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Kurt Colucci vs. Rob Astorino: Who's got bigger daddy issues?
In the schoolyard, children argue over whose father is the toughest.
In Westchester County politics, adults argue about whose father is the most corrupt.
On Monday night, Kurt Colucci, a Tea Party enthusiast seeking to unseat Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, issued a news release that mentioned Astorino's father, a former Mount Vernon cop who served a brief stint in prison in the mid-1990s for stealing money planted by federal agents during a sting operation into police corruption.
Here's an excerpt from Colucci's statement, including grammatical errors and stylistic flubs:
“Rob Astorino's father the Federally convicted former Corrupt Cop is active in his Robs campaign. Unlike Rob Astorino's father, my father did not do Federal Prison time for shakingdown drug dealers.”
Why would Colucci inelegantly bring up a subject that has been chewed over by Westchester voters countless times before? Because late last month, when Colucci announced his candidacy, Astorino's political spokesperson criticized the New Rochelle resident's dad for posting Nazi-themed images of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and others on Facebook.
“My father although may have poor taste in his FIRST AMENDMENT FREEDOMS, is not corrupt, a crook, or a federally convicted Felon,” Colucci said in his statement.
Astorino's campaign didn't comment on Colucci's remarks. It's important to note, however, that Colucci represents a potential problem for Astorino's reelection campaign. As a Republican, the county executive doesn't want another right-leaning candidate competing for votes in November.
Reached by phone, Colucci said he brought up the daddy issue because he wanted to make a point. His rationale resembled advice many fathers have given their sons over the years.
“I wanted to hit back hard,” he said. “I wanted to make a statement early that if you are going to hit hard, I'll hit hard, too.”