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Atlas Poll Shifts After Release of Eaton’s Donations to Golden

October 8, 2009

In just a few days, the Atlas poll has taken a dramatic shift. The poll, which asks what the primary reason is for Chairman Craig “The Duke” Eaton’s reelection, now indicates Atlas readers are evenly split on the major reason for his reelection.

Just around 45% of readers attribute threats, intimidation, and/or corruption as the primary reason for The Duke’s return to power. An equal percentage of voters believe the support of Sen. Marty Golden (aka “The Golden Prince”) is the major reason. Previously, over 60% of voters had placed threats, intimidation, and/or corruption at the top of their list.

This comes during the week that Atlas released an article entitled “Eaton Gives Thousands to Golden, Raising Specter of Impropriety In Reelection Bid.” The story discussed how Chairman Eaton and his law firm have given over $18,000 to State Senator Marty Golden over the course of past few years from 2002-2008.

Over 200 unique readers have voted thus far.

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  1. Marty from Bay Ridge permalink
    October 8, 2009 7:32 pm

    Yeah, after seeing that story, I voted for the Golden option. Both that and threats are at the top of my list.

  2. DESPERATE GOP LASS permalink
    October 8, 2009 7:37 pm

    If the elections go south this November (and Bloomberg doesn’t count), Marty please, PLEASE start distancing yourself from Craig. He’s not helping us keep the State Senate or gain any assembly seats, let alone other positions. We are going into a redistricting term and you need to clean out the losers in the party to save yourself. PLEASE get away from Craig!

  3. GOP ABBA permalink
    October 8, 2009 8:14 pm

    Craig Eaton is not even worth anyone’s time without that Chairmanship. Money Money Money. That’s what it all boils down to. Money for Marty. Money from Bloomberg.

    Money, money, money.

  4. Masada permalink
    October 8, 2009 8:26 pm

    How about not having the Lincoln Dinner on a Jewish holiday, Chairman Eaton?!

    Your disrespect is beyond belief!

  5. Marcus Tullius Cicero permalink
    October 8, 2009 11:01 pm

    Masada, I don’t know if Craig Eaton is anti-Semitic. I’ve not personally ever heard him say anything overtly anti-Jewish. But as with any human, one can never know what is truly in a man’s (or woman’s) heart (i.e., true feelings).

    If anything, Craig Eaton was insensitive to Jewish Republicans of Brooklyn who observe the holidays/holy days, such as Shavous, which happened to start the evening of the May 2009 Lincoln Dinner at El Caribe. Mr. Eaton was probably unaware of this Jewish holiday – or he is just a shmuck who has his head in his buttocks – or both! I can not confirm if it was intentional or if a scheduling confilict prevented him from having this Lincoln Dinner on a different day.

    There is much “stuff” to be critical about Craig. With all due respect and understanding – and empathy too – and you have a right to express your opinion – I don’t think this “disrespect is beyound belief.” Foolish, yes. Insensitive, that can be fairly argued as yes. Poor public relations to the Brooklyn Jewish community, yes.

    I suggest that the current Brooklyn GOP leadership – Mr. Eaton and his inner circle of clowns – are just plain clueless, aloof and arrogant – and disinterested in truly growing the Kings County GOP and being democratic ( ………that’s small “d” democratic! ).

    Now….let me not say “au revoir!” – let us enjoy the hors d’oeuvres and a glass of Chianti!

    I’ll be back again for more brilliant commentary. I promise. Cheers!

    “L’chaim and Chin-chin!”

  6. Essene permalink
    October 8, 2009 11:06 pm

    Cicero makes an excellent point. However, I would say it was undoubtedly a colossal error. Numerous Jewish constituents that write big checks could have come to watch The Terminator on video. Scheduling conflict or not, it has certainly offended some of my Jewish friends. Hopefully we can woo them back to the party when the reformists take hold!

  7. Gerry permalink
    October 9, 2009 12:35 pm

    I voted for “threats, intimidation, and/or corruption,” because I know that to be true from personal experience.

  8. I HATE EATON THUGS permalink
    October 9, 2009 4:00 pm

    Of course it shifted! Marty made his bed with the devil and now he has to pay for it (strike that, the devil is far more effective at his craft).

  9. Convention Observer permalink
    October 12, 2009 11:55 am

    I must confess that I was present when Craig Eaton gave his speech at the convention. Eaton is not a terrible speaker (not that good either), but he sure can be deceptive.

    Eaton tried to paint himself sympathetically, cloaking himself in his charity work, which is admirable but ultimately a distraction.

    He is always having to defend himself, it seems. He never accepts reality, which is a shame. A good leader is willing to take some blame now and then, face the consequences. A leader’s mettle is part of his overall ability.

    Overall, I was disappointed by what I saw at the county committee convention. The fact is that the chamber was split, and those who were rooting for Eaton were mostly people I had never seen before in my entire life working with the party. I accept the notion that they were Board of Elections folks or patronage “hacks,” because I can’t see any reason for them supporting Eaton.

    He has not reached out to anyone, certainly not me. I find the whole circumstance in the Brooklyn GOP to be very disappointing at the moment. Come election day, I believe my concerns will be validated further.

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