Primary Season: NY's 13th District

Monday, August 16, 2010

Primary season is gearing up. First, Michael Allegretti joins us to talk about his run for New York's 13th Congressional district, followed by fellow candidate for the Republican primary, Michael Grimm.


Michael Allegretti and Michael Grimm

Comments [27]

eugene reed from brooklyn ny

while mr allegretti is taking a conservative stand on all the relevant issues during this interveiw,what is noticeably absent from the question list is mr allegrettis open support for cap and trade. you can see for yourself. go to you tube and search for "the climate group". you will see mr. allegretti as a senior advisor on us policy for this organization in several videos advocating for the copenhagen treaty on climate change! watch and learn!

Aug. 22 2010 07:58 AM
Helen Northmore from Congressional District (CD) 13

In respect to a comment posted below:

Strange as it seems, it is the Democrat Candidate, Michael McMahon, who is backed by Mr. Molinaro, who is the Staten Island Borough President, a Conservative, and the successor as Borough President to former Staten Island Republican Congressman, Guy Molinari.

The article on the Conservative endorsement of Michael McMahon is at:

Aug. 16 2010 12:11 PM

So the area where the mosque could be built is "sacred ground" where nothing should stand but the actual area where the incident took place is set to become an ostentatious multipurpose building? Grew up in the Bronx with a lot of people who were New Yorkers, lived and worked in the city their entire lives, but were constantly threatened/outraged by people who weren't exactly like them. So tired of this self important narrow minded, no-nothing view of the rest of the world. If the mosque site is sacred than the Freedom Tower should have been scrapped, too. Son't be hypocrites. While I disagree with many of his views, at least Allegretti answered more questions directly, with more attempt at making persuasive arguments.

Aug. 16 2010 11:43 AM
Josh from Washington Heights

Under the rubric of giving these candidates a chance to delineate their platforms from each other, you just opened up the airwaves to 30 minutes of Right Wingnuts trying to out "conservative" each other. Where's the pushback on their idiotic charges and ideas? How about 30 minutes of left wing candidates out there? What's the deal? This is outrageous!

Aug. 16 2010 11:38 AM

Unfortunately, I live in Bay Ridge, which is a very nice and safe neighborhoood, but the mentality is so far removed from the rest of the city. it's senselessly conservative and the community can be very uptight about the way other people need to live. I would never sit in a bar in Bay Ridge and discuss politics.

Aug. 16 2010 11:37 AM
Helen Northmore from CD-13

I listened and waited but did not hear a single item that either of these candidates knew of in the Health Reform Bill or the Financial Reform Bill that they both want to repeal.

Aug. 16 2010 11:33 AM
artista from greenpoint

the battle of the 3 Michaels!
Since they are representing a NJ constituency living, by sad chance of a race result, within NYC borders, we have to be subjected to this grimm set of mythological problems and even more mythological solutions. And I doubt the democratic Michael would sound any more worthy of a vote.

Aug. 16 2010 11:32 AM
Xtina from Manhattan

Ground Zero is not SACRED. It's commercial DIRT.

Get over it.

Aug. 16 2010 11:31 AM
Andy from Brooklyn

RLewis, a better question is does he realize there are already two mosques in the neighborhood, one of which predates the WTC?

Aug. 16 2010 11:31 AM
gary from queens

Grimm would be better able to articulate his position against the GZ mosque by reading my article here:

Aug. 16 2010 11:30 AM

Maw: Great point!

Aug. 16 2010 11:30 AM
Andy from Brooklyn

These guys are both crazy. Do they have a single thought of their own? They both parroted cliche party lines. I thought New York republicans were supposed to be more level headed than their out-of-state counterparts.

Aug. 16 2010 11:29 AM
Phoebe from NJ

Why do Republicans only want to uphold the Constitution when it affirms their own bigotry?

Aug. 16 2010 11:28 AM
RLewis from bowery

Does this guy know where Chambers Street is located?????

Aug. 16 2010 11:27 AM

Why don't this guys blame large corporation instead of the government when complaining about the "stifling of the small business-owner"? It's large corporation that's the culprit.

Aug. 16 2010 11:26 AM
Ed from Brooklyn

Ugh. Just tuned in and heard about changing the Constitution to allow turn limits. And some tired blather about spending.

Term Limits are a panacea. They just remove from us the burden of taking elections seriously.

I then promptly turned it off. If this is the quality of candidates we get, then our democratic experiment is as good as done.

Aug. 16 2010 11:21 AM
maw from nyc

Brian -
Can you please do a segment on the history of immigration in the US? The candidate mentioned his family immigrated LEGALLY in the 1930s - what does that mean exactly? Was legal and illegal immigration defined as such at that time?

Aug. 16 2010 11:19 AM
Shar in Az from Arizona

Re: Mr. Allegretti: What was legal immigration in the 1930's??? Who was "illegal" -- maybe somebody without "white" skin, maybe even his Italian grandparent? And exactly how bad is "border control," here in Arizona the governor continues to imply there are murders on the border and this is the "kidnapping capital." I don't hear any such reports. Deportations and investigations of employers by the current administraton is higher than Mr. Bush's administration. More border guards have been added. Evidently Congress has not proposed any legislation such as Mr. Allegretti is asking for. The Republicans talk but don't act!!!

Aug. 16 2010 11:18 AM
Bowery Boy from the bowery

The Constitution is sacrosanct... and then the first thing he wants to do, if elected, is change it. ???????

Aug. 16 2010 11:16 AM
Leah from Atlanta, GA

I want to point out to Michael Allegretti that until 1920 or so, there was no such thing as legal or illegal immigration. A person simply showed up and was considered a citizen.The reason why immigration was tightened had to do with fears that Catholics and Jews would dilute America's Anglo-Saxon stock. Comparisons with 19th century or early 20th century immigration to the current situtation is inappropriate.

Aug. 16 2010 11:16 AM
NYCarl from EV


"We should scrap it and start over" is NOT an answer to "What would you replace it with?"!

It would also be nice if you could punch this guy in the nuts for me.

Aug. 16 2010 11:14 AM
RLewis from bowery

There is a big difference between immigrating to the US today and doing it in 1930.

Aug. 16 2010 11:13 AM

When your guest says "all of us", in reference to our pain over September 11th, 2001, who is "us"? I would appreciate if he would clarify that, because he does not speak for me.

Aug. 16 2010 11:13 AM
andy from Brooklyn

This guy certainly isn't gifted. Get him off air and get him off the ballot.

Aug. 16 2010 11:13 AM
Jack Jackson from North Brunswick NJ

Why should the electorate give the job creation mandate to the party that seems responsible for the issues that caused the downturn in the first place? Namely the unfunded wars and the poorly regulated mortgage borrowing industry.

Aug. 16 2010 11:11 AM

Although we are not enamoured with McMahon because of his NO vote on the Health Care reform bill, to consider Mr.Grimm (backed by the perennial Republican kingmaker Molinaro) a serious candidate, would be a major mistake. He would be another voice to the chorus of the No-sayers (he has already been whining about some non-issue of a remark made by a McMahon staffer). We need a Congress that actually does something, instead of picking non-issues before even getting there. He has zero experience and from this one repeated whining he sounds like a person unable to differentiate between important and not important. He should grow up first (tell Daddy to mind his own business; I think it's hard for a kid.)

Aug. 16 2010 11:09 AM
John from NYC

Why don't you include Congressman McMahon for this program since many of us are still trying to figure out which party he is associated with.

Aug. 16 2010 10:44 AM

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