Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin tore into Chris Christie for his unwillingness to support the Republican candidate in New York’s race for governor, saying it was his turn to “sit down, shut up, and write a big check to Rob Astorino.”
McLaughlin was using Christie’s own words, having recently told a heckler that he should “sit down and shut up.”
Via the Star-Ledger:
A Republican New York state lawmaker says it’s Gov. Chris Christie’s turn to “sit down, shut up,” and write a check to the state’s GOP gubernatorial hopeful, according to a published report.
New York Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin called out Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, for declining to support his state’s GOP gubernatorial hopeful, Rob Astorino, according to the Daily News. His verbal jab is a reference to Christie recently telling a heckler to “sit down and shut up.”
“My message to Chris Christie is sit down, shut up, and write a big check to Rob Astorino,” McLaughlin said at Saturday rally for Astorino in upstate New York.
The line brought applause from the crowd, The Daily News reported.
McLaughlin has previously ripped Christie for his lack of spine in going after Governor Cuomo, saying he was “stabbing Astorino in the back” by not aiding the Republican campaign.
Chris Christie remained silent on the race, aside from calling Astorino’s campaign a “lost cause.” He is the head of the RGA, a group who lists it’s primary mission as helping “elect Republicans to governorships throughout the nation.”
Peter Roff at U.S. News & World Report adds the following layer to the lack of support coming from the RGA – three major consultants who also run “a well-heeled and well-funded group called ‘Republicans for Cuomo.’”
There’s little doubt Christie’s consultants are helping drive the decision-making process. It’s what consultants do. Interestingly enough though, one of the consultants closest to the New Jersey governor – Mike DuHaime – is a former managing partner at a firm called Mercury Public Affairs, which, Kerry Pickett recently reported for Breitbart.com’s Big-Government, “has been paid $246k in consulting fees by the RGA since December of 2013.”
DuHaime has quite a pedigree. As chief strategist, he guided Christie to victory in his first race for governor. And he headed up former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 presidential bid – which probably has nothing to do with the fact that Giuliani, who could be a tremendous help to Astorino, recently began telling people he would not make an endorsement in the New York governor’s race. On the surface that’s not such a big deal. Consultants at the top of the game tend to attract high profile candidates – and husband that resource as best they can for as long as they can.
What might be a big deal is that three other Mercury partners – Mike McKeon, Tom Doherty and Kieran Mahoney (who all at one time or another worked for former New York GOP Gov. George Pataki) – are, according to well-placed GOP insiders in New York, running a well-heeled and well-funded group called “Republicans for Cuomo.”
So, to break it down you have, within the same firm, money coming in from the RGA to help elect Republicans to governorships across the country, the chief strategist for the RGA chairman, and three partners said be overseeing an effort to re-elect a Democratic governor in Albany. To call that merely curious is an understatement.
While Christie is stabbing Astorino in the back and refusing to discuss the Moreland scandal, feel free to watch this video regarding Morelandgate, a montage of intense media coverage of the corruption.