Bay Ridge Journal: Brooklyn GOP Battle Brewing Between “Incumbents and Insurgents”
Bay Ridge Journal recently posted a well-reasoned and quite amusing assessment of the state of affairs in the Brooklyn GOP. To do this, they navigated the [sometimes murky] waters of the blogosphere and drew a line between the two major factions they see within our party: the incumbents and the insurgents.
Whether you agree with their terminology or not, if you follow the political blogs of Brooklyn, this is definitely a piece worth reading on this hot summer weekend.
Here is the majority of the piece (and be sure to visit Bay Ridge Journal to read the full piece):
For months now, I’ve been trying to understand the civil war raging within the Republican Party in South Brooklyn, but sorting through the barrage of verbal ordnance flying back and forth between the multiple blogs mounted by the warring factions has been tough going.
Here’s what I’ve come up with so far (I call the two sides the “Incumbents” and the “Insurgents”):
- The Insurgents tend to be younger than the Incumbents — in age or outlook;
- Many of the Incumbents have a Bay Ridge axis;
- The Insurgents have accused the Incumbents of, in so many words, being dodgy old farts; and
- The Incumbents have accused the Insurgents of, in so many words, being douche bags.
Here’s who I think the players are:
- Marty Golden
- Craig Eaton
- Jerry Kassar
- Mike Long
- Pete Ciriano
- Clorinda Annarummo
- Jerry O’Brien
- Stephen Maresca
- Possible Incumbent Allies
- Michael Alegretti
- Michael Bloomberg
- Rudy Guliani
- Rick Lazio…
- Lucretia-Regina Potter
- Jonathan Judge
- Roy Antoun
- Justin Lee Brannan
- Mike Harris
- Insurgent Ally
- Rick Grimm…
A couple of these names I do not recognize clearly. But my personal favorite is that they call Mike Grimm “Rick Grimm.” I guess that’s meant to demonstrate how blasé people in Bay Ridge are to the 13th congressional district race (which has been about as fun to watch as attending a Marty Golden rubber chicken dinner–shout out to BRI)?
I really hope this was done intentionally, because that would be very funny.
(By the way, Rudy Giuliani would probably count in the “insurgent” wing, because he has endorsed Grimm)
Also mentioned in this blog post are Bay Ridge Interpol, the Brooklyn Revolution blog, the childish GOP-sanctioned hate blogs (which no one really takes seriously because their message is steeped in a kind of dopey malevolence), and little ole Atlas.
Overall, it’s nice to see Bay Ridge Journal is staying fair and has taken the time to assess just what has been going on in the party. That kind of level-headedness is unfortunately lacking in our city when it comes to politics.