail is falling into my mailbox fast and furious  ---  separated only by my mail carrier's ability to pick it up and bring it to me.  My phone's been ringing with real live people calling me and asking over and over whether I will  "...  talk about..."  "...consider voting for..." and/or "...be counted on to vote for..."  one particular candidate  (BTW, that was three (3) separate calls from yesterday alone).  I also received two different survey calls about this City Council race in the 43rd District.

All of the GOP candidates for City Council in the 43rd Council District in 2017 had their individual reasons to come into the race when each of them did.  Even before active campaigning, either at the beginnings of their organizing or shortly thereafter, they all identified  their personal goals, targets and objectives for their 2017 races.  Some assembled inner circles of seasoned and established pros, others relied, for good or ill, on what was already there in place.  In any case, all four candidates put together campaigns that were best for them and attaining success  as they defined "success."

My observations (including the buzz I'm getting from my BSIs in the 43rd Council District, and conversations with most of the Republican candidates and a couple of the Democrats too) show me that all four Republican candidates clearly seem to be firmly on their personally selected paths to success in 2017.

What they will achieve by and after Primary Day is yet to be seen.  There can only be one "elected" Republican candidate for City Council to contest for the seat now held by Democrat Vinny Gentile. However,  all four GOP candidates are to be commended for putting forth their candidacies in credible and creditable ways.  There have been sort of  "big campaigns" and sort of "modest campaigns" and one might even have been described as a "solitary campaign";  nonetheless,  all of them were "credible and creditable"  (I know, I'm quoting myself).


I want to specially commend the efforts of John Quaglione and his supporters from top to bottom. The 2017 Quaglione campaign for City Council looks and sounds like it is light years ahead of that candidate's 2013 efforts  ---  and I do mean from A to Z,  and from soup to nuts.....  John has been able to present himself as a mature and very well experienced public servant, who is well equipped to become a member of the City Council.  Unfortunately, from my point of view,  JQ is unambiguously Republican State Senator Golden's candidate in the race  ---  that is the biggest weakness of the Quaglione candidacy;  it is also its greatest strength.   It remains to be seen if it's all enough for John to win.


Another year, another Republican primary for GOP State Committee Member (GOP 46th AD District Leader) Lucretia Potter.  This time, Lucretia went "all in"; and she didn't just let the >>> powers that be in the Republican and Conservative parties <<< only  take their potshots at her on her home turf.  She flexed her considerable organizing muscle and got herself on the GOP primary ballot in two slots  ---  one of them for the City Council in the 43rd District.....  Hers is the most "solitary" of the 2017 GOP council campaigns.   It's modest, being largely personally and club-based;  but it IS there, and it IS organized, and it IS targeted.  One wag specifically told me that Lucretia won't win the City Council primary, but she will get her vote out and she will have her impact on that race  ---  more important, that wag said Lucretia Potter would probably hold on to her party post as a member of the GOP State Committee and keep her slate of Kings County Committee members in tact and in office. (BTW, that wag should know  ---  she has been a direct Arnaldo-Lucretia antagonist for years.....)


Bob is now the "Wild Card" in this race.  His hope was to have been a big part of a big city-wide effort for John Catsimatidis for Mayor.   John C. himself explained quite succinctly why that did not eventuate during his brief speech at Bob's most recent fund raiser.....  But, Bob has used his contacts and significant abilities to reach out and cobbled together a solid and pretty well-funded campaign.  In addition, he is the real UN-COLA in this race,  being the "organization candidate" of the GOP organization in exile.....  Or as they might refer to themselves  ---  "Not Marty Golden, not now -- not ever."  In a four person race, that might be enough for Bob to win  ---  unless Lucretia sops up too many of the anti-Golden voters.....


And there was Balto....   As the one-word line in "The Quiet Man" would have it   ---   "HEROIC !!!" Liam has put himself out there as the man who has turned his life around.   I believe him;  but is it enough for Liam McCabe to win it all in 2017 ???   He sells a message of rugged individualism AND salvation by a power greater than himself.  That's both a description of his personal journey and his political journey.  Liam has put together a heck of a GOP primary campaign (it might be the best of these campaigns in the GOP primary)  ---  but he did it with the help of some very significant friends.....  Like I said,  Liam is on both a political and personal journey  ---  BUT  ---  for 2017 Liam's journey might include "A Bridge Too Far".....   Where that bridge actually intersects Liam's path forward is yet to be seen  ---  I'm far from sure that Liam's "...  Bridge Too Far" is in the September primary.....

