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The New Brooklyn GOP: The Party Lives On in Each and Every One of Us

November 11, 2009

I have taken note of the comments that a few of you have made, and I would like to talk about something every GOP reformer in Brooklyn is thinking about: the future.

What things will come? Can the party be saved? Is this the end of the Brooklyn GOP?

Some of you think that the Republican Party is over in Kings County.

That is not so.

The fact is the Brooklyn GOP can be saved and resurrected. It will not be an easy process, but no great task ever is. Let us begin discussing how this must be done.

We here at Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn have spent the past few months taking an imperfect but unprecedented look within the structure of our party. We have examined why we are where we are and the mistakes that have been made (from the 13th Congressional district debacle to the grant of a Wilson Pakula to Mayor Bloomberg). We’ve discussed the inability of the party to effectively communicate (think of the Brooklyn GOP website) its message to its constituents and how the establishment’s vainglory and patronage have detracted from our standing. Atlas has reported the abuses of power, conflicts of interest, the evidence of mismanagement, and the allegations of wrongdoing on the part of political consultants.

These are all things that needed to be addressed and called out, and I’m proud that I was a part of bringing it to you all as a member of Atlas.

The tragedy is that Atlas issued letters and put up posts not merely to call out the party leadership (which needed to be done) but to cue them to make the changes the party so desperately needed. Yet, with hubris only Homer could properly describe, they continued to do nothing—in fact, took pleasure, I’m sure, in doing so.

This lack of logic on their part is indescribable…

Now, they say the first step to recovery is acceptance. And yet, as demonstrated by many of the comments by establishment figures of the party (including Chairman Craig “The Duke” Eaton himself), it does not appear that everyone—in fact, a majority, at first—accepted that the situation in the Brooklyn GOP was as dire as it truly is. Many blinded themselves to the reality around them either because it was convenient to do so or because they themselves benefited from such obfuscation.

But now we have arrived at the truth. After last Tuesday, I believe the fact that the Brooklyn GOP is broken is now well beyond a shadow of a doubt.

With that failure comes two feelings. First, the understanding that the party was just as unstable and mismanaged as we had all at least somewhat suspected and of which most of us were sure. Second, the sense of loss and sadness that comes with the knowledge that the party has hit rock bottom. It’s moments like these that make us all re-question why we became Republicans to begin with.

In religious communities, they refer to it as a “crisis of faith.”

But, as with any issue of one’s beliefs, we all must start by looking back and examining our roots. What was it that made us want to be Republicans in the first place?

Was it Republican heroes like Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and what they represented as Americans? Was it the ingenuity and strength of a local GOP icon like Fiorello LaGuardia? Or perhaps it was those bedrock principles that we all admired as the root to our ideal society: free market principles, charity, faith, safety, fiscal responsibility, and government accountability.

Whether you fall on the social conservative side, are a moderate or a libertarian—no matter your particular worldview—you know you can think back to the day you decided you were registering as a Republican.

You can remember your first election.

You can remember the issues that first moved you to join our party.

And with those memories comes your understanding of what it means to be a Republican. Those feelings are strong and powerful, and they have motivated you for your entire life. While some things have changed, you yourself have merely grown and come to invest more in some areas and less in others.

But the party is with each and every one of us.

Now, we all own a little part of the Republican Party. It isn’t even that we are in the party but rather that the party is in each and every one of us. We are its contours. We give it its definition. We come to shape it and give it strength.

And so, while so many (including myself) may seem to vilify the party leaders that are destroying the party, the fact is they can never take the Republican values we’ve fostered away from us. Their inability to lead cannot change who we are. We will always remain strong and committed to our ideals.

To all of you reading this, you are the party. You will be the new foundation of this party in Brooklyn. You who know what to do and what not to do and you who know what has worked and what has not: you will be the cornerstone of the New Brooklyn GOP.

The task is not simple. Much damage has already been done by the past administration of leadership. But look around you. The spirit is there and the season of reform is about to begin.

As the country moves away from the current leadership in Washington and as New Yorkers cringe from anything relating to Albany, we have a new opportunity to regroup and direct our message. We have a chance to use this new perspective and concentrate on issues that win elections and not political points with the establishment.

