Swimming in the Tea Potty

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He may have endeared himself to the Tea Party, but City Councilman Dan Halloran called his own judgment and character into question when he referred to state Assemblywoman Grace Meng as a “Chinese national” and said he suspected her of having dual citizenship.

Meng, a Democrat, is running against Halloran for a seat in Congress.

In an Aug. 21 interview with The Times of Israel, a Jerusalem-based online news publication, Halloran also said Meg was running an “ethnocentric campaign” focusing on Chinese voters.

The councilman might next accuse Meng of running a gender-centric campaign because recently she joined U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in Flushing to advocate for women-owned businesses.

They promoted the Success Act, federal legislation designed to help small business start-ups with tax breaks and deductions. They wanted to make certain that women entrepreneurs in Queens knew about and took advantage of the legislation.

The Halloran camp denies he made the ethnic comments and said he never accused his opponent of having dual citizenship. The Times of Israel stands by its story.

Meng was born in Corona and raised in Bayside, has never visited mainland China and does not hold dual citizenship. But facts have not stopped the Tea Party from trying to convince people that President Barack Obama was not a citizen even when the state of Hawaii verified his birth certificate.

Meng’s campaign fired back: “True to form, Dan Halloran has abandoned the issues in favor of a campaign rooted in bigotry, fear and lies — a desperate approach for a Tea Party Republican who cannot otherwise win on the issues.”

Halloran had more mud to throw. Speaking at a Republican club in Suffolk County Aug. 23, he brought up the recent indictment of Meng’s father, Jimmy Meng, even though Grace Meng had nothing to do with the alleged offense.

Politicians play to their bases. We see nothing wrong with Grace Meng having strong support in Flushing’s Asian-American community.

For the remainder of the campaign, we hope Halloran will focus on his record and what he plans to do for his district in Congress.

Updated 3:50 am, September 13, 2012
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Johnny lee says:
Yep that is the great republican hope in queens a racist thug. Call him on his comments and he will deny it all. Good to see the Jewish voters see thru the lies.

Kudos to the Isrealy paper.
Sept. 14, 2012, 11:49 am
Lisa says:
Alfredo, your use of Asian names are a great new spin. Good job. Konichiwa!
Sept. 14, 2012, 12:47 pm
Carmine says:
Hewo weesa wecom back

I see you are back and still on the attack

They haven't come to see you about abandonment yet

Funny how none of the uaual names were on the attack while you were away

Other than Angelo so I gues he is real but the others hmmmm

So now al is using Asian names

Right Cindy ?
Sept. 14, 2012, 1:46 pm
Carmine says:
Chow hai
Sept. 14, 2012, 1:48 pm
Lisa says:
Alfredo, you and I should have lunch one day. I would really enjoy meeting all your friends.
Sept. 14, 2012, 2:51 pm
Paul says:
Do tell, do your clients in the Democratic party know of your work for tea party blowhards?
Sept. 14, 2012, 3:53 pm
Lisa says:
Centola, you are ignorant, misinformed and have major identity issues. You very clearly lack personal self worth because you can't even use your real name. Oh, your also a low life racist piece of crap.
Sept. 15, 2012, 4:52 am
marge says:
wow someone just went from wanting to have lunch to a tirade. Real issues going on here.
Sept. 15, 2012, 7:17 am
Xiang Johnny lee says:
So halloran calls an American born citizen a " Chinese national " and who is a racist?
Sept. 15, 2012, 4:29 pm
Min from Flushing says:
Are you kidding? Isn't Alfredo Centola the racist activist out of Whitestone that was speaking at the last public hearing with his ongoing anti-Korean ranting? If that was the guy, he is in no way a friend of the Asian community. No way.
Sept. 15, 2012, 5:18 pm
Min Ki Ha says:
Slander wild allegations and personal attacks are getting lower and lower

