If you're like me, this whole Mark Grisanti casino scuffle does not pass the smell test. As soon as I saw he and his wife making the media rounds to announce that they got beat up, the first thought that came to my mind was "preemptive strike".
From the way they've been talking, my hunch is that Grisanti is trying to cover something up regarding the incident. Just like Frank "Frankie Five Angels" Pentangeli in the Godfather II, I suspect the young State Senator "had too much wine."
If a Seneca businessman is to believed, we can also add Grisanti to the "Don't you know who I am?" fraternity.
"I was maybe 15 feet away. I heard it," John said. "[Grisanti] yelled, 'Don't you know who the [expletive] I am, you [expletive]?"
Grisanti, R-Buffalo, told The News he was very upset during the incident but doesn't recall making any racial statements of any kind.
"Doesn't recall." Red flag. Whenever someone says they don't "recall" something, it is usually to shield themselves from trouble. Another person at the bar that night also disputes Grisanti's version of events...
"The senator seemed to think that it was his business to jump in between the two of them," Snow said. "[Grisanti] kept asking Eric White, 'Do you know who I am? Do you know who I am?'"
We know who you are, Mark. You're a small time Charlie. People didn't vote for you, as much as they voted against Antoine Thompson. Get over yourself, Hollywood.
Here's what I think happened: Mark Grisanti and the Indians were both drunk. The Indians drank too much firewater and were going to fight each other over politics or money. For some reason, Grisanti got involved. He ticked off one of the Senecas and then decided to fight with the security guards (who were just trying to do their jobs.)
The whole Kenmore Mercy Hospital field trip and local media tour were nothing more than political damage control. He wanted to accuse the other side before they went to the media and accused him of being a babbling drunk. Who goes to the hospital after a minor scuffle? Come on dude! How are we supposed to believe a word he says after he flip flopped on the whole gay marriage issue anyway? He's a marked man by area Conservatives. If I were Grisanti, I'd stay out of casino bars and stay away from Indians and try telling the truth once in awhile...