Healthcare Should Give GOP an Edge in Brooklyn—But Local Leadership is Lacking
Last night, the President addressed a joint session of Congress, while many of us in Brooklyn watched and wondered what the future will be for us on the healthcare issue.
Without commenting on the President’s speech, a question arose among us Atalites on what exactly our local party has done to address the issue. It seems nothing major can come to mind. While stories about the Democrats holding their own town halls have dominated local news, what has our local party done to address the issue? Certainly Brooklynites will be affected by any massive upheaval.
Instead of host a GOP town hall or an open forum on the issue, or even ask our local constituents what they think about the issue, we here at Atlas learned that some protest was convened just a few days ago (thanks to Sahel Kazemi for the comment on September 8th). Apparently, a bunch of anti-McMahon protestors (and I use the word “bunch” with some skepticism) showed up in front of the Congressman’s Brooklyn HQ demanding a town hall.
After reading this story, a few questions arose about this “protest.”
First, who were the Republicans and the Conservatives that attended this “rally” (did you get the memo about any rally?)? I see Chairman Craig “The Duke of Bay Ridge” Eaton was in attendance. City Councilman candidate Bob Capano was present. Jerry Kassar—of the Conservative Party and a scion of “The Golden Prince” Marty Golden—was there. 46th A.D. District Leader Clorinda Annarummo was in the audience, never missing at an event in Mr. Eaton’s dukedom.
Anyone else get the memo? Any registered Republicans from the 13th CD get a card or an invite? Any notice on their website? I don’t think so…I asked Francisco about the article; he commented, “If there had been a lot of people, you would think they would say how many people showed up, or at least show us a picture!”
Maybe our “leaders” don’t understand this, but let us make it clear: if you’re going to do anything, let us know! Let your constituents know. Why are these things always a secret? Why has no one reached out to the average GOPer in Brooklyn to ask what they think or what they want? This is a grievous error.
Second, whether the Congressman is wrong or not, how does it make the Kings County GOP look if all we’re doing is yelling and complaining? Where are the options we’re offering? Where are our plans?
How many times must it be said that complaints alone do nothing to help promote reform? What are our leaders (and/or future candidates) saying about the issue? Nothing I’ve heard or that’s been well publicized.
I’d like to ask those leaders who were at the rally what their plans are for health care reform. What does the Kings County GOP stand for?