The Claudius Approach

Here’s a fascinating email a reader forwarded to me that appears to be from Carlos Manzano, who, according to this note, may or may not still be the president of the McManus Democratic Association on the West Side.

Politics does have a sense of humor.

As you know, I resigned the State Committee. But I heard through the grapevine this morning that someone at the McManus Christmas-Holiday party took over the presidency last night. That was quite a coup d’etat. What I found interesting is that in my previous email I stated that I “intended” to leave the presidency. For those of you who are attorneys, that word gives a lot of room for interpretation in a Court of law.

I find this “Claudius” approach interesting but dangerous, especially during our wonderful Holiday season. What ever happened to the spirit of kindness, respect and loyalty?

While it is not my style to communicate in this form, I thought you should know. After all, we are living on the West Side of Manhattan – not the Wild West (Side.)

I’ll be in touch.


Carlos Manzano


McManus Democratic Association

I left a message for Manzano on his cell phone but still haven’t heard back.

He’s still listed as president on the association’s website, but a person who answered the phone there said the new president is Michael Spillane. Whose name appears, weirdly, on this website.

— Azi Paybarah

The Claudius Approach