The Duke Retakes Chairmanship in Brooklyn GOP – County Committee Convention Highlights
Atlas has received numerous accounts of tonight’s Brooklyn GOP County Committee Convention, at which time an often “visibly anxious” Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig “The Duke” Eaton took his Chairmanship for another term. I want to offer some of the accounts we have heard about what occurred tonight, after which we shall begin to unravel the scary mess that has become the Republican Party in Brooklyn.
This convention apparently had it all: scripted and fiery speeches, near physical altercations, political threats, and massive deception and fraud.
What a night for the Brooklyn GOP.
So, what did we hear?
The convention was held at the Grand Prospect Hall on Prospect Ave. We all know the space from their fabulous (and yes, infamous) television ads.
Appearances at the convention included “The Golden Prince” Marty Golden, who officially endorsed “The [Failed] Duke of Bay Ridge” Eaton. One attendee emailed us saying The Golden Prince “seemed inebriated,” while another described him as “nervously going around to shake everyone’s hand.” Whether he had a drink or two before, we cannot say, but the general sense in the room was one of panic before everything settled and the convention started. Stunning to many was how Golden apparently “ran the pre-convention proceedings” single-handedly. We are still corroborating these stories, but more than one person has made these claims.
Also in attendance was former Assemblyman and District Leader Arnaldo Ferraro, who unfortunately was unable to overthrow the reign of the Duke. Ferraro was favored on this blog to win over the establishment, being has he was the only candidate running on a reform platform and to run a 21st century campaign.
Present was sometimes GOP Warlock Gerry O’Brien, The Merlin of Malice, whom this blog has called to be investigated for his alleged conduct in the 39th City Council District Race, which was recently denounced by former District Leader Yvette Bennett. Thankfully, we have received no reports of Mr. O’Brien attacking any more Republicans this evening, although he was “wandering around the room looking at people threateningly,” one person told us.
In a lame move, posters with Craig Eaton’s name on them were disseminated to the establishment supporters on the floor of the convention. Apparently, the posters looked professionally made (we wonder if The Duke purchased them himself with his own money or decided to disseminate them in the same highly questionable manner as he did proxy forms).
City Council District Candidate Bob Capano was apparently present.
One friend told us the place was abuzz with Board of Elections’ patronage hacks. This does not surprise us, given previous allegations of The Duke firing various individuals from their Board of Elections jobs. Another said she was actually kept from coming into the convention hall by “thuggish men in suits with lapel pins.” She was eventually able to gain access.
Bloomberg workers were present as guests, and The Duke delivered a shout-out to the would-be three-term Mayor. One source described the Bloomberg people as “loud, rude and obnoxious.” Whether they were or not, Bloomberg was certainly “in the house,” so to speak.
The convention took a very long time to start due to the nonstop counting of votes, demonstrating the challenge Eaton faced walking into the room. We have heard numerous reports of fraudulent tallying of votes and “proxy” votes. One person told us Eaton’s numbers were originally called out as being hundreds more than what the tally really gave him. Ferraro’s numbers were similarly compromised but in the opposite direction, giving him fewer votes than he really had. At the end of the evening, it was unclear what the exact tally was, but apparently Ferraro grabbed a good chunk of what could have been The Duke’s vote. One estimate had his votes as high as 40% and as low as 30%.
That is stunning considering Ferraro declared his candidacy last Friday. Ferraro’s message to the convention was apparently much akin to his slogan: respect, renewal, results. But what spoke louder than words was the organizational success Ferraro managed to achieve in merely 5 days of campaigning. Even claiming 20% of the vote would have been huge for Ferraro given the amount of time he had. Nevertheless, a dark shadow now hangs over the party given this massive failure in vote tabulation that would make Tammany politics look tame…
So what did El Duque have to say this evening?
One source told us Eaton “claimed no responsibility for the loss of the 13th Congressional District whatsoever and blamed Staten Island for the loss” (so much for working with our allies–that statement will certainly help in the coming election year). He also boasted his only “successes” (and that term should be used loosely, as previous mismanagement of funds has already been reported to you), one of which included hosting the Lincoln Dinner (which is still advertised on the disgraceful Brooklyn GOP website months after it occurred). Eaton apparently enjoyed propping himself up; one source described him as “so arrogant, ungracious and ungrateful.”
In a tyrannical and non-reconciliatory move, Atlas has learned The Duke officially attacked the 49th Assembly District in his comments at the convention. The 49th AD is the district in which the club Arnaldo Ferraro originally founded, the Fiorello LaGuardia Club, sits. We shall see how this move plays out for The Duke soon enough, especially given Ferraro’s amazing ability to organize a campaign. Whatever the case, any hopes for unity in the party under the failed Duke have likely been squashed given the details we’ve been provided tonight…
There is much more to tell (who and what), and we will have insights and analysis of the convention, more highlights and commentary later today and throughout the remainder of this week. Be sure to come back!
THANK YOU to those of you that emailed your experiences about the convention to us and communicated with us about your take on what happened. It is the support of reformists like you that give our party HOPE for a future.
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