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Republican congressional hopeful Mike Grimm now has the distinction of being endorsed by both halves of his party’s losing presidential bid.

On Wednesday, 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin followed Sen. John McCain in endorsing the former Marine and FBI agent in his race against Michael Allegretti for the GOP nomination to challenge freshman Rep. Mike McMahon (D–Bay Ridge).

Palin, echoing McCain’s earlier endorsement, said in a five-sentence press release that Grimm would “represent New Yorkers with just as much integrity and courage as he defended them in the FBI and the Marine Corps.”

Grimm admitted that he’s never met Palin, the controversial “soccer mom” who thinks she knows foreign policy because Russia is “right over the border” from her Alaskan home.

But he was quite happy about getting the endorsements, claiming Palin’s “common sense solutions to the problems facing our nation make her one of the most important leaders in the Republican Party today.”

Though New Yorkers rejected the McCain-Palin ticket in 2008, the team is obviously popular in the 13th district, taking it from then-Sen. Barack Obama, 52 percent to 48 percent, even as McMahon was winning the House seat in a landslide. Four years earlier, voters in the Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst district voted to re-elect President Bush.

Of course, not all Republicans care what John McCain or Sarah Palin think.

“I don’t think these endorsements will overwhelmingly help a candidate in Brooklyn,” said Craig Eaton, chairman of the Kings County Republican Party, who, full disclosure, is backing more-centrist Allegretti along with the county GOP establishment as a whole. “The voters have certain needs and certain issues that affect them on a daily basis.”

Still, an endorsement by Palin is something of a political brass ring, these days.

As the Times recently reported, Palin has endorsed just over 50 candidates and incumbents this year. Out of the 27 that have already had primary or run-off elections, only four have lost.

It’s unclear if Palin will physically appear in Bay Ridge to support Grim, but McCain has agreed to walk the campaign trail with Grimm and host a fundraiser that will certainly add to the candidate’s $603,000 war chest. Allegretti has less — nearly $217,000 according to recent campaign filings.

Allegretti wasn’t rattled by Grimm’s high-profile name-dropping, but he did offer faint praise, congratulating Grimm “for earning the support of another high-profile politician from thousands of miles away.”

“I doubt Sarah Palin has ever been on the ferry, so here’s some advice if she ever finds herself on board: Don’t bother looking for Russia, you can’t see it from our waters,” chided Allegretti. “But you can see Brooklyn. And I’d gladly give her and Michael Grimm a tour of our district if they want.”

Allegretti said he has a lot of “local support” — notably Eaton, state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge), state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R–Staten Island) and Robert Howe, past president of the Bay Ridge Republican Club.

Updated 5:19 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
BLESS HER. Hope it gets Grimm some votes. McMahon is simply a finger-in-the-air politician who voted for the Stimulus and financial ruin. "Less socialist" is not good enough.
July 30, 2010, 11:20 am
Jane from Park slope says:
It's very nice to see her supporting a black. They need the help, so I'm glad that someone is finally putting race aside and supporting a darker berry - it's like they say - the juice is only sweeter. Add some darkness to your life, vote black.
July 31, 2010, 4:17 am
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
Jane from Park slope, it's tragic that, even in sarcasm, you see the world in disgusting leftist hues. We live in what is, by far, the least racist, more welcoming country the world has ever seen, but for you, the glass is 2% empty, rather than 98% full. You are a disgrace.

Sarah Palin has endorsed a number of black candidates. Have you heard of Col. Allen West, GOP candidate for FL-22?

One of the sad, tragic legacies of segregation and slavery is that blacks have been brainwashed into thinking their interests are with the Democrat Party. That's sad, because the relationship of the DNC to blacks is not that different to master and slave; dependence; programmed despair.
July 31, 2010, 11:05 am
Allen from Downtown says:
Stevie, thanx for your carefully cosmeticized racist view that blacks as a whole are brainwashable less-thans.
July 31, 2010, 11:34 am
K. from Arkady says:
I'm not a betting man, but 100 bux sez there's a hot liberal j-girl somewhere in Steve's background that gave him a serious raking over the coals/taking to the cleaners. What we see here are the results.

Get over it, Steve.
July 31, 2010, 12:12 pm
Steve from Bensonhurst says:
Looks like Craig Eaton, Chaiman of the Brooklyn GOP, who fully endorsed Republican Michael Allegretti went with the wrong choice. Too bad the Brooklyn GOP establishment and Mr. Eaton will have no clout with the next Republican COngressman representig all of NYC- what a poor decision.
July 31, 2010, 2:29 pm
Steve from Dyker Heights says:
I don't know about that.

Craig Eaton still made the correct decision, and Mr. Eaton sure has a lot more clout than any chairman in this state far as I know.

