Atlas Receives Transcript of The Duke’s Speech at County Committee Convention
A reader recently emailed us a transcript of a recording of Craig Eaton’s speech from the Brooklyn GOP County Committee Convention. We thought we should share it with you along with analysis and commentary ;-).
Some statements require translations, which are provided for you. Enjoy!
(Note: The Duke’s lines are in bold and italics. Ellipses indicate a break in the speech, either from applause or because the recording was inaudible.)
Translation: Those of you who collected proxies for me or voted for me, welcome. Those that didn’t, step out.
I am honored and privileged to serve as your chairman for the last two years, and I am asking for your support for another term.
What that means: I got this job because Hy Singer got sick, and I’ve bungled it. Please forget that fact and vote for me..
A lot more needs to be done. For those of you that are new to county committee, welcome. We look forward to working with you in joining our ranks…
Translation: You are either for us or against us. If you do anything to disrupt the status quo, you will be excommunicated.
Please feel free to reach out to me at any time so that we can work together.
Translation: You can reach out, but I don’t answer my phone.
Please go onto our website, give us your email address, your contact information, and we will reach out to you…
We have heard numerous accounts of individuals not hearing anything back from the party after sending them their information online. You will recall, we send two letter ourselves to the party and received no response to either. Good luck with that one!
Work with us to elect city council candidates and other candidates for 2009…
What he really means: we will do nothing to help our candidates, just as we’ve done in the past.
Work with us to reelect our great State Senator Marty Golden…
Translation: “Thank you, Prince, for endorsing me formally and giving me the green light to split the party ;-). Don’t forget, I made you $18,000 richer!”
I’m being blamed for the loss of the 13th Congression District. Is THAT a joke?! IS THAT A JOKE, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN?! We have a THIRD of that district! And you know what, before today, STATEN ISLAND CONTROLLED THAT DISTRICT!
Oh, the Staten Island Republicans are going to get steamed over this one! Blame, blame, blame! Anyone but me! But, I thought we had to “work together?” I thought we had to “unify?” I thought leaders were supposed to take responsibility for their actions? I thought leaders were supposed to remain composed? I had this foolish idea that our leaders were supposed to go above and beyond?
What Eaton’s comments suggest is that the party has had no involvement with the 13th Congressional District race in any way. But now, after a crushing and nationwide spectacle of a defeat, the Brooklyn GOP is kicking in gear?
Give me a break. No one believes that, Mr. Chairman. Own up.
Well, let me tell you, ladies and gentlemen, next year, we’re going to run our own horse in that race…Mike Allegretti….
Mr. Allegretti has not yet given us reason to investigate him. We will, however, keep an eye on his campaign as we get closer to the election.
Let’s turn now to the GOP, for a moment. During the last two years, we’ve faced the largest increase in Democratic enrollment in history.
And all while you’ve been Chairman for the past two years… Hmm…
And yet, what has the party done to capitalize off the recent decent of the Democrats’ poll numbers? Republicans have been gaining momentum since this summer, but the party has failed to capitalize off of it.
And in what has been referred to as the “Obama Tsunami,” the Republicans at all levels have faced losses. Here in Brooklyn, we were not immune from that problem.
Translation: Times were tough, and it’s not my fault. The fact is more could have been done. Door-to-door outreach, online outreach and mass mailings (even a postcard, since the party’s funds have been so grossly mismanaged).
But we did not lose any ground.
Anyone who thinks that that Brooklyn GOP has not lost ground in the last two years, frankly, needs to have their head examined. If the recent schism in the party has demonstrated anything, the party is deeply broken.
We held executive meetings every month or every other month, and many vice-chair meetings as well.
This is a boldfaced lie, my friends. We have been told by sources he held meetings only sporadically at best. That means he has only had a handful of meetings overall. No wonder the party is so disorganized!
No one from the 49th [Assembly District] attended [the Lincoln] dinners…
This was the first indicator of a threatening a posture against the 49th Assembly District. Recall, by the way, that the Lincoln Dinner yielded about $5400, a terrible embarrassment for what is supposed to be a huge event for the Brooklyn GOP. That means, based on our calculations, that they practically broke even. Which means, if it was “well-attended,” it couldn’t have been well-attended by actual donors. Perhaps they were desperate and tried to fill the room with cronies who couldn’t afford the price to see a video screening of an unpopular California Governor…
We hosted two extremely successful holiday dinners…and multiple cocktail parties…
Oh, so you can’t create a working website, but you’re happy to throw lavish parties? So, we should reelect the Chairman because he…threw parties? Besides, we’ve heard that these parties were largely financed by would-be Republican mayoral candidate John “Fat Cat” Catsimatidis (a donation in 2007 of $7000 for that year’s holiday party, and a donation in 2008 of $5000, according to public records).
