It’s no secret former state Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno has a bunch of support in the Capital District as he literally fights for his freedom.
But today, on Live from the State Capitol with Fred Dicker on Talk 1300, he got a plug from an unlikely source – Jay Jay French, a founding member of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister.
French toed the line defending Bruno along with Dicker, the longtime state editor at the New York Post, who has spent hours on his radio show, and rightly so, bashing the U.S. Attorney’s Office for going after Bruno for a second time.
The politically astute French not only gave Bruno some lip service but the two are friends. Bruno has joined the rocker for dinner in New York City and Bruno has had him up to his Rensselaer County home for some R&R.
It’s an odd couple for sure. Twisted Sister epitomized the Big Hair Era of the 80s complete with long hair, ripped jeans and a devil be damned attitude, while Bruno was the “Dapper Don” of the state Senate always with an impeccable coif and tailored suits.
In addition, Dicker, who has an extensive collection of folk music he plays on air some of each Friday, played one of Twisted Sister’s most famous songs, “We’re not Gonna Take It.” Given the circumstances, I don’t think Pete Seeger did more than a quarter turn in his the grave.
In the end French called the Bruno trial a “witch hunt” and echoed Bruno’s main argument all along – that legislators are part time and being a consultant should carry the same import as being an lawyer.
French also summed up what must be one of Bruno’s biggest fears as the trial begins its third day – People think “all rockers are drug addicts and all politicians are corrupt.”
I'll link the podcast of Dicker's show as soon as I can. Until then, enjoy some Twisted Sister.