In Wake of Eaton’s Duplicity, Local and Update Insiders Fail to Stifle Resolve of “Proudly Independent” Young Republicans
They’re not going away anytime soon.
That was the overall message of a strongly-worded and effective response of the Young Republicans of Brooklyn via their President, former City Council candidate Jonathan Judge, this week. It came in response to the decision of the Association of New York State Young Republican Clubs, Inc. to unilaterally admit Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton’s youth club into the statewide organization, the Young Republicans’ statement indicated.
It follows the deceitful move of Eaton to quietly finance his own young Republican group to challenge the Young Republican Club that has existed in Brooklyn since 1880.
The remarks from Mr. Judge and his reform organization were delivered swiftly:
“In an unprecedented sneak move, a handful of insider Republican operatives in charge of the Association of New York State Young Republican Clubs, Inc., deceitfully revoked the Brooklyn Young Republican Club’s membership in order to admit Brooklyn Republican Chairman Craig Eaton’s Young Republicans into the state organization within 10 days from its first meeting.”
Judge also slammed the Eaton cabal for their failures this past year, pointing out that “if Mr. Eaton and his shrinking band of establishment supporters had gotten their way, Mr. Grimm would not be Congressman Grimm today.”
You may recall Eaton pushed for Michael Allegretti to be the candidate in the 13th Congressional race and did not exactly run to aid Mr. Grimm’s aid after Allegretti lost, according to multiple sources.
On the other hand, the Young Republicans noted at the time their activism in favor of Mr. Grimm prior to the election, which saw Grimm win only a handful of election districts in Brooklyn–those in which the “YRs” campaigned for him, it has been indicated.
Meanwhile, Eaton’s youths, known to some as the “Bootleg Young Republicans,” seemed to once again lose any value in their attention-grabbing move upstate, as Brooklyn Daily Eagle issued a fair and accurate portrayal of the club clash in Harold Egeln’s recent piece.
Indeed, the language of the faux young Republican group’s titular President did not address the realities of the scenario facing the Republican Party in Brooklyn during this period of civil war.
“Now we can really get down to work – growing the party and supporting Republican candidates in Brooklyn,” said Mr. Gallo, a District Leader who tries mightily hard to be Craig Eaton’s political pit bull. This is all the more necessary given Mr. Eaton’s growing paranoia, which has reached epic proportions as he fears for losing his chairmanship this year.
The comments are all the more ironic given Mr. Gallo has reportedly made lackluster efforts to win the elections in his Assembly District in the past, and Mr. Eaton has not seen a single candidate of his win election in Brooklyn since he became chairman, even in the anti-Obama tide of the past year.
“The fact is the party is eating its young and turning to people who have not been innovating to ‘lead the attack’ against those who have,” said one source.
Given what I’ve seen the establishment do over the years, that sentiment seems wholeheartedly accurate.