Tag Archives: Dale Volker

David DiPietro: He’s Smart. Not Like Everybody Says. (UPDATED)

1 Nov

UPDATE:

Have you heard David DiPietro “debate” anyone?  He did a perfect turn as “crazy guy” here:

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Which goes along nicely with his “friendship” with Paladino.

Poor Dave DiPietro.

After losing to the repugnant political caricature Dale Volker in 2008, he figured he had made his bones, and that he was the man to beat for the Republican nomination in SD-59. Then along came former Erie County Republican Committee Chairman Jim Domagalski, who thought he was next in line for that seat. This pissed off the Tom Reynolds people for whatever reason, so they put up Pat Gallivan for that seat.

Seriously? Who cares about Republican infighting.

DiPietro also buys an hour per week to WNYMedia.net partner WECK 1230-AM for a radio show. Now, DiPietro hasn’t been on air for a few weeks because to do so would be violative of New York’s election law. Instead, Jim Ostrowski has been subbing as host, but has Dave DiPietro in as a special guest all the time for quite a lengthy segment. Just yesterday, they spent at least a half hour calling Jim Domagalski everything but the anti-Christ.

You see, Carl Paladino and Dave DiPietro have been political BFFs all year. Why, it was Carl who supposedly urged DiPietro to run for the state senate again. So it was that two nights ago, Carl was waiting in DiPietro’s driveway late at night to break the news to him that he was going to back Domagalski instead.

DiPietro said Paladino had asked him to run for the seat being vacated by retiring State Sen. Dale M. Volker, R-Depew, and suggested they run as a team, endorsed by the Tea Party. Paladino also contributed $1,000 to his campaign.

But as DiPietro returned home from a fundraiser just before midnight Wednesday, Paladino was waiting for him in his driveway.

“I said, ‘Carl, tell me this isn’t true,’ ” DiPietro recalled.

He said Paladino leaned against his car, repeatedly apologized and said he owed the Erie County Republican Committee his support.

At the news conference, Paladino said he strongly endorsed Domagalski to represent the district, which stretches across parts of four counties.

“He’s an attorney; he’s a talented man,” Paladino stated. “I need a guy like that by my side.”

Talk about a lackluster endorsement. Anyway, Domagalski and Paladino held that press conference during DiPietro’s Ostrowski’s WECK show, and they discussed it on-air for at least a half-hour.

In essence, it went down like this:

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But in the last 24 hours – keeping in mind that the primary election is literally a few days away – an entire years’ worth of work has basically gone down the drain.

First, Paladino’s stab in the back, which is only the most recent of an entire years’ worth of backstabbing and recriminations among the so-called tea party movement in Western New York. Today, the Board of Elections bounced DiPietro off a self-created Tea Party line (not affiliated with Paladino’s own), thus depriving him of a non-write-in means to stay in the race past next Tuesday should he lose.

When reached for comment, DiPietro said,

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Dave DiPietro: the last guy in New York to think Carl Paladino had any character.

Appleton Returns #DSCC Money, Stands on Principle #SD59 #NYSen

27 Oct

While former Sheriff and Tom Reynolds ally Pat Gallivan dukes it out with Islamophobic/xenophobic ignorant birther David DiPietro, Cynthia Appleton has been mounting a competent campaign focusing on issues and ethics.  Her strengths on these points is highlighted by the press release shown below, explaining why she returned a campaign contribution she received from the corrupt and execrable New York State Democratic Senate Campaign Committee.

DiPietro is a shameful embarrassment to himself and his supporters, including his erstwhile ones, like Carl Paladino.  David DiPietro is also overdue in submitting pre-General Election financial disclosure information to the Board of Elections.  Gallivan may be a good cop, but he is a Reynolds ally and is the thankfully-departing Dale Volker’s pick to succeed him. He’s received an exorbitant amount of money from Republican apparatchiki, including minority leader Dean Skelos.  (In other words, Gallivan would merely be Skelos’ puppet in a Republican majority).

Cynthia Appleton, on the other hand, is someone who works in the private sector and isn’t a career politician or serial candidate.  She hasn’t insulted entire swaths of the population of the state of New York, and she is principled.