Allegretti will win this primary, he is the right choice, and he will be the next Republican Congressman end of story.
July 31, 2010, 3:39 pm
steve from bensonhurst says:
hey steve from dyker-
on primary night when Grimm wins, you will be back here to say it was the wrong choice for eaton to back allegretti and that Eaton became more irrelevant by not being able to secure a victory for his candidate right?? Who will need the Brooklyn GOP for any endorsement or anything in future if they can't win this high profile race being watched throughout the nation!

Also, as far as your comment of Eaton having "alot more clout than any chairman in this state", my friends in Albany in the State GOP tell me that his fellow chairs think he is a joke for his press release to be the "first" to make himself seem relevant. He sent out releases to be the "first" to endorse Giuliani for president in 2008, then the "first" NYS chair to endorse McCain when Giuliani lost the New Hampshire primary, and most recently the "first" to "draft" Giuliani for Governor... How ironic, that now Giuliani and McCain are both with Grimm....
July 31, 2010, 10:14 pm
Steve from Dyker Heights says:
Hey Steve from B-Hurst on primary night when Allegretti wins, you will be back here to say it was the wrong choice you didn't support Allegretti, and that Eaton becomes even more relevant by being able to secure another victory for his candidate right??

Oh that's right your part of the hate blog Atlas Shrugs led by the even more irrelevant Jonathan Judge who took his ball and went home a long time ago.

Jonathan Judge sure wishes he had the Brooklyn GOP endorsing his failure of a city council campaign I may add might have actually helped him get on the ballot.

Though I do know nobody needs the Brooklyn Young Republicans since they melted down months and months ago.

Eaton does have more clout than any chairman in this state sorry, the Atlas Shrugs crew have no friends in Albany.

I hear Lynn is embarrassed by Jonathan you can tell him that though.

My friends though across the state tell me they are wondering when the lightly buzzed, compact, rotund blogger will get some sunlight.

Oh that's right he's broke from trying to use the election laws he cried about to his advantage and has his whole club what's left of them helping another character Lucretia Potter who is in a similar situation.

If Eaton was so irrelevant you must have gone out of your way from posting on your hate blog atlas shrugs to mention him, since we know Jonathan and company will throw there own morals under the bus, and everyone else in this party

Business must be slow, oh well.

By the way when will Jonathan apologize for denying women the right to vote in his club.
July 31, 2010, 10:31 pm
steve from bensonhurst says:
hey steve from dyker-
yes, you have my word on being back here on primary night and admitting Eaton was right if Allegretti wins- are you man. or woman, enoough to do the same if Grimm wins and say Eaton was wrong????? Just confused by what you mean by Eaton being able to secure "another" victory for one ofs his candidate- what specific Brooklyn race has Easton, i mean Eaton, helped win one of his Republican canidates over the last 3 or 4years of his tenure??? oh and please dont try and give him credit for Marty Goldens re-election in 2008..a chairman's job is to get NEW people elected!

Oh, and for Eaton's boasting about being the "first" to endorse Giuiiani and McCain, why didn't he have any clout with them to get them to endorse his boy Allegretti- or at least not support Grimm???? Can you specifically answer that? The only answe I see is he didnt have enough politicaly savvy or clout to play with the big boys in a big race like this Congressional one, and each of the other County Chairs in NYS see that clearly!
Aug. 1, 2010, 6:40 am
Steve from Dyker says:
Easton, Nice slip up Atlas Sucka!!!

You aint even from Bensonhurst sucka!!!

Your boy Jonathan Judge has sure run his political career into the ground with the many hate blogs of his.

Last I checked Judge has helped no one even get on the ballot, let alone help himself or any candidates.

Wasn't it Judge's job to help build a Young Republican base here in the borough?

Oh that's right he failed miserably at that too.

How's that club of his, they sure don't have NEW people joining, let alone any NEW meetings.

There pretty broke these days thanks to his follies.

His clout sure helped him shoo away women didn't it?

That's right he took his ball and went home.

Judge has no political savvy at all, or any clout.

I mean didn't Judge last endorse a "Democrat" who probably lost votes for that endorsement, and Lucretia Potter don't try and say that she's been running for years, and if Jonathan doesn't endorse her, there will be a lot of hell to pay for him on that.

Don't forget Judge runs both the LaGuardia Club and Lucretia Potter websites.

It sure did show how much Judge is a Republican, which he isn't really one, never was, has anyone ever heard him endorse a Republican in his own community?

Must have had something to with his old community board job of his which he screwed up on thanks to his hate blog atlas shrugs.

Eaton's clout has brought a record number of candidates running for office this year, including NEW young people coming to the party, and incredible fund raising strength which will make sure Eaton has a hell of lot more clout with the big boys.

