The Duke Retakes Chairmanship in Brooklyn GOP – County Committee Convention Highlights Part II
As I previously noted, Atlas has received numerous accounts of tonight’s Brooklyn GOP County Committee Convention, where the establishment held its attempted coronation of Chairman Craig “The Duke” Eaton for another term. I want to continue to offer some of the accounts we have heard about what occurred last evening. If you haven’t seen Part One of the highlights, be sure to check it out.
Some things left to discuss: Jim McCall chastising The Duke, Jonathan Judge at the microphone, and “The Glitch” in vote tabulation.
Alright. Here are some more highlights:
The big story of the night was what was referred to as “The Glitch,” which gave Eaton far more votes than he actually had and his opponents fewer. There was a gross deviation between the actual tally of votes and the tally read to the the convention to begin with. Of course, the establishment figures running the party did their best to rush the convention along, but without much luck. Of course, we all know “Glitches” are not uncommon in the Brooklyn GOP, or in dictatorial banana republics, for that matter.
We also hear that it was easy to identify the pro-Eaton people at the meeting: either they had scripts or received a party position on his “slate.” In fact, the place was loaded with “party hacks,” one comment shared with us said. “Not just Gerry O’Brien, but a whole bunch of patronage hacks.” Someone else had previously disclosed to us that the floor was covered with Board of Elections workers.
Conflicts of interest and fraud were abundant, it seems. How surprising!
Also embarrassing, the yays and nays shouted at the convention in favor or against Eaton and his surrogates’ proposals were supposedly so loud that people had to cover their ears, since everyone was shouting. Somehow, we’ve learned, Eaton “always got every call in his favor” from the temporary chairman elected for the convention, which is unsurprising being he himself was on the slate of Eaton’s picks.
Much to their irritation, the Brooklyn Young Republican organization’s President Jonathan Judge was frequently taken to seizing the floor from the establishment. He was “always citing a rule and always making a point that demonstrated just how little the establishment figures knew their own rules.” Apparently, Judge was the first to object to the miscounting of proxy votes, which was later exposed in an embarrassing and stunning difference of tallies. Judge himself did not run for Chairman, although he was evaluated previously for that post here on Atlas. Judge threw his proxy votes in favor of Ferraro, citing Ferraro’s experience over The Duke’s.
Unfortunately for the establishment looking for a coronation, the event went on far longer than anyone expected. One person said The Golden Prince ran out at around 11pm, while another said the convention did not officially end until around 11:30. It seems with all of the counting of votes, miscounting of votes, and arguing on the floor, no one thought to set a solid timeline for the event. The temporary chairman allegedly tried at every turn to cut off debate. One person wrote the temporary chairman “made up rules” and “purposely misdirected the county committee convention.” Of course, we welcome further emails to demonstrate the accuracy of this comment, but overall, the convention was certainly not unified.
But, in the most stunning move of the night, former judicial candidate Jim McCall stole the show away from both Eaton and his challengers. We’re told McCall rose before the vote for chairman and “argued in favor of a vote of abstention.” With impressive vigor, McCall condemned The Duke and his self-serving speech. He criticized Eaton for his claim to talk the talk, while only fulfilling his empty promise agenda. Perhaps McCall had had an ax to grind (but I personally want to congratulate him for his sentiments, which so many share).
So what else did we learn from last night? Any other interesting bits of information? And what does all of this mean for you, the average Republican in Brooklyn seeking reform?
Come back to Atlas for more throughout this week and for further commentary and analysis!