Cynthia Appleton, candidate for the State Senate in the 59th District, announced today that she received a contribution yesterday from the New York Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, and that she is returning the DSCC money.  “In light of last week’s very troubling report of the the State Inspector General about the conduct of some members of the State Senate leadership regarding the AEG bid, this is not money I can accept,” Appleton stated.  “I also want to make it clear that I could not in good conscience vote for anyone under investigation for a leadership position once I become a Senator.  I have spent this campaign talking to voters about reforming Albany not because it’s a campaign tactic, but because it’s what I believe we must do.”  Appleton is running on a platform that includes calling for real ethics reforms, so that legislators won’t be able to police themselves anymore, independent non-partisan redistricting, term limits, and greater transparency in Senate conduct.  “I will not bring any conflicts of interest to Albany with me, because I will make serving the people of the 59th District my only job. I will retire from my career as a nurse and make the work of representing the voters my only concern.  No outside income, no clients, no ulterior motives,” Appleton said.

Here is a debate that Channel 2 held featuring all 3 candidates for this Volker seat. For instance, when asked a question: how would you help create jobs in WNY, Gallivan talked about Albany corruption, spending, and franking privileges.  Disgraceful DiPietro basically just calls Gallivan an asshole, and complains about the fact that dry cleaners like his are regulated (because of the toxins they use).  Cynthia Appleton actually answers the question.

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Here is Cynthia’s introductory video:

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Please contribute to Appleton’s campaign so she can make up the tainted DSCC money she returned.  Make a difference for the suburban and rural SD-59 district that needs principled, sane leadership and representation.

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Cynthia Appleton: Democrat for SD-59

14 Jun

There is, at long last, a Democratic candidate for Dale Volker’s Senate Seat of Unfathomable Anger®.

Cynthia M. Appleton of Warsaw, Wyoming County, declared her candidacy for the 59th State Senate District yesterday at the annual Wyoming County Democrats’ Flag Day Party. The 59th District consists of portions of Erie, Livingston, and Ontario Counties, and all of Wyoming County.

Appleton is a critical care nurse at Strong Memorial Hospital and has worked in health care, including over a decade at the Wyoming County Hospital, for thirty-five years. She and her husband Gary raised their son Gregory in Warsaw, where Appleton is now serving her third term as a Village Trustee. She is also a mainstay of local theater productions as an award-winning director and actor. A member of the Warsaw Grange 1088, the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce, and a volunteer with the local grandparents program, among other commitments, Appleton is a true leader in her community.

Appleton addressed the crowd of supporters and explained her reasons for running for State Senate this year. She pointed to the problems of high taxes and the recent budget impasse to demonstrate that Albany is in desperate need of reform.

Appleton drew on her professional background to explain how Albany could change for the better: “I would contend that our government needs more teachers, more farmers, more business people, and, yes, more nurses to replace our career politicians. Elected officials are often called public servants, but all too often they serve only special interests, with their lobbyists and large campaign contributions. Nurses, on the other hand, serve everyone.”

The approach Appleton brings to her career is one, she explains, she would bring to public service in the State Senate. “Nurses don’t treat people differently because someone happens to be a Democrat, Republican, or an independent. We aspire to be objective professionals who put our job above any sort of personal or partisan interests, in order to best serve our communities. Unfortunately for us all, many of our New York State Senators have often stubbornly refused to demonstrate such professionalism, and instead choose partisan gridlock over public service, resistance over reform.”

As she concluded her remarks, Appleton stated, “I’m a Wyoming County native from a family which has been farming for generations and from parents who successfully managed a small business in upstate New York for many years. I know this district, and I know Albany is failing this district and the entire state.” Appleton said, “ I want us to do better, to make New York State great again: a place where our young people want to and are able to stay, live, work, and raise their families. I believe together we can do better, and I pledge to go to work for you to do just that.”

Rochester Mayor and candidate for Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy was on hand for Appleton’s announcement. He urged the crowd to sign on to Andrew Cuomo’s New New York agenda. After Appleton did so, Duffy endorsed her to the audience, saying, “I’m really excited about her candidacy.” Noting her community roots, he said, “It really is about getting folks elected who represent people.”

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1 May

Dale Volker (SD-59) – Out. Finally.

30 Apr

In honor of Dale Volker’s decision to free western New Yorkers of his 40-year tenure of failure and stasis, here are excerpts from a few posts I did about him during the PolitiFAIL tournament a few months ago. Enjoy and rejoice.

Dale Volker

In 1973, the UK joined the EEC, George Steinbrenner bought the Yankees, Roe v. Wade was decided, Nixon was inaugurated for his second term, construction began on the CN Tower, the first oil shock shook, the Watergate scandal began to unravel, and the music charts are topped by “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree”, “Bad Bad Leroy Brown”, and “Crocodile Rock”.

