by Geoff Kelly - posted 2:43 pm, February 5, 2009
These emails surfaced shortly after a shadowy political organization loosely affiliated with Steve Pigeon and Responsible New York called Mothers and Fathers Demanding Answers launched a scandalous and anonymous campaign targeting one of Pigeon’s longtime adversaries, State Assemblyman Sam Hoyt. At the time, it seemed as if the internecine squabbling between various forces in the Democratic Party had reached an all-time fever pitch. After Joe Illuzzi published emails between Assemblyman Hoyt and an intern, all hell broke loose on the media front. No one was sure as to the veracity of WNY First’s claims, nor did anyone know who sent the messages.
Have a look and see if you agree, as I do, with Smith’s conclusions:
The content of these emails is so outrageous that no one in their right mind would have believed their accuracy. They were so libelous as to be self-parodies. We don’t know how it is that Ali allegedly got himself caught up in this mess, or whether he sent these emails. We can tell you that this is the material that so pissed off Buffalo City Hall and Mayor Byron Brown that they allegedly took Ali and treated him in a way more appropriate for a third world banana republic than the second-largest city in the state of New York.
1. What City Hall and law enforcement are alleged to have done to Ali is wrong and actionable.
2. Whoever wrote these emails is, at worst, liable for defamation. I can’t imagine what crime has allegedly been committed.