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The Shore Road Syndrome: Brooklyn GOP Expenditures Benefit Bay Ridge, Eaton, and Golden

October 23, 2009

I have been compiling some numbers, and the evidence is clear that the Brooklyn GOP and its Chairman, Craig “The Duke of Bay Ridge” Eaton, have benefited only organizations that are in Bay Ridge or that have a connection to The Duke or his Golden Prince, Sen. Martin Golden. This follows on the heels of an email sent out by The Duke indicating his decision to put all pre-election Brooklyn GOP events in and around the Bay Ridge area, which Francisco D’Anconia reported earlier this week.

It is now beyond a shadow of a doubt that the party and its leadership have and will continue to maintain a Bay Ridge-centric attitude and thus have forsaken the rest of the borough.

Let’s get to the numbers.

Let’s start with our selfless Chairman’s Golden Prince. This July, around when Eaton was gearing up to be Chairman, a sweet sum of $1650 landed in the lap of FRIENDS OF MARTY GOLDEN. That, of course, raises additional conflict of interest questions and whether Eaton made a deal with Golden to receive his endorsement for Chairman. We already know Golden has received nearly 20k from Eaton in the past decade, which heightens the controversial donation, especially in a year when the Senator is not even running for re-election.

Now, excuse me for asking, but why would you give so much money to The Golden Prince, who already has millions in the bank, when you have candidates that desperately need money? I guess their elections don’t mean as much as stuffing Golden’s piggy bank.

Next, vile as it may be to our readers, the party did direct over $2000 to sometimes Republican Party Warlock Gerry O’Brien, The Merlin of Malice, who has seemingly disappeared in the wake of Eaton’s victory… This blog called for an investigation of O’Brien and the immediate termination of all contact with him until his summer activities were investigated. That has not yet happened. The Duke and his wizard have been very close since his first election, which makes this sum all the more vomit-inducing.

Next, we have a hefty $26,870.50 spent at the El Caribe Country Club in Mill Basin, another organization with a tie to The Golden Prince.

More disgusting is nearly $10,500 spent at the Bay Ridge Manor, which is owned by the Golden Family. Why not just give 10k to FRIENDS FOR MARTY GOLDEN, Duke?

Continuing with Bay Ridge organizations and venues, the party gave over $1000 to the Bay Ridge Community Council. That’s nice.

What about the rest of Brooklyn?

ST. MARK’S R.C. CHURCH received $1,150 in February 2009. St. Marks Church happens to be within a block of The Duke’s law firm, Eaton & Torrenzano. His firm also happens to be the listed headquarters of the party (which raises its own issues). Of all the churches in Brooklyn, this is the one Eaton chooses.

Shocker.

You should know, this church recently honored The Golden Prince for his “service.” One cannot believe this donation was not a factor in that.

Next comes a BIG name. HEARTSHARE HUMAN SERVICES OF NEW YORK received a cozy $2000 from the party. Heartshare is a very familiar name to those that have been following Marty Golden over the past few years. In fact, the Heartshare-Golden-Eaton triangle is such a big story, it requires its own post. Nevertheless, you should know that Chairman Eaton sits on the Board of this not-for-profit (well, I guess that’s what it’s technically called) and The Golden Prince’s brother is, too.

No conflicts of interest there! I mean, none of this smells fishy at all

They wish.

Now, what about our Brooklyn schools? Well, of all the schools to benefit in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn GOP’s charity goes toward a local Shore Road stronghold: Xaverian High School. One would think with all of the money The Golden Prince has given Xaverian in the past few years, the Bay Ridge Cabal would consider, to coin a phrase, “spreading the wealth around” to other parts of the borough.

No way.

***

In spite of this Bay Ridge bonanza, we also have to consider our party’s ability to step up to the plate for our local candidates. Well, there is even some bad news for current City Council Candidate Bob Capano in all of this. While the party gave Capano, a candidate from Brooklyn, around $1000 last year, they gave The Bronx GOP over a third more this March than he received from the party.

Guess that party isn’t interested in supporting its own candidates…big surprise.

What a recipe for failure.

***

The fact is the party has been suffering from a Shore Road syndrome since Eaton has taken the reigns of the party. The numbers are only part of the story. The mentality of the party’s leaders and the conflicts of interest currently abound are innumerable.

