Dark Cloud of Party In Fighting Overshadows 39th City Council District Primary
Well, sometimes when you need to find the smoking gun, it appears right in your lap!
It seems our familiar friend and political consultant Gerry O’Brien—the Merlin of Malice—has become so desperate he has allegedly started assaulting fellow Republicans to get his way! Someone’s got some ‘splaining to do!
A lengthy letter written by Brooklyn Young Republican President Jonathan J. Judge to members of the Kings County Republican Party Executive Committee detailing the horrific battle currently ensuing in the 39th City Council race was posted earlier today on Urban Elephants. Mr. Judge’s dispatch was written in response to a letter issued by The Merlin’s wife, Anita O’Brien, on Kings County GOP letterhead to the Brooklyn GOP Executive Committee regarding her concerns over the primary race in the 39th. Apparently, she referred to Mr. Judge in his capacity as President of the Young Republican organization.
The two letters were posted by someone named “Brooklyn GOPer.” The poster opined:
“A friend sent me copies of these letters that were sent in the mail a while ago. The two letters are from Vice Chairwoman Anita O’Brien of the Kings County GOP and the Brooklyn Young Republicans President Jonathan Judge. They bring up some twisted details about the Council primary in the 39th district. My friend asked me to help post this information on Urban Elephants for them, and first I was skeptical in doing it. But with the primaries tomorrow and mulling it over, my friend is right that people ought to know the true story about the nonsense going on in the Kings County GOP. I can’t vouch for the information personally, but someone should really look into this more closely.”
Now, we already know George Smith, a candidate hoping to take City Councilman Bill de Blasio’s seat in Brooklyn, had expressed serious concerns that he might not get on the ballot because Mr. O’Brien, who has been working for a Democrat in the race, refused to give Mr. Smith his petitions in time for the deadline. Smith told the Politicker:
“He’s trying to knock me off the ballot,” and, “[h]e told everyone he’d return them on Tuesday. Then on Wednesday. Then at 9 a.m. this morning. We know what he’s doing.”
Afterward Mr. Smith said this, District Leader Yvette Velazquez Bennett stated: “I don’t know if the complete set [of petitions] were handed in”; subsequently, she accused the Merlin of Malice of stealing more than 200 signatures.
After these statements, one can understand why Ms. Bennett and Mr. Smith’s names would be added to Gerry O’Brien’s hit list.
Well, apparently Mr. Judge also did something to earn a black magic curse from the GOP Warlock. Mr. Judge’s letter includes a major bombshell with the potential to rock the Kings County GOP universe out of kilter just in time for the primary tomorrow.
Mr. Judge, who is currently serving in his second year as President of the Brooklyn Young Republicans, alleges that Gerry O’Brien attacked and threatened him in a restaurant somewhere in Brooklyn. According to Judge, O’Brien apparently “sneaked up behind [him], grabbed [him] in a local diner, and threatened [him]…” The Merlin of Malice then allegedly threatened to “wipe [44th Assembly District Leader] Yvette Velazquez Bennett and [Mr. Judge] off the political landscape,” the shocking letter details.
Mr. Judge’s letter was accompanied by an NYPD “Incident Information Slip” alleging “Harassment” by The Merlin of Malice dated 5/31/09.
The evidence is mounting that there are serious fights going on in the Brooklyn GOP, and they are becoming more and more public.
The exposure for the Kings County Republican Party is huge on this. Forget the fact that we might have a paid political creature out there—working both sides of the fence—that is physically battering someone, let alone the President of the Brooklyn Young Republican organization (which, by my understanding of the Executive Committee bylaws, makes him a voting Executive Committee member).
That means that the Republican Party in Brooklyn might currently be paying someone who is attacking and threatening member(s) of its leadership!
Who doesn’t love Brooklyn?
One thing is clear: the improprieties of sometimes-GOP Warlock Gerry O’Brien have gone too far. There is too much surrounding this character for the party to continue any relationship with him. If these allegations are true, how could O’Brien ever again be on the pay roll of any Republican?
Let’s not be worried. He’ll always have Democrats he can work for.
As for the credibility of Mr. Judge’s letter, I find it hard to believe that Mr. Judge would file a harassment complaint back in May 2009 against Mr. O’Brien, say nothing of it in public that I can find, and then suddenly bring it up if the allegation were false. If it were just a stunt, wouldn’t he have shouted it from the rooftops? While these statements remain allegations until confirmed, I can see nothing from his writing or his allegations that impute doubts.
Yet, this is the first time we are hearing of this.
It may be assumed that The Duke of Bay Ridge, GOP Kings County Chairman Craig Eaton would have received or been aware of this letter. As such, my colleagues and I (along with any reasonable Republicans) would be stunned to hear that Mr. O’Brien is still on the pay roll of the party. After considering these factors, who cannot agree that Mr. O’Brien’s Reign of Terror must come to end? Political parties have disassociated themselves from individuals for far less offenses than what has been leveled against this GOP Jafar.
Atlas will be writing to The Duke of Bay Ridge to impress upon him to investigate this evidence, and we encourage you to do the same. Email the party at email@example.com and the Chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s be honest with ourselves. What this all comes down to is whether we can clean up our party and our government if we allow this garbage to continue.
The fact is we can’t.
These kinds of tactics are exactly the kind of conduct that turn off voters, destroy us in elections and hurt our party. When are our leaders and their acolytes going to get it? The Republican Party cannot survive as a party if it continues to eat its own.
These games should have ended a long time ago. The time for reform is now.
Atlas issues the following warning to the current leadership of the Kings County GOP: clean up your house, or your constituents will revolt, your donations will dry up, and you will exist no more.
Meanwhile, Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn will do everything we can to expose the corrupt and dishonored in your ranks until you represent something resembling a political party. There’s dirty laundry out there to be aired, and we have plenty of bleach.
Frankly, until true reform is achieved, there is no Republican Party in Brooklyn.