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The Duke Retakes Chairmanship in Brooklyn GOP – County Committee Convention Highlights

October 1, 2009

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!

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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.

If you have a story you would like to share, please email us at AtlasShrugsInBrooklyn@gmail.com.

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62 Comments
  1. Gerry permalink
    October 1, 2009 4:51 am

    I was there. It was pathetic. There WERE scripted speeches, and people messed them up lol. So sad. Your sources are dead-on right

  2. Young GOP Kid permalink
    October 1, 2009 4:52 am

    What a disgrace for a party we have! Sick! Punks walking around everywhere. Unity?! HA! HA! HA! These people make me SICK!

  3. Susana permalink
    October 1, 2009 5:07 am

    Craig Eaton is a big nothing. I’m ashamed to have him leading our party. Didn’t you people say he turned from Democrat to Republican after Bush II became president? Jeez!

  4. Johnny Crews permalink
    October 1, 2009 5:52 am

    Arnaldo and Jonathan lost by nearly a three to one margin (about 820 to 340), and instead of being gracious about it, you guys are acting like a bunch of pussies.

    No one says you have to like losing last night, but at least conduct yourselves like gentlemen and ladies today. Or am I talking to the wrong crowd?

    You could have used last night as a forum to talk about building the party, but instead your speeches were about the greatness of the cult of Arnaldo. Where was all your dedication to reform and transparency? You discarded it to praise a one-term legislator from the 1980s. This is not an attack on Arnaldo. He lost last night, and he deserves a modicum of respect. He’s not on here calling his opponent names. Maybe it’s a generational thing.

    However, you continue your blog bullshit, with lame suggestions that Eaton was drunk last night. Shame on you.

    Luckily for the Brooklyn GOP, you guys still don’t get it. Pound pavement, not keyboards.

    • ATTENDEE LAST NIGHT permalink
      October 1, 2009 7:24 am

      Cheers to Johnny Crews, a young man who posts his photo and his name, and calls it like it is!!!!!!! You are my idol.

      Wow – that is a big margin. Sounds like sore losers and sour grapes to me. Big sore losers and a lot of sour grapes. If Arnaldo and Jonathan were so great, how could they lose but such a large margin.

      They worked the room last night, handing out Arnaldo Posters too, but that wasnt mentioned here – they were even handing out proxies last night in front of the hall, in an attempt to maybe reach the 350 mark. In fact, Arnaldo mailed proxies to every Committee Member before the Meeting, and had Jonathan knocking on doors soliciting votes for Arnaldo throughout the County for days – yet all he could come up with was 340 votes – mind you, 180 of those votes come from his own club which he runs with an iron fist, making demands on the people that they must do what he says, or else. So using my math, Jonathan and Arnaldo really only got 160 additional votes out of 1400 approx. from all of their campaigning. Great job guys. Heck, they even went to block parties handing out proxies. What a shame!!!!!!!

      820 to 340 – that is a decisive victory as I can see it – very decisive. And it proves who the people support. It was a Proxy fight and your guy lost.

      And you claim that it was filled with deception, fraud, threats etc. Those are bigs words, with a lot of meaning, yet little substance if there is no proof behind it.
      And you have provided no proof – no concrete proof that is – no names, specific claims or facts. After all, concrete proof would have to indicate who actually is making the claims. But this will never be. All we will hear from the five Atlas Shrugs people is unsubstantiated claims, lies and allegations over the next few weeks.

      I guess they are not as wonderful as they think they are. I guess that not as many people adore them as those on this website.

      If you have anything to say, or want to make a difference, you should, as Johnny says, pound the pavement, not the keyboard. But that would be work and you are not workers but merely cowards who hide behind fake names.

      You keep talking to yourselves, but in reality you are the only ones who are listening.

      Keep blogging and not working and see where that will get you.

      Better to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

      • ALEXANDER HAMILTON permalink
        October 2, 2009 3:29 am

        nicely said craig

    • October 1, 2009 10:31 am

      What a sad accounting of what I believe was a great night for the Kings County Republican Party. I’m preparing a blog of my own with a reputable accounting of the evening this weekend on my blog.

      The disparaging comments about Marty Golden are shameful. Marty was as he always is – a true gentleman, and a great representative for all of us.