1973 was, in other words, 37 years ago. It was also the year Dale Volker first went to Albany as an Assemblyman. He was then appointed to the state Senate in 1975. The amazing thing about people born in 1940 is that some became prematurely elderly reactionaries, and one became John Lennon. Volker obviously chose the former.

A former Depew cop, Volker’s stock in trade is fear – it’s what he continually runs and wins on. Volker is a strong proponent of the antiquated, unnecessarily brutal Rockefeller drug laws, signed, coincidentally enough, in 1973. The state made the decision that it was as bad to possess four ounces of marijuana as it was to commit second degree murder, resulting in 15 years to life in a state penitentiary. As you might expect, Rocky’s drug laws did nothing to stem drug use. Volker isn’t so much anti-drug, as he is pro-penitentiary and pro-fear:

State Sen. Dale M. Volker defends the Rockefeller Drug Laws by raising the specter of neighborhoods “under siege from drug dealers.” The drug war’s collateral damage hardly justifies New York’s draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws.

Volker probably doesn’t hang around on the corners of the east and west sides of Buffalo – neighborhoods, y’know, under siege from drug dealers. The draconian Rockefeller law failure stayed on the books until last year, over Volker’s objection.

Why is he so in favor of imprisoning casual pot users for 15 years to life? Even though the prisoners in Attica can’t vote, they’re counted as Volker’s constituents. Without the prison population in the 59th State Senate district, it would be underpopulated and cease to exist. To put it differently,

Of Volker’s constituents, 3% are incarcerated (4% of his adult population is in prison). Of his “constituents” who are Black adults, over 75% are disenfranchised. Thanks to the traditional gerrymandering in New York, Volker’s district is smaller than it should be, but with 8,951 prisoners he can safely ignore, Senator Volker can devote himself to the needs of his real constituents with a kind of individual attention that his urban colleagues cannot.

Volker is also known as a thug and a bully. Most recently, when David DiPietro was running in a Republican primary against him, one of his myriad staffers, Harry Wahl, harassed a family supporting DiPietro, making vicious, borderline criminal threats against them. When Volker won the Republican nod, his goons went after Kathy Konst and her family in an equally vicious and pointless way.

As far as being in Albany is concerned, one gets the impression that Volker is in Albany for its own sake. After all, how else do you explain the fact that his staff – even as a minority legislator – costs the state almost $1.1 million per year. And for what, precisely?

Remember when Volker and Esmonde fought when Volker tried to take credit for the removal of the 190 tolls, which happened thanks to Mike Powers and Carl Paladino?

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When he’s not taking credit for stuff he hasn’t done, his entire schtick seems to be demonization of New York City pols – repeatedly, over and over, even if it makes no damn sense. Hint: It’s no excuse for having no record of your own whatsoever, especially given the fact that you’ve been in the majority for most of your career.

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It’s safe to say Dale Volker is fecklessly useless in direct proportion to the length of his tenure in state government.

Yet people continue to re-elect this malignant, despicable failure. That’s the real crime.

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And then there’s Dale.  An Archie Bunker type who was heard this week on the radio bitching and moaning about the “downstate people”.

Dale, here’s a clue:  we’re not stupid.  We know that when you berate and blame “downstate people”, you’re talking about New York City Jews and minorities.  You might as well just man up and admit it; just call it what it is.

And this divisive, ignorant little toad, he of massive ego and sense of entitlement, continues to get re-elected thanks more to sharp elbows than merit.  Unlike Byron Brown, no one expects – or gets – great things from Dale Volker.  He is not a transformative figure.  He is not a guy who appeals to anybody except the beneficiaries of his member item largesse, and angry, threatened octogenarians.

So, with Dale we expect devastating mediocrity, and get exactly that.  For 40 bloody years.  Volker costs the taxpayers over a million dollars per year to do absolutely nothing.  Seriously, name one thing Dale Volker does that can’t be done some other way by some other government actor.  You can’t.  I can’t.   At least the Mayor goes out there and promotes Buffalo.

Dale Volker goes out there and promotes the antediluvian status quo.  There isn’t a new idea about anything rattling around in that empty head, nor has there been in two generations.

…40 years’ worth of a D-minus.

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Dale Volker – a malignant cancer; a polyp in the colon that is Western New York.

Volker is a veritable piece of shit who has been in office probably since before you were born. He’s that old fart going 30 in the left lane, driving the tan Buick of our politics. His tough-guy pandering to cops and corrections officers stems from the fact that without Attica and other correctional facilities, his district would cease to exist.

His political survival is dependent on murderers and rapists.

