Tag Archive: Ragusa

Dec 24 2011

Humpty Dumpty Republicans

Mr. Romney, Mario D'Elia will make sure that you take Malba.

Vince Tabone makes promises he can’t keep.

Executive Vice Chairman of the Queens GOP Vince Tabone met with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney on December 14 and discussed the possibility of local organizational support for the governor’s presidential bid, according to a press release.

Support? That’s a funny word coming from Vince Tabone. If by support he means recruiting Rob Sperenza (who still thinks John McCain is running) and Elio Forcina (who is a religious fanatic and thinks Rick Santorum was sent by God) lounging in a campaign office eating donuts as Mario D’Elia, (a Democrat who was known to stand in the streets in the 80’s screaming vote for Reagan!) then Vince is totally correct about having the support to offer.

However, after observing Tabone’s failed campaigns and broken promises, I’m asking this question; is the man so disillusioned about this so-called support that be would blatantly lie to the presidential candidate? Yes indeed. There is no support, and a shoutout from Dee Richard isn’t going to cut the mustard. The party has become a small bunch of old fogeys and talking heads like William Lewis, Kimon Thermos, and Bob Bishop. There isn’t anybody to get excited about, let alone anyone worth their salt to brag about to a Presidential candidate. Not even the riches of John Catsimatidis can reinvigorate the party even though there are more Republicans in Queens than in any other county. No voter in their right mind would answer the door if these guys came knocking – let alone if they could climb the flight of stairs to get there.

The biggest joke of politics this year was when Vince, Ragusa, Ognibene and company destroyed the party. We have Ulrich down in south Queens freelancing with Mitt Romney  while Robert Hornak has an old fart man crush on Newt Gingrich. Everyone seems to be jockying for  photo op with Congressman Bob Turner (who was Ulrich’s creation by the way).  What about the Haggertys? They aren’t old. Nah, they’ll settle for whomever throws the most money at them. You can expect the Haggertys to support Donald Trump after they sell him the Independence line.

With Frank Padavan in semi-retirement, not even he can put the party together again.

All of these guys have forgot what being a Republican is all about.  They’ve been chipping away at the local GOP for a decade, and you know who suffers? I’ll tell you, it’s young people because they are excluded from the party and democracy takes a slam when there is not a single local Republican voice to counter the heavily weighted Democratic opinion. Has anyone seen a viable young Republican club? Candidates have to poach and hire from the Suffolk and Nassau clubs for bodies. During Tabone’s failed bid for assembly, his volunteers came from Long Island, not the neighborhood. It boils down to logistics. They have none. Has anyone seen the Republican party perform any community service lately? Of course not, it just doesn’t happen. Thank God for Dan Halloran because without him, the GOP would be nothing, even with his colorful antics. In summation, they have failed to adapt. I blame the leadership. Meetings are stocked with the elderly and infirm. God Bless them, but I bet their grandkids are Democrats!

Of course the seniors tend to vote, but real campaign support for Romney, like boots on the ground? I think not.

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Nov 02 2011

Judge Says Haggerty’s Caused ‘Confusion’

Ragusa TKO to South Queens Insurgents

I win.

From Heard Around Town City Hall News: The Queens Republican Party’s civil war is over – at least for now. A Queens Supreme Court judge ruled Friday that the rightful Queens Republican Party chairman was Phil Ragusa, rendering former Council Minority Leader Tom Ognibene‘s bid to replace Ragusa unsuccessful. A month ago, Ognibene’s insurgent faction of the party – led by Bart Haggerty and the now-convicted John Haggerty – tried to hold a separate meeting from Ragusa’s to elect Ognibene as chair, a move the judge wrote was meant to “create confusion” and to “disrupt the internal affairs of the Queens County Republican Party.” With the battle over, the question now is whether the Republicans can form any sort of detente that will allow them to defend several Council seats against in the next city election, take on State Sens. Tony Avella and Joe Addabbo in 2012, and defend Bob Turner‘s congressional seat.

James McClelland, a Queens Republican operative who works for Peter Koo, said he doubted the ruling would bring any sort of peace, and suggested instead that the Ragusa faction take over everything north of the Long Island Expressway, and the Haggerty faction take everything to the south.

“They’re going to have to do it like North and South Korea, where nobody crosses the 38th parallel,” McClelland said. “Ragusa can stand there with his pencil on one side, and Bart Haggerty can hold his pencil on the other side.”

I thought McClelland was Peter Koo’s chief of staff.

 

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Sep 30 2011

Two Convalescent GOP Chairmen Battle In Court For Control Of Nothing

The Queens GOP is engaged in a great civil war for Chairman of the Board, and it’s North vs. South all over again.The Northern faction is led by Chairman Phil Ragusa who risks losing control of a party in dire straights to radical insurgent Tom Ognibene of Middle Village, who ran for Mayor in 2005. Ognibene has teamed up with the notorious Haggerty Brothers for the pincer move.

Ognibene, a two time election loser from Southern Queens bears a striking resemblance to Colonel Sanders. If that’s not enough to say out of touch with reality,  it’s his radical right-wing family value politics that should frighten the pants off of you. He’s a gay bashing anti-semite that doesn’t believe in Marriage equality and he wants to spread his filthy beliefs around Queens by supporting like-minded candidates for the Queens GOP. When will you leave the public spotlight Mr. Ognibene? I think it’s time to retire.

The Haggertys are much more digestible in terms of personality then their minion, Colonel Sanders who calls the shots and tends to send a chill down the spine of any self-respecting liberal. They come in a neat and tidy package united by their blood lust for Phil Ragusas position as County Chair.

While one of the Haggertys is under federal investigation, the other is Chief of Staff to City Council Member Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park).  The Brothers are veteran political operatives so let’s keep an eye and watch as their court case unfolds against Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

I’ve met both alleged Chairmen and in between their off-color jokes and egocentric racial slurs in a chaulky smoke filled room, I’d place my bets with Ragusa. Although there’s no telling what may happen in the court room as these tricksters duke it out. It’s going to get ugly. Real ugly.

Read: Dueling Queens GOP Chairs

 

 

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