Brother, Grimm! Two Ridge pols slam GOP hopeful for misusing their names

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By Helen Klein

Two Brooklyn Republicans are slamming “law-and-order” Congressional candidate Michael Grimm, saying he used their names in a fund-raising letter without their permission.

With the Brooklyn GOP expected to endorse native son Michael Allegretti in his run against freshman Rep. Mike McMahon (D–Bay Ridge), District Leaders Elaine Guido and Vincent Bocchino assailed Grimm after he wrongly implied that they were backing him.

“We never gave consent for this to take place, nor have we acknowledged public support for either [GOP primary] candidate as of this date,” they wrote. “We are strongly leaning toward Michael Allegretti and this only furthers our inclination to support him.”

Grimm defended his claim that Guido and Bocchino were initially supporters of his, saying that the two district leaders had merely backpedaled after being intimidated by Brooklyn GOP officials who support Allegretti.

“After I released [the district leaders’ names] to the press, I learned that they were called to a meeting by higher level leaders of the Brooklyn Republican Party — where they received a great deal of pressure to take back their support,” Grimm said. “This is wrong and I will not accept it. My opponents have every right to challenge me on ideas and issues, but they do not have the right to threaten my supporters.”

Guido called Grimm’s version of events “totally not true.”

The battle between Grimm and Allegretti may reflect the jockeying for position of party leaders on either side of the Narrows to regain control of the Brooklyn-Staten Island House seat that was held by a Republican for three decades until McMahon snagged it in 2008.

Grimm, a Staten Islander whose conservative creds include being a Gulf War vet as well as a former FBI agent, has the backing of Staten Island Republican powerhouse Guy Molinari, while Allegretti — the scion of the Bayside Fuel Oil family, and a policy adviser for the not-for-profit Climate Group — has received the endorsement of state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge), the only party member to represent the borough.

Before McMahon, the seat was held by Rep. Vito Fossella (R–Bay Ridge), who was forced to abandon his re-election campaign after a drunk driving arrest led to revelations that the supposed family man Fossella actually had a second family in Virginia.

Despite Fossella’s fall, Republicans still drool over the seat, which has been in the red column for decades. Registered Democrats do outnumber Republicans in the district by nearly 2–1, but the district remains more conservative than others in the city. After all, John McCain took it from future president Barack Obama, 52-48 percent.

It remains unclear if either GOP hopeful can capitalize on the district’s right-leaning tendencies. Both Grimm and Allegretti are well behind McMahon in the fundraising department. By the end of the first quarter of 2010, McMahon had raised $1,490,302, compared to $497,321 by Grimm and $415,302 by Allegretti.

Updated 5:18 pm, July 9, 2018
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Donald Frank Friend from Borough Park says:
This story is out of date. The Republican Leaders Guido and Bocchino have already been caught in their lies. Read the truth at link below:

"Paul Atanasio, treasurer of the state Conservative Party, told me this afternoon that he attended a recent Grimm brunch at which the two GOP party operatives in question, Elaine Guido and Vincent Bocchino, were in attendance.

"I was leaving and what I recall is Michael stood up to say goodbye and there was a group of (maybe) four people, and Michael said to us, 'Rudy is going to throw me a fundraiser and would you be willing to be on the committee?' Everyone there said yes. It really was as simple as that. So yes, did I hear him ask and were those people there? Yes, yes, yes to everything."

Brooklyn GOP officials declined comment."
May 19, 2010, 10:12 am
Dave from Dyker Heights says:
Grimm is a tool. All he does is talk about his brief stint in the Marines and FBI. Big deal. It takes vision and command of the issues to lead. Grimm has zero ability to get off his 2 line script.
May 19, 2010, 10:25 am
Mike from Bensonhurst says:
Mike Grimm appears to be a genuine American hero who spent 2 years risking his life for his country abroad in the Marines then 12 years in the FBI, going to face to face with mob killers while wearing a wire. Anyone that denigrates a true hero like Grimm must a be tool himself and probably on the Allegretti payroll.

As for Mike--Ferris Bueller--Allegretti, Brooklyn has no need for rich boy who's accomplished nothing to speak of, except to benefit from his family's bought and paid for political connections.

Maybe Allegretti should focus more on cleaning up all the deadly pollution his company Bayside Oil is responsible for before he tries to get elected by telling lie after lie about himself. Of course, he doesn't want people to know that his company has been an ongoing part of an EPA Superfund investigation.

Oops! Did I say Superfund? Sorry Mikey, LOL!
May 19, 2010, 3:41 pm
James Fox from Staten Island says:
Most voters and taxpayers have no idea how bad the FBI is.

to view a partial list of crimes committed by FBI agents over 1500 pages long see
forums.signonsandiego. com/showthread.php?t=59139

to view a partial list of FBI agents arrested for pedophilia see
campusactivism. org/phpBB3/viewforum.php?f=29

also see
ctka. net/pr500-king.html
May 19, 2010, 5:39 pm
Craig E. from Bath Beach says:
Don't you love illogical people like "James Fox," AKA Allegretti staff member. They love to make fallacious arguments in their attacks on better people.

I wonder if James has an article on the kind of people that employee gangster capos like Allegretti's family did knowingly for years.

But really James. Should we vote for Michael Allegretti, the guy who's family business hired mafia killer Joseph Corrao, or Michael Grimm, the brave FBI agent who risked his life to Corrao and his ilk in jail?

Unless you have another embarrassing fallacious answer, I think you know who the voters would prefer.
May 19, 2010, 10:32 pm
Ray Riley from Bath Beach says:
Stop the Pollution!

According to EPA data, Manhattan resident Michael Allegretti's company, Bayside Oil--with which he claims intimate involvement--has been poisoning the people of the 13th Congressional district year after year with with tons of cancer-causing chemicals like Hexane, Toluene, Benzene, Xylenes, and Ethyl Benzene

Benzene is a known carcinogen, and has also been shown to cause blood disorders and to impact the central nervous system and reproductive system; Toluene damages the reproductive and central nervous systems, and Ethylbenzene and xylene cause detrimental respiratory and neurological effects.

The web pages below offer positive proof of this. It cannot be denied. If you want to stop breathing Allegretti's cancer-causing poisons, you must call the cynical and irresponsible Staten Island politicians who are backing him.

Please call State Senator Andy Lanza at (718) 984-4073 and Assemblyman Lou Tobacco at 718-967-5194. Don't give them a word to defend their support of the heinous industrial polluter Mike Allegretti. Simply tell them either withdraw their support of this villain or they will lose your vote.

Thank you.
July 12, 2010, 11:19 pm

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