If Robert Astorino is going to distinguish himself politically from Cuomo, he has to have some wedge issues. In most Republican states, the playbook is clear: bash gays, illegal aliens, gun laws, and Obama.
Gastorino is not going after gays or gun laws. Or even Obama. He’s left with making up a wedge issue: hyping shale gas – that’s not even there. He has to make it seem like New York is missing out on some mythological fracking bonanza. Thousands of jobs and billions in revenue are his hollow campaign promise.
(Most) members of the press are not going to challenge Gastorino on how many fracking jobs New York won’t have. Gastorino can make up any fracking number he likes. Until he’s called out on it. Then he can quote the fracking fairy tales in the SGEIS. Courtesy of the shale shills inside the Cuomo Administration.
When you remove guns, gays and Obamacare from the play book, you are left with phantom shale. Not Guntorino or Obamarino or Gaytorino. Gastorino. That’s this pizza salesman’s fracking schtick.
If you want toxic radioactive frack goo slathered all over your roads in the summer time and in the winter time, Gastorino’s your boy. If you want frack waste dumped into your town’s water treatment plant, Gastorino is the one for you. If you want to fill up your local landfill with radioactive drill cuttings from Fracksylvania, get yourself a Gastorino yard sign – there will be as many available as the Kochs can print.
Remember, “Gastorino” is Italian for “gas from a little bull.”