Tag Archives: Leonard Roberto

The Sudden $50,000

30 Oct

Leonard Roberto, the founder of Primary Challenge who is challenging Brian Higgins for the US Congress in NY-27 has run for other offices before, notably the State Assembly and State Senate.

In 2006, Roberto ran for the State Senate and collected a total $6400 from all sources, including $2000 from his own company.

In 2008, Roberto ran for the State Assembly from A-142, and collected    Oddly, the Board of Elections shows the “Friends of Roberto” account to be “inactive”, having been “terminated” in 2008:

So why is there a 2010 report for an account that was terminated two years earlier?  That “Friends of Roberto” account raised about $8,800, almost all of it in 2010.  Of that, Roberto and his wife contributed only $670 – $150 of it from the candidate himself in 2010.  $5600 of contributions were refunded in 2010.

Roberto established his run for congress in June 2010.  At that time, Roberto gave his campaign $150.  Carl Paladino personally donated $2400.  His campaign treasurer, and the treasurer’s wife, loaned the campaign $4300. (Repaid in August).   The state campaign “Friends of Roberto” transferred in about $7200.  The candidate is not shy about reimbursing himself for campaign expenses.

Until this year, and this congressional race, Roberto has run essentially shoestring operations with minimal financial input from the candidate himself (he had reimbursed himself more out of his campaign funds than he had put in).

Yet on October 21, 2010, Lenny Roberto donated almost $50,000 to his campaign.  Not a loan – just a straight $50k donation all at once.  That seems unexpectedly generous, given that the only reported donation Roberto ever made in a state race was $150 to himself, and another $150 in this federal campaign.

I have emailed the campaign treasurer to inquire.

You Can’t Vote for Lenny Roberto, Either.

28 Oct

I heard the audio from this “ad” on the radio this morning:

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The problem is that the narrator doesn’t have a “relationship” with “incumbent Congressman Brian Higgins”.  I don’t know whether she went to Washington to talk with him, or called his office.  I don’t know if anyone was rude to her, but the person who wrote that ad and recorded that voiceover doesn’t live in NY-27.  I know who she is, and she lives in Clarence.  That’s in NY-26, which is represented by the essentially unopposed Chris Lee.  Not only that, but for some reason this Roberto-supporting, Paladino-backing tea partier is on the Clarence Democratic Committee.

Also, there’s been no cap-and-trade, nor has there been any amnesty.  Whatever.  It just makes the whole ad a big, fat lie.  About par for the course for the rabidly homophobic Roberto, who says that Washington is “destroying America” and wants to go to Washington with a “vendetta”.  Clownshoes.

Lenny Roberto: Just Another Republican #WNY Homophobe #NY27

27 Oct

Did you know that Brian Higgins has an opponent?  It’s perennial candidate Lenny Roberto, whose only claims to fame are (a) relentless runs for office after office; and (b) “Primary Challenge“, which has enjoyed one success in 6 years.

As it turns out, high school graduate Roberto has a big problem with gay people, equating them with murderers at a recent campaign stop.

The Jamestown Post-Journal published a letter to the editor penned by Greg Rabb, the President of the Jamestown City Council, who says he is the “only openly gay” elected official in the eight counties of WNY.

Is the Republican party in Western New York only capable of producing candidates for public office who are, at best, ignorant about many of their potential constituents or are they potential constituents or are they blinded by sheer prejudice unbelievable to me in the 21st Century?

Mr. Roberto apparently stands by his recent remarks as reported in The Post-Journal and seems to be proud of his ignorance and bigoted remarks and, what is worse, hides behind God.

I was raised a Catholic, having been taught from kindergarten through my bachelors degree by the Felician sisters, and the Franciscan and Jesuit priests and brothers. I was taught to respect all people and celebrate the diversity of human life and not to judge others. I was also taught that it was blasphemous to claim to know the will of God.

But this is not about religion nor is it about politics. It is about human rights and human dignity – all humans.

When elected to office you are there to represent all the people including those who are different than you. You have an obligation to reach out to and get to know all the people especially when they disagree with you. But you never resort to, at best, ignorant remarks and, at worst, prejudicial statements about people you never met or about whom you apparently know nothing.

The original article that sparked the controversy is found here. An excerpt:

Roberto spoke to about 40 people about his candidacy Tuesday, when he said he made comments about sexuality not thinking the media was present. On Wednesday, however, he said that was “tongue-in-cheek,” adding he wants his opinions to be “crystal clear.”

Speaking about the Tuesday meeting on Wednesday, Roberto said he wants people to know “what you see is what you get” if they vote for him. What they will get if he is elected in November, he said, is someone opposed to gay marriage.

He said he wants that known in an environment that expects people to be politically correct in an attempt to placate everyone. Instead, he said he opposes gay marriage as a pastor based on his understanding of scripture. He said he is not “a hatemonger” adding God loves homosexuals but not homosexuality; (God) loves murderers, but not murder, Roberto said.

Roberto said he wants people to know his position instead of relying on ambiguities that surround social issues.

“Truth often offends people,” he said, adding the truth of his stance is homosexuality is not acceptable as people do not have the right to “corrupt themselves.” Roberto has aligned himself with gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino. Roberto said a political group he founded, Primary Challenge, has helped with Paladino’s petitions.

If I remember correctly, Carl Paladino also got himself into some hot water making ignorant and hateful comments about homosexuals.  You can be “politically incorrect” all you want, but when it transcends mere politeness into palpably ignorant hatred, expect to be criticized for that.

That, and what could quite possibly be the worst, most amateurish, over-the-top, horrible political advertisements ever.

Here is one reason, and another to re-elect Brian Higgins.  Here is a handy search for anything mentioning WNYMedia.net and Higgins, and I have to say that his tenure in Congress has been among the most beneficial, positive, and important for all of Western New York.