Though they kept popping up like dandelions, I deleted these anonymous accusations. Just as every dog is entitled to one bite, I believe every person is entitled to one bounced check. So although I have very low standards, I'd have to see more than one four year old bounced check charge, before concluding someone is financially irresponsible. And the lifestyle smear was obviously designed to stir up the gay bashers..
After failing with me, the information was next fed to blogger Jonathan Geeting, who dutifully lapped up every last drop of bullshit. Without even bothering to contact Tony Simao, the Republican candidate in question, he posted a link to a 2007 bad check charge brought against a "Tony Simao" with a different birth date, and one that was never even served. In fact, the case was listed inactive.
But even Geeting, useful idiot that he is for Team Callahan, was reluctant to get into Tony's sexual orientation. "Heh. Wasn't going to touch this," he chuckles when word finally leaked. It might alienate him with his pals in the LGBT crowd, and would surely establish his hypocrisy in supporting a goofy and unworkable "human rights" ordinance in Bethlehem.
Enter Walt Garvin, Northampton County Dem boss. He could play gay basher, and did, by going to the Express Times to pretend he's concerned about Simao's "incredibly poor judgment" in uploading a photo of his gentitals on the Internet, even though that's never really been established. Of course, Garvin's real motive was to expose Simao as gay.
How do I know this? I have the email from Mike Recchiuti, a Democratic City Council candidate trying to dirty up Simao. Here's what he said when he made his great discovery, in an email to Patrick Price and J. Willie Reynolds, who recently voted for Bethlehem's new human rights ordinance. You know, the one that supposedly outlaws discriminating against someone who is gay.
From: Michael RecchiutiWhy would Recchiuti google Simao's user name, using accompanying terms like "gay" and "homosexual"? Obviously, Recchiuti was more interested in Tony's sexual orientation than his judgment. Like a typical gay basher, he chuckles that one site is "just funny" whle another lists all of Tony's "favorite gay pron videos and photos."
Date: Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 2:51 PM
To: Patrick Price
, Willie Reynolds
Check out the opposition research I did on Simao today....Anthony
Wiener has nothing on this guy...
1. http://bodyspace.bodybuilding.com/abel1976/ ; (nothing bad, just funny)
2. http://www.newbienudes.com/profile/Abel1976/ (do not open at work....yes it is what you think it is)
3. http://www.xtube.com/community/profile.php?user=abel1976 ; (do not open at work...more of the previous link, plus his favorite gay porn videos and photos)
Note: These were found using his lehighvalleylive user id (abel1976) and googling it with keywords (pa, bethlehem, gay, homosexual).
Not sure how we can use it.
Interestingly, neither The Express Times nor The Morning Call ran a story about Simao's bullshit bad check charge. And The Morning Call, like me, refused to buy the "poor judgment" argument offered by Garvin, the homopobic Chair of the Northampton County Democratic Party.
The Morning Call did run a story about arguably anti-Hispanic comments made by Simao, who himself happens to be Portugese. Once again, Norco Dem Bossman Walt Garvin played the heavy.
Who was really behind this smear? Once again, it was Democratic Council candidate Michael Recchiuti. He told me he had run a "similar search" and discovered that Simao "has made racist comments about the Latino population in Bethlehem — many of the same people he wants to represent."
Simao himself is Hispanic. What he was saying is that his fellow Hispanics need to start taking care of their own business. It's no different than what Bill Cosby has said about his fellow blacks.
As The Morning Call refused to go along with the "poor judgment" story, The Express Times refused to go with charge that Simao, a Hispanic, is somehow anti-Hispanic.
But the damage is done. Tony is toast, if he ever had a chance in the first place. My main concern was for Tony himself, who has been rattled by an orchestrated smear campaign from Team Callahan, in the closing days of the campaign.
I was going to chalk it up when Donald Flad decided to speak out. Donald is concerned about the gay smear, more so than the other stuff.
I do not care to whom a candidate or an office holder shows his dick. As long it is consenting.Donald's view, minus the "dick" remark, appears to be shared by City Council President Bob Donchez, who is running for re-election, too. "I want to stick to the issues," he told The Morning Call.
How does this photo op in any way impact on the way police protect my street, how my leaves are picked up, and how many tourists come to town to support our small business people (Hell it may even help).
Incredibly, Geeting tries to throw it all back on Simao's lap, accusing him of having played the "gay card." Geeting should be a little more concerned about his own poor judgment and lack of basic decency in running a smear without even bothering to talk to his target, especially since he got his information from Team Callahan. Once again, Donald explains Garvin's real motives.
"Garvin brought this issue up to ensure the conservative voters of this city knew Simao was gay and horrors on horrors tried to pick up other young men via the scary interwebs by showing his dick.
Tony didn’t play the gay card Walt Garvin did."
And who is the puppet master pulling Garvin's strings? John Callahan and his cronies.