      The sour grapes on here is palpable. And whoever your “sources” are need to learn not only how to count, but to go back to school to understand the difference between honesty and fabrication. I can say that these fountains of misinformation that you call sources are definitely not smarter than a 5th grader.

      So let the crying game begin… pass out towels to everyone for their tears. Let the anonymous accusations that have degraded the potential of this site continue. As I feared would happen, this site’s credibility is zero.

      The only good thing to come out of this posting is that apparently, a phrase I coined is catching on.

      Pound pavement, not keyboards.

    • MICHAEL BLOOMBERG EATON permalink
      October 2, 2009 3:24 am

      the article asserted that marty golden may have been drunk not craig eaton

      not bad for a 62 year old democrat

  5. Marcus permalink
    October 1, 2009 6:58 am

  6. Octavia permalink
    October 1, 2009 7:55 am

    If it can be substantiated that there was fraud with the Brooklyn GOP County Committee Convention, then some steps to consider is to file a complaint with the NYS Attorney General’s and/or the NYS Bar Association. These steps can only be taken if it can be buttressed with facts, evidence, proof – and any witnesses who are willing to come forward and provide a truthful narrative.

    http://www.oag.state.ny.us/home.html

    http://www.nysba.org/

    Other than that there are other options to explore, such as

    http://www.ny.lp.org/

    http://www.nymodernwhig.org

  7. Russell Gallo permalink
    October 1, 2009 8:46 am

    For many of the members of Arnoldo’s proxy cult led by “Reverend” Regina-Potter last night, it was their first look at how crude/rude the crew from the 49th really are.

    Arnoldo and Craig were given 5 minutes each to speak. Fred Martorell spoke for over 5 minutes just introducing Anoldo. Arnoldo then gave his same old speech- Hey Arnoldo- WE ALL KNOW YOU ARE ITALIAN! STOP TELLING US THAT OR GO BACK TO ITALY AND RUN FOR SOMETHING THERE.

    The 49th turned off more people than they were able to recruit the support of at the convention. Many County Committee members that had no idea what the controversy between the 49th and the rest of the County now have joined with the duly elected county establishment.

    The members and leadership of the 49th were rude, obnoxious, petty, and themselves came off as aggressive in their confrontations. They interrupted others during their speeches and offered silly changes to the by-laws which would be impossible to implement. I thought Fred was a lawyer? And Arnoldo a doctor? HA HA HA

    I am surprised that Jonathan Judge is mixed up with these guys. I truly believe that he is sincere that he wants change. But Judge- Obama brought us change. Change for change sake is not a good thing. You have surrounded yourself with boorish idiots. You can not honestly say that you were proud of the tactics used by your side over last night or over the past few weeks.

    For all you brainwashed Arnoldo-ites I leave with a few questions.

    Who is Arnoldo and his crew endorsing for:

    Mayor?
    Borough President?
    City Council (43rd District- good chunk in the 49th AD)?

    We know they are endorsing Alex Zablocki for Public Advocate and Joe Mendola for Comptroller.

    FYI- Joe received a “Wilson Pakula” to run as a Republican- He was a Democrat and changed parties too late for it to take effect.

    Not the first time Arnoldo has endorsed a democrat. He endorsed the democratic opponent to Senator Marty Golden when he ran for City Council.

    Thank God this democrat endorsing, vote stealing, crude, and boorish man did not prevail in his coup attempt.

    Did I mention he is Italian?

    Read about the Supreme Leader Arnoldo (or whatever title Lucretia has bestowed upon him):

    Websites of who THEY endorse:

    http://www.laguardiarepublicanclub.org/candidates.htm

    Article of how Arnoldo endorsed a democrat over Marty Golden and tried to squeeze him for a 6 figure job: (scroll down to district 43)

    http://www.gothamgazette.com/searchlight2001/feature18.html

    Wake Up and Man Up!

    • Jonathan J. Judge permalink
      October 1, 2009 6:57 pm

      Russell, my choice on whom I supported was based on my experiences working with both chairman candidates. In addition to working with Yvette Bennett’s 44th Assembly District campaign in 2006, I also helped Lucretia Regina-Potter’s campaign in the 49th AD. (My first campaign was Pat Russo’s City Council race in 2005. I really, really thought and still think Pat Russo’s an awesome candidate!) At that point, I got to know Dr. Arnaldo Ferraro and the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization well, and I must tell you that they run an extremely impressive operation in Brooklyn Republican politics.

