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

1 Nov


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


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:


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,


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

DiPietro Fights to Remain on November Ballot #SD-59 #WNYVotes

24 Sep

I’m sitting right now in New York State Supreme Court, in Justice Drury’s part, listening to argument in the case involving state senate candidate in SD-59 David DiPietro.

There are two attorneys representing DiPietro, who is present with about 10 supporters in the gallery.  The plaintiff’s table has two lawyers up front and three behind, one of whom is a former (current?) Dale Volker staff member.

If successful, there may very well be a three-way race for SD-59 on the Republicanish side, with Cynthia Appleton the sole Democrat in the race.

In order for DiPietro to qualify for the ballot on an independent line he created, he needs 3,000 valid signatures. The NYS Board of Elections determined that he’s 423 signatures short, but staffers raised it to over 600, citing some sort of mathematical error.

The issue being litigated has to do with the rule that you can only sign one nominating petition for a particular race, and the first one you sign is the only one that counts. Evidently, some people who had signed someone else’s nominating petitions later changed their minds and, while they couldn’t sign DiPietro’s petitions, they thought the law held that they could carry the petitions and sign them as witnesses.

Attorneys for the State BOE and Pat Gallivan argue that recent changes to the law held that residency requirements for witnesses had been declared unconstitutional and changed in subsequent litigation, but that once you sign a petition, you can’t witness anyone else’s in the same race.

Attorneys for Dave DiPietro (Peter Reese and Jim Ostrowski) argue that the rule is inapplicable to carrying and witnessing a petition, and furthermore is a violation of the carriers’ first amendment rights to free political speech.

There is a case from 1983 being cited to stand for the proposition that once you sign, you can’t carry for someone else.  DiPietro’s counsel argues that it cites language that has been removed in the statute in 2009 and is irrelevant in light of recent changes.   Ostrowski asks for permission to brief this matter at 2pm and the judge granted him that opportunity.

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.