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