Flabbergasted Whilst Ignoring the Bleeding Obvious

11 Jul

In Sunday’s Buffalo News Bob McCarthy metaphorically sticks his head in the sand about the Detestable Independence Party’s endorsement of Tim Kennedy over Bill Stachowski in the SD-58 Democratic Primary.

That minor party founded in New York by Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano is essentially controlled upstate by Democratic operative Steve Pigeon. Why? Because state Independence Chairman Frank MacKay said so, that’s why.

Rosenswie begs to differ. But she works in the same County Legislature where Pigeon helped assemble a majority friendly to County Executive Chris Collins. Legislator Christina Wleklinski Bove, a Rosenswie ally, is part of that majority. So is Kennedy.

Pigeon is also the $150,000 counsel to Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, one of two New York City members who threw the Senate into a tizzy last year when they joined a coup orchestrated by Pigeon and his political patron—Golisano.

So political insiders everywhere were flabbergasted last week when Pigeon-controlled Independence bypassed a Senate stalwart — Stachowski—for Kennedy. Did the move by a top Senate staffer amount to the Democratic leadership throwing a vulnerable member under the bus? Especially because the Stachowski seat is crucial to continued Democratic control?

Pigeon won’t talk, but a source familiar with his thinking said the Independence move signals the belief Stachowski can’t win.

Other Senate sources, however, say Pigeon’s move reflects uncertainity surrounding Espada, who was basically read out of the Democratic Party last week by Chairman Jay Jacobs.

“Steve Pigeon’s only alliance in the Senate is with Pedro Espada, and Espada’s days are numbered,” said one top Albany source. “Steve knows he has to have another horse in the game.”

Back here on earth, it’s pretty easy to sniff out the blatantly obvious quid pro quo. Kennedy signed on to Pigeon’s “reform coalition” in the leg with the understanding that Pigeon could deliver the Detestable IP (hereafter DIP) line. And when Espada loses / does his perp walk, perhaps Kennedy will help Pigeon retain a position with the needless State Senate.

Everybody wins!

4 Responses to “Flabbergasted Whilst Ignoring the Bleeding Obvious”

  1. Matt Bova July 11, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    Can we stop pretending to be shocked at this? The IP, like most people, like to back people who they see as winners.

    So even if there was a direct quid pro quo, there’s still the the fact that Stachowski is horrible at senating.

    When voters choose Kennedy over WNY’s second worst state senator, will we there be the faux outrage where we assume that all of WNY is in the pocket of Pigeon?

  2. Fat Tony July 12, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    Let’s see what happens. My best is the state Independence Party sticks it to Pigeon and the line ends up with Jack Quinn.

  3. Ward July 12, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    Just so long as Alan’s outrage is brought to bear equally on, say, the Working Families Party, which is the subject of a nice expose today, and an ongoing probe by the Federal elections commission and the NYC Board of Elections.
    The WFP is of course the current hideout for the former felons of the NY Liberal Party of Ray Harding fame.


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