We understand that Brooklyn is a very diverse borough with numerous neighborhoods and different needs for each. But the momentum is moving back in our direction. We need to take the lessons we have learned from our own party’s dealings and use them to benefit us in paving a path to victory.

We must start with a platform for reform, and Atlas has already laid out some basic precepts for ourselves as a party:

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.

Think of what has not yet been done!

Think of what we can do with a 21st century party that embraces all fellow Republicans and not just petty factions.

Think of what we can accomplish together, without the help of the misguided establishment.

These dreams are our hope. These dreams are our future, my friends. And soon, these dreams will become our reality.

And it all starts from within.

***

An Additional Note: For those that expect Atlas to stop investigating the party’s actions now that the elections are over, I’m afraid you’re in for a rude awakening. The actions of numerous self-centered “big shots” in the party against their very own colleagues and fellow Republicans have created the need for sentinels. While Atlas will not be perfect at this task, no Republican in Brooklyn should fear any of his or her leaders or their reprisal for pursuing good-faith efforts to reform the party. So long as we’re here, Atlas promises to prevent that as best we can. If anything happens to you, let us know.

Feel free to express yourself and promote reform, because thuggery in the GOP is dead on arrival in any precinct of this borough!

Best wishes, fellow reformers!FD

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52 Comments
  1. Sexy Republicana permalink
    November 11, 2009 4:51 pm

    Your best post ever, Franky! Someone’s getting a raise 😉

  2. Young GOP Kid permalink
    November 11, 2009 4:56 pm

    This totally answers Atlas’ critics! So poignant and well put, Francisco. The party lives on in you, me, and all of us!

  3. Donna permalink
    November 11, 2009 5:17 pm

    Nice job! XOXO

  4. Gerry permalink
    November 11, 2009 6:15 pm

    Well said.

  5. Joe Topper permalink
    November 11, 2009 6:19 pm

    Pure Genius Francisco!!

  6. Sarah Sunshine permalink
    November 11, 2009 6:22 pm

    “It all starts from within,” just like Atlas! lol

  7. I Heart Capano permalink
    November 11, 2009 6:45 pm

    Congrats, Francisco. This was very good.

  8. SI GOPer permalink
    November 11, 2009 6:59 pm

    Wish we had some more people like you in SI, but Brooklyn needs the help more than we do lol

    Thanks for looking out for Alex, guys.

  9. Nico Toscani permalink
    November 11, 2009 7:17 pm

    Take that Daniel Peterson lol

    Such an ass on Urban Elephants, seriously.

  10. Wilhelmina permalink
    November 11, 2009 7:21 pm

    You’ve exposed the party leadership for the base fools that they are while maintaining the spirit of the party and imbuing the ashes of this organization with a new reformist sentiment. Spectacular.

  11. Fly on Park Slope's Wall permalink
    November 11, 2009 10:31 pm

    Nico, that was unnecessary. Francisco’s post was enough of a commentary concerning earlier comments. Francisco, I would suggest reposting on Urban Elephants in response to Daniel and the good Doctor. Can’t we remain ladies and gentlemen? I happen to know Daniel and believe his comments were well intentioned.

    • Nico Toscani permalink
      November 12, 2009 11:51 am

      Well, if they were “well intentioned,” he certainly didn’t give off that impression, either now or in the past. He said:

      “I think your best strategy right now would be to move out of Brooklyn, because your sour take on the Republican party is not constructive enough for rebuilding. I wish you luck.”

      His tone was unnecessary, and I don’t think he understands the gravity of just what has been going on in the Brooklyn GOP.

      He has been dismissive of Atlas in the past, which is a shame. In fact, I have seen his prior comments, and some of them are downright nasty.

      If he only knew how many people are distraught and entirely finished with the Brooklyn GOP. Someone so out of touch should not be commenting so blithely.In Daniel Peterson wants to repent, he should really start respecting the plight of the Brooklyn GOP’s members.

      I want to thank Atlas for standing above the rest and keeping it real.

