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Old Piece of Shit
The BEAST answers your letters
political operatives are assholes, but it’s still fun
when one of them proves it.
Kevin Helfer’s failed bid to become Buffalo’s next mayor,
his campaign wanted to show some of its most important
backers that their support was appreciated. So Helfer’s
campaign manager, Chris Grant, sent out the following
Thu Nov 17 14:56:27 2005
night, Kevin would all of us like to meet up at Colter
Bay at 5:00 for drinks and cocktails. Stay as long as
you see someone not on this list that we may have forgotten
from the campaign, please forward this onto them. We
would like to have as much of the team as possible there.
forward to seeing everyone there.
email was sent to Helfer supporters such as Carl Paladino,
Chris Jacobs, Dennis Ryan, Steve Calvaneso and a number
of others, many of whom had recently contributed significant
sums of money after being convinced that the race was
of the recipients of the email replied with this: “Only
if Marty isn’t invited!!!!!!”
six exclamation points! What could cause one to resort
to such maniacal emphasis? “Marty” is the Helfer campaign’s
political strategist Martin Cusack. Marty is the husband
of soon-to-be-former county legislator Elise Cusack and
a long time Republican political consultant. His most
prominent political role of late has been footman to fearsome
Congressman Tom Reynolds. Reynolds is the quietly evil
local politician who wins the prize for having his nose
farthest up the Bush/Cheney/Delay syndicate’s ass.
why would a Helfer supporter want to disinvite Marty from
the post-game commiseration? It appears that at least
one person on the list suspected that Marty’s case for
the race being close was based on faulty intelligence.
Apparently it Cusack who convinced Helfer supporters to
part with their money even in light of the Zogby polls
predicting a Brown landslide victory.
week after the first Zogby poll came out saying Bryon
Brown had a 40-point lead, the Buffalo News ran a piece
by Bob McCarthy on October 30, 2005 titled “Helfer may
be down but he’s not out.” In it, he says the Helfer “campaign
is now contacting key members of the community to dispute
The News poll. It claims Helfer trails by only 13 percent,
that the city’s white vote is statistically tied, and
that he leads in several Council districts. Those are
the kinds of things politicians say late in a campaign
when unfavorable poll numbers dry up fund-raising.” We’re
told that the “polls are wrong drive” was spearheaded
by Marty Cusack and he was able to keep the funding coming
in as McCarthy reports in the same article. “Now Helfer
is back. He’s got some fresh coin to fuel his new ads.
He’s had new exposure on two televised debates and received
a big boost from the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s endorsement
on Wednesday. That, say business sources, will result
not only in a one-day news story, but more campaign dollars,
A week later the second Zogby poll came out and it still
had Helfer down by 40 points. The News’ McCarthy did another
story on November 6th titled “Mayor’s race
a potential ‘blowout’; Brown holds a wide lead in latest
poll and Helfer camp calls race ‘dead even,’ but voter
turnout may be a key factor.” The story is basically McCarthy
quoting Cusack making the case for a close race. As it
turned out Zogby was right and Cusack was full of shit.
But it’s politics and they’re all full of shit. Marty
was just doing his job and Helfer supported Cusack being
invited to the party with this email:
Friday, November 18, 2005 12:03 PM
on, he got me within 40, didn’t he?
still feel like it’s dead even.
day, November 18, the Buffalo News had run a piece by
Donn Esmonde, “Deft Hand on Data Wins Mayoral Race.” Esmonde
told the story of Byron Brown’s campaign strategist Steve
Casey and the extraordinary job he did for the Brown Campaign.
Maybe that’s what caused Marty Cusack to send the following
email to the group of Helfer supporters:
RE: Night Out
Friday, November 18, 2005 2:37 PM
my sophisticated Bar Coding (John & Dennis - this
not a bar in south buffalo) I knew we were 40 points
down well before Steve Casey did.
I still had the money people believing we were dead-even.
the drinks are on the campaign.
no you didn’t, Marty. It’s one thing to vigorously make
your campaign’s case, but to tell supporters they were
conned? To brag about it? That makes you a class A dickhead
and a very poor strategist. Good luck getting another
job around here. We hear that some of Helfer’s supporters
are considering suing Cusack for deliberately defrauding
them. When is that Cellino guy due back again?
The Buffalo News’ political reporter Bob McCarthy did
his shameful best to breathe some life into the desiccated
corpse that lately passes for Joel Giambra’s political
career this past Sunday. In a piece entitled “Giambra
on the Road to Resurrection,” the News’ political hack
waxed nostalgic about Giambra as a once “brash young pol,”
barnstorming around Erie County, spreading his political
message of “regionalism and other topics.” McCarthy lionized
Giambra for standing apart from partisan politics (especially
now that he has been officially excommunicated by the
Republicans) and went as far as to say that Joel was now
advocating “a national health care plan similar to Canada’s.”
McCarthy seems to be applauding a politician willing to
stand up to the two-party system. This is odd, given that
it is the two-party chokehold on politics that elevated
a craven thief like Giambra, and that the same vile organism
feeds parasites like McCarthy.
on earth is McCarthy trying to prove with this saccharine
homage? We think it’s a setup. Spineless worshipers of
the political status quo like McCarthy love a good corruption
story. This is especially true when it’s about kicking
an outsider, somebody who isn’t part of the club anymore.
Problem is, nobody gives a shit about Giambra, and what
fun is it to kick this man when he’s down?
the county furniture scandal? McCarthy has probably been
tipped off that the feds aren’t done with old Joel and
his pals. It appears there could be a federal grand jury
considering evidence that the US Department of Justice
and the FBI have been accumulating on this score. Word
has it that the FBI recently subpoenaed records from Niagara
County regarding their furniture purchases from the same
company at the heart of the Erie County scandal, Jim Spano’s
Buffalo Office Interiors. Let’s see, Niagara County paid
$1,000 for the same desk that cost Erie County $2,500
from the same company. The bright side for McCarthy is
that when Giambra is indicted and the scandal is big news,
it will be the independent, quasi-socialist Giambra, not
the Republican raider Giambra, who will be burned at the
stake in the Buffalo News. With cover like that for the
local GOP, it won’t be long before we’re hearing about
a sex scandal involving Giambra. After all, the News has
been alternately sodomizing and fellating him for years.