      And then, on the flip-side, I’ve worked with Chairman Eaton and the people staunchly on his side. Sadly, despite whatever your experiences and feelings are about the 49th AD, I can tell you that many people have spoken about being, as Yvette put it, excluded, ignored and even attacked by the current administration, and many times over the slightest things. I never personally had that experience with the leadership in the 49th, but I can safely say that when the elected leadership of our party does it, it is alienating and counterproductive to party unity and progress in electoral contests.

      So the premise for my vote was this: I believe our biggest problems in the party right now are party growth, confidence in our operations, and principled leadership. That’s why we are losing elections, people are abandoning the Republican Party, and most of our candidates, except to some degree those in southwest Brooklyn, get mediocre support at best from the communities in which they run. Of course it is a problem that’s occurring statewide, and that’s why I’m glad Ed Cox is our new State Chairman because I think he will do much to turn things around at the state level. Therefore, all the rumors, backbiting and slander aside, my experiences and reasoning led me to conclude that Ferraro would be better able to resolve those problems for our county party at this time.

      What’s even more supportive of that conclusion is that, if you noticed at the convention last night, there was a interesting correlation between former candidates and the people who did not support the Chairman for re-election, Jim McCall’s “Abstention of Probation” being the most obvious example. That’s a very significant indication to the Chairman of what he must do in the next two years to fix this party.

      Despite whatever this blog or anyone says about Craig or Arnaldo, I’m proud of my vote last night primarily for this reason: no Republican’s vote should ever be taken for granted. I love my party for the principles on which it stands. I cannot and will not sell that out against the better dictates of my conscience for any consideration.

      Now, Craig Eaton has been re-elected Chairman, and of course I will work with the Chairman of the Party to make headway. However, after being confronted with the fact that a third of the county was not satisfied with what they saw in the past two years, Chairman Eaton now has the option to learn from this experience and truly work with every Republican in his next term as Chairman to turn things around.

      Most importantly for me, personally, after this past week, I have come to the very powerful realization that the party does not benefit from lock-step discipline where acknowledging major problems and trying to fix them are taboo, in order to keep some disingenuous myth of “unity” and “loyalty” alive. Rather, the rebuilding process will take nothing less than honesty and mutual respect by every Republican for every Republican who is willing to contribute something towards the advancement of our party and its principles. That means all of us Republicans, District Leaders and grassroots activists must continue to have a very public and very reasoned discourse over what’s to be done with our party and how to fix it. That also means fraternal but frank intra-party competition should be encouraged to keep things running at their best. If that approach works for the free market, then it will work just as well in our party, and so let the Republican Renaissance in Brooklyn move forth!

      • October 5, 2009 12:18 am

        Jonathan, you’re my friend, but your numbers are a bit misleading. 1/3 of the county is NOT disgruntled – one AD is disgruntled – one AD that, as you say, has an impressive organization and is able to turn out a lot of proxies signed so that it would appear that more are disgruntled than in actuality.

        Numbers can be manipulated, it’s just as fair for me to say that approximately 80% of the voting attendees sided with the Chairman.

        Don’t mislead in your statements – you’re better than that.

        With that said, for me, one disgruntled AD is one AD too many, but I believe that both sides bear the blame. Both sides also bear the responsibility of repairing this relationship. Not everyone will get along all the time, but this animosity must end.

        For the record, Craig has been amazingly supportive of my campaign – I’ve put in a lot of work and he has stepped up morally and financially. He’s been to every event I’ve thrown – even the ones that have been poorly attended.

        I know I can count on you and others that support you to support me and other candidates in this home stretch. See you on the trail.

    • Wilson Pakula permalink
      October 2, 2009 3:38 am

      Russell … you do not speak for the majority and your arrogance is not winning you favor for your political ambitions from someone who voted for craig eaton

  8. Russell Gallo permalink
    October 1, 2009 8:54 am

    P.S.- Hey 49th leadershp: Still coming for you in two years!