Thursday, August 24, 2017

In the final stages of his GOP Primary Campaign --- Here’s another chance for Bob Capano to bash Linda Sarsour like a drum…. and also make it clear why “Khader the Hater” is an unfit candidate for the New York City Council



For a solid  PRO-TRUMP REPUBLICAN CONSERVATIVE like City Council Candidate Robert Capano  >>>  LINDA SARSOUR IS THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING      According to a report in the “Daily Caller” earlier today  ---  “Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour joined fellow supporters of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick at a rally on Wednesday, vowing that law enforcement activists and “right wing Zionists” will not keep them quiet….   ‘We will not be silenced by blue lives matter—by white supremacists—by neo Nazis—by right wing Zionists. Expect us anytime there is a fight for justice or a fight against injustice,’  Sarsour said in her remarks to the crowd, who stood in front of the Park Avenue building that houses the offices of the National Football League….”  (See  “Linda Sarsour Rails Against ‘Right Wing Zionists’ At Kaepernick NYC Rally”  by Kerry Pickett, 8/24/17,  The Daily Caller   [http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/24/linda-sarsour-rails-against-kaepernick-at-nyc-rally/]).

DON'T FORGET THAT....                                                                                                   

Democrat primary contender "The Reverend" Khader El-Yateem,  known in these parts as "Khader the Hater" and "Khader the Operator,"  has been and continues to be a staunch supporter of the left-wing, pro-Arabist, anti-Israeli and racist Linda Sarsour.  And he has also lashed out at anybody who says that he is not representative of the beliefs, sentiments and political associations of the residents in the 43rd Council Districts as  >>>  racists and bigots.    ...  And that Bobby C. needs to bang the "Khader the Hater" drum loudly,  as well !!!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Bob Capano again cashes in with >>> EARNED MEDIA [See also my correction in the comments below at August 23, 2017 at 2:05 PM]

BOB CAPANO HAS THE STAGE ALL TO HIMSELF  ---   at least briefly  ---  in Julianne Cuba's detailed report in the Brooklyn Courier of her interview of the GOP's apparently most media-savvy candidate running for the City Council in 2017

Maybe, this is only the first of a series by the very lovely Ms. Cuba.....   However,  for at least one sun-shiny day in late August 2017, Bob Capano has his leg up on all his Republican opponents in the 2017 Primary for City Council in the 43rd Council District

You can see it all in "Coutier Life's -- Brooklyn Daily" for August 21, 2017  ( See  "Our sit-down with Bay Ridge Council candidate Bob Capano" by Julianne Cuba,  8/21/17,   Courier Life's -- Brooklyn Daily   [http://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2017/33/br-bob-capano-interview-2017-08-18-bk.html]).


Here was my personal favorite item in Julianne Cuba's  article from the horse's mouth about many of candidate Bobby C's positions and beliefs:

"....   On connecting with the district’s growing Muslim and Arab community:
Capano has been a very vocal supporter of President Trump and opponent of local Arab-American activist Linda Sarsour, but he said does not feel that has alienated him from that community.
'At National Night Out, I had a number of Arab Americans come up to me and say, "Bob, keep doing what you’re doing, Linda Sarsour doesn’t represent the views of our community."  I will reach out to all Arab Americans in that community, and if they disagree with me about Linda, then you know what, don’t vote for me. If you want to count going door-to-door, speaking to members of the Arab-American community, I absolutely do....”


The good news is he qualified  ---  the bad news is Bobby C. didn't max-out.....

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Was there or wasn’t there a debate last night ??? --- Well, maybe THAT depends on whom you ask !!!

When is a "City Council Debate” not a debate  ???  ---  Maybe, when the "debate" participants neither address each other or the relevant issues; and instead,  they are asked to talk about themselves, and then asked to give answers "en masse" to a few random questions !!!