A renowned asshole, Volker dispatches sycophants and surrogates to bully and threaten political opponents on a regular basis. He is so bad that even the Republicans and teabaggers hate him.

He is so odious, in fact, that even Jim Domagalski – the chairman of the Erie County Republican Committee is considering a primary run against him.  Primaries are like kryptonite to Republicans.

That’s as if Len Lenihan decided to run against Bill Stachowski.

Dale Volker Retiring

29 Apr

About three hours ago, my phone exploded with text messages from everyone sending me tips on a “major announcement by State Senator Dale Volker” tomorrow.  In one of the worst kept local secrets, Volker is set to announce that he will not be seeking re-election in the 59th Senate District. In one of the other worst kept local secrets, Erie County Republican Chairman Jim Domagalski is scheduled to announce his candidacy for the seat within a week, perhaps as early as Saturday.  Volker and his million dollar staff will be heading for greener pastures.

The polling numbers I’ve seen for Dale have not been good as the anti-incumbency fervor seems to finally be overwhelming his name recognition advantage and ability to curry votes in the rural parts of his gerrymandered district.  In recent elections, Dale has had more trouble than expected holding on to the seat.

In the 2006 Republican Primary, Volker barely beat perennial candidate and general crazy person Len Roberto in Erie County, winning by a meager 400 votes.  Roberto lacked the resources or organization to compete with Dale in the far flung district and lost by a significant margin district wide.

In the 2006 General Election, Volker (with the advantage of two minor party lines) faced Democrat Tom Casey.  Casey, who ran a limited campaign, lost by a mere thousand votes to Volker in Erie County and was overwhelmed by the minor party lines and Volker’s superior resources in the rural counties.

In 2008, Volker lost the Erie County Republican Primary to Dave DiPietro but was able to take a demonstrable victory in Wyoming, Livingston and Orleans Counties to win the race.  Again, Volker just had more resources and a better organization than DiPietro had in this sizable district.

In the 2008 General Election against Kathy Konst, Volker again lost Erie County but he won the district by 11,000 votes, due to the the Conservative and IP lines.  Konst ran what amounted to a tire fire of a campaign and she did little outreach in the outer areas of SD-59, but she did beat Dale by 2,000 votes total in Erie County, even with the votes from his two minor party lines added into the final results.

With Dale’s recent weakness in Erie County and anti-incumbency fervor spreading in the rural districts, the writing was on the wall for Volker in 2010.  Along with the looming shadow of Domagalski, he already had an announced primary candidate as Dave DiPietro is back with tea party support and Carl Paladino’s money in his pocket.

With Domagalski and DiPietro fighting it out for three lines, a split ticket is a distinct possibility.  Dale Volker’s minor party line, name recognition and fundraising advantages are now split between two Republicans.  Will a legitimate Democrat get involved in the race?

A Democrat can win in this district, specifically a Democrat with an entrepreneurial background, military experience and an organization structured for outreach into the rural counties.

Who might that Democrat be?  Stay tuned…

The Winner of PolitiFAIL Tourney 2010 Is…

1 Apr

In a landslide victory over Dale “Count of Monte Fail-o” Volker, The WNY Voter emerged victorious in the 2010 WNYMedia.net Tournament of PolitiFAIL.  The WNY Voter racked up 1260 votes to Volker’s 510 to take the title.

We’ll have photos and video of the awards presentation up shortly.

Thanks again for reading, participating, voting and spreading the word across social networks.

PolitiFAIL Championship: Dale Volker vs. WNY Voters

1 Apr

State Senator Dale Volker

Dale Volker is so detestable that his own party chairman is considering a run against him – something unthinkable in local Republican politics.

Dale Volker is so detestable that there are a solid three (3) Republicans altogether running against him right now. David DiPietro, Lenny Roberto, and potentially Jim Domagalski.

Dale Volker is such a hypocrite that he and his staff cost the taxpayers over $1 million per year to basically do nothing except redistribute tax money.

Dale Volker is such a horrible human being that he and his surrogates bully, smear, and threaten people who politically oppose him or dare to run against him.

Dale Volker, were he a cop for the past 40 years, would have been a dirty one.

Dale Volker thinks you’re a dick.

Dale Volker has been in Albany for 40 years and has absolutely nothing to show for it, except for a reputation as an asshole and a big fat public pension.

Dale Volker hates “downstate people” (read: Jews, blacks, hispanics, other non-Germanic ethnics).

Dale Volker pretends to tolerate kids in his presence.

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Dale Volker pretends to be personable and approachable.

