Ok, I know politics is a dirty business, but this week a scandal broke the likes of which I’ve never witnessed in all my 74 years of living in this city.
God knows New York is no stranger to political scandals. There’s Eliot Spitzer, who threw down $80k on prostitutes while serving as Attorney General and Governor (hey, at least it was his own money and not tax dollars). Then we had Congressman Weiner sexting pictures of his – well – weiner to anyone with two X chromosomes. And most recently, Tony Sopran… sorry, I mean Governor Chris Christie closing several lanes of traffic in Fort Lee, New Jersey, causing massive traffic jams and some pretty fantastic punchlines. He did this to get revenge on the Mayor of Ft. Lee for not endorsing him. I’m not so sure it worked. Personally, I’ve always believed that politicians are human and just as prone to making stupid mistakes as the rest of us. I’ve even found it in my heart to forgive some of them (not Weiner).
But newly elected Mayor Bill DiBlasio crossed a line this week that has me thinking we need a new election. He was at a political meeting at an Italian restaurant on Staten Island and he ATE HIS PIZZA WITH A KNIFE AND FORK!!!!!! What does he think this is, Europe?!?!? Wrong! This is New York, where we take the subway to work and rally together in the face of tragedy. This is New York, the greatest melting pot in the world. You know what they say – “If you can make it here, you’ll make it anywhere.” Unless we catch you cutting your pizza with a goddamned knife and fork! Maybe the best way to handle this is to just let Chris Christie ”take care” of it.
Anyway, it’s been quite a week, and I’m glad you’re safe in Helsinki instead of here having to weathering this political storm. That’s all from me for now. I’m suddenly craving pepperoni and hot sausage.