On Tuesday, May 29, 2012, School Board member and attorney Johnny Destino officially announced his candidacy for the New York State Senate. With his announcement also began a political saga that could only be compared to Johnson vs. Goldwater, Nixon vs. Kennedy, McCain of 2000 vs McCain of 2008… well, maybe not, but it will be epic for a local election.
Destino opted to announce his candidacy in the Niagara Falls Reporter. He was welcomed with a pro-Maziarz article in the same paper whereby the politician known as “King” George referred to Destino as being naïve.
King George, on page two of the paper, complained that he is the victim of a concerted effort by Carl ‘Mad as Hell’ Paladino and Steve Pigeon to dethrone him. Maziarz is quoted “when I see a candidate naïve enough to allow Steve Pigeon into his camp, I feel kind of sorry for him.” He continued, “Pigeon’s been implicated in a large percentage of the political scandals to take place in both Erie County and Albany in recent years, and his negative numbers are through the roof.”
Despite Maziarz harsh statements against Pigeon, it was Maziarz who teamed up with Pigeon in 2009 when their coup allowed the Republicans to take control of the State Senate. In fact, the Reporter actually published a picture of Pigeon and Maziarz whispering sweet nothings to each other in a Senate session closely after the 2009 coup. Pigeon was even interviewed in the article and stated that “George Maziarz and I worked together on any number of races for more than ten years. It is a matter of public record that we worked together on the coup that put Republicans in Albany in power in the State Senate. I was one of his closest allies.”
If Maziarz has been employing these aggressive campaign tactics, with the help of Pigeon, against his political foes, then why is he crying foul now when the same tactics are being employed against him? The whole scenario is congruent with one of my favorite movies, The Christmas Story. In that movie, the school yard bully, Scott Farkas, tormented the weaker non-aggressive kids in the neighborhood. In the end, the bullied Ralphie finally stands up for himself and beats the living snot out of the bully. The bully is left, with a bloody nose, crying, alone in the snow. King George is Scott Farkas. Now, after bullying all political competitors for nearly the last two decades, King George is wallowing that his old political tricks have been turned on him.
Surely, the tears being shed by George are not typical of a King. Rather, George’s bellyaching and complaining are more befitting of a Queen. SO, henceforth, he will be dubbed as “Queen George”.