Stupidest Thing Ever?

24 Oct

Just a few days ago, it was revealed that some cretin in the Board of Elections sent out absentee ballots that were pre-marked for Chris Collins. They were sent out to at least 10 Lackawanna Independence Party voters, and the Sheriff’s Department quickly mounted an investigation, as both parties’ BOE commissioners expressed shock and anger.

I rushed to judgment and assumed that the cretin who would do such a brazen and stupid thing would be a Republican proponent of Chris Collins.  Yet based on information from several sources, not to mention Stefan Mychajliw’s proxy outrage for his boss, it would appear that the culprit is actually a BOE Democratic appointee with close ties to Collins’ last opponent, Jim Keane. On Friday, Poloncarz released this statement:

Ballot tampering is a serious issue and I hope for a quick resolution of this recent issue at the Board of Elections. I support the investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office. Whether it is a Democrat or Republican who is at fault, it is my hope that the Sheriff’s Office will get the true facts of the case, make a swift prosecution to the extent of the law, and the individual should be immediately terminated. At the end of the day, he or she denied someone the opportunity to vote fairly in this race.

I apologize for thinking logically and assuming that only a Collins partisan would do something so stupid. I never considered that an even more stupid individual would try and do this – commit fraud to make Collins look bad, and have it backfire. I don’t know if an arrest is imminent, but when it happens I can expect Collins’ camp to make as much hay of this as possible. Who can blame them? Playing the victim is a great ploy in a campaign, and they’ll milk it for all it’s worth.

Thankfully, the Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that neither campaign had anything to do with this, so there’s that, but this absolute idiot, in trying to get Collins in trouble, has gotten himself into trouble and has caused the Poloncarz campaign to do damage control for something they had nothing to do with.

18 Responses to “Stupidest Thing Ever?”

  1. Buck Turgidson October 24, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    I am looking forward to Mr. F.N. Magoo’s comments, and hoping they are as strongly worded as his rebuke of Tony Fraccasso in the linked article. LOL.

  2. Mr.F.N. Magoo October 24, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    Turdigson, I made no comments about Collins nor Poloncarz nor even this situation. I pointed out that Tony made a reach to the other end of the state without commenting on the Erie County situation. Your anticipation comes from not reading more s-l-o-w-l-y or not remembering well. I didn’t make a single insinuation nor accusation about this particular case.

  3. Brian F. Wood October 24, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    As stupidity, it doesn’t even come close to the invasion of Iraq.

  4. Fat Tony October 24, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    One moron, one incident. The bigger problem is we seem to have a generation of political operatives who are more interested in fucking around with the other side and wreaking havoc that actually working their asses off for their candidate. Whether it’s this allegation or following people around with cameras trying to provoke them or even dressing up in chicken suits and invading campaign events, it’s classless, it’s wrong and it cheapens elections.

    Work hard. Raise money. Get your message out. Beat the shit out of the other side based on their record, experience, qualifications. Stop the bullshit.

  5. Tony Fracasso October 24, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    —————————————————-
    Alan says:

    “Dear Chris Collins and your patronage minions in the Board of Elections:

    If you’re going to try and steal the election, you should be less obvious about it. You needn’t send the pre-marked ballots to actual people. Incidentally, how is Michael Mallia enjoying his new patronage job there? I guess the private sector isn’t good enough for some of you free marketeers.

    Love, BP”

    Tony says:

    “Dear Alan,

    If you’re going to try to steal the election you would be less obvious about it. But if you want to mis-lead our community you could have a democratic political hack pre-mark a few. Then send that to the news to be blown out of proportion and repeated on blogs true or not.

    Love, Tony”

    ———————————-

    So i was correct. 🙂

    Next:

    “Alan
    I rushed to judgment and assumed that the cretin who would do such a brazen and stupid thing would be a Republican proponent of Chris Collins. Yet based on information from several sources, not to mention Stefan Mychajliw’s proxy outrage for his boss, it would appear that the culprit is actually a BOE Democratic appointee with close ties to Collins’ last opponent, Jim Keane. On Friday, Poloncarz released this statement:”

    “but this absolute idiot, in trying to get Collins in trouble”

    You betcha 🙂

    Cut the crap Alan. You rushed and posted what you did to do your best to tarnish the guy running against the guy that local democratic party headed by Len Lenihan has for that position.