Boycott this site until they figure out a way to stop the attacks on people
Sept. 15, 2012, 9:19 pm
Min from Flushing says:
Slander is when it is not true, do your homework! Let me help you now..
Carmine is Centola - we all know that by now!
Carmine wrote here to a Chinese national commenter named Lisa, Friday.
"Hewo weesa wecom back". We do not need his way of thinking and mimicking our people.
Sept. 16, 2012, 6:17 am
Min from Flushing says:
Slander is when it is not true, do your homework! Let me help you now..
Carmine is Centola - we all know that by now!
Carmine wrote here to a Chinese national commenter named Lisa, Friday.
"Hewo weesa wecom back". We do not need his way of thinking and mimicking our people.
Sept. 16, 2012, 6:17 am
Lisa says:
Hey Min, my name is Lisa, I'm an American citizen of Taiwanese descent.

Let me tell you what I know about Alfredo Centola, he and I have this love hate relationship, I love to hate him. I have never met the man but if you want to know him you can read his many comments posted on this site, under a long list of phony names and come to your own concussion. It's easy to figure out who is whom with Alfredo. Your so right about his favorite name, Carmine.

That, Hewo weesa thing was only for me and all in fun. However he is very clearly an angry hate filled man. He's a failed civic leader and a hater of the Republican party and kisses up to Democrats, mainly, Tony Avella. When Avella is tired of him, Centola will hate him as well. He is a major daily contributor to a queens hate blog. appropriately named Crap.

Racist? No, I don't think so, just a sad man that sits in front of a computer screen after a non-productive day at work and wishes he was Superman. That's alright Al, your my little Superman.

Oh, by the way, my daughter went to Taiwan with me, a-hole!
Sept. 16, 2012, 3:43 pm
Xian Johnny says:
Wow Lisa you are a sad individual. I did red the posts and don't agree with you at all.

I am an American of Chinese descent and must say you are an ass hole quite a big one at that. You spend you days attacking someone who is know to sign his name on everything he says. THAT'S WHY EVERYONE KNOWS HIS NAME! Yet you slam him and accuse him of using different names.

At least you admit that you love to hate him. The question now is; why??

Get a life Lisa cause if carmine sits in front of his computer everyday and you comment on every comment then what can be said about you?
Sept. 16, 2012, 6 pm
Angelo says:
Alfredo, your not chinese and if your going to use these new cool Xian Johnny and Min Ki Ha names you should at least say something different. It's the same old song with another name. Be a little more creative DUDE.
Sept. 17, 2012, 7:29 am
Ang from My moms basement says:
Im so sorry I didn't light up till late or I wouldn't have made another dumb ass comment

I'm trying and my mommy tells me all the time to grow up and stop being such a loser but I can't help myself without help y'all know what I'm talkin bout right


Gots ta go gotta take take da dawg go a walk

Peace! DUDE

Sept. 17, 2012, 8:59 pm
Lisa says:
So sad, so very sad.
Sept. 18, 2012, 9:33 pm
Paul says:
Sad indeed, so very sad indeed.
Sept. 18, 2012, 10:24 pm
Ken Atkinson from College Point says:
All I have to know about Al Centola is that he comes from Malba. If that alone isn't enough to disqualify one ' from civil human discourse, I don't know what is. Any community" which so obviously prides itself on its proclivity to flout watering restrictions uring times of drought as Malba has so amplydemontrated, deserves to be excluded from the community of gerally decent folks until and unless they prove otherwise.
Sept. 20, 2012, 10:06 pm
Carmine says:
Hey moron if you we're really from garbage point you would know the difference between Malba and Malba gardens.
Sept. 20, 2012, 11:27 pm
Julius Frahm from College Point says:
Alfredo Centola is now saying, Garbage Point is the new name of College Point and is referring to the locals as morons. Why Centola? Because a constituent disagrees with you?
Sept. 23, 2012, 6:16 am
Ellen C. from College Point says:
What constituents? Alfredo Centola has been knocking College Point for years now but he himself is in denial that he lives in Whitestone just by the fact he claims to live in the land of Malba Gardens? He is really just one step below nothing. He won't even use his real name on this thread. He post as CARMINE, LISA or PAUL to name a few.
Sept. 23, 2012, 1:25 pm
Johnny Lee says:
Yet this story was about a racist councilman aiming to be a congressman using the term " Chinese national" to describe an AMERICAN citizen.

