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