Gatemouth !!! Howard Graubard ??? Who knew ???
--- I worked with the man for years, did lunch, did drinks (didn't do the nasty)..... Now, he's completely out of the closet as "Gatemouth" --- Who next ??? Superman, Batman, Zorro, Mickey Suits, John Catsimatidis ?????
HG's in-depth 2017 NYC election analysis is definitely top notch --- all the way down to the 43rd District City Council race
Let's go right to Mr. Graubard's >>> local <<< look at the "greater Bay Ridge" district:
[As part of an overall Graubard/Gatemeouth rebuttal to a NY Times analysis of the city-wide impact of the Mayor DeBlahblah campaign]
".... Let’s get real here [first, HG analyzed the Yeger-Hikind race; then he got down to Brannan-Quaglione]
.... As for Brannan, he scratched out a victory of 12,516 (50.51 percent) to 11,621 (46.89 percent) over his Republican opponent, John Quaglione—a close race and a stunning contrast to the race four years before, when Quaglione lost 62.76 percent to 35.50 percent.
And there may be an explanation for Quaglione’s improvement.
In the same area where Brannan barely won, the mayor managed only 9,330 votes (36.56 percent) to Malliotakis’ 14,302 (56.05 percent). Sal Albanese, who represented almost all of that area on the council from 1982 to 1997, got 1,119 (4.39 percent) on the Reform line.
How badly was the mayor repudiated here? Well, in the same area, the incumbent councilman, Vincent Gentile—who’d recently run fifth in the countywide district attorney primary while still winning that area—managed to get 48 percent of that district’s votes on the Reform line, without campaigning.
In other words, the mayor ran 14 percent behind a political zombie.
But if one believes The Times, the mayor lent Brannan coattails by getting nearly 3,000 fewer votes and running behind him by almost 14 percent.
Those were not coattails; they were nearly a noose [for Brannan]...."
(See "Election Analysis Reveals Another Tale of Two Cities" by Howard Graubard, 11/15/17, New York Jewish Life [https://nyjlife.com/2017/11/election-analysis-reveals-another-tale-two-cities/]).
NOTE: THIS IS THE GRAUBARD/GATEMOUTH ANALYSIS; AND IT DOESN'T CONSIDER THE OCD CONSPIRACY THEORIES THAT WE LOVE HERE AT "BROOKLYN ... FOUNTAINHEAD"