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Friday, March 27, 2009

Name-calling attorney

Lawyer's bizarre insults
are on the radio again

By David Baker
Posted Friday, March 24, 2009

Steve Coffey is back on the radio and he’s using the ‘N’ word again.

The last time, back in December, it was a Jewish national talk show host that Coffey called “a Nazi.”

This time it’s former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Appearing on his regular infomercial on WGDJ on Wednesday morning, Coffey and host Paul Vandenburgh were talking about President Obama. Vandenburgh said he thinks Obama doesn’t seem to do much work, to which Coffey said:

“Well at least he doesn’t listen to that Nazi who’s a vice president from before.”

Vandenburgh (sounding a little uneasy): “Well, all right, er, Cheney?”

Coffey: “Yeah.”

And later in the program, Vandenburgh was all but kissing Coffey’s feet as the two were talking about state Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco. Tedisco is running against Scott Murphy in a special election next week for the 20th Congressional District seat that was held by Kirsten Gillibrand until Gillibrand was appointed to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate.

Vandenburgh, who says he supports Tedisco, said this to Coffey:

“You know, I’ve known you as long as I’ve known [Tedesco]. You’ve had a sterling career. You had a great career. OK? And that’s fair of me to say, right? I’ve never heard … nobody’s ever whispered anything negative in my ear about Steve Coffey. Steve Coffey’s led a good life, raised his kids, got a great wife, a pillar of the community, a respected professional.”

Coffey: “Yeah, well, er, a little overstated, but OK.”

Only a little?

And, in case his point wasn’t clear, a moment later Vandenburgh added this:

“Tedisco and you are the same in that regard. You’ve had great public lives. Done a good job. Nobody’s ever called me and said ‘Hey, I called that Steve Coffey and he didn’t help me.’ You’ve been there for anybody that’s reached out to you, OK?”

Vandenburgh must not have read any of the posts on this page about Coffey, or any of the e-mails alerting him to the posts. That, or he just wants the money he must be getting for promoting Coffey and his firm and he doesn’t care if he looks like a simpering, unthinking fool doing it.