This party has a great distance to go before it gets back to its feet, my friends.

Much of that distance lies outside of Bay Ridge.

Chairman Eaton apparently has not realized that fact. He probably doesn’t want to.

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64 Comments
  1. Jessica permalink
    October 23, 2009 11:12 am

    This is a sickening detail of the Bay Ridge sickness that has pervaded the Brooklyn GOP. Granted, Bay Ridge has seen a great deal of success BEFORE Eaton took charge, but the party is a BOROUGH-WIDE organization, not a neighborhood-wide one. Craig Eaton has shamed our borough by not pursuing a Brooklyn-wide plan.

    Screw him and his Shore Road Syndrome.

    And screw Marty Golden, too, that self-serving charlatan.

  2. Young GOP Kid permalink
    October 23, 2009 11:26 am

    I have to say that these numbers are even more disturbing than I previously suspected.

    Craig is an attorney. One would think he would be aware of what a conflict of interest is. All of this money going between him, Marty Golden, the MHE Research Foundation, Heartshare, and the other venues and charities truly shocks the conscience.

    It’s one thing to support friends. It’s another thing entirely to have a Bay Ridge dominated mindset that benefits only you and your surrounding area and thinks nothing of the numerous other neighborhoods and candidates of Brooklyn.

    Shame on you, Mr. Chairman. You should resign immediately!

  3. Donor permalink
    October 23, 2009 11:38 am

    Thank you Atlas for laying these numbers out. I will not donate one dime to the party as a result of what I’ve read here thus far. This party is very mismanaged it seems.

  4. Gerry permalink
    October 23, 2009 11:41 am

    Shore Road Syndrome is right lol

  5. Dr. Lola Kravitt, Otolaryngology permalink
    October 23, 2009 1:04 pm

    Craig Eaton’s close friend, Jay Savino, is another character with weird stuff going on. It should be no surprise they are tight.

    Mr. Viktor Aleksevich Zubkov wrote some interesting things about Jay Savino, Esq., on UE.

    http://www.urbanelephants.com/index.php/component/content/article/64/1555.html

  6. Future of the Party permalink
    October 23, 2009 3:18 pm

    For those looking for a borough-wide GOP organization that actually is doing things, check out the Brooklyn Young Republicans. They are always busy.

    Everyone I know says they are ten times more effective than the party could ever be lol.

    Visit http://www.brooklynyr.com to check them out. I’m a member, and they’ve done more in the borough than the party has based on how they’ve reached out to me and others in my neighborhood.

    Good people, the YR’s.

    • INFORMED VOTER permalink
      October 23, 2009 4:46 pm

      I HATE THOSE YOUNG RODENTS!!!!

      • Sexy Republicana permalink
        October 23, 2009 5:24 pm

        Mr. CAPS LOCK!!!!!! LOL

  7. John Stratum permalink
    October 23, 2009 5:40 pm

    Those “YOUNG RODENTS” have accomplished more than Craig Eaton can or ever will!

  8. INFORMED VOTER permalink
    October 23, 2009 11:14 pm

    PEOPLE LIKE JUDGE, REGINA-POTTER and YVETTE BENNETT ARE THE ENEMIES OF THE PARTY.

    THEY WILL HAVE THEIR COMEUPPANCE WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT….

    I’M SICK OF THEM! SICK!

    • Gerry permalink
      October 23, 2009 11:25 pm

      I just got saw a Twitter alert on the site. It that you, Craig!? How DARE you threaten anyone in this party! HOW DARE YOU!!!!!!!!!!

      “INFORMED VOTER”???? That’s the best you’ve got?

      You’ve been called out, you SCUM!

      You’ve ruined our party! You and these THREATS! Enough is enough!

      RESIGN IMMEDIATELY!

      • INFORMED VOTER permalink
        October 23, 2009 11:39 pm

        GERRY, GERRY. LIKE THAT’S YOUR REAL NAME!

        “YOU AND THESE” COMMENTS.

        CRAIG EATON MEANS MORE TO THIS PARTY THAN THESE SCUMBAGS EVER WILL. HE BROUGHT IN BLOOMBERG. THAT MEANS MONEY. YOU PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND A THING.

