("My war against MMA is more important than the war on drugs and the war on illegal guns.")
New York Assemblyman Bob Reilly once again proved that he is an idiot with a personal agenda against MMA during a debate this week with opposing candidate Jennifer Whalen he participated in yesterday.
While Whalen outlined her priorities for her potential term as assemblywoman which included overhauling the legislature’s ethics policies, reducing unemployment and constructing a small business relief program, Reilly pointed out that his main priority is cock-blocking MMA in the state, explaining that it has become his personal crusade and that he has spent the most time and effort on — even more so than much needed tax relief for the state that his opponent says he has ignored in favor of the axe he is grinding against MMA.
"On a personal level, because what happens in the legislature — you have to shepherd certain bills through, I will be working, as I’ve said, twice already — my forfeeiture of pension bill. I will also be working on the bill — although it is not a bill — I will be working against the bill that would put Ultimate Fighting into this state," Reilly explained, hardly unable to contain his excitement. "Those are a personal effort where I am the lead legislator on those two efforts."
A personal effort, huh? No kidding?
Reilly is so confident that he will be re-elected, that he spent more time explaining his opposition of MMA in the state, than he did expanding on his other policy stances.
"Probably the single effort that I did — and I won’t say that it’s the most important — is my single effort to keep Ultimate Fighting out of New York State. Why those who advocate this violent and vicious sport for the reason that it will bring money to this state, I, in fact, claim it will not. The owners of Ultimate Fighting who have recently spent $174,000, giving that money to various legislators and political parties and have paid their lobbyists $10,000 a month for a number of years are in fact in bankruptcy court in Las Vegas at this very moment to the tune of $7 billion," Reilly attempted to explain, like it actually made sense outside of his old close-minded head. "These are the people who some people advocate bringing in to New York. I’m proud of the fact that almost single-handedly I have kept this out of New York not only because violence begets violence and it’s not what we should have in our state, but also it ultimately saves us money by not having this sport in New York."
What is fascinating is that after all the time and energy he has wasted telling his peers how evil MMA is, not only does he not know by now that the sport isn’t called "Ultimate Fighting," he also is oblivious to the fact that the Ultimate Fighting Championship is a separate business than Station Casinos which is also owned by Frank Lorenzo Fertitta and that the UFC isn’t the only group who are fighting to get MMA sanctioned in New York.
Maybe if he used more than Google to do do his research, Reilly might have a fucking clue what is going on beyond "imcome tax" and "circuit breakers".