There is no question that the current GOP primary for City Council in the 43rd District is part and parcel of the ongoing fight inside the Kings County Republican Party to keep embattled State Senator Marty Golden from taking over the whole GOP show in Brooklyn  ---  Why didn’t any of the Republican candidates mention that ???  ---  The answer,  of course,  is that they were never asked.....


The Home Reporter's  "DISTRICT 43 - CITY COUNCIL DEBATE"  at Xaverian High School started out with a flap about its being scheduled on the Feast of The Assumption; and it ended up with a flop caused by a changed, ersatz format that left almost everybody involved unfulfilled and extremely disappointed…..

Enough has been said on this blog about the scheduling flap and the hurt religious sensibilities resulting from that; but this latest flop by the Courier Life/ Home Reporter folks on the night of the so-called "debate" needs a fresh set of invective remarks  ---  And here they are:   

The original format was supposed to be general introductions by all the candidates assembled,  followed by Q& A for the Democrats for an hour,  then Q&A by Republicans for an hour,  and then then final remarks by each of the candidates in attendance.   That’s not what happened at all.  The Republicans and Democrats were trotted out in a bunch,  all nine of them [ well, eight at first, and then nine] and that's how they stayed throughout the entire tedious presentation.

First and foremost,  the candidates and political operators that I’ve spoken to say that this wasn’t in any way or kind a debate at all  ---  “It was more like a ‘cattle call audition’ than anything else,”   said one old Republican sage;  and  another participant described it as like “… a cavalry charge by a bunch of people heading in lots of different directions….”


John Quaglione kicked things off by not being there at the start,  and losing his assigned place in giving introductory remarks  [however, it should be noted that one of his opponents offered that JQ’s tardiness might have been due to the changed format;  whereas  a spokesperson for another opposing campaign said he would have been late under the earlier proposed format,  as well,  saying,  “It was typical Quaglione,  a day late and a pound short….”].   When he did speak,  Johnny Q made it clear that he worked closely with and for Marty Golden…..  [and he was clearly going to ride on his coat-tails].

According to one observer,  Liam  McCabe came off looking and acting more like a “Rock Star” than a candidate,  and he seemed to be all over the lot when it came to what he would do and what he thought was important;  however,  his own corner was happy with his performance, and he also left at least one Democrat observer impressed that he’d be the toughest Republican opponent in the fall;  and it can even be said that somebody linked to a candidate opposed to Liam in this primary contest acknowledged that Liam is starting to look and sound very much like a credible candidate. 

A few thought that Bob Capano was sort of lost in the shuffle,  until late in the program when he started slamming the Democrats hard enough that one of his GOP rivals thought that he sounded like somebody from the “Alt-Right” end of the spectrum  [hey, if that "Alt-Right" branding does take hold, Bob still might win this GOP primary].  On the other hand, one of Bob's close supporters definitely asserted that Bob did very well throughout the evening,  start to finish,  and even when he got partisan it wasn't strident or extreme.....   Hmmmmm !!!

Lucretia Regina-Potter seemed most comfortable in the stew-like tenor of the evening.  She made the most of her introductory time explaining her position in the Republican field; and then, later on,  she pivoted on most of the questions asked with answers raising issues that SHE wanted to discuss.

One longtime GOP observer said that:   “No knockout blows were scored…”;   “… Quaglione was noticeably late…”;  and that Bob Capano seemed a little harsh when he went after the Democrats.


I’d be very interested to know what Craig Eaton, Ted Ghorra and SSMG thought about the GOP candidates’ performances…..  They were all reported to have been in the house.

More important than that, right now,  I’d like to know whether there might have been any side conversations going on between CE, TG and/or MG while the various candidates were talking up on-stage.   One wag reported to me that they saw CE and TG talking;  but that has been vehemently denied by one of the alleged participants in that tight band of brothers moment  ---  and certainly,  TG must have chatted-up MG at some point in the evening.