Good job diverting.
Sept. 23, 2012, 3:05 pm
Kalune Heldowi from Long Island City says:
Alfredo Centola is not a Councilman, he does not hold any office nor at this time running for any office by means of a write in candidacy, elected or otherwise. However ones own interpretation of his comments may be considered racist, Mr. Centola is without a doubt one that takes full advantage of his right to free speech.

We love ya Al.
Sept. 23, 2012, 7:09 pm
Johnny says:
Exactly not running for office and hasn't commented on this topic at all. Yet others keep dropping his name with a barrage of attacks. I would vot for him just for that simple fact
Sept. 23, 2012, 8:43 pm
Kalune says:
Amen, My Brother!
Sept. 23, 2012, 9:32 pm
Ellen C. from College Point says:
Remember back in June of this year, Alfredo Centola lied to the press, claiming to be the organizer of the Poppenhusen Institute restoration project. Only thing is no one involved with the project had ever heard of Alfredo Centola. It has since been proven, he had nothing to do with the work. He has the nerve to call us MORONS and GARBAGE. Why didn't they press charges?
Sept. 24, 2012, 3:40 pm
Paul says:
You are repulsive at no time did any post about the museum or calling people names have mr. Centola's signature. Yet you keep trying to blame him. Who were those comments made by. Lynda? Want to take a guess at it? Why haven't charges been filed? Against whom? And about what? Charges should be filed and they will when the truth comes out. Rest assured it will.
Sept. 24, 2012, 7:38 pm
Angelo says:
Paul I must say you are right my brother. Al had nada to do with it.
Sept. 24, 2012, 7:41 pm
Angelo says:
Ellen you are certifiable
Leave al alone.
Sept. 24, 2012, 7:42 pm
Ellen C. from College Point says:
Keep on with your denials and calling the people of College Point morons, Mr. Alfredo Centola. Just remember one thing, the videos don't lie and they are very certifiable.
Sept. 25, 2012, 9:32 am
Carmine says:
Videos. Hahahahahahhahahahahgahahahahhahahahahahahahaha
Sept. 25, 2012, 12:16 pm
Min from Flushing says:

When asked, Alfredo Centola denied everything he said about the Asian community.

Smile sh!t head, they had the cameras rolling!
Sept. 25, 2012, 4:59 pm
Grace says:

Johnny Lee says:
Yet this story was about a racist councilman aiming to be a congressman using the term " Chinese national" to describe an AMERICAN citizen.

Good job diverting.
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Sept. 25, 2012, 10:50 pm
Ellen C. from College Point says:
Two totally separate issues, Alfredo "Johnny Lee" Centola. Talk about diverting.
Sept. 26, 2012, 9:20 am
Angelo says:
Hey Alfredo, it's one thing using all your different names to post your hate and saying, "it's not me" but now they got you talking on tape. Will you now say you have a look-a-like? Try just leaving everybody alone and keep your trap shut.
Sept. 26, 2012, 11:40 am
Owen from Flushing says:
I think you all have way to much time on your hands with all this nonsense.
Sept. 26, 2012, 3:50 pm
Angelo says:
what nonsense?
Sept. 26, 2012, 5:39 pm
Angelo says:
The Angelo on top is the the Angelo we know. Angelo Angelo what do you know? Go back under that rock and keep your trap shut. Oh wait too late for that. Right boys! Can't wait for the release dates.
Sept. 26, 2012, 7:04 pm

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