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After Contentious Election, Brooklyn GOP Releases Slanted Press Statement on County Committee Convention

October 2, 2009

In an attempt to display false unity, the Kings County GOP has disseminated a slanted press release on the reelection of current Chairman Craig “The Duke of Bay Ridge” Eaton to his current post (thanks to a fellow Shrugger for the email update). As we have already reported, the County Committee Convention this year was fraught with error, mischief and alleged fraud on the part of the party leadership. It was also highly contentious.

The statement naturally overlooks the embarrassing occurrences at the convention, including Eaton threatening the 49th Assembly District, the egregious miscounting of votes, and stunning disrespect displayed by Eaton and Company.

Here is the spectacular propaganda:

BROOKLYN GOP RE-ELECTS EATON IN A LANDSLIDE

(Brooklyn, New York) Republicans from across Brooklyn gathered Wednesday evening, September 30th to overwhelmingly re-elect GOP County Chairman Craig Eaton to a second, two-year term.

“We’re on our way to a stronger, more competitive two-party system here in Brooklyn,” Eaton said, “and your support for me is deeply appreciated.”

Eaton, an attorney from Bay Ridge, and a civic leader for many years, has moved decisively in the past two years to put the borough’s Republicans in the forefront of major political campaigns. Under his leadership, Brooklyn Republicans played a major role in Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 presidential campaign, and were the first Republican County organization in the state to endorse John McCain when Giuliani’s campaign ended. In addition, in May of this year, he initiated a campaign to “Draft Rudy for Governor 2010”, which has since joined forces with other groups around the State and currently boasts over 5,000 supporters with hundreds joining each week.

Wednesday’s vote at the Grand Prospect Hall in Park Slope, which combined proxies with a voice vote of those in attendance, was Eaton’s by a landslide. Approximately 75% of those in attendance supported Eaton in a voice vote, and the chairman also carried 820 proxies to his opponent’s 340 proxies, winning by almost a three-to-one margin.

Eaton said, “I want to thank all of the members of the County Committee for their support of my candidacy and I look forward to working with you over the next two years to grow this party. We are calling all Republicans to join our ranks, volunteer, work on our campaigns, join the County Committee and help us to insure for Republican victories in 2009, 2010 and beyond.”

Of course, Eaton neglects to mention the divisions in the party, the severely compromised posture he had going into the convention, and the fact that the votes raised by Eaton’s opposition were obtained in a mere 5 days, demonstrating his own weakness and that of his organization.

We all expected such shameless misreporting, but we wanted to be sure it was displayed as such.

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Be sure to stick with Atlas today and this weekend for further commentary and analysis on the aftermath of THE DUKE’S RETURN.

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17 Comments
  1. Donna Bella permalink
    October 2, 2009 3:51 pm

    They’re desperate, sweetheart. That’s why they have to TRY to appear together. In reality, the party is broken.

  2. Craig Beaten permalink
    October 2, 2009 3:53 pm

    Pathetic. Here we have lie after lie after lie. No progress. No respect.

    What do you expect from these people? Nothing.

  3. Tommy Nast permalink
    October 2, 2009 4:25 pm

    “Draft Rudy for Governor in 2010” movement? Meaning this site? http://www.draftrudyforgovernor2010.com as referenced at http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2009/06/brooklyn-gop-tries-to-draft-ru.html

    Oh wait, there is no site because this chairman is all talk and no action. In fact, it matter as well be the new Brooklyn GOP website. It might even be more useful.

    And then, to hitch onto the real Draft Rudy movement! What stunning audacity! What an unabashed, do-nothing credit thief this guy is! The DraftRudy.com movement (an actual active movement) was founded in part by Greg Aguirre (check the WHOIS record for that URL), not Craig Eaton (check the WHOIS record for his URL).

    Wow. Just wow. Are there any rules that allow the county to get rid of this pompous fraud?

  4. Young Republican permalink
    October 2, 2009 5:37 pm

    Whats with the whole John McCain thing? I heard him say the same thing at the convention.
    Didn’t McCain lose? Why are you so proud that you were the first one to endorse this failed candidate?
    Btw did anyone see this article?
    http://www.brooklyneagle.com/categories/category.php?category_id=31&id=31099
    I don’t know who Harold Egeln is but I wouldn’t call him a good reporter. “Eaton…gave an upbeat acceptance speech about the party’s future in Brooklyn.” He did? Not when I was there.