  9. Gerry permalink
    October 23, 2009 11:51 pm

    Craig, you are a thug! You suck as a lawyer, as a chairman, and you NEVER could be a politician! That’s why you DIRECT FUNDS to your buddies and yourself!

    You are a failure! Pure and simple!

    Resign and spare your party further embarrassment with you at the helm. The ship is only partially sunk now. In two years, it’ll be at the bottom of the Narrows.

    Spare us that, you political thug!

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius permalink
      October 26, 2009 1:49 pm

      Craig Eaton’s stunning arrogance is his hubris.

  10. Marcus Tullius Cicero permalink
    October 25, 2009 5:44 pm

    Craig Eaton has a toxic combination of self-minded focus and arrogance.

  11. upset county committee member permalink
    October 25, 2009 10:05 pm

    resign now craig, if you can’t take the heat in the kitchen then get out.

  12. IMPARTIAL REPUBLICAN permalink
    October 26, 2009 1:59 pm

    I JUST SAW THESE COMMENTS.

    LOOK, THE PARTY HAS ENEMIES, AND EVERYONE KNOWS THEY LOVE ATLAS: REGINA-POTTER, BENNETT, FERRARO, JUDGE.

    I WILL DEFEND CRAIG EATON. HE IS DOING HIS BEST. HE SUPPORTED BLOOMBERG, WHO WILL HELP AND BENEFIT OUR PARTY.

    ALSO, I’VE READ BENNETT’S COMMENTS ABOUT EATON. WHAT HAS SHE DONE FOR THE PARTY? SHE THINKS SHE’S THE CONSCIENCE OF THE PARTY! HA!!!!!

    THE PARTY WON’T HELP REGINA-POTTER EITHER.

    INFORMED VOTER HAS IT RIGHT: “THEY WILL HAVE THEIR COMEUPPANCE WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT….”

    • Young GOP Kid permalink
      October 26, 2009 2:16 pm

      Jonathan Judge has done nothing but help move this party along. The pond scum that has collected on the stagnant swamp that is the Brooklyn GOP has done nothing but impede potential remedies for the party.

      The other attacks listed are unwarranted.

      Craig Eaton, Gerry O’Brien, and Marty Golden are at the heart of the problem (in fact, Marty could purge this party of its problems in a minute and form a new alliance of reformists if he wanted to).

      Party lackeys like Gene B. and Russell Gallow have sold their souls to the devil for nothing. This Faustian pact has provided them with little to hold and nothing tangible. They just want to be with the (current) in-crowd.

      What a sad, petty gang of losers occupy positions of “prominence” in the Brooklyn GOP.

      PATHETIC.

    • Joe Topper permalink
      October 26, 2009 3:13 pm

      It seems that IMPARTIAL VOTER and INFORMED REPUBLICAN have a real problem with women in any positions of power.
      If Bennett and Regina-Potter were not such a big threat to the current leadership, they would not go out of their way to create so many problems for them. It is obvious that these women are not the “good little girls” that the Party has dealt with in the past.
      They are stong women who will bring about the much needed change and reform to the Brooklyn Republican Party.
      Keep it up boys, playing your childish games, for you are NO gentlemen.
      We know who the real ladies are!!

      P.S. I have learned from experience in life to NEVER BE DISRESPECTFUL TO A WOMAN AND NEVER MAKE A WOMAN ANGRY!! “Hell hath no fury….”

    • Harry O'Brien permalink
      October 26, 2009 10:31 pm

      Gerry and/or Craig: YOU ARE THUGS.

      You’re going down! You messed with the wrong bunch of people!

      • Russell Gallo permalink
        October 26, 2009 10:54 pm

        A great president once said: “Bring it on!”

      • Young GOP Kid permalink
        October 26, 2009 11:31 pm

        Was that Saddam Hussein or Fidel Castro who said that, Russell? LOL

      • Tommy Nast permalink
        October 26, 2009 11:33 pm

        Mr. Gallo, are you seriously defending these thugs, Eaton and OBrien? I sure hope they are leaving behind enough cash on your nightstand for it.

      • Hustle Shallow permalink
        October 26, 2009 11:41 pm

        Bring WHAT on? You’re talking to fellow Republicans, you dolt.

      • Russell Gallo permalink
        October 26, 2009 11:44 pm

        read the posts before mine you dullard!

