Household Help to Remove Corwins’ Sour Grapes?

6 Jul

Corwin? More like Cor-LOSE...

Both major political parties in western New York, it seems, are going through some upheaval. The Democrats have been fractured into oft-warring factions since time immemorial, but a massive push by Governor Cuomo to broker peace has been largely successful, at least for the current election cycle. There has been some grumbling, but when the most popular governor in America tells you to knock it off, you probably will.

On the other hand, the Republicans are just now getting a taste of what “disunity” means. Chris Collins is a wholly unliked and unlikable personality, and his brain trust just got through handing Jane Corwin an incredible, epic loss to a Democrat in Tom Reynolds’ hand-made NY-26. The strife was on full display during this past weekend’s Hardline program on WBEN, with Dave Debo hosting former Erie County Executive (and no friend of Collins’) Joel Giambra, Artvoice’s Geoff Kelly, Rus Thompson by phone to talk tea party, and Michael Caputo, Paladino campaign manager also by phone to talk about how Collins’ people screwed Batavia Iraq War veteran David Bellavia.

The discussion was touched off by this Buffalo News article and this commentary, written by Caputo and posted to WBEN.com. Caputo made the point that, in his opinion, the young guys running the Erie County GOP and Collins’ campaign apparatus are blatantly anti-veteran, pointing to their treatment of Gary Berntsen in 2010, and David Bellavia in 2011.

After Caputo emailed a link to the WBEN commentary to his contact list, he received the following email from Assemblywoman Jane Corwin’s husband, Phil. (Phil is the treasurer for the Collins campaign):

On Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 3:40 PM, philcorwin1@__.com wrote:
Michael,David Bellavia is a spoiled child who didn t get his way. I ve watched his public temper tantrum with disgust. He is also a liar who distorted my wife’s voting record. For the record she was the best candidate endorsed by Republican, Conservative, and Indepence parties based on her record in the Assembly, involvement in the Community and private sector job creation. David is a war hero and we all acknowledge it and respect him for his service but that doesn’t automatically make him a good person or a qualified candidate.

Take me off your email list and get a fucking life!

Phil Corwin

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

How about that! A demand that Caputo “get a fucking life” from an unemployed Range Rover Republican millionaire in the Chris Lee inheritance-mold. Remember: when Corwin says that Bellavia “didn’t get his way”, what that translates into is: Bellavia was promised the Republican nomination by Nick Langworthy in 2008 in exchange for Bellavia’s exit from the NY-26 race and endorsement of Chris Lee, along with a promise from Tom Reynolds that Langworthy would set up a PAC for that very reason. Seems as if Bellavia held up his end of the bargain, but the party apparatchiks lied. Twice, minimum. Phil Corwin likens Bellavia’s reaction to that breach an agreement to a “temper tantrum”.

Seems like he should know.

In response, Caputo sent the following to Mr. Corwin:

Phil:Until this email I thought you were a good guy, that you and your wife were just poorly served by a childish group of gutless punk kids. I believed you were above all the dirty tricks and so did David. But I was wrong: now I know you were a part of it, and you disgust me.Don’t tell me what David Bellavia said about Jane’s record; I know precisely what he said. He was truthful at all times, albeit in opposition. You have clearly never been in a competitive campaign because your sensitive skin is chafing.I know you don’t understand the honor and integrity inherent in a veteran’s service: you never deigned to serve your country. Many of us did that for you. We feel a man who is decorated for heroism – for taking bullets for your family, for watching his men die for your family, for holding the head of a friend as he gasped his last breath for your family – is far above the crap you, your wife and your sick allies in the Erie GOP pulled on him.

In fact, now that I know you and Jane were clearly behind all the dirty tricks, it may be time for a primary in Assembly District 142.

When a man fuels his campaign with integrity, he becomes the target of those who have none…

…Click on the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of your email. Most folks understand that’s the easy and legal way to stop political mail, protected speech under the First Amendment. Maybe your butler can show you.

Finally, keep your foul language to yourself; it reveals your education. You’ve already shown your patriotism.

