Monday, May 10, 2010

Pinky's comeback

From the Queens Chronicle:

Since he resigned, Gallagher, a Middle Village resident and father of two boys in college, has conscientiously kept a low public profile. In an exclusive interview with the Chronicle last week, he detailed his family-focused life outside the scandal-drenched spotlight. Gallagher works for a national insurance company and continues to sell vintage collectibles and memorabilia, a business his father started.

“The idea of putting in a nice, hard day’s work and coming home to dinner with the family is something I’ve come to relish and enjoy,” Gallagher said, adding that keeping himself and his family out of the public eye has been a priority.

“I could never see myself again running for public office,” he confidently declared. “When you go into politics and government, it takes a lot of time out of your life.”

But the Republican has not completely exited the political arena. Gallagher has remained a volunteer consultant to Councilman Peter Koo (R-Flushing) after helping the pharmacy magnate in November win the District 20 seat vacated by Democrat John Liu, who is now city comptroller.

“Dennis is a friend and was a great asset to the campaign,” said James McClelland, Koo’s press secretary.

Gallagher explained that he helped devise Koo’s campaign strategy, briefed him on legislative issues and aided in his transition into office.

“I respect and admire Peter Koo for giving me an opportunity,” Gallagher said. “I’ve always been impressed with him. His story is the story of the American dream. Somebody like that is a symbol of what the Republican Party should be looking for.”

Gallagher said he still keeps in touch with several colleagues on the City Council and in the local and state GOP.

“These types of friendships span beyond politics,” he asserted.

While he doesn’t follow the city political scene as closely as he used to, Gallagher was quick to point to burgeoning leaders like Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) as future fixtures in municipal government.

“He’s a very impressive young legislator who has grown into the role better than anyone could’ve anticipated,” Gallagher gushed.

Gallagher said he stays informed of the civic events and issues of Middle Village and surrounding communities. He admitted that he misses “the activism and involvement with the community more than the elected role,” and that he’s looking forward to sharing his political expertise.

“I’d like to do, somewhere down the line, political consulting of some sort, but not full time, though,” Gallagher concluded.


Anonymous said...

He should be working at a Home Depot in Buffalo.

Gary the Agnostic said...

What do you have against Buffalo?

Anonymous said...

He's Koo Koo!

ya think ? said...

Happy to hear Mr. Gallagher has taken a bad situation and used it to focus on the important things in life. ( Family ) - Congrats on your sober living too !

Anonymous said...

Happy to hear Mr. Gallagher has taken a bad situation and used it to focus on the important things in life. ( Family ) - Congrats on your sober living too !

Yeah right! I don't think that that leopard'll change his spots. And I fear being proven right!

Anonymous said...

Talk about puff piece. Everyone in Queens GOP circles knows he is actively consulting with Golub and Hornak on more than one election. He's probably getting money under the table.

Anonymous said...

someone should rape his ass, fucking rapist.

Anonymous said...

fucking rapist.

In Queens it's a badge of merit!!!!

Anonymous said...

Crime DOES pay! Let that be a lesson for all of you kiddies out there.

Anonymous said...

His wife cooks for him?!.....and he eats it?!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Is he still selling vintage pornography (LOL)?

Koo...if this is the kind of company you're're done in the next election!

Anonymous said...

Koo needs an interpreter.

You can't even understand him when he speaks.

Anonymous said...

You call Playboy magazines vintage porn? Gimme a break. A