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Third Evaluation for New Brooklyn GOP Chairman: Brooklyn Young Republicans’ President Jonathan Judge

September 25, 2009

Previously, my colleague Dagny Taggart provided two evaluations of likely candidates to replace beleaguered Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton, The Duke of Bay Ridge: City Council Candidate Bob Capano and Nancy Mottola-Schacher.

As she noted, THESE ARE EVALUATIONS, NOT RECOMMENDATIONS. To quote Dagny: “If, by next week, one candidate stands above them all, any of my colleagues or I might take a stand in favor of a candidate.” At the outset, we lay these options down for you, the constituents of the party, to become familiar with the figures of the party most likely to succeed the current Chairman.

Please be sure to email us as with your thoughts and suggestions!

Now, we turn to Mr. Judge.

This man is everywhere. I must admit he has even met me (though not as Francisco, mind you), and he has certainly been on our radar here at Atlas for quite some time. If we had had less shameful mismanagement to report, I likely would have taken a moment to write a piece about him and his county Republican youth club earlier.

So, the question arises: is the Brooklyn Young Republicans’ President Jonathan Judge truly the man capable of saving the Brooklyn GOP from utter oblivion? Let’s examine the prospects.

First, there is one thing everyone knows about Mr. Judge: he’s young. Only in his early-mid twenties, Judge has been extremely active in the party, both through his club—previously as Secretary under former Young Republican President Bob Capano—and as Secretary of the State Young Republican organization. He has served as an officer of the NYPD 70th Precinct Community Council and the Bay Ridge Community Council. He is a member of Citizens Union of New York, serving on its Local Candidates Committee, which has the stated goal of helping identify candidates for public office willing to support important government reform measures. He served as Editor of the GOPyr Newsletter, the official newsletter of the New York State Young Republicans. All of this information I found at

Talking to one close friend in the party, he referred to Mr. Judge as a kind of GOP King David. Yes, my friend used those words. Of course, it would not be the first time an NYC youth has surprised us all and managed to succeed.

High praise. But I’m always skeptical.

Nonetheless, I cannot shun a resume as extensive as this in a time when so few leaders demonstrate such involvement.

So, what else do we know of Mr. Judge’s background?

According to his Linkedin profile, he is currently the Community Coordinator at Brooklyn Community Board 14. Previously, he was a Research Assistant at Chwat & Company, Inc., a “government relations firm,” which means “lobbying firm” in Washington-speak. He was also apparently a press intern at NYC Office of Emergency Management.

As for education, it appears Mr. Judge is a Brooklyn College graduate, having received a B.A. in Classics & Linguistics in 2008. Now, the next bit of schooling almost seems out of a dream: he is currently working on his Masters Degree in Corruption and Government Reform at New York University.

A word of advice, Mr. Judge: pay careful attention in those classes. Talk about practical learning!

Second, we know Mr. Judge, while deferential to the establishment in the past, has inspired great ire among the failed party leadership.

I know how that feels.

Of course, it’s only natural to want to go with the flow when you’re young and not rattle too many cages. That’s understandable. One can understand the motives of those that dislike him: he has maximum exposure, high involvement, activism, and other political talents. In fact, I had no trouble finding information about him online.

As for the establishment, we all know he has alleged an encounter with GOP ghoul Gerry O’Brien, The Merlin of Malice, whose actions this blog has repeatedly denounced and called to be investigated. Based on a letter Mr. Judge wrote to the Brooklyn GOP Executive Committee regarding the contentious 39th City Council District race, Mr. O’Brien allegedly attacked Judge and threatened to wipe him off the map, quite a statement for an old-timer to make about a young GOPer like Judge.

In reading Mr. Judge’s aforementioned letter, which was first posted on Urban Elephants, (on which Atlas is proud to have a presence) I can tell you I truly began to understand this young man’s intellect and genuine frustration with the in fighting in our county party.

While I do not know him personally, I did sympathize with his sentiments. Who wouldn’t, knowing what we know about the mismanagement of our party leaders? It’s the establishment’s actions that have brought us to this point!

Whether Mr. Judge will be willing to take on Chairman Eaton or support his overthrow, we cannot say. We urge him and the entire Republican County Committee to do so, of course. We urge him and all reform-minded party leaders to take a stand now and state publicly that The Duke and his posse will be run out of office this year. If not, we will find out where they stood and make it known to all of you (particularly Mr. Judge).