Don’t poke bears, Phil. They bite.

Sincerely,
Michael Caputo

There’s a battle being waged for the heart and soul of the local Republican Party – a war brought by those who see the Collins camp as dishonorable and led by a bunch of incompetents. Could Collins get his come-uppance this year due to his own hubris?

UPDATE: I inadvertently wrote that Phil Corwin is an “unemployed Range Rover Republican”. This ignores the fact that Mr. Corwin has an office on the 16th floor of the Manor Rath Building, as a Director of Noblesse-Oblige Vice-Chairman of the Erie County IDA. Even though he’s a dollar-a-year type of guy, he is not technically “unemployed” and reports directly to the man for whom he is the re-election campaign treasurer.

17 Responses to “Household Help to Remove Corwins’ Sour Grapes?”

  1. Black Rock Lifer July 6, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    Wow, what a surprise, the Corwins are not so nice and use vulgarity, I thought Spaulding Lake had a covenant that forbade such behavior. As with Chris Collins, I wonder what these folks say in private since their public comments show a basic lack of decency and respect.

  2. RaChaCha July 6, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    I dearly hope Collins is hoist with his own petard (if for no other reason than “petard” will be a way fun word in blog post titles — but there are lots and lots of other very very good reasons.)

    This election is getting positively Shakespearean.

  3. scott July 6, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    you used ellipsis marks in the caputo email. what did you take out pundit? seems shady to me.

    • Alan Bedenko July 6, 2011 at 9:55 am #

      I took out something that Mr. Caputo asked me to take out as a condition that I be able to publish it. Frankly, since I think that Corwin’s email is more relevant than Caputo’s response, I didn’t have a problem with that. If you’d like to know what was excised, you can feel free to contact Mr. Caputo directly. Try @michaelrcaputo on Twitter.

  4. John July 6, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    You and Caputo are just the cutest!

  5. RaChaCha July 6, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    “The Catte, the Ratte, and Lovell our dogge rulyth all Englande under a hogge.”

    –From the days of Richard, III

    “A Fratte Boy, twain Grants, and Pigeon our byrde rulyth all Erie-shire under a turrde.”

    –From the days of King Collins, III (NOT pronounced “the third”)

  6. Still Republican? July 6, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    LOL
    Caputo has made my day!!

  7. DJ July 6, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Joe “convicted felon/deadbeat dad” Illoser says that there is NO strife in the ECGOP, and I believe him.

    Nice smackdown by Caputo.

  8. scott July 6, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    so he would only let you publish this if you edited the email? wow, now i really DO want to know what was too juicy for you to put on here. must have been good. I am a little surprised you would agree to that but, oh well — its your blog.

  9. Chris Sasiadek July 6, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    @Alan, I just feel the need to point out that I was the first person to use the word “apparatchik” on WNYmedia today.

  10. Eric Saldanha July 6, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    @Scott – Ooh, this could be a fun parlor game…let’s guess what was in that missing section.

    My guess: a transcript of the missing 18 minutes from the Watergate tape of 6/20/72

  11. scott July 6, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    the more i think about it — its funny pundit would release only part of the email after so adamantly chastising corwin for not releasing the second video of the davis assault

    • Alan Bedenko July 6, 2011 at 11:19 am #

      Yes, it is quite funny. But if it were “shady”, I would have omitted the ellipses altogether, and you’d never know. Instead, I specifically indicated that there was a redaction. Until and unless the author of the email gives me permission to release that passage, I’m not going to.

      One would also presume that one could obtain its content directly from Mr. Corwin and his compatriots, though. Perhaps you can ask him directly?

  12. Brian Wood July 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    Let’s say the repubs have a really deadly civil war, and every republican in the nation suddenly falls down dead. Where’s the bad?

  13. John July 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    @ Brian Wood … real classy

  14. Fred Segal July 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    @EricSaldanha “My guess: a transcript of the missing 18 minutes from the Watergate tape of 6/20/72”

    I’m sure Caputo has a copy of the tape but I doubt he would share that with the likes of Corwin.

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