Paladino and Pecuniary Peccadilloes of Pigeonesque Proportions

4 Jun

It was reported yesterday that Carl Paladino, the embarrassing Buffalonian gubernatorial candidate, had retained the services of John Haggerty to compile petition signatures at a prospective cost of at least $500,000. Local reports merely identified Haggerty as a “veteran political operative”. But downstate media also use adjectives such as “disgraced“, and referred to Paladino’s cozying up to a Haggerty-backed rogue Queens GOP faction as a “faux pas“. In Albany in May, the words, “subject of a grand jury probe” were appended to Haggerty’s name.

Who is John Haggerty?

A petitions expert from Forest Park in Queens, who used to work for ex-Governor and utter failure George Pataki. Mr. Haggerty is closely connected with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and is currently reportedly under investigation by the Manhattan DA for receiving a $750,000 payout from Bloomberg’s campaign fund that was funneled through the state Independence Party. Haggerty’s use of that money is at issue, and he is the subject of a grand jury probe. He also leads a breakaway faction of the Queens GOP, acting as an outer-boroughs Republican version of Erie County Democratic nuisance Steve Pigeon – right down to the Independence Party ties.

Haggerty is represented by former AG Dennis Vacco.

Interesting campaign hire by a guy who purports to be above the political fray. With every passing day, Paladino proves himself to be a bigger and bigger phony. He’s just as much a political guy as any of them.

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5 Responses to “Paladino and Pecuniary Peccadilloes of Pigeonesque Proportions”

  1. Bill Altreuter June 4, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    The Vacco connection makes it make sense. Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.

  2. Mark June 4, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    Irv Weinstein you are not.
    Biased and out of touch with reality is more like it.
    You need a disclaimer that you are highly biased and intend to use your web exposure to campaign against Mr Palidino.
    You clearly support Cuomo or Lazio. Both NYC people. Both don’t give a bit of concern to this end of the state. Both represent more of the same politics. They clearly speak the “elect me – I am great for you” BS. More taxes and spending… who whats that? Taxes on upstate, spending on NYC and all their friends. No thank you.

  3. Rob June 4, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    “Irv Weinstein you are not.”

    That’s intended as an insult, right? Just checking.


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