So let’s recap.

Positives for Mr. Judge: Experience beyond his years, intelligence, disliked by establishment figures, and reform-mindedness.

Negatives: unclear where he stands regarding the current establishment and his youth.

Whatever the outcome next week, I will be keeping my eye on Mr. Judge for some pretty big things over the course of his sure to be long career.

Hopefully, he won’t do anything so bad as to merit an Atlas nickname. If he supports Eaton, I promise to get creative!


  1. Young GOP Kid permalink
    September 25, 2009 2:40 pm

    Jonathan is a true leader. He beats Craig any day! Thanks Atlas for profiling a fellow Young GOPer!

  2. Gerry permalink
    September 25, 2009 2:43 pm

    Eric Ulrich is a proof of young GOPers ready to take the reigns from a ruined party. Good reference, Francisco.

  3. County Committee Member permalink
    September 25, 2009 2:47 pm

    Jonathan is definitely on the short list.

  4. NO TO JONATHAN permalink
    September 25, 2009 3:06 pm


  5. YES TO JONATHAN permalink
    September 25, 2009 3:11 pm


  6. Jeremy Bentham permalink
    September 25, 2009 3:17 pm

    I think Jonathan certainly qualifies. His youth is a question, but unless there is someone with more experience and equally reform-minded, I would not hesitate supporting him next week.

  7. Jeremiah permalink
    September 25, 2009 3:18 pm

    Who wrote “CRAIG WILL WIN”? Hello, the writing is on the wall.

  8. Sexy Republicana permalink
    September 25, 2009 3:23 pm

    You and I think alike, Franky. 😉 Atlas is getting warmer and warmer

  9. Young Republican permalink
    September 25, 2009 3:29 pm

    Jonathon would make a great chairman. As president of the BYR club, he stood up to Eaton over the whole Wilson-Pakula thing for Bloomberg, and was one of the very few who voted against Eaton on the executive Committee. He’s a smart guy, he doesn’t want to fight with Eaton if it won’t cause anything positive, but he WILL stand for whats right, and we can trust him on that.
    This is what he wrote on the BYR website about the ordeal
    And this is the letter he sent to the members of the executive committee and Eaton

  10. GOP Truth permalink
    September 25, 2009 4:18 pm

    I agree Jonathan would make a great leader, but let’s be clear about what Jonathan did on the issue of Bloomberg. I believe at the time he and his club came out against Bloomberg, Mr. Eaton was still on the fence about Bloomberg and had even indicated his concern about giving Bloomberg the Wilson-Pakula. Eaton then did a flip-flop, at which point Jonathan’s club had already voted on it. The letter reads:

    “Thankfully for Brooklyn Republicans, our Chairman, Craig Eaton, has been courageously leading the opposition against allowing Mr. Bloomberg to run as a Republican for a third time.”

    Click to access byrc_bloomberg_letter.pdf

  11. Sal permalink
    September 25, 2009 4:33 pm

    Craig versus Jonathan? If that were the match-up, Jonathan wins in a heartbeat.

  12. Young Republican permalink
    September 25, 2009 4:42 pm

    To GOP Truth,
    At the time Eaton claimed to be against Bloomberg but when he asked the executive committee to vote in favor of bloomberg the committee voted 35-9 in favor of bloomberg as Eaton had requested. Jonathan was one of the 9 who voted against Eaton’s request.

  13. Artie Bucco permalink
    September 25, 2009 7:55 pm

    As a registered Republican and Bay Ridge resident (that’s “Eatonville” to some folks!),
    I would be comfortable supporting Jonathan Judge as a possible replacement for Il Supremo Craig Eaton.

    It would represent a huge positive and productive change from the dismal status quo.

  14. September 25, 2009 9:43 pm

    We find your comments about the “Duke” of Bay Ridge to be very interesting.

    We would like to inform you that a recent meeting of our organization, former Assemblyman Arnaldo A. Ferraro, founder and Executive Chairman of the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization, announced that he will challenge Craig Eaton for Chairman of the Kings County Republican Party at the County Committee Convention that will be held on September 30, 2009 @ the Grand Prospect Hall.


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