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The Kings County GOP’s Website: A DISGRACE

September 18, 2009

Time stands still on the Brooklyn Republican Party’s website. I mean literally.

It does not change.



Go visit it, and you’ll see:

On the home page, under the Chairman’s profile, it reads: “The Time is Now to Rebuild and Revitalize the GOP.”

How about rebuilding and revitalizing the GOP’s website, Mr. Chairman?

Now, anyone who reads this blog knows that Frank D’Anconia has railed against the current establishment since the inception of our blog, often presenting extremely valid criticism, I believe. While sometimes I want to ask Francisco why he is so passionate in condemning the party’s leadership in his pieces, the fact is I too find it hard to say anything good myself about the current GOP here in Brooklyn. One thing I cannot stand—that would make any online blogger furious—is any major institution, political or not, lacking a website in the 21st century. What’s worse: having one that remains inert. It basically says “we’re doing nothing.”

Francisco probably agrees that they aren’t doing anything. I tend to agree, but anyone viewing their website would have no choice BUT to believe that. Heck, they are still advertising for an event last May in their main column…May? Really?

John Galt recently heard and wrote about a “protest” held in front of the 13th CD’s Congressman Michael E. McMahon’s headquarters over the health care issue. Why would something like that not be publicly displayed in a place of prominence on their website? Who’s their Webmaster? The Crypt Keeper?

Forgive me for being impolitic for a moment, but my grandmother could blog if she wanted to. My mother has a Facebook account. The Brooklyn GOP can’t do any better?

My colleague, Hank Rearden, has exposed from public records the mismanagement of funds on the part of the Party (I recommend reading his entire four-part series “How to Squander Money You Didn’t Earn.”) How about some money going toward rebuilding and updating the website?

If you build it, they will come. But if you build it and let it stand, destroy the gates, and let it get dangerously rusty, people will flee.

Now, I know what some of you might say to my criticism of their web maintenance: Well, why don’t you help them out? Build them a website, if you’re so good at it.

That’s not the way it works. They have the means. They have the connections to do it. They just choose not to do it. If Chairman Eaton so wished, I’m sure tomorrow he could coordinate dedicated funds to an overhaul of the party’s website. So far, that has not happened.

That kind of criticism (why don’t you do it) represents the kind of philosophy that has killed our party from the inside in this borough. It’s the mentality that we—the grunts—should do the serf work while the feudal lords reap the benefits. And why, you ask? Some common answers:


Just because.

Because WE are the party.

Because I’m “Honorable,” and you’re not.

Because this is the way it is—how it’s done—and how dare you question us!

No way! It’s the other way around. The party is here to serve its constituents. Any political party, especially a minority party like the GOP in Brooklyn, has to create a sense of ownership in the organization amongst its constituents. How would anyone feel if, after accomplishing something for the party, they weren’t thanked? How would anyone feel if no one contacted them to tell them what’s going on in the party? Well, that’s currently the status quo in the Brooklyn GOP. So, knowing this, why should I build something for an organization that has failed to invite me into its ranks and not devoted a smidgen of its funds and resources towards building a decent website in the first place?

I mean, it’s a fact that Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn is now more prolific and more up-to-date than the county party’s website. That’s a fact, plain and simple! I might not mind, but to many GOPers, there’s something wrong with that.

So, I invite you to join me in writing to and to urge our party leaders to bring this disgrace of a website they have into the 21st century.

If they do nothing, I don’t know what to say… Maybe they have a primeval fear of technology? Then again, if they do, the computer in the party’s office has already been bashed with a club.

I wouldn’t be surprised.

P.S. Thanks to those that commented on Atlas about the county party’s website. You were my inspiration!

  1. Sarah Sunshine permalink
    September 18, 2009 10:44 am

    A disgrace is right. Frozen in time.

  2. Jeremiah permalink
    September 18, 2009 11:28 am

    How are we going to reach out to new an prospective Republicans if we can’t even maintain a decent website? So true

  3. Liam McCabe permalink
    September 18, 2009 1:40 pm

    I am still going to ask, why the hell don’t you build and work the site. Ask not what the GOP can do for you, but what you can do for the GOP?

  4. Augustus permalink
    September 18, 2009 2:13 pm

    Hey Liam, that’s funny coming from a CONSERVATIVE party member. How’s your Brooklyn website doing? Tried googling it. No luck.

  5. Salvatore "Sal" Tessio permalink
    September 18, 2009 3:19 pm

    To his credit, Chairman Eaton is quoted on the web site as stating: “The time is now to rebuild and revitalize the GOP” and “Citizenship is not a spectator sport.” Therefore, with our earnest, expeditious efforts in reforming the party, let’s properly follow Chairman Eaton’s admonition to rebuild and revitalize the local GOP. It’s just not the way he envisioned. He is right! We GOPers should not be spectators. We should, instead, be active participants!

    Attention Mister Eaton, by locating a county/borough political party at the same site or place as your location or place of business (livelihood, profession, source of revenue and income, occupation, employment, etc.) – at that moment you leave yourself open to fair and just criticism, scrutiny and analysis about your personal employment and/or livelihood and how it may (or may not) interact and relate with other responsibilities you have as Republican Party County Chairperson – and thus responsible to the GOP constituents and voters you serve . If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!
    Being a county chairperson should not mean it’s convenient for you personally and professionally.

