The winter keeps getting worse and worse for Mayor Bloomberg.
This week’s disaster involved the Mayor calling Staten Island oldtimer Charles G. Hogg, better known as “Staten Island Chuck”, a son-of-a-bitch.
It seems Mayor Mike and Staten Island Chuck have a long standing feud. Exactly two years ago, the Mayor tried to bully Chuck out of his cozy little home to “predict if there would be six more weeks of winter.”
Sick of being forced to perform this pointless, asinine task year after year, Chuck decided to make a stand, refusing to exit his comfy abode. But how dare he defy Mayor Mike! Ignoring Chuck’s obvious wishes, Bloomberg had the audacity to stick his arm into Chuck’s home and drag the little guy out kicking and screeching (Chuck was doing this, not the Mayor).
After struggling to escape Bloomberg’s clutches, Chuck turned and unceremoniously took a serious bite out of the Mayor’s finger.
The February 2, 2009 incident took place exactly three days after the Mayor took a substantial bite out of the Staten Island Zoo’s budget. Coincidence? Perhaps.
Chuck’s appearance was widely reported as predicting six less weeks of winter. But in retrospect, he was obviously predicting four more years of Bloomberg. Perhaps that’s why Chuck was so ornery.
Whatever the circumstances, Chuck has long since apologized for the incident, according to the Staten Island Advance. But was that good enough for Mayor Mike? What do you think?
This week the Mayor ordered that Chuck be unceremoniously shoved out of his home into the sub-freezing weather by a plunger-like device, while the bundled up Bloomie lay in wait. “I love the plunger,” the mayor gleefully told a group of reporters and flunkees. “This is so much better than having to reach in and letting that little son-of-a-bitch bite me.”
Once quite popular in Staten Island, the Mayor’s popularity has taken a plunge as well, if reactions on the Advance’s web site this week are any indication. A brief sampling: Animals can sense who is good and who is evil; My dog also snarls around undesirables; The Mayor’s cussing badly upset my poor kids, who never want to go to the zoo again.
Reeling from the public reaction, the Mayor now claims he “does not recall” using profanity when speaking of Chuck. Spoken like a true weaselly (no offense Chuck) politician.
I do disagree with Staten Island Chuck on one thing. I believe it’s going to be a long winter. Especially for Mayor Mike.