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Brooklyn Republicans Need to Be More Like Cops— Go Where There’s Need

September 2, 2009

I was hanging out with some of my girlfriends earlier this year, and at some point, one of them hit me with this question: “You ever think you’d see a Republican in a bad neighborhood? They don’t care about the poor.”

At first, I kind of took offense and wanted to say something in response. But I really had nothing to say. Even though I’m a proud Republican, I had nothing to say.

While I know we have some amazing GOP stars from poor backgrounds or that are ethnic minorities, but let’s be honest: the stereotypical caricature of a “Republican” in popular culture is that of a fat, white man. Come on!

Dick Cheney. Rush Limbaugh. Pat Buchanan. Heck, I turn on a Sunday talk show, and there’s the GOP’s token fat white man. No wonder we get attacked by the liberals or by Democrats: we make it EASY sometimes!

Now, don’t get me wrong. I have nothing wrong with fat white men (I married one, and I’m very happy ;-)). And of course we have some excellent female Republican candidates and voices. But now let’s look at our local party. What are we doing to break down barriers? We have entire areas of the borough that we’ve ceded to the Democrats, even though we have strong arguments to make to attract people of all class and ethnic backgrounds.

How many people living in bad neighborhoods did Giuliani save by cleaning up the streets? How many lower income families would benefit from tax cuts and more police on the streets? How many minorities that are churchgoers hold socially conservative positions on many issues?


So why haven’t Republicans reached out? There’s no one reason, but there’s one that stands above the rest.

We’re scared and lazy.

That’s right. We don’t want to help people out in neighborhoods we wouldn’t walk through ourselves or live in. We think we can only make in it neighborhoods we “have a chance in.” Well, let me tell you, if that’s what you think or if that’s what our leaders think, then our party is either entirely selfish or, worse, doesn’t care. More importantly, we’re headed for disaster.

Why don’t you try telling that to our brave cops that go out and help fight the poison destroying neighborhoods out there? You think they get to choose? They go where they’re needed so they can keep us and our fellow citizens safe. They perform their duty and have brought this city back from the horrors of the 1970’s.

What we as Republicans don’t realize is that we’re no different than they are. We have a responsibility—a duty—as a party to fight for the best for our entire city and represent our entire city. And in our borough, we don’t get to choose where we represent Brooklynites: we must speak for all Brooklynites.

But the fact is we don’t want to fight for votes—convince people, persuade them—to come to our party. We don’t want to do the grunt work. We’re convinced “it can’t be done.” And so, we say, why bother?

“Are there potential leaders or voters in that district—you know what? Who cares?”

Well, all I’ll say is that if we don’t begin to care—and soon—we’re going to end up representing so little of Brooklyn that the “Kings County Republican Party” could be renamed for the one or two neighborhoods in which we actively campaign. As far as I’m concerned, we’re just about there now.

  1. Amos permalink
    September 2, 2009 9:06 am

    Mr. Craig Eaton, Esq., Barrister, aka The Duke of Bay Ridge, has excellent company regarding Kings County GOP Headquarters located within in his personal law firm office.

    I guess Speaker Silver, NYS Assembly, can do the same and operate his Assembly District Office within the firm of Weitz & Luxenberg PC. Did you know Speaker Silver is a full time lawyer and compensation handsomely at the same time he serves the public as Speaker of the Assembly and Assemblyman?

    Don’t you see a conflict of interest and potential influence peddling? It muck in our midst!

    We are surrounded by narcissistic, pompous hypocrites – all around us. Eaton, Silver, etc.
    Fake, phony, frauds…..

    As for Brooklyn Republicans, let’s clean and disinfect the KCRP/GOP house by protesting stridently, intelligently and loudly!
    Our influence could count if we keep the pressure on!

    By the way, did former KCRP Chairman Hy Singer operate the KCRP within his place of business too? Or is this just unique for Mr. Eaton?

  2. Bertram Scudder permalink
    September 2, 2009 7:44 pm

    Well, well….well…..the Bronx GOP is having their share of chaos too. Aye caramba!

    The Bronx GOP oligarchy is led by Chairman Joseph J. Savino – “Jay Savino” – is a confidante/buddy/friend of Brooklyn Chairman Craig A. Eaton, Esq. As the saying goes, “birds of a feather flock together…..”

    See how Brooklyn City Council candidate George Smith (R, C) is a criminal and alleged sex pervert with a questionable background and qualifications. Where was the “due diligence” on the part of the KCRP?

    Meanwhile, the Bronx GOP doesn’t earnestly try to recruit competent, quality Republican candidates to run for their local elected offices. Does that scenario sound familiar? It sure does, Amigos.

    It’s a disgrace all around, from Suite 301 at 1200 Waters Place in The Bronx to 1662 Sheepshead Bay Road in Brooklyn!

    1200 Waters Place, Suite 301, is not only a satellite office and one of the three (3) addresses for the law form of Faga Savino, LLP, but it is also serves as The Bronx County GOP HQ’s! Incidentally, what the heck is it with the NYC GOP and the Barrister Oligarchy having dictatorial control? Something is rotten in Palookaville!

    Mr. Savino and Mr. Eaton, disgrazia!

    Until the next righteous rant, let us not say “Au Revoir”…. instead let us enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and a glass of Chianti…..

  3. Octavia permalink
    September 3, 2009 8:26 pm

    Regarding Dagny’s article, “Brooklyn Republicans Need to Be More Like Cops— Go Where There’s Need,” I think she is right on target. I agree with the excellent, practical suggestions she succinctly articulated about how the KCRP can and should reach out to traditionally non-Republican neighbordhoods.

    I confess I’m not sure what else to add to her insight.

    On a lighter note, what about a libertarian/Republican version of Vox Pop in Brooklyn?

    A social coffee house/lounge/book store/platform where there can hear speakers, socialize, attend cultural events, internet café or free wireless service, etc.? Republican ideas and solutions can be expressed, argued, debated and discussed…..

    I’m suggesting a “politically right” alternative to the left, liberal Vox Pop Cafe?

  4. Sexy Republicana permalink
    September 4, 2009 12:22 pm

    Bertram Scudder…someone’s been reading his Rand. Hope you won’t be doing any false hit jobs on Hank Rearden like in the book lol.

    As for the article, Dagny, all too true. Scared and lazy is right.


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