Opening Statement from Francisco D’Anconia
Our state, city, and federal governments are broken. I won’t pretend to be the first to say it. Yet, looking nearer to home, Brooklyn Republicans such as myself can only watch aghast at the institutional and moral failures of the county-wide Brooklyn Republican Party. For a party that has been known for over a century as one of reform and anti-bossism, you would be ashamed to know that the Kings County Republican Party is now attempting to engage in the petty machine politics that our party originally denounced. This has resulted from an absence of strong leaders and the presence of repressive ones.
The dearth of leadership in the county party, starting with its illustrious Chairman Craig Eaton—The Duke of Bay Ridge, Formerly of the Democratic Party (or so rumor has it)—is evident to all who take less than a minute to consider the “successes” of the Kings County Republican Party during the tenure of its present host of troglodytes. The illustrious Chairman—Primate of the Church of Political Failure—and his minions—the sad, lowly serfs of his empty promise agenda—have engaged in a systematic policy of intimidation and political thuggery that has alienated current Republicans and prospective Republicans even more. As a result, we are facing one of the worst periods our local party has ever faced.
Allow me to illustrate. I have heard The Duke of Bay Ridge and others of his ilk talk about “reaching out” to communities and areas of the borough in which Republicans are underrepresented. Lots of talk. Yet, what has our county party done to reach out to the other, shall we say, D’Anconias and minority groups of our borough recently? Nothing. Do any recent campaigns to do this “reaching out” come to mind—any examples of recruiting new blood or pursuing new constituencies? No. In fact, no major accomplishment comes to mind at all.
Instead of stimulating party growth, the Duke of Bay Ridge has turned his attention to aggrandizing himself and his acolytes with whatever patronage crumbs he can sniff out. Meanwhile, under his “leadership,” we have lost a major congressional seat and many other potential victories because of his failure to strategize and make effective political decisions. I can also tell you based on what I know that if you want to pursue anything resembling a reform agenda, he will try to stop you. He has shouted fellow Republicans down, threatened current and potential leaders and reformists, and has made enemies with anyone who does not swear an oath of loyalty to him. This political tyranny is unacceptable.
Even worse than this are the consequences of our county party’s inaction over the past few years. Ask yourself, when did our county party become content to concede entire precincts of the borough to Democratic bosses that have done nothing to promote economic growth and safety? What are they doing to improve life for Brooklynites? Republican Idol Ronald Reagan made renewing urban cities one of his top policy agendas when he ran for office. He won enormously in what are now known as “Blue States.” Why? Because Republicans have to be a party for all of America, not just particular regions, creeds and ideologies. Republicans like Reagan, Roosevelt, and LaGuardia understood this. We should now be emulating their reformist agendas to restore our city, state, and country. God knows we need reform now more than ever.
But our local Kings County Republican Party is content to accept the status quo, has done nothing to gain new ground, and is taking steps to actively repress reform agendas in our city and state, let alone among its own ranks here in Brooklyn. This cannot stand. This will not stand.
Due to these concerns—our collective concerns as Republicans of all ideologies—I, Francisco D’Anconia, will work with my colleagues at Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn to uncover and reveal the worst of our county party’s failures, their results, and what we can do to stop them. Our goals are to inform you, be honest with you, and suggest to you how we can take back our party to promote a reform agenda. We invite you to stay informed, get active, and help restore our Brooklyn Republican Party to greatness in the near future.
With your help, it will be done.