Roofus: Vito Lopez is a power-hungry octopus

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This week, Roofus took our coverage of Vito Lopez’s power grab and really got inspired!

Updated 5:18 pm, July 9, 2018
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John from East Williamsburg says:
The artist left out the Maritza Davila marrionette!
May 20, 2010, 3:29 pm
Janie from Fort Greene says:
I love the cartoon, but hate the fact that Vito is trying to run Brooklyn like some sort of dictator.
May 20, 2010, 3:50 pm
Longtime resident from Bushwick says:
This too funny and so true!!!
May 20, 2010, 3:57 pm
Jim from JJ says:
Who are the puppets?
May 20, 2010, 8:31 pm
Democrat from Park Slope says:
Isn't it a bit hipocritical for someone that works for a newspaper owned by Rubert Murdoch, a person that owns Fox News, the NY Post and the Wall Street Journal, among other media outlets, to criticize someone for being too controlling?

Unlike Rupert Murdoch, Vito Lopez was elected to be the Chairman of the Brooklyn Democratic Party.

I'm not surprised that a Rupert Murdoch paid cartoonist would attack a Democratic leader, I just don't agree with it.
May 20, 2010, 9:11 pm
cristian from dumbo says:
If only Rupert Murdoch paid me enough to have any control of my opinion. Democrats can be slimes just as much as Republicans, or anyone else. It just so happens to be my personal opinion that Vito Lopez fits the bill. That opinion is shared here and I assure you Rupert Murdoch didn't have anything to do with it. Vito Lopez is plenty capable of making himself look bad on his own.
May 20, 2010, 10:06 pm
Voter from Park Slope says:
Well, I disagree with you, and honestly, I think that your position is mis-informed and based on half truths.

As an Assemblyman, he has done more than most politicians to improve housing conditions state wide, and has done a great deal to help tenants and others in his district in North Brooklyn. Unlike most politicians that do nothing, he sticks his neck out to actually make change on the state level, as can be seen with his recent effort to get hundreds of millions of federal dollars for charter schools in NY.

As chairman of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, he has done a great deal to improve the level of influence that Brooklyn legislators have on both the state and local level. Whether in the State Senate, Assembly, or City Council, Brooklyn legislators have positions of influence that help them effect real change.
May 21, 2010, 8:01 am
Voter from Park Slope says:
I understand that cartoonists like you probably think that the utilitarian choices that politicians sometimes have to make are distasteful, but given the very simple fact that no politician is a majority of one, that's just politics.

The Brooklyn Democratic Party is the largest County-wide Democratic Party in the United States (sometimes Cook County, which includes all of Chicago). It is also among the most diverse. Your cartoon offers a baseless criticism mostly because it shows all white men as puppets.

In fact, Lopez has strong support from his primarily hispanic constituents, and the very diverse group of district leaders county wide.

Ultimately, what upsets me most about your cartoon, and your papers coverage of politics in Brooklyn in general, is that the coverage replaces substantive journalism with cheap shots and childish humor.
May 21, 2010, 8:02 am
Ursula from Park Slope says:
All pro Vito comments are put on by people he employees on his payroll or Steve Levin's.

They are both garbage and deal making hacks!
May 21, 2010, 11:21 am
Moshe Aron Kestenbaum from Williamsburg ODA says:
I am Rolling On the Floor Laughing My Ass Off and almost Peeing In My Pants; In the mean time, I am going to sit back and laugh at Vito Low-Paz This is some caricature that you dont come across so often, so folks enjoy it.
May 21, 2010, 12:31 pm
John from East Williamsburg says:
The nice weather has arrived and multitudes of 20-something skinny "non-ethnic" folk from out of state have emerged from overpriced, freshly painted tenements. Our Hipster neighbors seem very political, but all of their concerns revolve around organic produce, bicycles, recycling, internet downloads, independent media and energy alternatives - - not so much on traditional local political issues. Many of Lopez's "mostly Hispanic constituents" are no longer living here. Someone needs to switch gears to catch Hipster interest.
May 21, 2010, 12:54 pm

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