Manhattan Grand Jury Indicts Paladino Petitionmeister

14 Jun

I’m looking around, and I think it’s safe to say that this site was the first and only news portal of any kind in WNY to report on the legal troubles surrounding John Haggerty, whom Carl Paladino tapped several months ago to coordinate his petition-gathering effort.

Just 10-ish days later, a Manhattan grand jury has indicted Haggerty for allegedly misappropriating, laundering, or otherwise converting about $1 million in campaign contributions made by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the state Independence Party.

One of the attractions of the Paladino campaign is that he will ostensibly run an ethical administration, pledging to clean Albany up, with blunt instruments, if necessary. He accuses Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of crimes for which he should be sent to Attica, yet Silver has been indicted by a grand jury on zero occasions. Mr. Haggerty, on the other hand, is under indictment for grand larceny, money laundering, and falsifying business records.

You’ll note that Haggerty is the member of a rogue group of Republicans that has broken away from the Queens GOP establishment – a group which includes Paladino’s running mate, Tom Ognibene.

One would expect a reform campaign that bases part of its platform on transparency, openness, and responsive government would disassociate itself from an indicted alleged felon, if for no other reason to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. Instead, they’re doubling down, as seen here in the reviled comments section of the Buffalo News:

2 Responses to “Manhattan Grand Jury Indicts Paladino Petitionmeister”

  1. Hapklein June 14, 2010 at 8:40 pm #

    Can anyone who has helped duplicate just about every drug store in Western New York have such reserves of wealth that he can just go on blundering his way through a somewhat honest thicket of protocol and procedure to become a candidate representing just about nobody and now is revealed to recruit suspected criminals to bolster his yet to be party?

    It is a curiosity. 

  2. Eric Biddle June 15, 2010 at 10:37 am #

    Paladino jumped the shark when he hired a gadfly grifter like Haggerty who is known for his bottom feeding tactics but the season was over when he announced Ognibene as his prefered running mate. Ognibene was a spent force long before he lost his last Council GOP primary with Haggerty’s help and long after he sold out his conservative principles at Haggerty’s urging to suppport superliberal Bloomberg. Ognibene ceased to be viewed as a value conservative when he first appeared on a wiretrap with a sleazy expeditor peddling influence. Good going Paladino. Guess you trusted Haggerty to do your due diligence just like silly Manhattan liberal Mayor Mike.

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