  9. Young Republican permalink
    October 1, 2009 9:20 am

    The convention is over, and we have a chairman. Let’s try to work with our chairman to accomplish when he is there to help, and work without him when he is not. But I don’t see how working against him will help. After all isn’t this the point of the convention? We all came together, with our differences and the majority chose Eaton. What if it was the other way? Wouldn’t we expect the other side to work with Ferraro? Let’s come together for the good of the party. Sen. Golden had a good point when he said the enemy is the democrats. While he might not have said it with the “right” intention, it is non the less a good point. let’s come together and take back Brooklyn.

    • Her Himmler Gallo permalink
      October 2, 2009 3:49 am

      the only way the party is going to move forward is by refusing to bail out failure

  10. Donald permalink
    October 1, 2009 10:19 am

    The way Russell Gallo ate out of Craig Eaton’s hand last night, no wonder he’s being hostile to the 49th. He was elected a position in the party, so that tells you everything you need to know.

  11. Merry permalink
    October 1, 2009 10:38 am

    It’s clear to me that those that have written against this blog are mere surrogates for Eaton and have no desire for reform whatsoever. One of them is threatening an assembly district personally, which is unfortunate given their professed desire for party “unity.”

    I had respect for Marty Golden before last night, but the way he conducted himself supporting Eaton made that respect evaporate.

    As for Mr. Gallo’s comments, the article he cites heavily quotes Dr. Jeffery Kraus, a political consultant you folks at Atlas discussed in the past. He is a Democrat who recently insulted Republican Public Advocate candidate Alex Zablocki. One should take Kraus’ comments with a heavy dose of skepticism.

    https://atlasshrugsinbrooklyn.wordpress.com/2009/09/05/the-cannibalism-of-brooklyn-gop-consultants/

    Otherwise, besides the gossip, the whole event last night was quite sad, I must agree.

    • October 1, 2009 11:56 am

      These accusations of fraud are patently ridiculous. I strongly suggest that everyone watch how they throw words around here – anonymous or not.

      And as far as being a “mere surrogate” of anyone – yet another unsubstantiated claim – I can tell you that I post where I want, when I want. And in my own name, unlike most around here. But don’t take my word for it – research for yourself.

      To all the “talkers” out there – get out from behind your computer and get behind those of us out there on the front lines looking to gain ground for the Republican party. We have some exciting young professionals out there fighting the REAL adversary. Get off the sideline, put down the netbook and help get out the vote this November. Otherwise, you’re just part of the problem – another apathetic monday-morning quarterback wanna-be-demogogue that’s all talk and no action.

      • PARTY UNITY permalink
        October 2, 2009 3:56 am

        i can assure you i am both a man of words and action

        gotta bet on those young ones … they are the future

      • POUND PAVEMENT permalink
        October 4, 2009 12:28 pm

        GENE B. YOU NEED TO DO A LOT OF PAVEMENT POUNDING, IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. LOL

      • GENE B WILL LOSE permalink
        October 4, 2009 12:54 pm

        Gene licks Craig’s boots. He’s gonna lose his race anyway, so who cares lol

      • October 5, 2009 12:45 am

        Party Unity: For the record, I’m 31, and still consider myself young! Since you’re a man of action, I look forward to working with you. Contact me through my campaign site and let’s get to work.

        Pound Pavement: Yes, I do need to drop a lot of pounds. You surely are master of the obvious! How perceptive. Funny and original? Not so much.

        Gene B Will Lose: It’s definitely one of two possibilities. But regardless of outcome, This campaign made a lot of noise in an area not known as a strong Republican district. It’s progress, and a start.

        As far as licking anyone’s boot, I’m loyal to the people who earn my respect, and Craig has done that in both word and deed -and vice versa.

        Maybe one day, someone will respect you, but I’m guessing that that day is a long way off.

      • Gerry permalink
        October 5, 2009 11:36 am

        Now, Gene, let’s get real here. You play both sides of the fence and you know it. You can’t say you’re for reforming the party while you’re actively accepting the blessing of the “Primate of the Church of Political Failure,” as Francisco once put it. Choose a side, buddy.