  5. Tim Lester permalink
    October 2, 2009 5:55 pm

    Speaking of McCain 2008, Giuliani’s campaign was still in its death throes when Eaton tossed him overboard so he could be the first politiwhore in McCain’s door. What loyalty to show our former Mayor! Shameful.

    http://blog.silive.com/politics/2008/01/brooklyn_gop_backs_mccain.html

  6. J. Beckett permalink
    October 2, 2009 5:55 pm

    The mainstream media lies. What a surpise!

  7. Better Reporting Please permalink
    October 2, 2009 6:02 pm

    Harold Egeln didn’t need a mood ring to gauge how divided the chamber was Wednesday night. It was pretty obvious.

  8. I HATE EATON THUGS permalink
    October 2, 2009 6:03 pm

    Egelin failed to mention the thugs patrolling the back of the room threatening the guests and fellow Republicans.

  9. CHINESE ELEPHANT permalink
    October 2, 2009 10:54 pm

    Unfortunately the reporter must have been looking out the window meanwhile the convention was a mess of division and distrust in party leadership.

  10. October 4, 2009 12:47 pm

    This site never ceases to amaze me in how one-sided and disreputable it can be.

    Instead of making a neutral case for reform, you pollute your postings with your prejudice. You want to talk about propaganda? This site is the poster child for propaganda.

    Instead of dismissing calls for unity, why not give it a shot? Or are there too many wanna-be generals and not enough soldiers here? At least if you try to take Craig up on his offer, and are then shut out, then you might make a more credible case for reform.

    Credibility is clearly not on the priority list here.

    Then again, on this site, olive branches are thrown back like daggers.

    Well here’s yet another challenge from me. Election Day is approaching – every candidate is going to need people on the street to get out the vote. We have a unique opportunity this year – low voter turnout gives our party an opportunity to win if we can get Republicans to overcome voter fatigue. Volunteer. Participate. Get Involved. Instead of cannibalizing the party, get behind it and fight the real threat to NYC. Talk is cheap. Feel free to contact my campaign through our website to sign up to help.

    And get out of the shadows already.

    The people in that convention room that voted with Craig (aka All but one disgruntled AD) have been on the front lines actually doing things to make a difference. Follow that example. You’ll find that deeds impress, haughty high-handed recitations mean nothing.

    • Essene permalink
      October 4, 2009 4:01 pm

      Gene B. is drowning in Kool-Aid, people! Someone throw him a life preserver!

      LOL that’s funny Derrell!

  11. Joe Topper permalink
    October 4, 2009 2:19 pm

    Question for you Gene B.:

    How many people on “the front lines actually doing things to make a difference” have gone out and helped you with YOUR campaign? Not too many obviously, or you would not be crying for help like the poster child as an ignored candidate. How many times has Craig Eaton hit the camapign trail with you, or has sent his front line minions?

    Credibility is not the issue here, reform is!

    • October 5, 2009 4:17 pm

      To answer your question, many people have contributed in many ways. Craig has attended every campaign event I’ve had, or sent a letter to be read at it. Vice chairs and district leaders have already come to events, contributed and expressed their support. My local district leaders are the reason I’m even on the ballot. Many have expressed the desire to volunteer.

      So yeah, the party has come through for me in a BIG way.

      I have had a few young Republicans volunteer for the campaign, and will be calling on them as soon as the new set of lit hits our doorstep so that we can hit some high-traffic areas. I’m happy with the response, but compared to the Democratic machine and the people that are cogs therein, the numbers aren’t even a drop in the bucket.

      And by the way, I’ll be sure to quote your views on credibility. It speaks volumes.

  12. Darrell G.O.P. Hammond permalink
    October 4, 2009 2:19 pm

    Gene B. is drowning in Kool-Aid, people! Someone throw him a life preserver!

    First, Gene B. was given a position on Craig’s slate at the convention this week. He likes to say he’s for reform, but I’ve never seen a man kiss up to the establishment more in my life. As Republicans said on John Kerry during the 2004 election: FLIP-FLOP. Credibility? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

    Second, Gene B conveniently says there have been “calls for unity.” Yeah, a whole lot of TALK and NO ACTION. How many times have I or someone else heard from the establishment: “let’s talk!” “Let’s get unified!” Meanwhile, they actively work against candidates they don’t like and they view every success on the part of anyone not on their payroll as a threat. Gene B’s “argument” (I use that term loosely) highlights his delusions of grandeur more than successfully demonstrates any true unity movement in the party.

    Third, Gene B. himself does a lot of talk. Online Talk. Why is he spending so much time online defending The Duke and the disgusting convention they had the other night instead of pounding pavement and working on his campaign? Maybe Gene B. was asked to reply to this blog by the establishment? Maybe he knows he’s gonna lose so he’d rather get his jollies lying about party unity while he makes in roads with the establishment bragging about his comments on Atlas.

