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Thursday, July 13, 2006

The nonstop party machine that is the NYGOP chugs on.

Okay, we've known for a few months that KT McFarland is a little, um, how to put this delicately...nuts.

A Republican challenger to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is bizarrely claiming that the former first lady has been spying in her bedroom window and flying helicopters over her house in the Hamptons, witnesses told The Post yesterday.

Former Reagan-era Pentagon official Kathleen "KT" McFarland stunned a crowd of Suffolk County Republicans on Thursday by saying:

"Hillary Clinton is really worried about me, and is so worried, in fact, that she had helicopters flying over my house in Southampton today taking pictures," according to a prominent GOP activist who was at the event.

Well, now we're starting to learn why. It's not pretty, and honestly, I'm not sure we should still be laughing. It's just, as Kathy Bates said in Primary Colors, "all kind of human and awful and sad."

Read the whole trashy thing after the jump.

First there was this, from New York magazine:

KT’s father worked the night shift as a train dispatcher in Madison, Wisconsin. The eldest of four, KT had a brother here in New York City who had followed her to George Washington University and then worked as an analyst. “Ummmm. He was sick and then he died,” is all she would say when pressed. Michael Troia had aids; his obituary listed three “companions.”

KT, the moderate in this race, couldn’t abide his sexual orientation. Shortly after she discovered Mike had aids, she wrote her parents lengthy, angry, almost Gothic letters in which she outed her brother, blamed her father for his troubles as well as those of her and her other siblings, and cut off contact with her parents. “Have you ever wondered why I have never had anything to do with Mike and have never let my daughters see him although we live only fifteen minutes away from each other?” she wrote. “He has been a lifelong homosexual, most of his relationships brief, fleeting one-night stands.” The father’s behavior had surfaced for McFarland as recovered memory. She said a shrink put her up to writing the letter; reached for comment, her mother, Edith Troia—KT has since made up with her parents—denied the account. “Wouldn’t that make a great book?” she said. “Please be kind. You could be casting dark shadows on this whole race.”

Then the New York Post got on the case:

GOP Senate hopeful Kathleen Troia "KT" McFarland said yesterday her father threatened her with a gun "on a couple of occasions" when she was a child - and wondered whether recent revelations about her past made it impossible for her to continue to run.

McFarland, 54, said she had written angry letters to her parents, Augie and Edith Troia, in 1992, when she confronted them with her father's abuse.

"I had one of the most difficult childhoods imaginable," McFarland said.

"I was beaten up, I was whipped with a belt, I was kicked, I was shoved, and my father took a gun to us on a couple of occasions at a very young age."
She acknowledged that in the letters, she'd suggested that her father's abusive behavior at home had driven her younger, gay brother, Michael Troia, into an irresponsible sexual lifestyle that led to his death from AIDS in 1995.

And once the Post gets its teeth into a story like that, well, you know they have to ask her dad:

The father of Senate candidate Kathleen Troia "KT" McFarland yesterday angrily denied he ever abused his daughter and offered to take a lie de tector test to prove his innocence.

"You know darn well I never did any of that," Augie Troia, 80, told The Post out side his house in his first comments on his daughter's recent charges against him.
Troia spoke out yesterday to The Post and denied ever even owning a gun. "It's not true," he said.

But Troia showed he does have a mean streak when he was approached outside his small ranch house.

"Be careful or I might do something," he warned a reporter whom he ordered off his property.

"You better get out of here or they're going to carry you out of here," Troia twice threatened. Asked if he was intending physical violence, Troia did not respond.

And then her brother:

The brother of GOP Senate candidate Kathleen Troia "KT" McFarland accused his sister yesterday of being "evil" and he vehemently denied her charges that their father was abusive.

Tom Troia, of Janesville, Wis., accused his sister of conjuring up the allegations in a spiteful letter she gave to her parents in 1992 in hopes of killing her father with a heart attack while also rubbing in another brother's face that he was dying of AIDS.

"It's a complete fabrication," Troia, 52, told The Post of his sister's charges. "If I had one word to describe my sister, it would be 'evil.' "

Asked why his sister, who is in the middle of a Republican primary battle with former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer to take on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, would make up horrendous charges about their father, Troia said, "Evil needs no reason."
Troia did not deny his father - who threatened a Post reporter - has "an anger problem" and that he doled out punishment when his kids misbehaved by spanking them, sometimes with a belt.

"It was a different attitude in the early 1960s," he said. "The punishment was on an acceptable level of the time."

Fuct. Up.


  • At 4:25 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Asked why his sister, who is in the middle of a Republican primary battle with former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer to take on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, would make up horrendous charges about their father, Troia said, "Evil needs no reason."


    That's so awesome (and insane in its own right). Now I wish I could vote for her in the primary.

    On a serious note, these abuse charges seem pretty flimsy. But if you saw her on Kirtzman and Kramer last month, you saw a person barely controlling an explosive anger. She wanted to kill Andrew Kirtzman.

    What can I say? Evil needs no reason.

  • At 4:34 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    The abuse charges seem flimsy? Her brother corroborates that their father used to beat them with a belt, even if he is totally fine with that.

  • At 6:14 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Yeah, but that was pretty standard practice back in the day, unfortunately.


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