We have great young and energetic candidates on the GOP line for 2009, and that is a testament to the hard work of each and every one of our district leaders…
As John Stossel would say, “Get the Shovel.” Firstly, we would be unaware of any “young, energetic candidates” from the words of our Chairman’s speech, since he never mentions the most obvious ones. Funny thing, we did not notice Bob Capano mentioned in the speech at all… We wonder why? Are the rumors true a deal has been made between The Duke, The Golden Prince, Mayor Bloomberg, and Vincent Gentile to keep support for Capano at a minimum? Uh-oh… Maybe Golden is fearful of a Gentile challenge?
As I said before, we still have a lot of work to do, but I’m confident based on our relationship with Mayor Bloomberg, our relationship with Ed Cox, the new state chairman, we can and will build, we can and will grow…
How about “we could have built and we could have grown, but we chose not to?” Is that what you mean, Mr. Chairman? You have had two years to do the hard work, and now you want to start growing the party? Just now? This is the basis for your reelection? Forgive me, if I’m skeptical.
Note The Duke’s mention of Mayor Bloomberg, who recently donated 50k to the party, an insultingly low sum considering the millions of dollars he has spent on campaign ads alone. Based on this, The Duke is “confident” we can grow? I think not.
And we can and will energize the base…
The base, my Lord, has deserted you. They have not thrown themselves at Bloomberg, as you yourself anticipated before you directed the Wilson Pakula be bestowed on the Mayor. Why would they do so now?
Some of you say why should I help candidates in Staten Island, or Queens, or even GOP candidate for governor in New Jersey? THAT’S WHAT I HEAR! Why is the party chairman reaching outside of the county? WELL, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT’S GOOD BUSINESS!..
That’s like saying I’m going to leave my business here in my neighborhood and go help out my friend’s business in another town. If my business fails, oh well…
Mr. Chairman, we weren’t born yesterday. It’s good business to take care of your own house before you go tinker with others.
The Kings County GOP was the first to endorse Mayor Bloomberg for a third term. HE IS THE RIGHT MAN FOR THIS JOB, ladies and gentlemen!…
Apparently, The Duke learned nothing from the divisions formed in the party over the granting of the Wilson Pakula to the Mayor… Obviously…
We were the first county party to endorse Rudy Giuliani for Governor…
We at Atlas were unaware that the Mayor had announced his intent to run for governor. Incidentally, we did not hear about ANY executive committee vote on this issue. Did The Duke unilaterally declare the county’s endorsement both without the support of the executive committee and for a candidate who has not even declared his intent to run?
Sounds like it.
What happened to Rick Lazio, who heretofore is the only self-named GOP candidate for the position?
I was the first county Chairman in New York to endorse Ed Cox for Chairman…
Translation: So, I’m great because I sided with the guy who ultimately won.
DON’T BE FOOLED BY WHAT YOU’RE BEING TOLD! There are a lot of rumors out there, and my adversaries have said unspeakable things about me.
By whom, Mr. Chairman? By…Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn? Don’t be fooled? We’ve had thousands of visitors in the past month. We’re not in the business of fooling people, Mr. Chairman. Reformers are in the business of providing answer, however inconvenient they may be to your agenda.
So for the “unspeakable” comments, they certainly have not come from us. Every comment we’ve offered, you’ve earned.
I am completely transparent, and I am open to speak with you to discuss GOP business or anything that is one your mind, anytime: day or night!
The fact is, Mr. Chairman, you are neither transparent nor open to speak to. That fact is well known, and no one believes that drivel anymore. You have been exposed. Please, have some decency and own up to it!
My telephone is open to all, and I want to work with each and every one of you…
Really, what’s the number, Mr. Chairman? We’ll post it here on Atlas for our constituents to call you and share their thoughts and concerns! And fellow readers: when you call, be sure to let us know how that turns out. We will report it.
If you have a suggestion, I ask that your share it with me…
Translation: If you have a suggestion, keep it to yourself!
If you have a project you want to work on, let’s talk about it!
Ah, yes…Talk. Need I say more?
How? Via your failed email server? Via your failed webiste? Via your unlisted telephone number? How shall we “communicate,” Mr. Chairman?
Ladies and gentleman, this is only the tip of the iceberg…
Oh, my. If this is only the tip of iceberg, I shudder to think what’s next.
I ask for your vote…
Mr. Chairman, we here at Atlas are flattered by your public response to our blog. We know you religiously read our blog. Reading your convention comments, we cannot help but notice your responses (however unsatisfying and weak they may be) to some of our posts.
Your apology to our critiques fell short, though, Mr. Chairman.
Unfortunately, empty attacks on your critics with no substantive defense get you nowhere. You don’t need to be a lawyer to know that.