Introducing 2015 CD 4 City Council Candidate Assemblyman "Slobo Mikey Gatto"
Many participants came away infuriated, claiming Armenians were singled out by Brenner for challenges in an attempt to intimidate them out of voting — a claim that was given credence by the regional party official overseeing the election.“There were 30-some challenges issued to voters, and it was relatively noticeable that most of the people who were challenged had Armenian surnames — whether that was intentional or coincidental, it certainly didn’t look nice,” recalled Karen Wingard, who oversaw two other delegate elections where there were no challenges or controversies.“I doubt that an Assembly member who was a good Democrat would indulge in what appeared to be voter suppression. It had an unpleasant appearance. I have never seen anything like it so I emailed two party officials afterward about what happened.”The phrase “good Democrat” came up a lot that day.A flier circulated at the meeting attacked Garen Yegparian, an activist and columnist for the Armenian publication Asbarez, regarding his tough criticisms of the assemblyman in a six-part series of articles labeled “Grimy Gatto.” Noting his support for Republican election candidate and longtime friend Greg Krikorian, the flier questioned Yegparian’s party loyalty, saying in large black letters that he “SUPPORTS REPUBLICANS OVER GOOD DEMOCRATS.”In an impassioned one-minute speech, Yegparian recalled saying: “I held up that piece of paper and said, ‘It’s all true except for one thing, Mike Gatto is not a good Democrat. Mike Gatto is a vile creature. We have to work to eliminate this blight from our district.’“
....... and if you are still in denial about "Slobo Mikey", consider this rant from thee Gatto Truther Blog
This past weekend the Democratic Party held its ADEM votes. These are get togethers in each Assembly district, where individuals run to become state-level party delegates for 2013. Not exactly picking between Biden and Hillary here. My good friend [wo]manned the tables, and I attended to vote.
And it was there that we all encountered the new Larouchies.
The Armenian National Committee of America, Western Region, shares much in common with the Larouchies and little in common with Democrats. Its members don't really believe in Democratic values. A - They are anti-gay-marriage, and their leaders have said so repeatedly on television. B - Their tactics are consistently racialist, combative, and unbecoming of small-d democratic principles. C - Further, I am not the only one who has overheard anti-Semitic comments or heard of ANC members spouting anti-Semitic rhetoric.
Lets hope that "Slobo Mikey" never becomes "Bull Conner Gatto" or CD 4 City Councilman Mike Gatto.
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