Sunday, August 6, 2017

Bob Capano does it again --- Gets a boost of "Earned Media" as other aspects of his campaign falter

Prominent national conservative news outlet quotes Bob Capano's prediction that drug dealers would be setting up shop close to Bay Ridge's 86th Street stop on the "R" line if one of Mayor de Blasio's drug injection facilities were to be located nearby

Capano's dire predictions about what it would look like if it were to be tried in his Council District was given prominent placement in a news item about actual data concerning the negative consequences of the first so-called "sanitary drug injection facility" located in a Canadian city

Brooklyn City Council Candidate chides Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Council for sitting on the results of their own study about similar facilities in New York City

According to a report in the Daily Caller  ---  "....  During his final news conference of the Parliamentay session, [Canadian] Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested that the federal government’s promotion of  “safe consumption sites” would be a means of combating the opioid crisis in Canada....  Vancouver was the first city in North America with a drug injection site, where addicts can go and legally inject heroin. These facilities are sometimes described as “safe” because the addicts are supervised by medical orderlies while they shoot-up. [Vancouver recently opened up a second site and the Trudeau government is actively encouraging other Canadian cities to open similar facilities]...."   (See "Drug Deaths Skyrocket In Vancouver Despite Legal Injection Sites" by David Krayden, 8/5/17,  Daily Caller   [http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/05/drug-deaths-skyrocket-in-vancouver-despite-legal-injection-sites/]). 

However, the article also specifically noted that statistics show "...  people continue to die of drug overdoses at record rates in Vancouver, British Columbia [the place of the first supervised drug injection facility in North america]. During the first half of 2017, 780 people have died from using illegal drugs — 88 percent more than the same period in 2016...."


Here's how the "Daily Caller" quoted our own Bob Capano in its feature about the thus far negative Canadian results with publicly funded injection sites:

"....  All of this worries Bob Capano, Republican candidate for New York City council. The city is considering being the home of the first drug injection site in the U.S. and initiated a feasibility study in September 2016. Capano wonders what happened to the study and if it the results are being held back for the benefit of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s reelection bid.
'New York City voters deserve to know the status of this study; where is it and when will it be released? It’s been almost a year since the City Council allocated the funding for the study. One has to wonder if the delay in its release is merely a stall tactic so that the voters don’t catch wind of this crazy plan before the election,' Capano said in a news release.
'Drug dealers are true entrepreneurs; they’ll relocate close to a Supervised Injection Facility to better serve their customer; the addict. If one were to open close to 86th Street in Bay Ridge common sense tells you that there will be dealers setting up shop between the subway entrance and the facility,' Capano said."


Even though his fund raising, petitioning and physical coverage throughout the district appear to have lagged behind those components of some of his fellow GOP candidates for the council in the 43rd District, Bob Capano still seems to have the knack of being ahead of the pack and getting real mileage out of his press releases.  

That particular ability might go a long way toward keeping his continued campaigning more than relevant, it might even result in its all being quite competitive.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Did Liam McCabe, John Quaglione and the NYCCFB just turn the 43rd Council District Republican Primary into a BINARY CONTEST AMONG THE TWO FRONT RUNNERS ???

Did the Campaign Finance Board finding that candidates Liam McCabe and John Quaglione were entitled to >>>  an initial maximum payout from the City coffers <<<  turn the Republican Primary for City Council in the 43rd District into a "Two Man Race"  ---  AND  ---  IF NOT,  WHY NOT ???

Somebody very early on in this 2017 election cycle (almost two years ago) told me that the principal show of support for City Council candidates in 2017 in the 43rd District would be  ---  FINANCING ! ! !     That person was Bob Capano, and it was after a Holiday Party in 2015.....  He then presented a very convincing argument as to why he would be in a far better position to out-fund- raise people like  ---  let's just say,  "John Quaglione," for starters.

Quite apart from obvious questions like,  "What happened ???"  ---  let's address something like this:  "Why isn't that initial proposition still true ???"

