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Capano’s Campaign Manager Threatens “Regime Change” Retaliation in the 49th AD on Day of Debate

October 27, 2009

Fellow Atlas reader and commentator “Atlas Shrugger” notified us that City Council candidate Bob Capano’s chief aid, Russell Gallo, has echoed the threat of Chairman Craig “The Duke” Eaton and has called for “regime change” in the 49th Assembly District. As you know, 49th AD powerhouse Arnaldo Ferraro attempted to unseat The Duke and received over one third of the vote within five days of announcing his candidacy.

Gallo, who is also the 47th Assembly District Leader, made the comments early this morning on our very own blog.

This is all happening the day of Capano’s debate with rival City Council incumbent Vincent Gentile, bringing unwanted scrutiny to what some commentators are calling a very “winnable” race.

Gallo engaged in a debate with multiple commentators on this site for what seems to have been a long period of time. He made a large number of comments, all of which can be viewed here.

Then, he made the following remark:

Can’t wait for the election to be over so I can concentrate on regime change in the 49th.

This was only one of many numerous childish and embarrassing comments made by the District Leader on our site.

As you know from our campaign coverage, Mr. Gallo was picked by Chairman Eaton to be on his slate of party leadership positions.

This all begs the question: why would a Republican campaign manager draw such attention to himself on the day of his candidate’s debate? Doesn’t he understand that such petty political maneuvering only hurts his candidate?

What are Bob Capano’s thoughts? For a man who was once considered for party chairman, it’s unfortunate that his acolyte would sink so low and distract from his own campaign.

Where are the priorities of these candidates and their coordinators? It seems they would rather throw mud than campaign and prepare their candidate for an upcoming debate. There will always be those that disagree with you in politics. How you approach them is what matters.

This is exactly what’s wrong with this party. Opportunities are lost and party squabbles are elevated above all else. Why Mr. Gallo would prefer to make a name for himself on Atlas instead of just apologizing for his rash comments defies reason.


As a veteran of our Armed Forces, Mr. Gallo deserves respect for his service. Yet, he has undercut this meritoriousness by threatening the 49th AD and engaging in a mudfest on Atlas.

Other than being a member of the establishment, we do not understand why Mr. Gallo feels so passionately opposed to the 49th AD leadership. After reviewing his comments, I cannot understand why he is so adamantly opposed to them. Granted, the 49th AD was the source of the challenge against Chairman Eaton, but the election is over. The Duke ultimately won. Why is this still an issue?

This all seems very petty.

It seems that there is a deep and frankly disturbing psychology at play here in the Brooklyn GOP. There is a notion that any debate must be squashed and any moves for reform must be crushed.

This Stalinist posture has no place in our party. Authoritarianism never builds anything but inadimate objects and only ruins lives. Reformism and political ingenuity, on the other hand, change the way we live for the better. Atlas has and will continue to choose the latter of the two.

Republican politics is fragile enough in New York. Such hostile tactics from anyone cannot be ignored and cannot be respected.

We hope that Mr. Gallo understands that and recognizes his mistakes. We also wish Mr. Capano well in his debate tonight. While supporting fellow Republicans is important, but reforming our party must be our top priority.

  1. Sahel Kazemi permalink
    October 27, 2009 6:50 pm


    Mr. Eaton, Mr. Gallo, and company will seek vengeance. Figuratively speaking, these guys will be looking for blood.

  2. a Brooklyn Young Republican permalink
    October 27, 2009 7:23 pm

    And remember, the R in Republican stands for Reform!

    • Young GOP Kid permalink
      October 30, 2009 1:10 am

      Be a part of the movement for a better Brooklyn and beyond.

      • Young GOP Kid permalink
        October 30, 2009 1:12 am


        The TRUE leaders of the PARTY, not these THUGS Eaton and O’Brien that Atlas has reported to you all! lol

  3. Italian Republican permalink
    October 27, 2009 7:36 pm

    With all these threats, “R” stands for Run from the Republican Party.
    What was Bob thinking by letting Gallow run his campaign?
    Bob could have picked someone much better and more organized.
    All Gallow seems to do is make enemies. He is too far gone to make ammends and recognize his mistakes.
    Gallow has gone “postal”!

  4. Atlas Shrugger permalink
    October 27, 2009 8:32 pm

    Thanks for taking my suggestion, Francisco. As usual, on the ball.

  5. Cassius permalink
    October 27, 2009 8:41 pm

  6. Queens GOPer permalink
    October 27, 2009 10:06 pm

    I am convinced there are serious problems in the Brooklyn GOP.

  7. GOP Lady GaGa permalink
    October 29, 2009 1:16 am

    Russell’s “caught in a bad romance”–with the party establishment, that is lol

  8. Russell Gallo permalink
    October 30, 2009 11:30 am

    On behalf of the Reublican candidates running this year throughout the city I want to thank all of you for your support! You guys are the best!

    • Lisa permalink
      October 30, 2009 11:44 pm

      See a thug, hear a thug, everywhere a thug, thug! lol

  9. I Heart Capano permalink
    October 30, 2009 9:58 pm

    Bob Capano is a nice chump. Russell Gallow makes being a chump look like being a war hero, he so vile. He’s insulting his fellow veterans–making them look bad–by running around making threats against fellow Republicans and insulting women like a chauvinist.

    Forget the GOP. Learn some manners.

  10. I Hate GOP Thugs permalink
    October 30, 2009 11:14 pm

    Hey Hey! Ho Ho! Party Thugs Have Got To Go!

  11. Sexy Republicana permalink
    October 31, 2009 1:14 am

    With a name like “Sexy Republicana,” these guys would probably throw a punch at me for being a Republican WOMAN before asking me out for a drink.

    But I don’t go out with brutes anyway lol.

  12. Craig Beaten permalink
    October 31, 2009 12:29 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–


    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.


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


  13. All Brooklyn's Reformist-Action Republicans to back "Regime Change" in the 47th AD permalink
    November 7, 2010 2:38 pm

    To paraphrase Russell G., “[We] couldn’t wait for the 2010 election[s]
    to be over so [we could] concentrate on regime change in the [47th AD].”

    It’s long past time for Republican voters in the 47th AD to dump Russell Gallo from his position as Male Member of The Republican State Committee.

    To use a term, that Gallo and his boss Craig Eaton seem so fond of, The Brooklyn Republican Independence Committee and Brooklyn Reformist-Action Cadre (Bric-a-brac) will engage in a program of “Regime Change” in the 47th AD principally aimed at the second most devisive person active in the Brooklyn Republican Party.

    This is the first announced “Bric-a-brac Regime Change Campaign”. The 47th AD is the keystone of an overall “Bric-a-brac Regime Change Campaign” in the Republican Party’s 2011 organizational year. There are several other districts in which reformist “Regime Change” campaigns will be conducted (only one or two, such as the 47th AD, will have members of the Brooklyn Reformist-Action Cadre active with “feet on the ground inside the district”).

    Wait until Russell “Swallow” gets his bell rung by a few Bric-a-brac brickbats, he’ll be packing off to Capistrano by this time next year.

    • It will take more than cut-and-paste to defend the record of the 47th AD leaders permalink
      November 7, 2010 8:17 pm

      It looks like the ole Un-American SB leader of the 47th AD wants to “bring it on” next summer. Wake up and smell the coffee “Sergeant Swallow”; the first gifts will be coming your way before Christmas 2010.

      Since your posting shows that you’re reading this stuff, can you do anything except return our disdain and insults with the compliment of mimicry?


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