The Independence Party: Independent from Steve Pigeon?

20 Jul

Permit me to preface this post by re-stating my profound hatred for fusion voting in general and the Independence Party in particular.

I was flabbergasted yesterday to receive a press release from Assemblyman Sam Hoyt announcing that he had received the endorsement of the New York State Independence Party. Anyone with even a passing knowledge of local politics knows two things: (a) Steve Pigeon has become the de facto go-to guy for IP endorsements locally; and (b) Steve Pigeon and Sam Hoyt hate each other with a passion unbridled and would go to the ends of the Earth to destroy each other.

Not only that, but Bill Stachowski in SD-58 and Jim Domagalski in SD-59.

Joe Golombek is challenging Sam Hoyt in A-144, and it’s no secret that he’s aligned himself with Mayor Brown, who is aligned with Grassroots, which is aligned with Steve Pigeon, who is supposed to be the guy who controls whom the IP endorses. Golombek’s website already touted his IP endorsement. So did Kennedy’s.

Tim Kennedy is challenging Bill Stachowski in SD-58, and it’s no secret that he’s aligned himself with Chris Collins, who has aligned himself with Grassroots and Steve Pigeon, who is supposed to be the guy who controls whom the IP endorses.

One could almost argue that Golombek’s and Kennedy’s entire campaign strategy in terms of whom they’ve aligned themselves with have been completely blown to shreds in the last 24 hours.

In SD-59, it’s a Republican war going on between the tea party factions, Tom Reynolds, and Chris Collins. DiPietro is supposed to be the tea party guy, but now Ostrowski and his 2 supporters have turned on him, so he’s only got the support of the Rus Thompson faction. Domagalski is the Chris Collins pick, and Pat Gallivan is the revenge of Tom Reynolds. In the end, Domagalski got the IP nod, giving his campaign a boost.

Indeed, the conventional wisdom behind getting the IP line is that it gives party-line adherents an opportunity to throw you a vote without having to fill in a box with an “R” or “D” next to it. Here, it also ensures that the candidate is still around in November, regardless of what happens at the polls in the primary races in September.

For Sam Hoyt and Bill Stachowski to get the IP endorsement is a huge coup for them both, and seems to significantly undercut Steve Pigeon’s power in local electoral politics. I’m sure he’s owed enough favors that he’ll find a way to get himself and his friends jobs some other way. But it seems that there are people in this state who currently enjoy exponentially more political clout than Pedro Espada’s patronage hire.

9 Responses to “The Independence Party: Independent from Steve Pigeon?”

  1. val July 20, 2010 at 10:40 am #

    Not that I mind this, as I can’t wait to see Golombek go down in flames, but how did this happen? Who did Pigeon piss off?

  2. Rob July 20, 2010 at 10:46 am #

    “Ostrowski and his 2 supporters have turned on DiPietro.”

    Jim O still supports DiPietro, doesn’t he? [/confused]

    • kelly July 20, 2010 at 3:14 pm #

      Ostrowski has 2 supporters …confused

      • Marc Odien July 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

        Alan is up in TO today. He will respond when he gets back i’m sure

    • Rob July 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

      That was sarcasm, I assume, but I’m pretty sure that Jim O and the Tea Party Coalition still wholeheartedly support DiPietro.

  3. Matt Bova July 20, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    I think this affects Kennedy far more than Golombek. It’s a little frustrating because as much as you can detest Kennedy for his Pigeon associations, Stachowski has been an active participant in the decline of this state for longer than I’ve been alive. Given a choice, I think Kennedy is the lesser of two evils.

    The Hoyt/Golombek race will still be decided on primary day. If Golombek wins the primary, we’ll actually see people campaigning up to November in the city but I think it’ll be too much for Hoyt to overcome.

    I’m not entirely sure that a local committee (Pigeon or not) being overridden by an Albany/NYC decision is going to play well with voters in any district. A lot of the gripes about the Independence party are inside baseball that just don’t resonate. It’ll just feed into the anti-Albany fever that’s gripped everywhere outside NYC and the Capital region.

    • Clinton's Ditch July 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm #

      C’mon, Sam Hoyt is going to beat Golombek like he owes him money. There are not enough workers at city hall workers employed by Byron Brown to put Golombek over the top.

      • Peter A Reese July 20, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

        Oh yeah! Joe will beat Sam like a rented mule.

  4. Peter A Reese July 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm #

    Bloomberg gives more to the IP than Pigeon, and Bloomberg supports Hoyt and his charter school hedge fund buddies. Guess this proves that the IP is founded on political integrity and can’t be bought like a cheap street prostitute.

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