Francisco D’Anconia: Ferraro the Best Chance at Reforming the Brooklyn GOP
I am a skeptic when it comes to politics. If not, I would never have joined Atlas. The fact is I’ve had it with the current establishment. The unholy pacts and false promises have become blatant and obvious. No one truly knowledgeable of the Brooklyn GOP believes it is working well, and it is not about to get any better under the present leadership. Atlas has given these troglodytic fools enough time to change their ways. They didn’t have to acknowledge our blog; we’ve never asked to be recognized by the establishment (although we certainly have been). But in the past two months, during an election year and after two years of utter disaster, I would rather vote for a sock puppet than retain The Duke of Bay Ridge as our illustrious Chairman. As such, by default, his only named challenger has my automatic support.
Thankfully, Arnaldo Ferraro is no sock puppet. He’s a qualified candidate with a powerful message.
Ferraro understands the sentiments of those that would be his future constituents. He is the first person in this entire borough running for office on a platform of reforming our party.
Maybe the average Republican thought things were peachy keen in the Brooklyn GOP before Atlas came along. Some suspected problems, even fundamental flaws, but remained devoted to the party name. Others disavowed the party entirely. Most had no idea how many problems there were and just thought times were tough for all Republicans (which is somewhat true, but not so much that the organization we currently see is the result of mere distaste for the GOP). But Brooklyn Republicans don’t have that mirage with which to distract themselves any longer. Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn is here to stay so long as reform is needed.
If the thuggery of the past two years is allowed to continue, it should not come as a shock to anyone. We have spent weeks reporting the falsehoods and deceptions of our party leaders. Why? Because that’s what good politics is all about: exposing corruption and promoting reform. I don’t want to be part of a party that stands for nothing, that uses pathetic Tammany-age tactics that offend potential Republicans, and, worst of all, LOSES. AGAIN AND AGAIN.
This isn’t rocket science, folks. This is reality.
Getting back to Ferraro, things are certainly getting interesting. Telling is a statement made by The Shah of Staten Island, Guy Molinari, whose daughter once held Don Giovanni Fossella’s 13th Congressional district seat. “We are friends for over 25 years and have worked together in the past,” Molinari has said of Ferraro. “If elected, I would have no problem working with Arnaldo again.” This is a pretty stunning statement considering the current Chairman is still seeking another term. You would think Molinari would stay silent. But Molinari must understand, as we all do, how broken the party is on this side of the Narrows.
I have great respect for Molinari and his career. This statement means a great deal. If The Duke were popular and accepted, no statement would have been given.
Ferraro’s life story as well as political story is quite compelling, if not well-packaged. His site reads:
Dr. Ferraro was born in Italy in 1936. After completing his education and studying law, he arrived as an immigrant to the United States in 1961. Here, he immediately became active in the community and in 1964 he founded the National Federation of Italian-American Societies, Inc., the first Italian-American Federation in New York State.
While working in order to support his family, he attended Fordham University from which he graduated with a B.S. degree; he also attended Brooklyn College, New York University, St. John’s University, and Queens College. He later received a Masters degree and Ph.D. Dr. Ferraro worked in education, teaching at all levels.
The Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization, founded in 1993 by Dr. Ferraro, has a long record of making strides among both Republicans and Democrats in the district, strides that Ferraro hopes to bring to the entire Borough of Brooklyn as Chairman.
- Candidate for State Assembly, Lucretia Regina-Potter, received over 30% of the vote in her last election.
- The club supported State Senator Marty Golden’s successful campaign for State Senate in 2002.
- In the worst election that the Republican Party has seen in recent memory, the 49th Assembly District was one of only three Assembly Districts that were won for John McCain in the 2008 presidential election
Ferraro has an active organization, so much so that a proxy war is firing on all cylinders in Brooklyn. The establishment is getting desperate. They know that change is on the way (forgive me if I sound too Obamian), change being equal to root canal of the current leadership. Only this time, I believe Ferraro can be more than a placeholder or a mere token in some bigwig’s back pocket. He could finally bring about the unity and reform for which so many of us have been yearning.
Whether you are supporting Ferraro or not (maybe you’re even MORE skeptical than I am), I challenge all of you reading this to perform this little experiment. Ask yourselves the following yes or no questions:
1. Has The Duke Craig Eaton done anything for me during his tenure as Chairman?
2. Has our party grown under his leadership?
3. Has he or my party reached out to me in any way?
4. Can our party survive following the same path it has followed?
5. Will reform be achieved if he remains in office?
If the answer to each of these questions is NO, then Ferraro is the only alternative.
Our party is two elections away from irrevocable failure. Unless the ghost of Reagan somehow returns, the GOP will be dead in Brooklyn unless we stand for a change in leadership now.
Friends, I want you all to remember where you stood on September 30th and what you did to promote change and reform in our party. If The Duke succeeds, two years from now we’ll all be sorry we didn’t do more.
I’m no seer, but I can see the train tracks in the distance. If we don’t switch over to a new line, this train is going to derail.