Collins Finds New Enemies

31 May

The big question going on in local politics-land is Who is Doc Maelstrom?

Whoever it is, it’s an insider with ties to a growing, bolder anti-Collins contingent of the local Republican Party.

Collins can see the planets starting to lineup against him, alliances forming where none existed before, all because Hochul’s team showed a way to victory. That and the fact someone is talking on the inside.

Chris Collins has good reason to wonder what’s up. Collins has created plenty of enemies over his term and none more than in the Rath Building. His iron fist has come down on those he opposes but also on some who had supported him. For that reason it’s tough for Collins to look everyone in the eye he passes in the halls. However, now Collins must look for that face wearing the smile, wondering if its owner is friend or foe.

Apparently, it’s not just Democrats who have a problem with our county executive.  It was the Collins brain trust that mismanaged Corwin’s loss in a +6 Republican district. It was the Collins campaign crew that sent Michael L. Mallia to harass an old man in a parking lot and then giddily posted it to YouTube. It was Collins’ people who expected the Corwin race to be a cakewalk dry run for November against Poloncarz. The fact that it wasn’t has them in finger-pointing disarray.


When even some in Collins’ own party are ready to throw him under the metaphorical bus, it’s interesting, isn’t it, that some of the people Collins can count among his most loyal supporters are a couple of Democrats in the legislature.

19 Responses to “Collins Finds New Enemies”

  1. rastamick May 31, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    In typical megaloparanoid fashion Collins thinks the answer lies in monitoring county computers. He somehow overlooked not being a prick as an earlier recipe for success. His little public hissy fit with Hochul a while back is even more telling now. The guy is toast.

  2. Still Republican? May 31, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    Thank goodness someone is writing the truth about Chris Machiavelli Collins. Two items that contributed to Corwin’s loss, and will contribute to future re-election trouble for King Chris. 1. The Collins team, they ARE the smartest guys in the room. 2. There is a systemic trend within the Collins and the Republican ‘leadership’. They don’t respect women. I suspect that Doc Maelstrom may be someone who takes offense to the dismissive attitude towards anyone who isn’t the “in” group. Or perhaps, Doc falls into the “out” group simply be being a woman.

  3. Mike In WNY May 31, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    And our region continues to flounder while Democrats and Republicans turn local politics into a sideshow. Reveling in Hochul’s success does nothing except satisfy the partisans who would savor a victory by anyone on the (D) line. Everyone else still wallows in a vat of dysfunctional government.

    • Alan Bedenko May 31, 2011 at 11:10 am #

      Yes, thankfully we can all hold up the local tea party as the singular, unified example of good politics at work.

  4. mark May 31, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    Collins needs to go. Good luck trying to get a quote from him, his temperament will kill him this election when his mouth Grant Loomis isn’t there to speak for him.

  5. newwayofthinking May 31, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Don’t be surprised when you learn that its the deposed king…Joel, that is….that’s behind this blog.

  6. Pericles May 31, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    Its not just new enemies, embarrassing losses, and incompetent staff that is putting Collin’s second term in jeopardy. One thing that isn’t being mentioned yet is how the Collins’ stategy to depress the city turnout is in the process of backfiring. Both Whyte and Schroeder seem to be committed to running for City Comptroller. Whyte will get at least two maybe all three of the I, WF, and G lines. Schoeder will have at least the C. Neither are lawyers. Therefore, it is very likely that both will be on the ballot in November (unless one moves/dies). I wouldn’t be surprised if we see party leaders, or even Cuomo himself encouraged them both to run hard until the general. The presence of two strong candidates with very different Democrat demographic appeal would almost certainly result in significant city Democrat turnout. Meanwhile the lack of even a nominal Republican candidate won’t provide any additional incentive for Republicans that are lukewarm on Collins to show up at the polls. Team Collins is once again proving too clever by half, and setting the stage for their own failure. Their plan to depress turnout may end up working against them, keeping city R’s at home while city D’s flock to the polls on GENERAL election day.

