Faux Democratic “Reformer” Carroll Now Pinocchio to Lopez’s Geppetto
The blogs are all a-Twitter about it.
It’s the recent patronage job taken by creepy-looking Democratic “reformer” (please!) Kevin Peter Carroll from Brooklyn Democratic Party Boss Vito Lopez.
The Brooklyn Paper had this to say about it:
So much for reforming the Brooklyn Democratic organization!
Bay Ridge District Leader Kevin Peter Carroll — who ran as an anti-establishment reformer this fall — just got a political job with Councilman Steve Levin, the protege of county boss, Assemblyman Vito Lopez.
The new post puts Carroll, 24, just two degrees of separation from Lopez, the embattled pol he lambasted during his election campaign — yet backed for another term as county boss in his first official act as district leader.
Levin (D–Brooklyn Heights) said his decision to name Carroll his new legislative director was not a patronage appointment or payback to Lopez’s new buddy.
“Politics was not a consideration in this decision,” said Levin, who is Lopez’s former chief of staff and a former staffer at the Lopez-founded Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizen’s Council, the scandal-riddled non-profit that’s currently the target of at least two government investigations…
Carroll began his career in public life as the founding member and president of Brooklyn Democrats for Change. When he ran for district leader, his website was filled with demands for reform.
“There is a crisis of confidence in the leadership of our party and we must organize so that the Democratic Party will stand again for those values that brought us to it,” he wrote. “Democratic public officials must behave as Democrats or be removed if they are only interested in special interests and their own re-elections.”
During a debate against incumbent Ralph Perfetto in our office, Carroll described himself as the “independent candidate” and lambasted Perfetto as Lopez’s horse in the race.
“I’m not happy with the direction county is going,” he said. “I believe in reforms and the county organization needs to be reformed.”
Yet after besting Perfetto with 62 percent of the vote, Carroll’s first act as district leader was to re-elect Lopez as chairman — a move that took reform-minded District Leaders Owens and Lincoln Restler by surprise.
For his part, Carroll stuck to the script.
“I’m very excited to be part of Steve’s staff. It’s a great opportunity,” he said, days after Lopez surprised everyone by showing up at a Christmas party hosted by the political club Carroll founded, according to the blog Bay Ridge Interpol.
Meanwhile, the news of Carroll’s public defection to Lopez led The Bay Ridge Journal to say “Denial’s a Helluva Drug,” stating:
Carroll’s new job probably shouldn’t come as such a surprise: his first official act as district leader was to endorse Lopez for county leader; and, according to the Brooklyn Paper, the Bay Ridge Interpol (now restricted to invited guests) reported that Lopez showed up at the Brooklyn Democrats for Change Christmas party this year.
Levin of course denies that hiring Carroll involved patronage or payback, saying that “politics was not a consideration”.
Park Slope District Leader Chris Owens said Levin hired Carroll as payback for not interfering with Lopez’s agenda.
Looks like the Democrats have a new hack in their midst…