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Dale Volker meets with constituents at picnics and says words that do not correlate in any way to what the constituent is saying. The word is “doddering”.

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Dale Volker blames all of his problems on a noun beginning with the adjective “downstate”.

Dale Volker is tight with the unions.

Dale Volker supports the anachronistic and unnecessarily harsh Rockefeller drug laws, because his political career is thoroughly dependent on inmates, who count as “constituents”, even though they’re mostly from downstate, and cannot vote.

Dale Volker, to put it another way, owes his political career to the disenfranchised.

Dale Volker is from WNY, but wears a bolo tie.

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Dale Volker purports to represent his ridiculously gerrymandered district by railing against taxes and fees, yet he was very very recently a senior member of the Senate majority.

He’s nothing but a lot of talk and an expired badge. If there is any politician locally who deserves to be ejected from office and sent to live out his days in a bungalow near Siesta Key, chomping on a bland early bird dinner at 4:30 at some half-assed diner, berating the help, yelling at random minorities, and driving his tan Buick very slowly in the left lane, it is this septuagenarian, do-nothing malignant toad.

WNY Voters

Who aspires to mediocrity? Who strives for adequacy? Who rails against Albany, yet helps maintain a 95% incumbency success rate for the state legislature? Who listens to semi-literate, uninformed nonsense on AM radio and believes it to be true? Who re-elects dummies over and over? Who complains about party politics and party machines, yet refuses to get involved in local or countywide committees? Who bitches about the status quo, yet maintains a sub-50% turnout rate? Who has an intimate knowledge about, e.g., American Idol, but can’t identify their Assemblyman or Senator?

WNY has been in decline for 50 years. What we have managed is to identify the problems. What we have failed to do is adequately address them, or elect people who might do so. We don’t even have the wherewithal to look to nearby cities and regions so we can mimic what they’re doing.

40 years of failure? Or are we our own worst enemy?

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PolitiFAIL Results, Final Four Edition

1 Apr

As we bring this contest to a close, I’d like to thank the bloggers of WNYMedia for all of their hard work in this tournament.  Colin Eager, Gabe Armstrong, Eric Saldanha, Marc Odien, Brian Castner and Alan Bedenko did a fantastic job with their matchup previews.

This tournament started as a goofy idea hatched one day in our office between Marc and I and it has turned out to be way more popular than we originally imagined.  You’ve viewed the tournament posts over three hundred thousand times and cast thousands of votes to determine who you think  is most responsible for the current level of FAIL in our region.

So, thank you for playing.  We’ll be selecting a random reader for our FAIL prize pack tomorrow and we will announce the winner of the PoilitiFAIL tournament at tomorrow’s press conference at 5PM in front of the former planned home of the Buffalo Creek Casino in Downtown Buffalo.

On to the Final Four of FAIL Recap:

Dale “The Count of Monte FAILo” Volker versus Byron “BERCtastic FAIL” Brown in  a showdown for the ages.  These two men represent such distinct and virulent strains of political failure, it was almost pre-ordained that they meet to determine who had the secret sauce of FAIL.

Dale Volker is like the Colonel Sander of WNY Regional FAIL.  He created the original 11 herbs and spices of FAIL and is loathed by Democrats, Republicans and children everywhere.  A man disconnected from his community, entitled, arrogant, condescending and an opponent to everything that represents progress and forward thinking.  The exact kind of small minded petty tyrant who has held back our region from success for decades.

Byron Brown is the all about failed potential, the JP Losman of the local political world.  Elected with promise and hope yet has flailed about haplessly in almost every situation.

Even his scandals are low-rent, small-town and ultimately disappointing.  He associates himself with deadbeats, grifters and charlatans, all at the cost of community wide progress.  Are we better off with him in office rather than Tony Masiello?  Kevin Helfer?  Mickey Kearns?  Not really.  Frankly, this is a time of great opportunity for this city and region.  We have a President interested in urban policy, a massive shakeup in our national economy, changing demographics and a fundamental shift in our national priorities.  A forward thinking Mayor would be working regionally with other leaders and enlisting the best and brightest thinkers in the city and abroad to position Buffalo to take advantage of these factors.  Instead, we’re moving BERC into BURA and generally playing the Three Card Monty con of government with patronage, power, and favors.

It was a matchup of heavyweights, yet Volker came out ahead with a score of 625-439 and moves on to the Championship Game.

Chris “Let Them Eat Cake” Collins versus the WNY Voter.