  12. November 12, 2009 9:02 pm

    Nico, this is for you and I hope you all don’t have a problem with me entering the conversation. I posted the following on UE and would really like to follow through on this conversation…

    “We must start with a platform for reform, and Atlas has already laid out some basic precepts for ourselves as a party:”…

    Long piece to get to something this generic, Dagny.

    The broad “platform” you just wrote above has little meaning without detail.

    So you say…

    “Respect for all Republicans regardless of personal ideological differences.”

    …what does that mean, specifically. Are you saying that Republicans should accept big spending social liberals as “Republicans” just because they are officially registered as Republicans?

    Yet you go on to say…

    “But, as with any issue of one’s beliefs, we all must start by looking back and examining our roots. What was it that made us want to be Republicans in the first place?”

    …which is quite contraditory to your “big tent” views when you follow up with…

    “Was it Republican heroes like Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and what they represented as Americans? Was it the ingenuity and strength of a local GOP icon like Fiorello LaGuardia? Or perhaps it was those bedrock principles that we all admired as the root to our ideal society: free market principles, charity, faith, safety, fiscal responsibility, and government accountability.”

    …and then again say…

    “You can remember the issues that first moved you to join our party.”

    …which again contradicts you INITIAL platform item.

    This discussion would be more enlightening if we knew where you function in Brooklyn. Clearly if you have the strong views you express here, you must be out in the real world getting the job done that you feel Chairman Eaton isn’t getting done, right?

    Where do you lead Republicans these days, Dagny?

    • Abraham from Park Slope permalink
      November 13, 2009 1:51 am

      Mr. Golub, since you’re a guest on this blog, I will be polite, even though I disagree with you profoundly.

      Firstly, I don’t quite understand your criticisms. They have been stated a bit haphazardly, and you should take some time to state them clearer.

      Secondly, from what I could glean from your comments, you seem to have taken this piece the wrong way (not to mention you say “Dagny” is the writer, but I see Francisco’s name at the top of this post). I took this piece to be inspirational and a reminder to all of us that we all became Republicans for a reason. Most of us became Republicans for the same reasons, but some of us were drawn to particular figures or ideological viewpoints that led us here.

      It seems you say “big tent” as though its a dirty word, but I’m glad to see we have a diversity of views coming to the Republican Party! This party is very challenged, and we need all the help we can get! We live in New York (wake up!)–we can’t afford to turn people away, even if they don’t agree with EVERY single view one particular. So long as they agree with some of our most basic, fundamental principles. You’d cut away fiscal conservatives because they’re pro-life or vice versa? Come on.

      “Free market principles, charity, faith, safety, fiscal responsibility, and government accountability.” These are excellent principles man of hold as Republicans.

      As for the generality of the platform, I think these starting points are very good.
      These are all things the party has failed to deliver. Let’s be honest, Mr. Golub: these things are a scarcity in the Brooklyn –

      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.

      This is a very balanced set of precepts, without which this party in Brooklyn has and will continue to languish. I think you are quite negative, Mr. Golub. You should be more a little bit more positive about these very necessary goals.

      • Nico Toscani permalink
        November 13, 2009 2:32 am

        I agree with you, Abraham. Go Atlas! Go Reform!

        Atlas Shrugs for a Reason! You, party leaders, have driven the BEST away from the party. You have shunned your own GOP blood for ego and hubris. Establishment figures: get a clue!

        And Jay, I didn’t know why you commented before until I saw that Daniel Peterson works with you on Urban Elephants. Sorry if I insulted him or you by calling him an ass, but his comments (and occasionally your comments) are SOMETIMES so negative toward the only people in this party that see through the fog of corruption and failure that is the Brooklyn GOP establishment. I don’t know what you expect from Atlas Shrugs.

        It’s like you’re being cross with Atlas either because you like the leadership of the Brooklyn GOP and you are just being careful in HOW you criticize Atlas, or you’re mad with Atlas because you think they’re hiding the GOP Ten Commandments from us all and not delivering a thesis on how to fix the party. Lay off, seriously. It’s not Atlas’ job or stated goal to single-handedly in one day produce a point by point platform…that’s the PARTY’S JOB. LOL

        Atlas has very appropriately (and yes, I admit from my various readings of the blog, with hyperbole –which makes it fun lol) addressed issues that NO ONE is talking about in the GOP here. They have reported things that make me both proud and sickened to be in the party in Brooklyn.

        We keep losing more people, Jay. There’s something wrong with that. You cannot say that the party leadership does not deserve that blame. You cannot say that the way Eaton has been running the show is not a critical reason for that and all of the other problems this party has had. You cannot say that running a Bay Ridge GOP instead of a Brooklyn GOP is fine.

        See the light, Urban Elephants!

        Who can say in all honesty that what has been going on in Brooklyn is OK and we all should live with it or move to another borough a la Peterson’s suggestion?

        The fact is you can’t, and I’m not leaving this party to fail because some self-centered maniacs want to turn it into a “Bay Ridge GOP.”

        Ed Cox, please look into this serious crisis of management in Brooklyn!

  13. Young GOP Kid permalink
    November 13, 2009 2:02 am

    I really don’t know what Jay Golub is talking about.

    Francisco, this was a very well written piece and exceedingly clear.

    Again, well done.

  14. Brooklyn YR permalink
    November 13, 2009 2:12 am

    I was at the Brooklyn Young Republican Club’s post-election meeting.

    It was very interesting and very informative. I enjoyed it a great deal. In case you guys at Atlas didn’t hear about it, check out the Twitter footprint from tonight’s meeting here:

    http://twitter.com/brooklynyr/

    • Harry O'Brien permalink
      November 13, 2009 1:00 pm

      Times must be tough at Eaton’s firm LOL

      Well, I guess it can’t be any worse than the Bay Ridge GOP!

  15. November 13, 2009 1:47 pm

    “Firstly, I don’t quite understand your criticisms. They have been stated a bit haphazardly, and you should take some time to state them clearer.”

    They seem that way because they came from UE, as I stated, Abe. I’ve continued to push these Atlas posts to our front-page in the hopes of stimulating conversation on UE about the Brooklyn GOP, but it seems that no one wants to engage. That’s why I cross-posted them here.

    “…we can’t afford to turn people away, even if they don’t agree with EVERY single view one particular. So long as they agree with some of our most basic, fundamental principles.”

    Again, Abe, it seems from the broad platform outlined above that almost anyone could fit into these “basic” principles. The “big tent” can’t be so big as to make us exactly the same as the Democratic Party. I would argue that the GOP can NEVER have a “big tent” structure, like the Democrats do. This is what we’ve been trying here in NY and NYC for a few decades and it has led to liberal leadership at all levels of government. Liberal Republicans and liberal Democrats are no different when it comes to government spending – Bloomberg is a perfect example of this. Pataki, Bruno, etc….have done the same thing in Albany.

    The fundamental principle that should bind Republicans are the anti-federalist mentalities expressed throughout American history. This is why a “big tent” will not work for the GOP, as most you think we should include are people on that side of the philosophical divide.

    “Sorry if I insulted him or you by calling him an ass, but his comments (and occasionally your comments) are SOMETIMES so negative toward the only people in this party that see through the fog of corruption and failure that is the Brooklyn GOP establishment.”

    That’s no problem, nico. Danny is an ass sometimes…LOL.

    “It’s like you’re being cross with Atlas either because you like the leadership of the Brooklyn GOP…”

    You must be joking, Nico. Chairman Eaton has personally undressed me for calling him “Judas” (http://www.urbanelephants.com/index.php/component/content/article/64/606-craig-eaton-gop-judas.html) when he endorsed Bloomberg while those of us in Queens were vehemently fighting against that liberal getting the Republican line.

    My personal and UE’s independence is unmatched in GOP political commentary in this city and I use my real name – all day, everyday – so that people can take what I say in a more serious manner than most blogs.

    “It’s not Atlas’ job or stated goal to single-handedly in one day produce a point by point platform…that’s the PARTY’S JOB. LOL…”

    And this is one of my main points to you – that statement is not true. If you are a leader in the GOP at the local level, you should be working to make things better, not just waiting around for someone else to do it and then criticizing those who do not do it from the sidelines.

    I’ve been in the political world for more than a decade and, until very recently, was NEVER accepted by the Party. Yet, I continued to organize, run candidates, create organizations and publish a blog about the issues affecting Republicans and NYC. My advice to Atlas readers at large is to stop complaining and start ACTING.

    “You cannot say that the party leadership does not deserve that blame.”

    I agree that “leadership” is to blame and you should hold Eaton’s and the Brooklyn GOP’s leadership accountable for a number of failures. But I also think that making unfounded false claims of corruption on a daily basis weakens your arguments, such as saying that the Brooklyn GOP’s minimal financial support to Sen. Golden – their only elected official – is wrong. Don’t you think that many would be critical of Eaton if he DIDN’T support Mr. Golden? I would.

    “Who can say in all honesty that what has been going on in Brooklyn is OK and we all should live with it or move to another borough a la Peterson’s suggestion?”

    These black-and-white points serve little purpose here. I think the entire NYC GOP needs to continue to reform itself, bring new people in and do so in a way that does not reward failure, but I think those who criticize the most should be out there trying to organize and grow the party WITHOUT the leadership of the GOP if they are unwilling to do what is necessary.

    Again, I ask of Atlas writers, readers, etc…where is your home base in Brooklyn and what did you do this cycle to help turn the party around? Therein lies your salvation. If the criticisms of the current leadership are accurate, you would be foolish to wait around for them to do what you say needs to be done. Besides, I will personally join with readers and writers on Atlas and call out Mr. Eaton if he refuses to engage people who are looking to constructively help rebuild the GOP like a number of you state you are.

    There are critical elections happening in less than one year and the GOP must be stronger and more effective as an organization if we are to be competitive in 2010…

    • Erin Lobo permalink
      November 13, 2009 2:31 pm

      Quite a book, Jay.

      Listen, how do you know the Atlas folks didn’t help out with campaigns in secret (i.e., they have pseudonyms on this blog)? I know I did. I donated AND handed out literature. From the people I’ve spoken to, many did help out candidates.

      MANY OF US HAVE BEEN “ACTING” FOR QUITE SOME TIME.

      As for respecting candidates, I believe Dagny said it best the day of the election that people should vote vote their conscience. She did not advocate against any particular candidate. She said:

      1. I will not vote for Brooklyn GOP establishment candidates.

      2. I will not vote for Mayor Bloomberg, who insulted our party in the past and has done nothing to grow it now. A man who has rocked the foundations of politics by throwing his money around. Bloomberg is a scary figure in politics. He must be taught that he does have to answer for his actions and for betraying the trust of voters.

      3. I will not vote for individuals who employ or take assistance from Democrats who have attacked our fellow GOP candidates…

      There were people that were deeply upset with the establishment, but that does not mean that they did not support a majority of the candidates in question.

      Jay, many of us have been working and continue to work behind the scenes. But there are serious problems with the party, and I’m glad you acknowledged them. I think that based on Francisco’s post, I see a very good tone coming from this blog in the aftermath of the elections.

      They have held the establishment accountable while respecting the Republican party and reminding us all why we love the GOP so much.

      WE ALL SHOULD DO THAT!

      That’s all I have to say. Best wishes to you and Urban Elephants.

  16. November 13, 2009 4:57 pm

    “MANY OF US HAVE BEEN “ACTING” FOR QUITE SOME TIME.”

    my assumption was that many of you were. What I was asking was where specifically and what I’d like to hear is what those experiences on the street are. Those are the discussions that can be of most value to “reforming” the party.

    “1. I will not vote for Brooklyn GOP establishment candidates.”

    I’m not sure how that point of Dagny’s will be helpful in growing the party. Do all of the Brooklyn candidates deserve to lose just because the people at Atlas don’t like Eaton or think he’s doing a good job? I don’t think so.

    For example, did any of the readers here help Mr. Capano? From what I know of some of the people who are unhappy with current leadership, a number of them come from the 49th AD – a central battle-zone in Capano’s council race. Did Dagny boycott Bob’s race? As Bob is a longtime friend of mine, I certainly hope not.

    “Jay, many of us have been working and continue to work behind the scenes.”

    Again, my assumption is that many Shruggers are working for the Republican cause, but I say get out from “behind the scenes.” Publicly offer your support to the GOP cause, call and email the county organization, and push the Party FROM OUTFRONT and INSIDE to achieve the goals you guys lay out so passionately here.

    That will lead to real “reform” and help the causes we all so strongly believe in – even if we all don’t agree from time to time on the specifics.

    Thanks for the good wishes for UE, Erin. We appreciate it and reciprocate those feelings here for Atlas. All are welcome to come on a challenge my writers the way I’m doing here. And for all of you who know me personally, you know I support your cause very, very much, but as most of you also know, I was forced to spend a better part of the last 5 months defending myself against people who offered nothing constructive to the GOP cause and, instead, stood on the sidelines, throwing tomatoes at those of us who were willing to fight on the front-line.

    It is my opinion that the energy seen here on Atlas could be squandered if not redirected towards more constructive ends.

    Best to all…

  17. John Stratum permalink
    November 13, 2009 5:00 pm

    Hey Jay How much is Eaton paying you?

    • November 13, 2009 7:56 pm

      lol

      Again, if you know anything about me and my history, “being bought” is not in the equation…

      • Sal permalink
        November 14, 2009 10:29 pm

        Jay, I noticed you’re giving a lot of play to Eaton on Urban Elephants (that “health care” rally). Then you come on Atlas and complain on the best post I’ve ever read on this blog…

        Can we really call you “objective” on this issue?

        Seems somewhat suspicious.

        http://urbanelephants.com/index.php/component/content/article/64/1839-brooklyn-gop-rally-against-socialized-medicine.html

      • November 24, 2009 3:59 pm

        and Sal, if you know my history and what I just went through here in Queens, I know the destructive force of attacking Republican leaders without cause. I’m sensitive to the issue.

        Funny, but most Shruggers have much in common with myself in regards to our general feelings about the GOP leadership and the party’s future. I just want to see you guys make a real difference rather than be outside rabble-rousers who do what was done to us in Queens.

        I’ll say it again and again – get out and make a difference with campaigns and political action. Calling people “dukes” and “earls” will not change the GOP and, even if by some miracle, Eaton resigned because of all your activities, because of how you guys gained power, you’d find a long list of rabble-rousers lined up to do the same thing to you.

        None of this behavior helps “reform” the GOP. Putting aside differences and finding common ground will or just working hard on your own without party assistance will get things going.

        So if you want an explanation as to why I chime in to play devil’s advocate to the views often expressed on this site, that is it…

  18. John Stratum permalink
    November 14, 2009 2:01 pm

    Your comments and your position speak for themselves.
    Obviously you are already “paid for”.

    • November 24, 2009 3:54 pm

      regarding the “paid for” angle, John, I guess with your crack financial investigation team here on Atlas, you’ll find that scandalous payment soon in their BOE filings….LOL…

  19. Spartacus permalink
    February 11, 2010 1:05 pm

    “At his campaign kickoff, Allegretti said, “We had Republicans from almost every Republican club in Staten Island and Brooklyn,” including the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Club, which has often been at loggerheads with the party leadership.”

    http://www.yournabe.com/articles/2010/02/09/brooklyn/courier-yn_brooklyn_front_page-13cdracehsk.txt

  20. MaryAnn McKenna permalink
    March 6, 2010 1:42 pm

    I read on this awesome, informative, interesting political blog that Brooklyn GOP Chairman Eaton is a multi millionaire. You’d think with that vast affluence he would go to a professional photographer and professional makeup cosmetologist for better photo portraits for the BrooklynGOP.com website. His current photo on that particular site looks like he needs some more fiber in his diet muy pronto! Aye caramba!

    Also, is there any validity to the rumor that one or more of the top KCRC owns common stock in Forrest City Ratner? Is this another “conflict of interest” that could skew decision that may affect Brooklynites?

    Forest City Enterprises (NYSE: FCEA, NYSE: FCEB) is a $9-billion diversified real estate management and development company based in Cleveland, Ohio. Its portfolio includes interests in retail centers, apartment communities, office buildings and mixed-use projects in the U.S.

