Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Collins' Skin As Thin As Toilet Paper

All it took was one little old blog written by a few insiders over a two week period to get under Chris Collins' skin. Doc Maelstrom 's writings have caused the creation of a counter blog written by someone in the Collins camp and the guess here is it's Grant Loomis. The blog is written in a very similar style to some of Loomis' memos and e-mails circulating in the Rath Building.

Doc Maelstrom's reflections have also received rebuttals from Joe Illuzzi of The Illuzzi letter. Joe recently claimed his readership has not fallen off as written here last week. Joe's excuses for lower numbers are down right internet double-talk and BS! We have seen the numbers and Joe's web site is the most expensive and least read political site in Buffalo. Joe just doesn't want the elected officials who pay him for protection to know the truth.

Back to our pal Chris and his minions. Collins was noticeably on edge at his fund raiser last week and the buzz was his Chief of Staff Chris Grant was not returning to that position even if Collins was re-elected. Grant is in Collins' dog house big time and may never come out. It's unraveling quickly on the 16th floor and arrows are coming from all directions.

Giambra got his picture in the News for publicly coming out against Collins' pitch to have the ECC expansion go to the burbs.Giambra has always wanted a bigger downtown presence for ECC, but was always shutdown by the College board. Now Joel sees Collins losing ground and has the News giving him front page coverage. Collins knows the worm has definitely turned if the News is using Giambra as a credible source of criticism.

With the bolts starting to loosen a bit on the Collins band wagon wheels expect more dissent from within. Old foes will reconcile to prevent the Dems from regaining the highest office in the County.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Internal Polling has Collins Ahead For Now

Chris Collins can sleep at night, although it may be with one eye open. Recent internal polling finds Collins ahead of Poloncarz, at least according to the Collins insiders. The numbers are not as lopsided as Collins victory over Keane almost four years ago, but secure for the moment.

The concern among Collins' handlers is that the CE will implode like he did in his brief run for Governor. The book on Chris is that he likes a wine or two while out on the campaign trail and that is when he is most vulnerable to off color, often vulgar miscues.

Collins' has also been pulled over more than once by a Erie County Sheriff Deputy while on his way to his home in Clarence having had a bit too much of the grape. Collins' has been able to keep those incidents out of the media, but that should change before November. As we wrote in an earlier posting, Collins gave a job to the son of a Deputy who had pulled him over earlier this year. We will keep the young man's name off the record because it's not his fault Collins' bought his way out of a ticket by giving him a job. Do not expect Poloncarz to be so generous.

It will take a public "I gotcha" from Poloncarz to gain ground on Collins. The CE has wide spread support, but not very deep as one Republican insider put it. A Kathy Hochul could have flipped that support if she had chosen to run for the CE position because of her popularity, but Poloncarz has mediocre positive numbers.

Collins budget announcement yesterday was another one of his typical "run it like a business" moments. Cut over 300 jobs, but only a third are even active and many of them will be re-instated internally or by the Legislature before 2012. Collins also left out the culturals again, choosing to play the same game of chicken with Maria Whyte and supporters. Collins keeps funding to those entities with powerful boards like the Zoo, but not the "hippie" crowd as he privately refers to them.

The Doctor has been a bit selective in writing these blogs the past week because the Collins storm troopers are on the move seeking us out. As long as we can stay one step ahead and watch them from across the food court in the Main Place Mall we should be okay.  

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Suddenly Chris Grant is Visible

The Buffalo News reported this morning that Chris Collins Chief of Staff Chris Grant does not swipe an ID card when he enters or leaves the Rath Building. Now why does that suddenly become news?

For almost three years Grant's official position with Collins was COS (Chief of Staff for those readers on the 16th floor), but his duties were more like CPO (Chief Political Organizer). Grant's day to day activities were of little interest to local media until the Jane Corwin disaster. Now suddenly Chris Grant can't even sneak out of the Rath Building without it becoming a story. The guess here is the kitchen is suddenly going to get very warm for CG.

While this little blog has gotten some attention on other internet sites it is a small drop in the ocean compared to the readership of the News. Also, with blood now in the water expect to see Ch 2 do more on Collins and staff.

We are somewhat amused at the recent writings regarding the identity of the author of this blog. Alas, Doc Maelstrom cannot reveal our true name for fear of retribution and writing during work hours has already become too difficult. We can say that there is not one single writer of these blogs and our networking is rather broad. With a combined thirty years plus of working in the public sector we feel we have seen enough to know what is acceptable behavior and what is not. We have now decided to expose that we do not agree with.

Regarding whether the good Doctor is a Republican insider or a Democrat trying to create trouble, we'll leave that to the opinion of the readers. There is plenty to go around out there and we will get to it all in good time. It was the mishandling of the Corwin campaign by individuals we find to be lacking in decency and sound morality that prompted the creation of this blog, but our horizons will broaden.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Collins Owns Illuzzi, Not Beach

If you believed Joe Illuzzi you would think his political web site had thousands of readers, not so. Recent numbers show has several hundred readers a day. Those numbers mean Joe Illuzzi substantially over charges for ads placed on the site, but that matters little to the folks who buy them. Purchasing an ad on the Joe Illuzzi's site means he will sing your praises more than not. Pay as much as Chris Collins and then you down right own the guy.

When first elected Illuzzi went after Collins and oddly enough Chris Grant. It really bugged Grant at the time because he was inexperienced at being in the limelight. Illuzzi was critical for about six months and then suddenly Chris Collins began to buy ad space and the Illuzzi web site was his oyster.

Collins was turned on to Illuzzi by Steve Pigeon, who was rumored to be buying out Illuzzi. That never materialized, but Pigeon has used Illuzzi as both a weapon and mouth piece for years. The arrangement means whatever Chris Collins does is now worshiped as if it had been chiseled in stone on Mt Sinai. Opponents of Collins are also ridiculed by Illuzzi, even former pals which means Collins is paying Joe his price.

Whether its ethical means little to a man who is a convicted felon and once publicly fantasized about Legislator Lynn Marinelli like she was a Maxim hottie. Joe Illuzzi stumbled upon his success by repeating a story he had heard about Sam Hoyt fooling around in Albany. The blog was carried by several statewide media outlets and for about a month the Illuzzi letter was a must read in political circles. Joe was too lazy or creative to keep up the pace and as I wrote at the top, his numbers have dropped off significantly. I won't waste anymore time bashing Joe because its all been done before and his public profile can sink no lower.

So Chris Collins has a writer on the take in Joe Illuzzi, but he no longer is in the good graces of WBEN talk host Sandy Beach. Beach has been poking fun at Collins since Dan Neaverth Jr. was fired months ago. Neaverth worked at the County Emergency center in Cheektowaga, a position mostly funded by the Feds after 911, but Collins cut him loose anyway.

I believe Dan Neaverth Sr. worked with Beach in the 1970's on 1520 radio and Dan Jr. worked with Beach in the 1980's. So while Sandy normally leans right and defends Republicans, I'm told he considers Dan Jr. to be family. So much so that Dan Neavreth Sr. recently went on Beach's show proclaiming himself a candidate for County Executive, running on the ABC line, Anybody But Collins.Expect more of the same as the election gets closer and Beach can be a real prick if he decides to make it personal.

Between the two, its better to be friends with Sandy Beach than Joe Illuzzi and it costs much less.