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The Book of Thompson

Last week State Senator Antoine Thompson accused the First Amendment Club of placing ads for his adversary in Tuesday’s general election, attorney Mark Grisanti, without registering with the Board of Elections as a political committee. (Bob McCarthy had the story.) Responding to Grisanti’s criticism of his’s role in the AEG/Aqueduct scandal, Thompson said that “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”

Just possibly, Thompson’s own house is see-through.

In any case, the First Amendment  Club’s John Duke, who used to work in Thompson’s office, told McCarthy, “Antoine Thompson never complained when we supported him exactly the same way. Now that he caused the loss of 20,000 UB 2020 jobs, 9,000 construction jobs and the loss of jobs for Delaware North in the AEG scandal, he should have figured we would support Mark Grisanti’s efforts to bring employment to Buffalo, instead of chasing them away.”

The First Amendment’s latest jab at Thompson is a response to the state senator’s 102-page, self-promoting piece of campaign literature, produced with taxpayer funds.

Ladies and gentlemen, John Duke and the First Amendment Club give you the The Real Book of Thompson.


  • I don’t care what the issues are, I want a State Senator that I know with much more assurance then a Senators say so that he or she doesn’t have a conflict of interest and will represent NYS to the best to their abilities and not the best interests of their Law Firm, clients or fellow NYS Bar members.

    It amazes me that Grisanti isn’t forced to discontinue his law practice if elected and that Quinn, Ranzenhofer and others are allowed to practice law while serving in the NYS Senate and Assembly and I for one will never again vote for an attorney that isn’t willing to discontinue the practice of NYS Law while they serve in office.

    These attorneys are little more than lobbyists and it is you and I that are paying their $80,000 plus salaries.

  • Patrick O’Malley

    When you click on the Real Book of Thompson click the right side of the left button on the top, that has got to be one of the best songs since the beatles. Then in the middle click the NEXT button to turn the pages of the book. Thompson is one scary dude.

  • dokey

    Arthur,

    will Darius Pridgen discontinue running his church and ripping off the poor people of the congregation when he is elected to the Council. I doubt it.