Yonkers mayoral race — Calvi calls Murtagh a “pompous ass”


Hey, we’re not putting words in his mouth. That was the headline of an emailed letter Yonkers mayoral candidate Carlo Calvi sent out earlier today to his GOP opponent, John Murtagh, and the press. It seems Calvi and Murtagh were at a candidates’ night last night in Yonkers and Murtagh made what was a not-so-well received crack about Calvi’s wife. We’ll let Calvi take it from here:

November 4, 2011

Mr. John Murtagh:

Last night at the Mohegan Heights Civic Assoc. candidates’ night you made a comment towards me which that confirms your arrogant, condescending, pompous, ignorant attitude towards other people.

While I was speaking your cell phone rang aloud. I deferred for a moment, so that you could silence it. You then looked at your phone and said to me before the entire audience:

“It’s your wife. She wants you to go home.”

This bizarre statement, patently false, demonstrates a serious flaw in your character, which has been observed by many during your time in public life. Many have called you arrogant, rude, condescending, pompous, demeaning and insulting. Your comment certifies all of those appellations.

Obviously, you were annoyed that you had to turn off your cell phone, a gesture which others might consider common courtesy at a public forum. Yet, with indignity, you lashed out bringing a member of my family, into an insult directed at me.

By the way, don’t flatter yourself. Julie is way out of your league. You are probably one of the last people who would be honored to receive a phone call from her. Rest assured, however, that you insulted her, as well, in making the absurd statement.

You show that you have little regard or sensitivity for others unless they bow to you. How dare anyone challenge you or disagree with you?

The conclusion to be drawn is that you are unfit to be a public servant. You have little ability to care for people. If you can make such a sexist, insulting statement in a public forum to a peer or an elder, how could you sincerely have any desire to respect a constituency? You are unable to view others, except as inferior to you.
Members of the audience approached ma at the conclusion and expressed their outrage at your statement and conduct.

Your recent political mail had the theme of what nice words people use to describe you. You falsely complimented yourself by issuing that literature.

You also omitted one thing that many people do say to describe you:

“You are a Pompous Ass”.

No apology would be accepted, since it is sure to be insincere and vacant.

Carlo Calvi


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  1. A sense of humor you say? Murtagh is as cold as a rock and when he makes a statement like that he is not being funny, he is attempting to insult. Murtagh is a mean person who has no feelings for others.

  2. Murtagh is a very funny guy. Saying he has no sense of humor tells us nothing about Murtagh — but everything about you.

  3. old school alum on

    If Murtaugh insulted the wife of a Spano, he would immediately swallow his front teeth.

  4. on the contrary…murtagh has a biting wit and he is usually sinking his teeth into someone’s jugular when he is jocular

  5. old school alum on

    @unbreakable – go play with yourself and get a haircut. Politics will not miss your witty father.

  6. old school…don’t know who you think I am, but you need to go back to school. Murtagh is never happier than when he is demeaning someone, especially in public.