New York Post: Local pols let it all hang out on Facebook
By Candice M. Giove
August 8, 2010
Too much information, dude!
City and state politicians often seem like a bunch of stiffs in public, but read their Facebook pages and they let it all hang out.
Sure, there are straight-laced posts of political petitions, upcoming events and personal causes, but there’s also some outrageous personal wall posting, too.
“What’s better than a guy named Weiner at the [Gay] Pride Parade?” Congressman Anthony Weiner wisecracked.
City Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera has a corny romantic side, writing on May 1 at 9:17 p.m. “I’m in the Mood for some Chocolate Covered Strawberries.” Immediately friends offered to send him champagne.
Bronx Democratic Party boss Carl Heastie has a thing for pop culture trivia. “Prince has written and performed 5 #1 songs and has written 3 #1 songs for other artists. What are those 8 songs? A dollar for anyone who could tell me the 8 songs?” No word if anyone got the buck.
Who knew City Council Transportation Chairman James Vacca was such a fan of “Golden Girl” Betty White. Like a teenager he gushed about her appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”
“Glad I was one of the 500,000 Facebookers asking she host the show,” he wrote on May 9 at 7:18 p.m. He friended her and now they are Facebook pals.
City Council Minority Leader James Oddo likes to vent about the bedraggled Mets, posts rock-music video links for Counting Crows, and reveals how he goes to the gym early to avoid the “meatheads.”
He also recently ranted to the parents of teen solo sailor Abby Sunderland who was rescued at sea. “You let your 16-year-old daughter attempt to sail around the world by herself? Come here so I can smack you.”
The Staten Islander admitted, “Sometimes as an elected official that’ll get you into trouble.”
Pugilistic State Sen. Kevin Parker conveyed in layman’s terms what many feel when dealing with the airlines. “Delta airlines SUCKS!!! I will NEVER fly them again!”
Manhattan Councilwoman Jessica Lappin, who sponsored a bill that would suspend a food vendor’s license if they racked up too many parking tickets, mischievously quoted an incredulous food vendor’s reaction — but “everybody loves my schnitzel.”
Upstate Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak revealed he takes spin classes and played guitar with a polka band. He even compared passing the state budget with his own personal health problem.
“Passed the stone (with help from the doctor) before the budget passed. Gee maybe we need a doctor in budget negotiations,” he posted from his iPhone on June 25.
He told The Post that his political quip shows “We also have a life.”