Saturday, July 29, 2017

There seems to be a growing debate about a "debate" at Xaverian HS by the 2017 Council Candidates for Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bath Beach

The Brooklyn Reporter debate at Xaverian H.S. is scheduled for August 15th  ---  THAT'S A SIGNIFICANT HOLY DAY IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

So far, some City Council candidates, at least one Catholic clergyman and some other interested folks seem to have weighed in on this, one way or the other

First, there were the arguments back and forth on Facebook ---  and then came some recriminations. [However, I've been able only to track down  a fraction of the stuff that was described to me as comprising the whole debate on this issue; so I can't fully report on all that's been said by all of the participants.....]

Nonetheless, based on what I have seen, our position here on this blog is simple  ---  this is a screw up  AND the date must be changed.

It's that simple.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Who is behind this anti-Liam message ? ? ?

I received the following missive by E-mail from an anonymous source.

Does anybody out there know its provenance ???

It starts like this:


"From: Rtaffy2 <rtaffy2@gmail.com>
To:  .....
Sent: Wed, Jul 19, 2017 5:19 pm
Subject: Brooklyn GOP reorg fireworks 




Liam McCabe candidate for GOP primary in 43rd had rage fueled temper tantrum during Bklyn GOP reorg petition processing.

McCabe instructed his team to steal signed petitions from the petitioning room. He held them in an attempt to extort control of several county committee positions in the upcoming reorg. Those present were stunned by this outrageous stunt.

This is Chairman Ghorra's first reorg since officially becoming chair in Nov 2016.

Unnamed sources who were present are willing to speak to you.

McCabe is CEO of political consulting firm, Steeplechase Strategies.
Many have said McCabe is not ready to run.   He is referred to as unstable and undependable.

On July 12th he instructed his Steeplechase associates to steal signed petitions from the Bklyn Gop processing room.  Christine Sisto, President of the Brooklyn South Conservative Club and McCabe's girlfriend and Alexandra Sherer, a Manhattan GOP Leader ran like bats out of hell from the Bay Ridge Manor and into a car that sped away.  These petitions were signed by hundreds of voters and were for several candidates in addition to McCabe.  Once these petitions were signed they became a legal document.  It was a crime to remove them and hold them to extort control over several County Committee seats during the Brooklyn Reorg.

When McCabe returned to the Manor with the petitions he entered and stood in a menacing and threatening way.  He insisted he was justified in stealing the petitions.  Such childish behavior can not be tolerated.

McCabe in a fit of rage, threw a temper tantrum,  screaming and yelling for several minutes.  His team, including Manhattan Political Director and Steeplechase business partne, Robert Morgan,  just watched as their candidate had a melt down.  No one attempted to get him under control.  

Chairman Ghorra was present for this tantrum.  

A woman stepped in front of McCabe when he stepped towards a young male operative.  She stopped him from hitting the younger man.

With his history of arrest and reckless use of social media.  Those present believe this is news worthy.  

If you are interested in speaking with those in attendance, please give me a phone number to call." 


I think that the source of this E-mail is a bigger story than its contents.  Please, let's unravel this together.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Series of surprises in GOP Council filings for the 43rd Council District

Liam McCabe leads the pack filing a very strong number of signatures at or near Two Thousand (2000)*;

A little off the pace was the early 2017 favorite Bob Capano, with about Thirteen Hundred (1300)* signatures;

In the running as the biggest surprise at this stage of campaigning for the City Council in the 43rd District is Lucretia Regina-Potter,  whose Nine Hundred to a Thousand signatures (900-1000)* showed tremendous strength inside the hallmark districts of the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Club,  the 46th A.D. and the 49th A.D., which form the core of the 43rd Council District;  and

Definitely,  taking the cake as the biggest surprise among the various campaigns' efforts to garner signatures was the Quaglione Campaign,  which came in last among the GOP Councilmatic signature gathering operations,  with a paltry Eight Hundred Fifty (850)*  signatures.....

It is fair to describe and analyze all of this as follows:

Liam McCabe and his campaign over-performed again;   this is about the sixth or seventh very well done activity by a campaign that was at the beginning made up from scratch;

In a race where one has to be  "...  in it to WIN IT..." it sure looks like Lucretia Regina-Potter --- is on the ballot all the way through until the GOP September primary;

Bob Capano did what he needed to do by filing a nominating petition that has enough heft that he almost tripled the signature requirement required under the Election  Law;  however

When it comes to a colossal underperformance in the very significant campaign metric  ---  signature gathering  ---  John Quaglione's  team  showed that they are all smoke and mirrors.  What happened to all of the much-heralded Marty Golden signature gatherers ???