  7. Mike In WNY May 31, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Actually Alan, political parties are mostly a necessity because of the screwed up state of things. Governance should be based on a finite set of core principles, liberty and property rights above all else, then the need for people and their personal agendas would me moot. Whether or not the local tea party movement is cohesive matters only as far as it is relevant to supporting the candidate most likely to move things in the right direction.

  8. Brian May 31, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    Why would good, solid WNYers vote for a guy who always looks as if he just got hit in the face with a slat?

  9. joe schmidbauer May 31, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    Fact: Whyte will not be getting the Green line state party ruled no to any fusion with other parties. Also the Erie County Greens are serious consisting a number of people for a run for county executive. If so, will make the county ex. races very interesting.

  10. King Kong May 31, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    I don’t expect Schroeder to have many problems with the WF lines, the Indies are an unknown. I don’t expect City Comptroller to be much of a contest as Whyte only really has part of North Buffalo in her pocket.

  11. King Kong May 31, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    Prediction for primary:

    Schroeder: 58
    Whyte: 42

    …and that’s a generous prediction for Whyte.

    Siegel drops out

  12. Kevin J. June 1, 2011 at 1:00 am #

    Why does anyone really think Schroeder has this good a chance? I can’t come up with a single actual accomplishment of his as an officeholder. Will he make an entire campaign out of his alleged outsider/opponent of Silver status?

  13. Brian June 1, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    @King Kong – Maria Whyte represents more City of Buffalo residents currently than Mark Schroeder does or ever did…and will have the WFP line. 
    Schroder: 35
    Whyte: 40
    Antoine Thompson: 25
    You can take that to the bank.

  14. King Kong June 1, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    Alan – Schroeder didn’t say anything nuts at the rally, he will tell you himself that he speaks wherever he’s invited. While at that rally he warmly praised then Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and spoke of the need to support education programs such as the South Buffalo Education Center. He also spoke about the need to dump Shelly Silver, where I think there is real common ground amongst the new media lefties and the tea partiers.

  15. King Kong June 1, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    Kevin – Unlike some sellouts in the Assembly, when you spend your time opposing the status quo it becomes difficult to pass bad legislation. I think that the fact that Mark Schroeder still has any accomplishments (particularly on autism and public safety issues) is pretty amazing given the fact that Boss Shelly hates him.

    Brian – What makes you think that Antoine is actually going to run or that Whyte has any appeal on the East Side or anywhere outside of the champagne liberal parts of North Buffalo (except for maybe Allentown)? Mark Schroeder will connect with the blue collar union workers, the blacks and the Latinos in a way that Maria Whyte can’t because his entire story is based on non-elitism. Maria Whyte screams elitist.

  16. AidentheCat June 1, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    @King Kong, you obviously have no clue as to who Maria Whyte represents. The people that you say will go for Schroeder are Maria’s constituents that she has worked her butt off for, for the last 5 years. Maria doesn’t represent North Buffalo, albeit, they will probably vote for her in the race. Maria also has much more to offer the residents of the East Side than Mark Schroeder. She represents the city, 65,000 residents in fact, and is one of 3 legislators whose districts are completely within the city. I’d say these are all strong reasons why Maria would beat Mark on Primary Day and in the General. Maria is also much closer to the issues that are important to the city. And tell me exactly how Maria “screams elitist”?? She is one of the hardest working officials that Buffalo has, and has spent the last 5 years serving her constituents in the most honest and genuine fashion of any of the other pols that are out there. I’m guessing you have never had the pleasure of meeting her. She is a breath of fresh air when it comes to politicians.
    She also makes really good pies!

  17. King Kong June 1, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    Maria Whyte may not be the North Buffalo district, but she represents the economically affluent northern part of Buffalo. You clearly have spent no time with Mark Schroeder, who knocks on every door in his district and who uses his position to advocate for those with disabilities, labor issues and budget and ethics reform. He survived his time in Albany without becoming part of the stench that has long infected the Silver-bought Assembly. He’s the perfect independent voice for the City Comptrollers office.

    He also catches flack from the state conservative party for supporting progressive causes like marriage equality. It shows that he has real backbone to stand up for what he believes in.

    I’m ready for a fiscally responsible and progressive working-man intellectual to occupy a city-wide position.

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