Collins has made a name for himself in just 18 months in office with his policy initiatives which comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted.  Stripping money from the urban budget faster than a stripper takes off her bra in a lap dance…assuming she wants a seat from Mr. Collins.  However, the golf courses are still running and the toboggan run is once again functional at Chestnut Ridge Park.  So, there’s that.

Collins was elected on a platform of running government like a business…he just never told us that he meant a horribly mismanaged business.  He failed to mention the business he would emulate would be one filled with extraneous, overpaid managers with personal connections to the CEO, micromanagement, unsound decision making, a chauvinist chief executive and a failed total quality management plan.  Who does he think he is, the CEO of Enron?

The WNY Voter has taken down Steve Pigeon, Stan Lipsey, and Andrew Rudnick who represent some of the face on WNY’s Mount FAILmore.  It’s been a helluva run for this spunky 4 seed.

The WNY Voter is the patient zero of FAIL in this community.  With our reckless electoral behavior we have infected our community with an epic strain of FAIL that will take generations to treat and ultimately cure.   We have demonstrated an unwillingness to hold our leaders accountable and they have taken advantage of us for nearly 50 years.

Yes, districts are gerrymandered, franking privileges abused, fundraising networks are exclusionary of common folk willing to run for office, and we lack legitimate choices in primaries OR general elections.  But, we’ve created the environment in which we find ourselves.  Our ambivalence foments an arrogance in our elected leadership which seems impervious to our infrequent and impotent yearnings for change.

We can’t get our collective shit together, why should we expect the politicians to care about our needs?  Insiders like Carl Paladino empower these leaders to rape our community blind, while sending him a vig on the proceeds by locating government offices in his buildings.

They don’t care about us, they don’t NEED us when they have useful idiots like Carl around.  They don’t need us because we show up to the polls at a 20% rate.  They need to fear the change we can create at the voting booth, the power that comes from hundreds of thousands of voices all calling for reform and change…damn, I felt a little teabag coming on there.

Anyhow, The WNY Voter continues the string of upsets with a 547-362 upset over Chris Collins

For the FAIL championship, State Senator Dale M. Volker versus The Voters of WNY.

We’ll see you tomorrow at the press conference.

PolitiFAIL Final Four, Byron Brown vs. Dale Volker

31 Mar

Byron Brown’s failure stems from his promise.

In 2005, so many people had so much hope that this young, energetic, bright son of Montserratian immigrants could yank this city out of years and years of status quo cronyism.  He would implement new technology to help track city work and ensure that it was done more efficiently, saving money.  He would employ the best and brightest.  A new mayor for a new Buffalo.

Astonishingly, unnecessarily, his first term was marred by mediocrity, pettiness, and inaction.  Yes, good things have happened in town, but many of them thanks to the state or federal government.  Everyone wants to like the Mayor, and everyone really roots for him to succeed – to rise above the political power plays he engages in with his enemies, real and perceived.

Time after time, he and his cronies disappoint us.  Time after time, the political games distract us from real problems, harming our ability to find real solutions to them.

Yet after a first term of mediocrity, he wasn’t just re-elected, he was re-elected overwhelmingly.  In landslides.  A rout or two, in fact.

Byron Brown has the political capital to be a real agent for positive change in this city.  He has the unique ability to appeal to all city residents and bring them all together for the greater good.

The moment he decides to do that, we’ll let you know.

And then there’s Dale.  An Archie Bunker type who was heard this week on the radio bitching and moaning about the “downstate people”.

Dale, here’s a clue:  we’re not stupid.  We know that when you berate and blame “downstate people”, you’re talking about New York City Jews and minorities.  You might as well just man up and admit it; just call it what it is.

And this divisive, ignorant little toad, he of massive ego and sense of entitlement, continues to get re-elected thanks more to sharp elbows than merit.  Unlike Byron Brown, no one expects – or gets – great things from Dale Volker.  He is not a transformative figure.  He is not a guy who appeals to anybody except the beneficiaries of his member item largesse, and angry, threatened octogenarians.

So, with Dale we expect devastating mediocrity, and get exactly that.  For 40 bloody years.  Volker costs the taxpayers over a million dollars per year to do absolutely nothing.  Seriously, name one thing Dale Volker does that can’t be done some other way by some other government actor.  You can’t.  I can’t.   At least the Mayor goes out there and promotes Buffalo.

Dale Volker goes out there and promotes the antediluvian status quo.  There isn’t a new idea about anything rattling around in that empty head, nor has there been in two generations.

So, which is more insidious – great promise wasted, or 40 years’ worth of a D-minus?

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