All of the above numbers are approximations of what the four (4) GOP candidates filed as their petitions with the New York City Board of Elections  ---  the source of those "approximations" is a very senior GOP operative that said they conversed with analysts who did real counts.....  The report was as to >>> quantity <<< only.   There was specifically NOT ANY OPINION as to the >>> quality <<< of most of the signatures,  either as submitted or as analyzed.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Kathleen Fox McCall --- R.I.P.

We always got along with Kathy  ---  for a very long time  ---  and now she's gone

Galewyn always "GOT" Kathy,  and Kathy never "GOT" Galewyn, even a little bit  ---  More often than not, she forgot Galewyn Massey's name completely

Kathy always thought Marty Golden was tops, Kathy was never a Baker Street Irregular,  and sometimes she'd even ask,  "What are you doing on that computer now ?"  Nonetheless, she more than most made it all possible.....

Lots of people will miss Kathy Fox McCall,  but none as much as we at "The Brooklyn Independent GOP Fountainhead" will  ---  AND THAT'S A FACT.....


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Bob Capano and his campaign packed a big Sunday Punch along with their very nice Summer Lunch

Earlier today,  crusading Bob Capano did one of his almost copyrighted releases slamming the now-National Face of  American Jihad,  the veiled Bay Ridge Beaut  ---  Linda Sarsour  ---  in the same piece,  Bob Capano called out a fellow City Council candidate,  the Palestinian cleric, the Reverend Khader El-Yateem to denounce Sarsour and her hateful use of “religious” language in a naked attempt to foment  “JIHAD” here in America

Later on this afternoon,  it wasn’t as packed as his launch event that was held at the same venue,  but Bob Capano and his campaign had a nice crowd  ---  quite a nice crowd  ---  at his Summer Party fund raiser at the Bean Post


According to Mr. Capano’s mid-Sunday “News Release”:

"The words uttered by radical Muslim activist Linda Sarsour are truly shocking and repugnant and have no place in a secular society. Today, I call on Khader El-Yateem to denounce her words as hate speech, because that's what it is….   Khader El- Yateem has never hidden the fact that he is a cleric. If he is a man of god, he needs to speak out against Linda Sarsour hate-filled rant. If he won't denounce Sarsour, then he should explain to the voters why not. He already has refused to disavow the endorsement of the radical New York City Demoractic Socialist of America who oppose 'an economy organized for private profit' in a city that was built on capitalism….   There is absolutely no excuse for a speech like that to be delivered in the first place. Linda Sarsour has used words that have inspired terror attacks around the world; that is shocking and wrong. I await Khader El Yateem's response to my question."   (From:  BOB CAPANO FOR CITY COUNCIL rryan92@nyc.rr.com).

It should be noted that  ---  Linda Sarsour recently called for an American “JIHAD" against President Donald Trump while she was speaking to the Islamic Society of North America's convention in Chicago.   It’s also noteworthy that Ms. Sarsour is a long-time friend and supporter of Rev. Yhader El-Yateem [now a Democrat candidate for the NYC Council]; and the two have served together as officers of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York.


A great crowd gathered at the Bean Post for a Summer Party & fund raiser for Bob Capano;  and it was great to hear Curtis Sliwa talk about the values that Bob Capano wants to bring back to the New York City Council.

Here are some of the key points made by media celebrity and NYC activist Curtis Sliwa: 

* "Bob Capano will speak out and defend America, New York and District 43 in the City Council !"
* "I never ever forget my roots. Bob is unique because he knows where he came from; like me"
* “Elect the real deal Bob Capano & let's bring patriotic pride back into NYC city council.” 
* "Bob Capano has had more exposure than any other candidate because he worked hard to get his name to the people!" 

And here is what Bob had to say for himself:

* “Thank you to everyone who came out today to show their support! We are another step closer to winning this election!

* "I am the only life long republican in this race. The rest of my opponents never stood by who they are!"