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Thursday, April 27, 2006

NY-20: Sweeney Up In Smoke

Posted by DavidNYC

Oh man. Yet another entry in the "Too Good To Be True" Dept. Only, this one is 100% bonafide certified genuine. I can hardly believe my own fingers as I type this, but Rep. John Sweeney looks to have gotten tanked at a freakin' FRAT PARTY:

From the Concordiensis, the student newspaper at Union College, we have the full details:

Congressman John Sweeney, a Republican from the 20th district of New York State, appeared at a registered party at Alpha Delta Phi on Friday, April 22nd. The Congressman came from Geppetto's bar and was described by witness as being inquisitive and engaging, while also acting openly intoxicated.

No word yet if Bluto Blutarsky put in an appearance. But in the back corner, we can clearly see Tommy Chong, Jr. hard at work.

At first, I thought I heard the sound of a hundred slides dropping back into their bongs, and then I thought I heard kegs being whacked on the side to see if they've been kicked. But I finally realized what it was: It's the sound of nails being driven in to John Sweeney's coffin.

UPDATE: Just saw this: Rahm says the DCCC is going to help out Kirsten Gillibrand. Talk about a good day for Team Blue in NY-20!

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Looks like a typical College Republican do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do party.

I think those guys would look G-R-E-A-T in desert Army uniform. I'm sure they're only not enlisting cuz they haven't been asked yet.

Posted by: boyblue [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 27, 2006 08:06 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

If Rahm and the DCCC are going to jump into a New York race this far in advance of the primary,
I'd rather see them raise money for Eric Massa in D-29.
Massa has no primary opposition and needs to double his warchest
against a vulnerable GOP incumbent.
I like Gillibrand, but she hasn't won her primary yet.

Posted by: Christopher Walker [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 28, 2006 11:17 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

As a Union grad I am getting a big kick out of this story. It is great to watch Sweeney have to defend himself.

However, I am not sure how much of a difference it will make with the electorate as a whole. One lesson I took away from the Clinton/Lewinsky affair is that people in politics tend to overestimate how much the public cares about personal foibles. Don't forget a gay prostitute was "working" out of Rep Barney Frank's DC apt and Rep Gerry Studds had sex with a Congressional page. Both won re-election.

The difference here is a tipping point may have been created by adding this incident to the Abramoff scandal and Sweeney's wife on campaign payroll. Still, if I were running Gillibrand's campaign I'd navigate this very carefully. Over playing it could backfire and create sympathy.

Posted by: John Mills [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 28, 2006 03:37 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment