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With No Action After Election Results, Brooklyn GOP Corp. Effectively Dissolved

November 9, 2009

If you’re in business, one of the first things you do after a bad day is try your best to make the most of what happened. Think about any corporation or company. When something devastating happens, the CEO is right out there, reassuring the consumers and the shareholders, managing the crisis and demonstrating leadership.

Yet, after last Tuesday’s election, one would think the party leadership of the Brooklyn GOP spontaneously died or something. Nothing public was announced. Nothing! No email or video statement on the part of…anyone. At least not one that can be easily located. Whether you go to the defunct Brooklyn GOP webpage or the website of Bay Ridge’s favorite son Bob Capano, it’s as though time stood still on Novemeber 2nd.

As a result, a vacuum has formed in the absence of any word from Brooklyn GOP Corp.’s failed CEO, Craig “The Duke of Bay Ridge” Eaton.

The response of the party in light of the disastrous results of the November elections (with the loss of Bloomberg and all other Brooklyn GOP candidates) was nonexistent Wednesday night. While Bob Capano’s campaign manager stopped by Atlas to take some shots at Atlas commentators, no other Brooklyn GOP acolytes or leaders made any statements.

This kind of cowardice is pathetic.

It’s like that scene in The Wizard of Oz when Toto pulls back the curtain next to the Wizard’s stage revealing a sobbing, failed Frank Morgan. The revelation to all GOPers after last Tuesday was that the façade put forth by the Bay Ridge CEO was entirely false.

Dorothy, eat your heart out.

Those that thought Mr. Eaton was “in control” of the company have now realized just how broken the Republican Party is in Brooklyn.

And why? The party had an opportunity to quell such notions.

But did the Brooklyn GOP do anything to demonstrate its existence?

No. No press release. No anything.

In fact, my colleague Dagny (Atlas’ resident website maven) noticed that the only word coming from Brooklyn after the election was from the intriguing Brooklyn Young Republican Organization, which took the failure of Tuesday’s elections as their cue to rebrand themselves. At least one Brooklyn Republican organization has realized what needs to be done in this party. Hopefully others will do the same.

Meanwhile, it seems no one else has released a statement or made any demonstration that Tuesday’s kick in the teeth was not a fatal blow to the party. Indeed, Mr. Capano’s race in Bay Ridge had been called the “last gasp of the Brooklyn GOP” in the papers. Maybe that characterization is true.

Let’s consider that.

Does the party have any plan for the next year?

None that we can locate.

Does the party even have candidates?

It does not seem so. Perhaps the party feels that its constituents are so used to the ritual unveiling of sacrificial lambs that it need not broadcast their intent to do so in light of this recent bruising beat down.

Does the party have anything to offer us? Anything?

I must sadly say no.

How pathetic.

So it appears, after last Tuesday, one can only assume that the Brooklyn GOP has been effectively dissolved. Not a great shock, I must say.

But what a sad notion that a party that once stood tall and strong years ago in this county has slowly but surely collapsed into itself.

I have only one thing to say: R.I.P. Brooklyn GOP.

  1. Marty from Bay Ridge permalink
    November 9, 2009 10:23 pm

    I’ve heard nothing!

  2. Joe Topper permalink
    November 9, 2009 10:31 pm

    The Brooklyn Republican Party has become a victim of its own device.
    Election 2009 was its final curtain.
    A sad,sorry state of affairs indeed….

  3. Fox Mulder permalink
    November 9, 2009 11:59 pm


    The Truth Is Out There.

    Eaton. Golden. Bloomberg.

    Follow the Money.

    The Truth Is Out There.


  4. Abraham from Park Slope permalink
    November 10, 2009 1:54 pm

    I noticed Jay Golub and Daniel Peterson commented on Hank’s piece on Urban Elephants thinking it was Dagny’s.

    It’s a shame that they don’t see the point of this article. They want you folks “to offer solutions and constructive ideas towards helping the GOP in Brooklyn be more successful.”

    You see, what I take from this site is that you guys have already tried that from within the party, and that many have done so before you. Not to mention, you have offered solutions and have, in your criticism, outlined the most grievous problems the party has. If they had responded to your posts sooner, perhaps this state of division in the party could have been averted.

    There are two closely intertwined problems with the Brooklyn GOP (Bay Ridge GOP actually): one, the leadership of the party–the establishment–is in control and ruining the foundations of the GOP, and two, any potential new leaders are being slapped down by the leadership.

    What people like Mr. Golub and Mr. Petersen fail to understand is that this article is proof on its face not only of the party’s state of limbo under its current leadership but Eaton’s inability to even manage a dire situation in the simplest of ways. They ignore the evidence of his failure to lead and move on to criticizing the blog. They are doing exactly what they are accusing Atlas of doing. Such self-righteousness! From what I’ve read, Eaton and his cronies seem to be the problem here. They have alienated everyone else, provided little or no support for their various candidates, and caused the party to shrink.

    Atlas shrugs for a reason, my friends. It seems liek Golub and Petersen would have us give what we hold to be precious to Eaton and his gang just to be unappreciated and have it stolen from us in the process. I don’t think so.

    I’m not devoting myself to a party that EXPECTS me to do things and never APPRECIATES my work. I’m not working for a party that is content to lose races and fall on its sword.

    NO MORE.

    We work AROUND the party, and soon enough, the current leadership will fall, and we take it back. Or someone should stage a takeover. Wake up people: unless Eaton is muzzled, the party is just a name and his law firm’s mailing address. We don’t need him.

    • Marty from Bay Ridge permalink
      November 10, 2009 2:08 pm

      I read their comments. They’re not from Brooklyn it seems. They should ask around.

    • Atlas Shrugger permalink
      November 10, 2009 2:13 pm

      So do Mr. Golub and Mr. Pedersen admit that the Brooklyn GOP is broken? Because I think once that hurdle is past, Atlas should start issuing more of its reform agenda (which I believe it has done already).

      Mr. Galt said:

      “We, fellow Republicans and reformists, deserve and demand those things fundamental to the future of our party. Here are our primary points:

      1. Respect for all Republicans regardless of personal ideological differences.
      2. Promoting new candidates and young Republican voices through word and deed.
      3. Accountability and openness from all of our party leaders.
      4. Inter-district support of all principled Republican candidates.
      5. An end to party in fighting and a move toward competitive, spirited primaries.
      6. Absolutely no unchecked and unaccountable political consultants.
      7. Diligent use of party funds to meet the ends of our just Republican goals.
      8. Less centralized power in the Party Chair and checks and balances on party leaders.
      9. Explicit and self-imposed conflict-of-interest rules on party leaders, political consultants, and candidates.
      10. Fostered inclusion of Republicans from all areas of Brooklyn and of all ethnic, religious, and other diverse backgrounds.

      The time has come to issue a formal call to arms for reform in Brooklyn. These ideas are just a beginning, but they are necessary.

      The same old same old is not good enough.

      The darkness of the present is not as strong as the daybreak we see in our party’s future….”

      I think that the point of this article was to demonstrate to the last holdouts that Mr. Eaton has simply failed as a matter of fact.

      I would like to invite them to comment on that fact. Do you gentlemen agree that that is the case?

  5. Young GOP Kid permalink
    November 10, 2009 6:06 pm

    It seems like Golub means well, but Atlas has provided its perspective and its beliefs as to what the goals of the party should be.

    Otherwise, you guys keep making me laugh! LOL

  6. Hustle Shallow permalink
    November 10, 2009 6:07 pm

    If Eaton is the CEO of the corporation, the Board of Directors should be fired for rehiring him. Whoever collected his proxies should be ashamed of themselves.

  7. Young Republican permalink
    November 10, 2009 7:02 pm

    I don’t think anyone doubts that the Brooklyn GOP is as dysfunctional as they come. The question is how does writing an article every week demanding Eaton’s resignation and bashing Sen. Golden help?
    We have to come up with a plan that can work, if we really want to change the Brooklyn GOP. As I see it, Jay and Daniel want to know what that plan is. I don’t think their comments should be totally disregarded.

    • Alexis permalink
      November 10, 2009 11:28 pm

      I agree we want to come up with a plan that works, but I don’t think you can remove Eaton from the equation entirely. The fact is that, while he might be a broken leader heading up a failed organization, he still unfortunately holds the name of the Kings County Republican Party in his grasp. The GOP will never full recover until that is no longer the case.

      Granted, reformers should do what they have sought to do all along without the party’s help: find candidates, work within the organizational make-up, etc.

  8. Ms. Lola Todd permalink
    November 12, 2009 7:36 pm

    Please join the Kings County (actually, Bay Ridge GOP) GOP Chairman Craig A. Eaton, Esq., State Senator Marty Golden and High School Students from around Brooklyn for:

    Healthcare Rally on Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 3:00pm

    Cannonball Park, 101 Street and 4th Avenue, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY 11209

    (Of course, in Bay Ridge, where else?)

    • Gerry permalink
      November 13, 2009 12:20 am

      You mean the Bay Ridge GOP? LOL

    • Alexis permalink
      November 13, 2009 2:08 am

      Why is it that the party sent out not one email or letter or put this up on their website?

      That says a lot. Why are they being so secretive.

      It’s like they want to lose.

      • Sound of Reason permalink
        November 13, 2009 10:51 am

        Alexis, I personally received an emailed version of this Flyer and so have many others that I know. I called the County and inquired and found out that in fact this Flyer was emailed to a database of over 20,000 emails addresses of Republicans in Brooklyn. If you are not getting these emails, instead of complaining, why not send your email address to the County and ask to be placed on their list so you can receive future emails.

      • Gerry permalink
        November 13, 2009 11:23 am

        Who writes on a blog and calls themselves “Sound of Reason”? LOL

        Stinks of the arrogance of “Chairman” Eaton (or should I say failed Brooklyn GOP Corp. CEO Eaton lol) or Party Warlock Gerry O’Brien.

        No WONDER you received the email. I bet you wrote it, fool.

    November 13, 2009 12:45 pm

    OOOH Gerry
    You rascal. VeryPowerful.
    You sniffed out some nasty little rodents.
    Time to plug in the Riddex.

    Are you single Gerry?
    A girl should know…..

  10. Totally Ignored Republican a.k.a. the Brooklyn Republican Everyman/woman/child permalink
    November 13, 2009 1:36 pm

    Send an email and ask for *permission* to be placed on a mailing list? What a crock of $%#@! I can go to any Democratic Party website and just sign up from the Internet, but then it looks like Brooklyn Republicans pride themselves on losing. Sound of Reason is obviously deaf to the cacophony of their own insane bull$%#@!


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