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Craig “The Duke” Eaton Allegedly Fixing Republican Convention To Salvage Sinking Chairmanship

September 21, 2009

A reader just emailed in a copy of the notice for the Kings County Republican County Committee Convention that was sent out over the weekend.  The convention is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 7:30 PM, Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue.  During that meeting, the County Committee will elect the Chairman of the party, as well as other officers of the County Committee, and adopt the county’s bylaws.

In reading the notice, it is clear that Chairman Craig “The Duke of Bay Ridge” Eaton must know his political career is approaching an irreparable demise.

Attached to the postcard notice is a proxy form for the elected County Committee Members who cannot attend the convention, which you can see from the images above.

In the grandest display of self-serving, power-grabbing desperation, Eaton had each of these proxy forms printed with his name as the proxy holder for every single county committee member!!!

He goes further to say on the postcard, “If you return this detachable proxy, dated and signed, you do not need to attend this meeting in person.”

Read this closely: On each and every proxy form that the County sent out, current Chairman Craig Eaton has made sure that he is the only person who can decide how the majority of County Committee Members, who usually don’t physically attend, vote on the election of the next Chairman–the election in which he will be a candidate!  Not the District Leaders. Not a neighboring County Committee Member. Only him!

He must fear that, unless he controls the majority of proxy votes through sneaky, underhanded tactics like this, he is likely to lose his election to a challenger.  Though so far we have heard of no publicly declared challengers, in typical party politics, one usually doesn’t hear anything until it’s too late.

Worse yet, we have reason to believe, though not proof yet, that the funds of the Kings County Republican County Committee were used to send out those notices and to print those proxy forms.  If this is the situation, that would mean that the Chairman has hijacked the County’s treasury to use as his own personal campaign fund!

THIS IS AN UNPARDONABLE ABUSE OF POWER AND A CONFLICT OF INTEREST!  If any public official behaved this way and got caught, they would be inundated with investigations, special prosecutors, and never ending press coverage.  Let’s not make exceptions for this behavior among the leadership of our Republican Party!

In light of this shocking and appalling news, e-mail to demand that Craig Eaton step down as Brooklyn Republican Party Chairman effective immediately!

Furthermore, if you are a County Committee Member, and you are asked to vote for Craig Eaton, be sure to let the entire County Committee hear your response as loudly and earnestly as possible: “HELL NO! CRAIG MUST GO!”

Keep following us here at Atlas, as we will be posting frequently up until September 30th!!!

  1. Publius permalink
    September 21, 2009 9:27 pm

    I’m speechless. I’m…just…speechless…

  2. Gerry permalink
    September 21, 2009 9:29 pm

    Wow! That was dumb on Craig’s part. Stupid.

  3. Gail Wynand permalink
    September 22, 2009 1:27 am

    It seems like these nuggets of public information has been uttered previously. But it’s worth repeating for those who may have missed previous, similar postings/comments.

    That Brooklyn Eagle article from Jan. 2008 states this:
    “One reason, we’ve learned, is that the Brooklyn Republican Party is undergoing what observers believe to be a strong renewal under new County Chair Craig Eaton, better known in and around Brooklyn courts as a trial attorney and partner of Jay Torrenzano, with offices in Sheepshead Bay.”

    I speculate if Mr. Torrenzano is “comfy” with sharing the legal practice’s office space/ address/locale with a political party organization he may (or may not) personally agree with. Mr. Torrenzano apparently supported President Obama, “not that there’s anything wrong with that” as Jerry Seinfeld would say.

  4. Johnny Fontane permalink
    September 22, 2009 1:46 am

    “When you confront a problem you begin to solve it. ”
    – Rudy Giuliani

    Atlas Shruggers of Brooklyn is a catalyst for positive changes and reform for the local Republican Party in particular, and in citywide politics in general.

    Keep fighting this good and noble fight!

    “A free press … has remained … a vital catalyst to an informed and responsible electorate”
    – Robert O’Neal
    (I add to this apt O’Neal quote “a free press and blog”!

  5. Pat Geary permalink
    September 22, 2009 2:28 am

    Disgrace [noun];

    definition: 1. state of being disapproved of: shame or loss of respect arising from bad behavior.

    2. cause of shame or disrespect: a cause of shame or loss of respect.

    Chairman Craig A. Eaton, Esq. fits this definition! In the dictionary his mug shot ought to be under the definition of “disgrace.”

  6. Iggy Blume permalink
    September 22, 2009 9:29 am

    That’s actually standard practice — in corporations, in clubs, and in Brooklyn for years. You don’t have to use it. You could give it to someone else or actually attend the meeting.

    But, the important question is: Who else you got to take his place?

    • Tommy Nast permalink
      September 22, 2009 10:08 am

      But Iggy, you’re talking about professionally run organizations. This is the Kings County Republican Party. Need I say more?

      Besides, how could it be an acceptable practice in an officially constituted political party committee to designate a candidate for chairman the automatic holder of a proxy on a form that doesn’t leave any room for any other name to be written in? And to use party funds to secure proxy votes for the incumbent chairman candidate? That’s unconscionable. What the hell are the District Leaders for? Shouldn’t each district get to decide those things? Don’t we have Assembly districts for a reason? If this kind of rigging is standard practice, then the committee people should just abolish the bylaws and appoint Eaton tyrant for life. It would certainly save a lot of time during petitioning season!

      I don’t know if someone else is out there to run, but if there ever were a time that our party needed a competitive chairman race, the time is now.

      • Ellsworth Toohey permalink
        September 22, 2009 4:55 pm

        Nothing sacred but the truth!

  7. Gerry permalink
    September 22, 2009 5:06 pm

    The word is getting out!

  8. Nike permalink
    September 22, 2009 5:09 pm

    Victory against the forces that have weighed down our party will soon be at hand! County committee members: THIS IS YOUR YEAR. You KNOW it’s time for a change. Some people say Chairman Eaton has been “busy.” Busy doing what?! Our party is in ruins, races have been lost in ways they did not have to be, and no steps toward reform have been taken.

    It’s time for a a change! Atlas lead the way!

  9. Avi Gordon permalink
    September 22, 2009 6:14 pm

    I got that invitation on Saturday and I thought that only the chairman can act act as proxy. That is very deceiving. Only after I got an e-mail form Jonathon Judge, President of the Brooklyn YR Club, did I learn that any committee member can act as a proxy for any other committee member, and he sent me the link to download a blank proxy form without the chairman’s name already printed.

  10. Ettore Moretti permalink
    September 24, 2009 9:21 am

    If anyone has proof or evidence of any unlawful wrongdoing – not ethical wrongdoing – but “legal” violations, please share online with Atlas Shruggers in Brooklyn.

    *** Can not be speculation or conjecture – but real proof or evidence. ***

  11. Johnny Roastbeef permalink
    September 25, 2009 9:29 am

    What about misappropriating Party funds?

  12. upset county committee member permalink
    September 27, 2009 9:57 am

    I already gathered 16 proxy’s of county committee members in my area, and we are all voting for Arnoldo Ferraro, for county chair. I hope every other county committee member does the same. It is time to end chairman Eaton’s rein of terror over our party.


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