    How does it feel to bend over for the establishment, Gene B? You like the way it feels? Oh yeah lol

    These people are astonishing. They think they have traction. They think they have people’s ears. All they have are a sack of lies, half-truths and empty promises.

    I challenge Atlas to FOLLOW THE MONEY. Look around and see what can be found on these people. Who is bankrolling who!? We want to know!

    • October 5, 2009 4:35 pm

      oh boy… where to begin…

      First, I was nominated on BOTH slates, not just Craig’s. I take that to mean that both sides respect me. And it was for a position that I’ve had for the past two years on the Law Committee. There’s no flip-flop at all.

      The only delusions of grandeur that are highlighted come from this site. Can you deny that Craig stated publicly post-election that his door was open? Did he not invited people to talk to him? I say, take him up on it. Hold his feet to the fire. If he acts as you claimed, then prove it to all. I’ll be the first to talk to him on your behalf if you do that.

      No one has asked me to do ANYTHING as far as where and how to comment. In fact, friends have advised me to do the opposite – to ignore the site. I guess it’s not in me to retreat, or maybe it’s just that I see the potential of this site as a vehicle for the party, but instead it’s degraded to an insult-fest, as I predicted it would be from its inception.

      I’ve felt compelled to come online time and time again to speak out against the drivel coming from people like you, spreading misinformation, intimating baseless accusations, and telling half-truths and outright lies.
      And yeah, I may win or lose an election, but I’m out there fighting for my community and for this party. I’ll be able to sleep out just fine at night knowing that I stepped up. Sorry you can’t say the same, but at least you can hurl a insult or two, that’s something to be proud, of, right?

      Enjoy your world of allegations and supposition, of smoke and mirrors… we’ll be laughing at you from here in the real world. How I could just imagine you saying the same thing to Craig and others to his face. You can’t even put your name to your writing and be a responsible person. So until you decide to take responsibility for your venom, I think this conversation is over.

      • Darrell G.O.P. Hammond permalink
        October 5, 2009 11:11 pm

        Issuing a Level 1 Kool-Aid Alert for Gene B.:

        First, you obviously have a high opinion of yourself. People who do tend to quickly become their one and only fan (see the Chairman as an example). Judging by your loyalty to the failed establishment, I doubt the anti-Eaton Republicans will continue to respect you the same way, especially how you shamelessly come on this blog and criticize those of us looking to expose the party’s failures, learn from them, and move toward growth and not atrophy. You say pound pavement, but here you are, comment after comment, attacking a blog that offers extremely legitimate points, valid criticism and analysis.

        Second, Eaton’s door was open insofar as it was open wide enough for him to shout down and threaten fellow Republicans, like in the 49th, embarrassing himself and Senator Golden. It was Senator Golden that demonstrated a pledge of unity, not Eaton.By the way, Eaton has been telling people to “talk” to him for years. He never listens and never returns calls. Everyone knows that fact. It’s a running joke. I’m surprised you’ve never heard that one. It’s rather funny.

        Third, your “friends” that tell you not to read the site do plenty of insulting and use plenty of nasty tactics themselves. You can’t blame the people here for looking for a way to vent, especially when their party has forsaken them, cast them out, and done nothing but embarrass them.

        Fourth: frankly, I hope you lose. No one as blindsided as you should be in a position of leadership. You say you’re “out there fighting,” but you’ve actually been “on here” commenting. You clearly never saw the potential for this site. You attacked it from the beginning. That says enough. Among my friends, this site is a daily read. (By the way, your so-called “friends” that tell you not to comment are reading this site guaranteed–don’t kid yourself)

        Finally, you didn’t start this conversation. You joined it. You decided to attack those on this blog justifiably upset about our failed party leadership, and you got attacked yourself. You don’t understand the psychology of those in this party that want reform. They’re tired of losing. They’re tired of back room deals. They want a party to be proud of. The Brooklyn GOP is not that party. Maybe people let their feelings get the best of them, have a little fun, and even go off the deep end. But since they can’t voice their frustrations to the party leadership, where else do expect them to voice them? And there is a LOT of pent-up frustration from two years of terrible mismanagement and leadership, as this blog has demonstrated.

        Oh, and you say “we’re all laughing.”

        That’s great.

        Such great company you keep. Failed establishment Republicans. The people responsible for losing elections and shrinking our party, for using corruption as a lifestyle and thuggery as a mantra.

        You guys do that. Meanwhile, we reformists will be salvaging the party.

        (By the way, they weren’t laughing when they first saw Atlas. They went right on the attack using pseudonyms. Why don’t you hold your “friends” accountable for that, Gene B.?)

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