Oswald Cobblepot (Queen of Mill Island)
This morning I was greeted by an email from a prominent member of the political chattering classes who had actually once been an intern for Carl Kruger:
“I just threw up in my mouth, several times, reading the NY Mag piece.”
The problems with Geoffrey Gray’s tear jerking King Carl of Canarsie begin even before the piece actually starts.
“Kruger wanted to get upstairs, and swiftly. When local state senator Howard Babbush was indicted for allegedly abusing taxpayer dollars, Kruger voiced an interest in running for his seat, a move that was widely perceived as overly aggressive, considering that Babbush was a beloved member of the T. Eventually Kruger backed down, but many became wary of him and wondered where such ambition came from.”
“Less than a month after Kruger took office, a major issue for Genovesi was coming up for a vote. Genovesi had been such a staunch opponent of the death penalty that his office was once picketed. In Albany, Genovesi expected that Kruger would vote with him. After all, Genovesi had been instrumental in Kruger’s career, and Kruger’s vote was crucial.”
“As a freshmen senator, Kruger was expected to befriend other Democrats. Instead, he kept to himself. “Socially, he’s a very strange cat,” said Marty Connor, who ran the Democratic conference during Kruger’s early years in the Senate. I’ve known Carl for over 30 years and never had lunch or dinner with him.”
Actually, when Kruger was a freshman Senator, the Democratic Conference was run by Manfred Ohrenstein.
“As To TJ, talk is, in the immortal words of Woody Allen, they love Carl like a brother: David Greenglass.
If and when the Commission ever give sanction to a hit upon Mr. Kruger, one can rest assured that, Tony Blundetto style, the Jefferson Club will insist, as an act of mercy, upon carrying out the execution itself.
One can also rest assured that when the word goes out that they are looking for a volunteer to carry out the distasteful task, the line in front of the club will run three thick around the block and down to Flatlands Avenue.”
But now that it over, and Seddio is understandably feeling betrayed, while biased observers like Gary Tilzer and the fans of Kruger fellow traveler Marty Golden over at “The Jig is Up Atlas” lump him with King Carl, we hear a somewhat different tune:
“There’s some Jekyll and Hyde there,”
“Carl is a guy that doesn’t follow the flock,” said Seddio. “He does not go out for popularity. He goes out for what he thinks is right. The problem is, he’s innately nasty. He can be a great friend or a terrible enemy.”
“ In 1980, Kruger was indicted with another civic booster for allegedly extorting money from a local builder, a Holocaust survivor, and his partner. Before the trial, Kruger claimed he’d been diagnosed with cancer. Seddio remembers driving Kruger to the hospital with operatives from the Jefferson Club and waiting in the car for Kruger to come out after meeting with his doctor. At trial, the charges against Kruger were dropped, as, apparently, were Kruger’s cancer treatments.”
won out in the end.
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