Monday, April 1, 2013
Shafran campaign headscratchers
When you take a look at Austin Shafran's website, the top of the page under the banner contains tabs highlighting the candidate's endorsements. Here's the one for the Teamsters. (His mom works for their president, you see.)
But when you get to the tab for Governor Cuomo, it's not an endorsement, just a screenshot of an old announcement from when Austin was appointed as a spokesperson for the Empire State Development Corporation, one of those useless money pits of a state agency (think Atlantic Yards and Columbia University eminent domain projects and Moynihan Station). Also of interest is the following press release that contains some grammatical/spelling issues. And this guy was once a state spokesman...
Team Shafran likes to post photos of themselves hard at work. At this strategy meeting was Manhattan Young Democrat Sarah Dinhofer, who was apparently the target of this Facebook page and, as evidenced by the comment on the bottom right corner of the page, thinks it's hilarious. She's also apparently a fan of very politically incorrect language, and either likes or dislikes it "when Tanvir scoops her chesticles." This is going to be one interesting campaign!
Now here comes the one part of this post that I made up for April Fool's Day:
Austin Shafran: District 19's man of mystery.