After Contentious Election, Brooklyn GOP Releases Slanted Press Statement on County Committee Convention
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.
Be sure to stick with Atlas today and this weekend for further commentary and analysis on the aftermath of THE DUKE’S RETURN.