      • Hustle Shallow permalink
        October 26, 2009 11:59 pm

        Hey Russell, don’t you have a campaign to lose? lol

      • Russell Gallo permalink
        October 27, 2009 12:03 am

        case in point- aren’t we all republicans? lol

  13. Russell Gallo permalink
    October 26, 2009 11:46 pm

    and for the record: I have no idea which party any of you anonymous dorks are in. There isn’t one of you that has endorsed any Republicans running in any race in New York City on this site.

  14. Gerry permalink
    October 27, 2009 12:07 am

    Squire Russell, Atlas is here to expose crooks like your boss, Lord Eaton.

    We don’t have to be told WHO TO VOTE FOR, but rather WHO IS SCREWING UP THIS PARTY.

    You’re obviously not a REAL Republican. You’re just a sell-out for the fat cats at the top.

    Btw did you drop your pants to Craig before or after he hooked you up with a GOP position?

    • Russell Gallo permalink
      October 27, 2009 12:10 am

      LOL- What position would that be? Sergeant at Arms? That and $1.25 will get me a cheap cup of coffee. Get a life. I am not looking for anything from the party. I do not collect money for my services and do not seek to either.

      • Tommy Nast permalink
        October 27, 2009 12:23 am

        Sounds like you sold out cheap then. Still, no good reason to defend these imbeciles. They gotta be doing something else for you, so what is it? Anyone with half a brain would get off that ship before it completely sinks.

      • Russell Gallo permalink
        October 27, 2009 12:28 am

        Get off that ship and go where? To this ship? Led by the one term Italian Assemblyman and his worshippers? HAHAHAHAHA

      • Tommy Nast permalink
        October 27, 2009 12:37 am

        If you think all this is about the 49th and Ferraro, then you just don’t get it. And your a district leader, and you really don’t get it, do you? Sad. Very sad. Hope you eventually change your mind or the 47th AD Republicans change theirs about you as district leader. Enough failure and enough compromise from the Eaton crew. Shame on you for defending them at the expense of the rest of the good Republicans of Brooklyn.

  15. Lisa permalink
    October 27, 2009 12:13 am

    “Russell Gallo has served in the Army for more than nine years and recently returned from Operation Iraqi Freedom. He currently holds the rank of Sergeant in the New York Army National Guard.”

    Wow, this is your resume and you bash women on this site? Sad sad sad.

    We expect better from our fellow Republicans.

    • Russell Gallo permalink
      October 27, 2009 12:15 am

      And which woman did I bash? Am I not allowed to disagree with someone because of their sex? Be careful people- the PC thought police seem to be patrolling this site.

      • Lisa permalink
        October 27, 2009 12:26 am

        No, I just thought a military man such as yourself would not make such nasty comments about a female candidate for office. Her name was Lucretia Regina-Potter. I believed you referred to the “proxy cult led by “Reverend” Regina-Potter.”

        You threatened her and her district, which I thought was very sad and unnecessary. I believe the Chairman did the same.

        I expected better from a man with a distinguished military record. That’s all. I thought your mother would have raised you better than that.

      • Russell Gallo permalink
        October 27, 2009 12:30 am

        And now you speak of my mother? She is a woman by the way- Im surprised at you Lisa, Regina, or whoever you are.

      • Lisa permalink
        October 27, 2009 12:34 am

        Brain trust, you missed the point of my comments, so forget it.

        And how paranoid of you to think that the only person who would respond to your comments was the person who you insulted. You don’t think others were turned off by your comments? So wrong.

      • Russell Gallo permalink
        October 27, 2009 12:38 am

        I apologize then for accusing you of being that person. I could certainly understand how someone would take offense to that. However, I stand by my comments. Brain trust? Wow.

      • Lisa permalink
        October 27, 2009 12:41 am

        What an ass. I’m done with you.

  16. Russell Gallo permalink
    October 27, 2009 12:16 am

    BTW- Real republicans do not diminish someones militray service by making such silly comments. But thanks for your recognition and your support.

    • Atlas Shrugger permalink
      October 27, 2009 1:56 pm

      Gallo’s got a debate to help Capano lose tonight. He must be nervous, hence the abhorrent stupidity of his comments.