        Revelation 3:16 – So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

      • Ethan Hunt permalink
        October 5, 2009 11:45 am

        See the light, Gene B. Do not side “with kings and counsellors of the earth, which build desolate places for themselves.” Job 3:14.

  12. DID NOT ATTEND LAST NIGHT permalink
    October 1, 2009 10:43 am

    If Arnaldo got 340 votes compared to Eaton’s 820 in five days of campaigning–Wow, that’s pretty impressive. I think that says it all. They have a well-oiled machine in the 49th.

    Meanwhile, the party sits around, waits for proxies in the mail, engages in fraud and accosts poll workers for proxies. Shameful.

  13. Rosemary Woodhouse permalink
    October 1, 2009 11:42 am

    The Brooklyn GOP will now decline due to a 2nd Craig Eaton term of mismanagement, negligence, apathy and “tweeding.” Nothing positive will come out of the next two years.
    It is done. It’s over. Too late.

    The Brooklyn Republican Reformers should cut our losses and bolt. Start fresh at alternative political parties that are philosophically and politically similar to the GOP

  14. Russell Gallo permalink
    October 1, 2009 12:36 pm

    As I said before- no threats- grow up. I am stating my intentions. I will not run a stealth campaign and mail out proxies in the dark of night to unsuspecting county committee members like Arnaldo did. Shame on him and the rest of you.

    You can’t handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has liberals. And those liberals have to be confronted by men with clipboards and palm cards. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Mr. Blogger? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Arnaldo and you curse the County. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Arnaldo’s defeat, while tragic, probably saved the party. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves the party…You don’t want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall.
    We use words like honor, integrity, loyalty…we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use ’em as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a Blogger who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I’d rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a clipboard and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you’re entitled to!

    • French Resistance permalink
      October 2, 2009 4:10 am

      You certainly wont win any SS officers on here Mr. Gallo. That post was quite pathetic. Come down from your high horse so you can see us little Americans. You might realize your not so tall after all. You’re constantly talking about pavement instead of keystrokes. Do you really think you are winning anyone over here? Why are you really on this blog? You’re stupidity will lead to your own downfall. I think it’s time for you to “pound the pavement” not keyboards.

      You ought to be a shamed of yourself. Visibly grown man acting like a child. You obviously cannot differentiate between Republican principles and your large ego.

      Congratulations on giving the democrats what they want. Better yet, maybe you are one.

  15. Atlas Shrugger permalink
    October 1, 2009 2:20 pm

    Didn’t Eaton send out proxies pre-printed with his name on them first? If he used party funds, you think that’s acceptable? Please.

    By the way, from what I’ve read, Ferraro announced his run before he sent out proxies. Sounds to me like he just got the best of you folks in the establishment.

    Makes me laugh.

  16. Russell Gallo permalink
    October 1, 2009 5:09 pm

    And he lost- so explain to me how he got the best of us?

    • Jack permalink
      October 2, 2009 4:14 am

      there it is … “us” and “them” great party unity plan there

  17. Atlas Shrugger permalink
    October 1, 2009 5:40 pm

    I find the fact that in 5 days Ferraro garnered so much support is telling. Essentially, if Ferraro had a few extra days, he very likely might have taken down the establishment. As such, it seems clear the establishment is severely compromised. Why? Two reasons.

    One, my opinion is that the establishment has lost the respect of so many in the party, and few free-thinking Republicans support them any longer. Two, the organizational capability of the opposition was so great that in a such a short period of time, they “pounded pavement” (to use an expression establishment folks have used on this blog), issued mailings, and obtained votes for Ferraro.

    In so doing, he got the best of the establishment.

  18. REALITY CHECK permalink
    October 1, 2009 5:58 pm

    Don’t some of you commenting have campaigns to run? Convinced you’re gonna lose?

    Maybe you should use pseudonyms after all. Using your real names might have a chilling effect on people’s perceptions of you…being as you have found the joy of “pushing keys.” Lmao

  19. Russell Gallo permalink
    October 1, 2009 6:10 pm

    threats?