    Projects developed or under development by Forest City include:

    Atlantic Yards, a controversial mixed-use development in Brooklyn, New York. This project includes Barclays Center, a new home for the New Jersey Nets, an NBA basketball team owned by the company.

    http://www.fcrc.com/

    • Mary Mckenna Jerk permalink
      March 6, 2010 6:35 pm

      Mary Ann Mckenna – what a waste of a blog poste – wonder what you look like. This Blog should be for constructive uses attacking the GOP actions, not petty personal attacks on a person’s appearance. Maybe if you had more fiber in your diet, you would post more intelligent posts.

      What a waste of life you must be. Pls post your picture so we can see what you look like.

      • Craig Must Go permalink
        March 6, 2010 9:02 pm

        Oh, Craig, so nasty wasty. Worried about the BLOGS?????

        He thinks no one should be able to criticize him. Well, buddy, you chose to be in the spotlight. You wanted to be Chairman. You wanted to run charities and the party out of your law office. You wanted to support a no-name candidate so that the DEMOCRATS can win.

        You asked to be criticized, and it’s our right to do so. You will be held to account for everything you say and do, Mister Chairman.

        Prepare.

  21. Maya Karpinski permalink
    March 7, 2010 3:42 am

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; it’s the only thing that ever has” – Margaret Mead

    They found Spitzer’s hooker money.

    We will find the truth about the mismanagment and other problems that have plagued the KCRC since 2007 to present. The information will be revealed.

    Postive change will come. Reform will happen. The Kings County Republican Party will be changed for the better! Better days are coming soon.

    • Kings County District Leader permalink
      March 7, 2010 3:16 pm

      Maya – you are wasting your time. You and others keep threatening to disclose conflicts, criminality, theft, mismanagement and other misdeeds by the Brooklyn GOP and its chairman – in fact you have been threatening now for 7 months, but interestingly enough, you cannot find or prove anything. In fact, the finances of the GOP are an open book and reports are be filed many times during the year. There is full transparency.

      When are you going to realize that you will not be able to find anything because no such problems exist?

      • Eaton "is a shifty-eyed goddamn liar" permalink
        March 7, 2010 4:40 pm

        This sounds more like Craig than a District Leader.

        Wasn’t it Eaton who told us he has nothing to hide? But then he pulls out his last bits of hair over the fact that his charities have been inspected and criticized.

        Eaton “is a shifty-eyed goddamn liar. He’s one of the few in the history of this country…talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and lying out of both sides.”

        http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Richard_Nixon

        http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/30/19/30_19craigeaton.html

  22. District Leader permalink
    March 7, 2010 6:24 pm

    Wrong again – it is not Craig – but you seem very upset. What is wrong? Have a bad day. You say he is a liar, but dont support the claim like all the other claims on this useless blog.

    Get real and make sure you take your medicine tonight.

    • Little Blue Pills permalink
      March 7, 2010 7:16 pm

      Yeah, and make sure Craig takes his little blue pills, DL.

  23. Gipper permalink
    March 7, 2010 6:57 pm

    Craig A. Eaton Esq. ought to do what disgraced Gov. David Paterson should do too, resign!

    “I can’t continue as governor (chairman) and must resign.”

    Those are the words we want Gov. Paterson and KCRC Chairman Craig A. Eaton to say and do.

    Eliot Spitzer said those words two years ago.

  24. Spartacus permalink
    March 7, 2010 7:38 pm

    The “cesspool” known as the Golden/Kassar/Eaton/G. O’Brien/Kraus KCRC incestuous fiasco.

    cess·pool:
    n.
    1. A covered hole or pit for receiving drainage or sewage, as from a house.
    2. A filthy, disgusting, or morally corrupt place.

    fiasco: a complete failure.

  25. District Leader permalink
    March 7, 2010 7:38 pm

    You all seem to have lost your way. You make personal attacks, claims of many conflict, illegality, corruption, etc, but cannot prove anything-and have not proven anything even though you have tried for over 7 months.

    Maybe you are upset that Judge will get thrown off the ballot tomorrow and then Lucretia, Arnaldo, Judge, McCall and the rest of the losers will have to hide their faces in the sand.

    Remember R is for Reform – I say R is for “Removed” or “Rejected” from Ballot…….