Without the help of Jonathan Judge, and the rest of the thugs in the 49th AD.

They aren't needed anyway.

Judge on the other hand is lucky Lucretia Potter doesn't hand him his lunch.

All Republicans in this State especially Lynn know what a fraud Jonathan Judge is, and his naive worshipers are.

Payback is coming clearly for you sucka!!
Aug. 1, 2010, 9:48 am
Jack from Bay ridge says:
Anyone is allowed to comment or endorse the person whom they feel is best for the job, but I really don't see what a failed vice presidential candidate from Alaska has to say about the race in Bay Ridge. And honestly, will her endorsement help, or hurt this campaign? It could almost be seen as sabotage from Wassilly :-)
Aug. 2, 2010, 3:20 am
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
Jack from Bay ridge, your comment about Sarah Palin reveals a rather large lack of knowledge about the current national political scene. It's fair to question the net effect of a Palin endorsement in NYC, but do you realize that Gov. Palin is, for better or worse (I think better) the single most beloved person in/near politics right of center? He endorsement has seemed to help numerous candidates gain money and attention. She is, in effect, the The Tea Party movement Good Housekeeping. Seal of Approval.
Aug. 2, 2010, 10:55 am
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
Jack from Bay ridge, your comment about Sarah Palin reveals a rather large lack of knowledge about the current national political scene. It's fair to question the net effect of a Palin endorsement in NYC, but do you realize that Gov. Palin is, for better or worse (I think better) the single most beloved person in/near politics right of center? He endorsement has seemed to help numerous candidates gain money and attention. She is, in effect, the The Tea Party movement Good Housekeeping. Seal of Approval.
Aug. 2, 2010, 10:55 am
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
Jack from Bay ridge, your comment about Sarah Palin reveals a rather large lack of knowledge about the current national political scene. It's fair to question the net effect of a Palin endorsement in NYC, but do you realize that Gov. Palin is, for better or worse (I think better) the single most beloved person in/near politics right of center? He endorsement has seemed to help numerous candidates gain money and attention. She is, in effect, the The Tea Party movement Good Housekeeping. Seal of Approval.
Aug. 2, 2010, 10:55 am
steve from bensonhurst says:
hey steve fom dyker-
has your great chairman eaton done anything substantive to help his candidate Allegretti????? What specifically??? if not, what use is a brooklyn GOP endorsement when Grimm seems to be flying high without Eaton's support?

When Grimm wins, it will be Eaton who??? Brooklyn GOP Committee who??
Aug. 4, 2010, 11:30 pm
Steve from Dyker says:
Hey Steve from Bensonhurst which we know your really not.

Have you done anything substantive to help any candidate including your favorite Lucretia Potter.

What specifically other than a "Hate" blog.

When Allegretti wins, it will be Grimm who??

I would say Judge who, but that would kinda play off on Jonathan's last article on his hate blog.

Oh too late.

By the way you so desperately want to be on that committee, of course you do, you wouldn't be attacking it so much.
Aug. 5, 2010, 9:50 am
steve from bensonhurst says:
steve from dyker-
you don't even admit when grimm and potter win, Eaton proves useless and is a big loss for him- at least I WILL say if Allegretti wins, a big win for Eaton (Finally)- man up-, rather than just deflecting-- so for the fifth time- If and when Grimm wins, will you say this is a big loss for Eaton and that the Brooklyn GOP will have little or no influence with our next Congressman if grimm wins the general election-- its a simple yes or no question...afraid to answer because you know the result on primary day already??
Aug. 6, 2010, 8:40 am
Steve from Dyker says:
Steve from Bensonhurst, no, you won't even admit the 49th has no real machine.

I mean how many signatures did Jonathan Judge and Roy Antoun pull for Potter?

Not too many I hear.

How many Grimm signs do we see in the 49th, let alone Potter signs.

Allegretti and Cipriano not only will win Brooklyn but the 49th.

As for you and your Eaton bashing, your no real Republican, your blinded in your hatred your blog Atlas Shrugs is proof you refused to work with our party, our county to support our candidates.

By the way is Jonathan posting on the job today?

Talk about biting the hand that feeds in that anti-Grimm post, I hear Potter is livid.

If and when Allegretti wins will you admit the simple question this entire district Eaton and Brooklyn will have in it's palms.

Nah you will still post on Atlas Shrugs about how much you hate Eaton.

Though I wonder how much do Grimm and Potter love Judge...
Aug. 6, 2010, 11:59 am
steve from bensonhurst says:
i havent seen the great brooklyn chairman craig eaton with his candidate allegretti-- is he distabcing himself for the loss>>>>
Aug. 14, 2010, 4:26 pm

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