    • John McLane permalink
      October 2, 2009 4:20 am

      you have no idea the damage you are doing to yourself exhibiting this childish display on the internet for all the public to see .. maybe you should choose wisely as craig did with his post on the top of the page

  20. JIMMY CREWS permalink
    October 1, 2009 7:40 pm

    Gallo threatened the 49th. Even if he thinks he didn’t, he sided with the man who did, Craig Eaton. Eaton called out the 49th, criticized them and spoke so condescendingly to them.

    By the way, I don’t know a Johnny Crews that’s a Republican in Brooklyn. Must be a fake. You people are lame making up fake Republicans in Brooklyn just to comment on this blog.

    DESPERATE AND FAKE!

    GET REAL JOBS! GET LIVES, YOU HACKS!

  21. JIMMY CREWS permalink
    October 1, 2009 7:53 pm

    Btw Gallo said above: “P.S.- Hey 49th leadershp: Still coming for you in two years!”

    Can’t spell, but he sure can threaten.

  22. Gerry permalink
    October 1, 2009 7:59 pm

    “The dearth of leadership in the county party, starting with its illustrious Chairman Craig Eaton—The Duke of Bay Ridge, Formerly of the Democratic Party (or so rumor has it)—is evident to all who take less than a minute to consider the “successes” of the Kings County Republican Party during the tenure of its present host of troglodytes. The illustrious Chairman—Primate of the Church of Political Failure—and his minions—the sad, lowly serfs of his empty promise agenda—have engaged in a systematic policy of intimidation and political thuggery that has alienated current Republicans and prospective Republicans even more. As a result, we are facing one of the worst periods our local party has ever faced.”

    https://atlasshrugsinbrooklyn.wordpress.com/2009/08/10/opening-remarks-from-francisco-danconia/

  23. October 2, 2009 11:30 am

    This was handled within closed doors — differences stated for hours that evening at the contention/convention — and we have moved forward. In ANY corporate environment, decisions are made and every exec, manager, staffer has to pull together to move the larger entity forward. Same here.

    If you want to use keyboards for warfare — please do so, but please then take to the blogs and news-sites in SUPPORT of your GOP candidates from today and moving forward. Find messages on your own, if you’re not going to ask the candidates for their talking points — and barrage the blogosphere with reasons that can make a difference!

    Can we start joining, banding and supporting candidates? The Republican party in my district is smaller than both the Democrat and Independent enrollments — but, here I am ‘damning the torpedoes’ and working toward the reform & embodiment of self-sacrifice toward every goal you can imagine for the Republican party. If we cannot WIN seats, right now and if we cannot get over & past even what occurred 2 evening ago — than really what HOPE is there for anyone typing posts (and reading the sort of sad & baseless commentary accusing our State Sen. of walking around inebriated? And it’s time for legitimacy’s sake for commentary, as Jonathan Judge and others have now taken to here, to use your real names.) Voices were heard, loud and clear – there’s an unsettled feeling and positions that were very real — fine, that’s the democratic process in action — now, let’s seal the wound, understand where we are and WORK toward a ground-level assault for policy, action, legislation, spokesmanship of the ideals of the Republican Party. Let’s advance our Party and our candidates and stop wasting time bickering.

    As a candidate myself — we NEED you. Now. Period.

    Answer the call to arms, take up a keyboard if that’s your preferred method, sure. But, we’ll need 20-30+ people at the POLLING STATIONS outside on that holiday of Election Day. Can we rely on you? can you contact my campaign at 718 670-3211? Passive or more active? I’m now challenging Atlas Shruggies or whatever the new lexicon across this site to step forward and be counted — as men and women that will drive larger numbers toward WINNING.

    There’s real campaigning to be done and every person can have a part in winning battles, with the eyes on a larger leadership role in City, State of Federal government upcoming. Gentlemen, whether anonymously or more openly — let’s please fall in line. Doesn’t matter how our soldiers/general/duke or whatever the names attached feel about one another, being we’re all in the same foxhole and the Democrats are firing away.

    • CHINESE ELEPHANT permalink
      October 2, 2009 12:41 pm

      Agreed Mr. Nardiello, however, the captain in the foxhole is busy shooting his own soldiers, rather than leading them to victory. Is a change of leadership that evil?

      This should not be about winning but standing on principle. That is one of the major issues Republicans are facing today. Not that they can’t win, but that they are not believable and hold no consistent positions except mainstream party rhetoric.

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