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Long IslandColumnistsDan Janison

Relating D.C. doings to a NY mindset sheds no light at all

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer with President Donald

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Credit: Getty Images / Alex Wong

This “talking New Yorkese” nonsense has got to go.

Anthony Scaramucci — the wealthy Long Islander who lasted a New York minute as communications director — ushered in this recent spate of regional generalizations with his colorfully abusive remarks about White House colleagues.

Four days before he blew himself up with that bizarre interview with The New Yorker magazine, Scaramucci said to CNN’s Chris Cuomo, younger brother of the Democratic governor:

“The president brought me in, he knows I’m his friend first, Chris. You’re from New York, I’m from New York, the president is from New York. We had dinner last night. I sat next to the first lady. I love the president. I’ve said that.”

Unfortunately, Scaramucci’s departure didn’t end the incoherent drivel out of Washington about the special bond, or unique style or whatever it is that New York roots are supposed to bring.

Last week, President Donald Trump, a Queens-born real estate prince, reached a procedural agreement with Sen. Chuck Schumer, a relentless Brooklyn-born politician. This sidestepped the expressed will of GOP congressional leaders.

On hand was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who later said she was proud that Schumer could “speak New York to the president.”

Oh please. What does that even mean?

“We’re direct, blunt, don’t mess around,” Schumer told Newsday’s Tom Brune.

In fact, one can think of many instances in which Schumer, Trump and other New Yorkers were neither direct nor blunt — and actually did whatever meets the definition of “messing around.”

One can also think of many instances where New Yorkers, even in business and politics, were tactful, yielding — even subtle.

Same goes across America.

These “New York” statements imply that if the Senate minority leader came from Nebraska, and the president came from Ohio, no bipartisan horse-trading would take place.

Anyone who buys that might also agree to buy the Brooklyn Bridge.


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