"Nick, have you met my good friend Ernie, here, who made a donation to your campaign. You know, you have a real shot to win this election."
Doug might have said to Nick privately:
It starts. There would be strings attached from the get-go. Pateman would need DeCicco to vote a certain way, in favor of the deli, at the zoning board meeting. And it's true. DeCicco never discussed this prior to the fund raising event. He did, however, vote in favor of the deli's zoning request. He's also since vowed to run for the position in the next regular election.
We're sure that this event is not over. We'll keep you abreast if things change. The politics of politics is ruining politics. Tammany Hall anyone?