The buffoonery of stooges & pundits who will say or do anything to prove their political prowess is beyond funny sometimes. You already know about certain people who have a bad habit of pulling utter hogwash out of their nether regions and pronouncing it as fact. Well, this latest bit from NewWNYPolitics would be funny if the facts weren’t so pathetically wrong, on every level. Wait I take it back. It is so flippin’ funny, our bellies still ache from laughing!
Here’s what really happened:
The TNY Board met with Jack Davis and David Bellavia two Sundays ago at the Comfort Zone Cafe (Chuck Barrett’s place – great spot) on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo (squarely outside the 26th CD), because Jack in particular was anxious to meet with a few of us, and we also wanted to determine if it would be worthwhile to hold a Forum. Since David Bellavia would be there, Rus thought it would be useful to have him meet with Carl Paladino and CE Chris Collins, since they both favor Jane Corwin — so he had pre-arranged for them all to chat after the Board met with the candidates. Carl, Chris and David, together, all informally talked with Board members outside the meeting room before the Board members left. Then Rus, Carl, Chris, David, his campaign manager Paul and I all sat down and talked. All went well. Chris Collins wanted to be sure David knew what he was getting into without comparable campaign cash, and without endorsements. We believe Carl & Chris both gained a deeper respect for David as a result of this meeting, and learning where he stands on the issues, why he is committed to this race. At one point, David let us listen to a recording of some anonymous guy who left a message on his voicemail, offering him a $70,000 a year job, presumably to get out of the race. We all laughed at the absurdity. Chris Collins for one, is very unfamiliar with patronage, and has made enemies in the GOP for his unwillingness to generously supply it, on demand. Absolutely no offer was made to David to get out of the race.
Channel 2 showed up outside, but this was not a public affair, so as we left, Carl & Chris simply told the reporter that there was nothing to report, we were just having coffee. David was the only one who used the restroom after Channel 2 arrived, and before we all parted ways. End of story.
Now that you’ve got the facts, here is the Juicy Buffoon Rendition, for your sure to be exquisite reading pleasure…
(A Very Funny Fairytale):
GOP Topsider Tries To Buy Off Bellavia With Assembly Nomination
|Written by Glenn Gramigna, Editor|
|ERIE COUNTY GOP’S FAILED ATTEMPT TO BUY OFF A WAR HEROAs a staff sergeant serving with US forces in Afghanistan, congressional candidate Dave Bellavia won the Silver Star and found himself considered for both the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross for the courageous way in which he led his men into battle, braving enemy fire again and again. However, none of this may have totally prepared him for the cynicism he’s encountered in WNY politics, highlighted by a recent attempt by Erie County Republican topsiders to buy his withdrawal as a 26th District independent congressional candidate.
According to highly placed sources who were on the scene, this latest outrage took place at a popular watering hole deep inside the 26th. The occasion was a Candidate Night sponsored by a Tea Party group.
As our source tells the story:
“Dave was leaving the place when a female operative close to the leadership of the Erie County Republican Party asked Dave to ‘stick around,” he reports. “Dave said, ‘No, I’ve got to go.’ But, the woman persisted, saying, ‘Here, let me buy you a cup of coffee.’ She then produced her cup of coffee and led a still reluctant Bellavia into a back room of this particular establishment.
When Dave got there, he found the most powerful Republican elected official in WNY sitting there along with yet another wealthy and powerful Republican, also a successful businessman with state-wide ambitions, and an activist who had apparently already been bought of by the GOP powers that be.”
At this point, we are told that Bellavia “smelled a rat” and decided on a delaying tactic.
“Dave said, ‘Wait a minute, I have to go to the men’s room,” our source continues. “But, when Dave was in the men’s room, he called Ch. 2 News, which immediately sent a reporter and photographer to the scene.”
Once Bellavia returned to his back room rendezvous with the rich and powerful, we are told he was offered the chance to run as the Republican nominee for the NYS Assembly in Batavia if he would only forgo his independent run for Capital Hill.
“Dave kept saying no, he didn’t want to do it and then finally, the Ch. 2 guys showed up,” our source on the scene reports. “At that point, it was the high up Republican office holder’s turn to hide in the men’s room, in an apparent attempt to keep the voting public from finding out what he was up to. It was really hilarious to see this elected public official and millionaire hiding in a men’s room stall like a teenager.”
In the end, we are told, Bellavia turned the offer down time and again, leaving the scene with his integrity intact.
“They tried to buy off a war hero and it just didn’t work,” our source concludes. “The arrogance and cynicism of these people is really something. It never ceases to amaze me.”