Thursday, April 27, 2006

One More Reason to Support Kristen Gillibrand for the House (NY-20)

Have another drink, your days in the House are numbered

TPM Muckraker: Sweeney, the Grand Old Partier

[from the Union College newspaper]

Congressman Socializes with Students

By John Tomlin

April 27, 2006

Congressman John Sweeney, a Republican from the 20th district of New York State, appeared at a registered party at Alpha Delta Phi on Friday, April 22. The Congressman came from Geppetto's Bar and was described by witnesses as being inquisitive and engaging, while also acting openly intoxicated. Longtime friend and owner of Geppetto's Paulie Lichorat accompanied Rep. Sweeney. Lichorat was unavailable for comment regarding this issue.

The New York politician was barraged with a multitude of political questions and lighthearted comments from Union students when he arrived at the party. His attitude was described as cordial, and Sweeney was observed joking around with the students, sometimes even using profanity. It was reported that one student approached the Congressman with drug paraphernalia and asked to take a picture. The Congressman refused.


Yet witnesses affirm that Mr. Sweeney appeared to have been under the influence of alcohol at the party. One student saw the representative drinking a Keystone Light beer. "He was clearly not in the normal state of mind. He had definitely been drinking, there is no question about it," commented sophomore Kenneth Falcon, who attended the party. Falcon also managed to capture photographs and video footage of the congressman of his digital camera and cellular telephone.

Junior Rebecca Winnick, who spoke to Sweeney at the fraternity house said, "I told him I had worked for Congressman McNulty (D- Green Island), and [Sweeney] was very rude. He said, 'Oh, that's too bad for you, I'm a Republican'."

When asked about her feelings towards Congressman Sweeney's appearance at the party, Winnick commented, "I think it was really inappropriate and probably a poor political decision."

Let's clean House and put a grown-up in this seat. Kristen Gillibrand for Congress.

Previous post: My Political Dollars at Work (April 17, 2006)

UPDATE: Another picture, from the Albany Times-Union's Capitol Confidential blog:

Congressman John Sweeney, hammmered

Hat tip: Your Logo Here

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