Rob Astorino: My new least-favorite politician …

Hi, I'm Rob Astorino. Truth ain't my thing.

Hi, I’m Rob Astorino. Truth ain’t my thing.

I live in New Rochelle, N.Y. My city’s mayor is a man named Noam Bramson.

Some here think Noam is fantastic.

Others here think Noam isn’t fantastic.

Such is how it works in local politics. There are plenty of pieces of data and information to support both sides. And, even though I’m a supporter of the man, I get the criticisms; I understand there are always multiple angles to view. I see progress, you see nonsense. I see a leader, you see a follower. It’s the way things work, and I have no problem with people passionately stating their cases. Even when I disagree.

All I want (and I truly mean this) is honesty.

Which leads me to the upcoming election for the position of Westchester County Executive …

Noam, my town’s mayor, is running against Rob Astorino, the incumbent. Bramson is a Democrat, Astorino is a Republican. Though I’m quite liberal, in past local elections I’ve actually supported GOP candidates. To me, when we’re talking garbage pick up and emergency response and schools and public works and the like, it’s about the most qualified person, not party affiliation.

Astorino’s campaign, however, has been so nasty … so gross … so overstuffed with, well, bullshit—I’m beyond disgusted (the local newspaper has covered this well). Over the past few months, Astorino has accused Bramson of giving himself a raise giving himself a free car and giving himself health care for life. All three claims are, factually, false. No, not just false. Lies. Astorino has also repeatedly and repeatedly and repeatedly maintained Bramson raised the sales tax. Again, incorrect—the rate is the same as when he took office. And Astorino says Bramson raised sewer and library taxes—neither of which the city controls.

These aren’t two men running for the presidency. Or congress. It’s a local election, and (admittedly, I’m naive here) it’s supposed to be somewhat cordial and decent and issue-centric.

Rob Astorino, however, has taken us to the gutter.

I’m beyond irked.

I’m offended.

6 thoughts on “Rob Astorino: My new least-favorite politician …”

  1. I agree, although Putnam County politics and elections are worse. Read Sam Zerka’s publication (Westchester Guardian?)this week on Astorino.
    Always liked Rob as the local sports radio guy (WFAS) never understood his move into politics.

  2. Gosh, Jeff, you are quite the hypocrite. Today you state “I have no problem with people passionately stating their cases. Even when I disagree”. A few days back, you verbally abused an OKC sportscaster for doing exactly the same thing. Make up your mind. You can’t have it both ways.

    1. Bob, don’t be like that. I have a BIG problem when journalists—paid to be impartial—violate that impartiality. HUGE difference.

  3. Journalists are paid to be impartial when they are performing their job duties. A person’s Twitter activity is not a part of their job. It’s their personal opinions which they every right to express.

    You are guilty of the same mistake made by SI. They chose to singled out one university in an effort to expose what they believe is wrong with college athletics. You singled out one media member to attack for his criticism regarding SI’s series when there were hundreds of other media members expressing the same criticisms. I am having a difficult time understanding how one word (agenda) in a random tweet by a media member half a country away sent you into such a rage. WHY???

    1. Bob, I just disagree. First, he clearly and blatantly Tweets as a rep of the TV station, not as a guy. Second, as someone “reporting” on OkState, it’s nonsense for him to present such strong opinions. Third, I picked him because he was the one who really, really fucking irked me. 🙂

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