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Is Bob Reilly a Liar, On Top Of Everything Else?

Bob Reilly NY assemblyman
(When this charming bastard speaks to a group of women, that sound you hear after he’s done ain’t nothing but panties dropping.)

Our old friend Bob Reilly is back in the MMA news.  This time it isn’t just for his completely nonsensical reasoning for opposing MMA regulation in New York State, but because of untruths he’s been telling about union campaign contributions.  MMA Payout picked up on Reilly’s assertion in this USA Today story that he doesn’t know, nor did he ever receive campaign contributions from UNITE HERE, the union that’s beefing with the Fertitta-owned Station Casinos in Las Vegas and which may be partially behind the attempt to block the UFC in New York.  Trouble is, there are at least $5,500 in documented campaign contributions from UNITE HERE to Reilly.

What’s really clever is the way Reilly words his disavowal of any union money shenanigans:

“I’m a very strong union supporter. I don’t know UNITE HERE, and the people in Vegas certainly haven’t come here and given me campaign contributions. It tells me here’s a tactic of ultimate fighting which tells you how they operate.”

Technically, the contributions came from the national headquarters of UNITE HERE in New York, though as MMA Payout points out, the Vegas branch draws a lot of water and is the dominant force in the union, making Reilly’s statement “intellectually dishonest.”  It’s kind of like telling your girlfriend that you did not sleep with her best friend that night she was out of town, and then claiming it wasn’t a lie since the two of you never actually slept.

Should we be surprised that Reilly might be a liar? This is the guy who habitually compares MMA to dog-fighting and domestic violence, and yet somehow doesn’t feel that there’s anything wrong the hundreds of pro boxing, football, hockey, and pro wrestling events that go on in New York each year.  He’s the guy whose moral stance against violence seems completely limited to the particular brand of violence found in MMA, and nothing else.  His entire opposition to regulating MMA in New York is based on an intellectually dishonest argument.  

So no, we should not be surprised.  Pissed off?  Yeah, definitely.  But not surprised.

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LiverPunch_Kickto daBolls- May 8, 2009 at 8:40 pm
Reilly is an unwashed factory box-set of rubber dildos.. not the hard plastic ones no.. they were like jelly-rubber and now you found them in a storage unit thats been closed up for 10 years and you take them out and they're the consistancy of a melted stretch armstrong doll and all covered with lint and dust and cat hair, just all nasty from being used and discarded in a dirty place. That is what Bob Reilly is to me.
?CM- May 8, 2009 at 5:52 pm
Bob Reilly is my hero, he is like CAPS LOCK HAL. Everybody hates him, but he doesn't care because he is hot and strong.
Tapout64- May 8, 2009 at 4:11 pm
This asshole needs to be kicked in the testicles multiple times..
Cathedron- May 8, 2009 at 2:36 pm
I don't think he really cares one way or the other. Politicians don't even have souls, let alone ethics, morals, or genuine opinions. They just pick a cause at random and run with it. He either gets off on the attention or he's getting bought out... or both. Either way, he's going to lose. NY knows they are losing a lot of money not having big MMA events in their state.
Richard Fitzentite- May 8, 2009 at 2:11 pm
He's totally caught with his hand in the cookie jar. And that chick standing next to him wants his hand in her cookie jar...not to mention that dude behind him. Is "Handsome" Bob Reilly the same Bob from the Enzyte commercials?
Adam Bomb- May 8, 2009 at 1:34 pm
On the other hand, I do want MMA in New York if only that it will prove to be a huge boon for all the other largely democratic states which are still holding onto their ban on MMA, or refusing to make it legal. I live in one of those states and it sucks being surrounded by states that have MMA already legalized.
?ld_Bald_and_Irish- May 8, 2009 at 1:22 pm
New York is a dump anyway. People who live there cannot appreciate MMA, i know it for a fact because I went to New York once and it's horrible. They should not have MMA and Bob Reilly is right, lets have MMA events in Hawaii, that's where the real MMA fans are. New York can have baseball and traffic jams because both these things suck.

Parisiano- May 8, 2009 at 12:15 pm
SANCTION it everywhere!!!!!
Bovice- May 8, 2009 at 12:04 pm
PHELPS- May 8, 2009 at 11:29 am
How would one suck a bag of dicks?
Steve- May 8, 2009 at 11:27 am
This guy is scum, hopefully MMA gets sanctioned and he can suck a bag of dicks.
Adseven- May 8, 2009 at 11:25 am
Great. Political trickery and backdoor dealing has officially crept into MMA. Is nothing sacred?
PHELPS- May 8, 2009 at 11:16 am
Reilly should have a private study on the correlation between dog fighting and mma. Someone should toss him in a cage with an angry pitbull and then we can do the same with... uh Kimbo?
SCM- May 8, 2009 at 11:05 am
I support this.
Bob "The Bastard" Reilly- May 8, 2009 at 10:59 am
Okay Dana, hook me up with one of those Chuck Liddell t-shirts and we'll talk.
PHELPS- May 8, 2009 at 10:50 am
How does this guy have so much control over mma sanctioning? It seems that are many NY politicians that support it. Hopefully this will sully his name and give UFC more leverage.
El Famous Burrito- May 8, 2009 at 10:46 am

Next question.
Fedor vs Bas- May 8, 2009 at 10:44 am
Can't we get NY Unions that would profit from the sport to pay off some other politican?

MSG workers?
Nut Puncher 9000- May 8, 2009 at 10:43 am
'The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.'
Will Rogers
Justin- May 8, 2009 at 10:41 am
Vote YES!!
Mdollas- May 8, 2009 at 10:39 am
Screw him, hes a jackass. I think he should take some time out of his life to go to a gym and watch these athletes train, to see what he's taking away from them by not letting them compete.