      Bay Ridge Community Council Political Forum
      Tuesday (TONIGHT), October 27th
      7:45 p.m.
      Xaverian High School Auditorium
      7100 Shore Road (71st street)

      I noticed he threatened the 49th AD again. I hope this merits an Atlas post, Dagny, Francisco, Hank, John, or Midas.

      He clearly lacks the tact and class necessary to be successful in politics. His absence of adroitness in dealing with pseudonymous Atlas commentators.

  17. Joe Topper permalink
    October 27, 2009 2:22 pm

    Gallo is not smart or astute enough to realize that he is the “Fall Guy” for the loss of Capano’s race. The leadership of the party will blame Gallo for this loss, and take no responsibility for their lack of support and neglect.
    Business as usual for the Party.
    Wake up Russell!!
    You have become a bitter and disappointed hack , just as your leaders planned.
    Double secret probation for you Gallo!

  18. Italian Republican permalink
    October 27, 2009 5:03 pm

    Russell Gallo, is being an “Italian Assemblyman” supposed to be an insult to all Italians or to all Assemblymen who also happen to be Italians?
    Your ethnic remark is just more proof of your lack of common sense.
    Should I think that you refer to your ancestors in the same manner?
    Are you ashamed to be of Italian ancestry?
    Those bloggers that refer to you as GALLOW are right!
    Maybe you should change your name !

  19. Craig Beaten permalink
    October 31, 2009 12:40 pm

    A script of Craig Eaton, Bob Capano, and Russell Gallo after Bob Loses his race:

    Craig: Bob, you failed the party. You failed. It’s your fault. I didn’t want to see you before–espacially after those EXPLETIVE Atlas Shruggers EVALUATED YOU FOR MY JOB!!!!!!!!–but even more so now!

    Bob: But, uh, Craig, I poured out my life to this party. I’ve been a good little acolyte. I’ve followed the code! I did what the party leaders said–

    Craig: Not enough. You know, I did MORE than you did when I was running for office, you scum.

    Bob: –Uh, Craig, you never ran for office…

    (Cricket Cricket Cricket)

    Craig: Russell!!!!!!!! TAKE THIS GUY OUT OF MY SIGHT!!!

    Russell: Yessir!!!!!!!!!!

    Craig: Oh, and by the way, Russell, I don’t think the party will be requiring your services anymore.

    Russell: What?! Why?!

    Craig: Because–YOU FAILED!!!!!! IT’S YOUR FAULT, TOO!!!!!!!!

    Russell: But Craig…after all I…the things I did……….for you–

    Craig: IT’S OVER!!!!!!!!

    Russell: But, I insulted women for you…I supported your failed chairmanship for a second term……I bent over backwards……..I even commented on that Atlas blog–

    Craig: DON’T MENTION THOSE PUNKS TO ME!!!!!!

    Russell: I did so many things I’m ashamed of—-JUST FOR YOU, and now you’re just throwing me away????????

    Craig: ……..

    Craig: Uh, YES.

    Russell: (Cries while holding Capano in a headlock)

    Bob: You see, this is how the party treats us–like crap.

    Craig: You DON’T GET IT–YOU’RE EXPENDABLE. I DON’T ANY OF NEED YOU.

    Russell: (Sobbing) But–Craig–there’s–no one left–but people–like–us–

    Craig: I don’t care!!!!! I DON’T CARE!!!!!!! IF IT’S JUST ME AND MARTY, THAT’S FINE!!!!! WE’RE ALL THAT MATTER IN THE GOP ANYWAY. NOW GET OUT YOU FAILURES!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. TJIUA is evil permalink
    February 3, 2010 3:24 pm

    What they’ve done to Susan is uncalled for.

    Only one person can do this – that is the bulldog, evil, Political Consultant, Gerry O’Brien. Gerry O’Brien consistently turns against his clients. Gerry O’Brien consistently uses dirt, smearing and malice to accomplish whatever evil goals he has.

    Craig Eaton and Marty Golden – be afraid, be very afraid . . . not of the folks on Atlas, but of Gerry O’Brien. You, the Kings County GOP, and many others have paid Gerry O’Brien for his evil services. In the process, he has learned your Achilles heel. He will use it against you . . . or is he doing so already? Are you beholden to Gerry O’Brien because he already has you where he wants you? Are you trapped in his evil lair?

    Beware! Beware! The evil one O’Brien will get you, too!

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