    The KCRP leadership people, including BUT not limited to Chairman Craig A. Eaton, Esq., are incompetent, clumsy and unprofessional. It’s appalling.

    The King County Republican Party web site is full of old, passé information. With all the money Mr. Eaton spent on various useless garbage, why isn’t there anyone updating The web site is STILL advertising this year’s Lincoln Dinner, which was held at El Cribe in Mill Basin, Brooklyn on Thursday, May 28, 2009 and had a video greeting from California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger! The Brooklyn GOP web site continues to have a “dead” antiquated link to dishonored, hypocrite, former “family values” Congressman Vito J. Fossella (R, C) who is an embarrassment for NY’s 13th Congressional District constituents.

    Web site updates may seem insignificant or irrelevant to some “behind the times” people, but it does reveal how the KCRP is being mismanaged or non-managed. Web technology and the Internet are important ways to connect to the masses – to get the communications out quickly and also to encourage newcomers to the Party. Either apply this competitive edge or lose the pursuit of new supporters.

    Instead of that big party bash and carousing Mr. Eaton had at the hotel NY GOPers stayed at during the 2008 Republican National Convention at the Marriott City Center Hotel in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the (Brooklyn GOP?) funds spent on the shindig could have been used to pay a webmaster or IT person to maintain or operate the Brooklyn GOP web site. Or Mr. Eaton could have learned to do that himself, if necessary.

    As an e-subscriber to KCRP e-mail list, I never receive any e-mail updates, information or invitations to KCRP oriented events, such as the recent Bay Ridge health care rally promoting a local town hall public meeting. Anyone else get the memo? Any registered Republicans from the 13th CD get a card or an invite? Any notice on their website? No. Nothing. Zero. Nada.

    Certainly our KCRP “leaders” don’t understand this: if you’re going to do anything, let us – the rank and file – know about events, rallies/gatherings and meetings. Let your constituents know. Why are these things always a secret? Why has no one reached out to the average GOP registered voter in Brooklyn to ask what they think or what they want? This is an abysmal, grievous blunder.

    Part of the problem may be that Chairman Eaton has too much too do. He and his law firm partner are busy full-time professionals with their clients’ cases which includes numerous specialties with the legal profession (commercial and residential real estate, personal injury and malpractice, broad-spectrum business/general legal cases). This involves countless meetings, court attendance and research. In addition, the Chairman is involved in many an assortment of civic activities, organizations and endeavors that take up a lot of his time and attention.

    Speculatively speaking, one motive or intention why the KCRP headquarters is located within the Eaton & Torrenzano LLP law firm practice may possibly be so he can maintain absolute, supreme domination over the borough party organization. As a busy professional, he can not be physically everywhere all the time.

    The present KCRP leadership have failed to advance the Party. They have failed to promote an inclusive atmosphere and transparency to the rank and file members.

    In contrast, the Queens GOP and Manhattan GOP sites are good. Staten Island GOP web site is also lacking in substance. The Bronx GOP web site is actually worse than Mr. Eaton’s! But then again, Chairman Eaton and Bronx Chairman Savino Esq. are cronies and comrades, so there’s no surprise there.

  6. Laura permalink
    September 18, 2009 3:59 pm

    Why would anyone make a website for free for people that have not reached out to us? I mean, build something for the party so they can take credit, meanwhile they’re misappropriating funds and blundering? Hmm.. No.

  7. Sexy Republicana permalink
    September 18, 2009 4:05 pm

    This is really beginning to sound like Atlas Shrugged. A strike until the party leaders are replaced or come to their senses and stand for a change. It’s incredible! I love it. lol

  8. Liam McCabe permalink
    September 21, 2009 8:43 pm

    Hey Augustus,
    You must not have gotten my point. As I have said above and on other sites like Urban Elephants, If you’re a Conservative or a Republican in this town and you see something wrong or that could use fixing, then stand up and fix it. I am not defending certain candidates or parties from having weak sites or in some cases no sites at all.

    I am however publicly chastising those who just sit back and point to deficiencies and complain about leadership. Here is a suggestion. If it is broke, then fix it. Work with the leaders in place because more often than not they are looking for someone with your insight and talent. If that doesn’t work and you still feel shut out than run for a party position and change the leadership yourself.

    Yes I am a Conservative Party member and if you feel left out still, then give me a call at HQ and we can change your party. And That number is on the web…

  9. Augustus permalink
    September 21, 2009 8:58 pm

    Liam, when you say “on the web,” you mean your BROOKLYN website…?

    …Didn’t think so.

    And as for “if it’s broke, then fix it,” that’s like telling a plumber fix the broken pipe in the insane asylum. The crazy people will likely not care, not appreciate it, or worse, attack you just for being a plumber.

    • Liam McCabe permalink
      September 21, 2009 9:18 pm

      No silly,
      the number to Conservative Party HQ is “on the web”. Which is where you can call to find out more about the party. By the way the state head quarters of the Conservative Party is located in Brooklyn.

      The website for the state party is:


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