    So now Alan I would like your opinion on:

    Political campaign work while on the take payers dime. If you were given FOIL’s which looks like it proves this would you defend the political party your involved with or defend the tax payer?

    • Alan Bedenko October 24, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

      You weren’t right unless Poloncarz had the hack do it and sent it to the news, neither of which are true, as per the Sheriff.

      I rushed and posted what I did because it made MORE sense for it to have been a lazy Republican hack at the BOE (they have those, you know) than for a lazier, stupider Democratic hack to have done it. Never underestimate the stupidity of BOE hires.

      I have already answered (twice) your question about “political campaign work while on the taxpayers’ dime”. If you’d like to provide details about what you’re talking about, that’d be swell. It depends on whether it’s an elected official or an appointee you’re talking about.

  6. Leo Wilson October 24, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    I heard Mark speak about this on the radio on Saturday. He had the predictable answer: “No matter who it is, what party he was advocating for, he (or she) needs to be fired, forbidden from any future public work, and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

    I live and vote in a different county, so I have no dog in this hunt. I flipped the channel to something more pertinent to me before he switched topics, so this is all I heard.

    I’ll believe it when there’s an actual prosecution.

    This Acornistic attempt seems, well, unlikely for either candidate.

  7. Tony Fracasso October 24, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    Looks like some democratic party leaders, a marketing guy and an elected official….

    Maybe these characters are looking to move into our community and are asking questions about garbage pickup.

    • Alan Bedenko October 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

      Tony – do you think the democratic political hack pre-marking the ballots was more or less clever than had a republican political hack done so?

  8. Tony Fracasso October 24, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    I didn’t say Mark was behind it:

    I said

    “Dear Alan,

    If you’re going to try to steal the election you would be less obvious about it. But if you want to mis-lead our community you could have a democratic political hack pre-mark a few. Then send that to the news to be blown out of proportion and repeated on blogs true or not.

    Love, Tony”

  9. Tony Fracasso October 24, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    We have hacks on both sides of the parties. Haven’t you learn yet that I don’t play favorites when it comes to tax payer money?

    So explain more to the person who is doing campaign work for chris while using county owned equipment.

  10. Alan Bedenko October 24, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    So explain more to the person who is doing campaign work for chris while using county owned equipment.

    What?

  11. Starbuck October 24, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    Isn’t a clever snarky nonpology (“I apologize for thinking logically and assuming that only a Collins partisan…”) a bit ironic in light of the demand not long ago for a genuine apology and retraction from the Buffalo News after something untrue was written there?
    http://wnymedia.net/buffalopundit/2011/08/wnymedia.net-demands-a-retraction-from-the-buffalo-news

    1. As prominently as your accusation of payola was on August 7, you devote an equal amount of column space to publicly retracting and apologizing …

    Election stealing sounds like an even more serious false accusation than payola.

    On a related note, should Poloncarz publicly retract and apologize for his accusations of the Collins side rigging ballots?

  12. SusanMary&Joseph October 25, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    “I apologize for thinking logically” 

    No Alan, you thought biasedly, and no apology necessary for ASSuming – its what we’ve come to epect from you.

    • Alan Bedenko October 25, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

      I always think “biasedly”. When did I ever claim to be objective or unbiased? Troll fed, regrettably, but seriously – that’s the best you can do?

  13. bill October 26, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    Alan Bedenko, first person the post an accusation against Collins, looks like the last to post about the actual culprit, who has been named, who is a democratic political hack

    • Alan Bedenko October 27, 2011 at 6:32 am #

      Check the date of the post.

  14. Rob October 27, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    I love that Illuzzi is making a big thing over Alan’s goof. Because Illuzzi, as we know, never posted a completely wrong prediction or assessment. Except, you know, when he told his 11 readers for about 6 months straight back in 2007 or so that Dick Cheney’s resignation was imminent. “Standfast!”

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