    Kiss Kiss

  26. Jessica permalink
    March 7, 2010 8:31 pm

    regarding the Applicability of the Hatch Act to Municipal Officers and Employees.

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/conflicts/downloads/pdf2/Applicability_of_Hatch_Act_(SKim).pdf

    According to NYC laws and regulations, a city agency municipal employee is not permitted to run for political, elected offfice at the same time he or she is on the job with the City of NY.
    Candidate Ken Rice may be in violation of NYC laws and conflict of interest rules because he is currently a agency employee of the NYPD, a city agency.

  27. Rice and Beans permalink
    March 7, 2010 8:49 pm

    It would be ironic, foolish and probably unlawful for Kenneth M. Rice, a lawyer and member of the NYS Bar, NY State attorney registration number 4645297, and an agency attorney employee of the NYC Police Department, currently employed by the City of NY, a law enforcement municipal police organization, to run as a candidate for political, elected office when the City’s rules and laws are clear. Who didn’t perform careful due diligence prior to? His ballot petitioning and candidacy are a big problem.

    Didn’t the KCRC diligently, thoughtfully, intelligently research this subject? No! Because the deceitful Eaton-Golden autocracy wants to sabotage and harm Jonathan Judge’s real, viable, credible and worthy chance to become the next elected council member, on the GOP line, for the 44th City Council District for Brooklyn.

    https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/attorney/AttorneyDetails?attorneyId=284534777

    The NYC Conflicts of Interest Board would be interested in knowing about this.

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/conflicts/html/home/home.shtml

    • Rice Crispy permalink
      March 7, 2010 11:16 pm

      Ken who? He’s a simple guy who got caught up in something he didn’t understand. Now, he’s going to have to learn a lesson…

  28. Fiona permalink
    March 7, 2010 10:57 pm

    “Just the facts Ma’am! ” I mean Chairman Craig and Marty Golden-turd.

  29. Rice-A-Roni permalink
    March 7, 2010 11:31 pm

    “When a municipal employee who is subject to the
    Hatch Act violates the Act by, for example, running for
    office in a partisan election, he or she could be subject
    to prosecution by the OSC.”

    “The Hatch Act prohibits those municipal
    officials subject to its provisions from, among other
    things: running as a candidate for public office in a
    partisan election, that is, in an election in which any
    candidate represents, for example, the Democratic or
    Republican party.”

  30. Rice Cake permalink
    March 7, 2010 11:35 pm

    That is an excellent point. Mr. Rice, you pleasantly ignorant young lad from Long Island: are you listening? Do you really want to put your career and your status in jeopardy at this young age? Even if you’ve stopped working and were working before when you announced your candidacy, the harm has been done. We know that you were working when you were first seeking the GOP’s endorsement. So, that in and of itself is a violation of law.

    I recommend you drop out immediately or else such issues will have to be brought up with the proper authorities. It could get ugly…

  31. Pocahontas permalink
    March 9, 2010 7:00 pm

    Question directed to candidate Ken Rice, a current, active employee of the NYPD.

    What if I want to run for elective office and keep my City job?
    Answer: The answer here can get a little complicated be-cause, in addition to the City’s conflicts of interest law, candidates for elective office may also be subject to Mayoral Directive 91-7 and the federal Hatch Act.

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/conflicts/downloads/pdf2/et2_2.pdf

  32. Along Came Polly permalink
    March 9, 2010 7:22 pm

    “Public servants have the same rights as other citizens,
    but they also have additional responsibilities to fulfill. One
    of these responsibilities is to help preserve public trust in
    government, which can be seriously undermined when public
    servants participate in political activities that conflict, or
    appear to conflict, with the proper discharge of their duties,
    or when they use City resources to further to further private political
    interests.”

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/conflicts/downloads/pdf2/et2_2.pdf

  33. Chiang Kai-shek permalink
    March 9, 2010 7:35 pm

    ‘”…….public servants may not hold the position of district leader, be a member of a national or state committee of a political party, serve on the executive board of a county committee, or have any position higher than these positions.”

    Sung Mo Kim is Deputy General Counsel at the
    New York City Conflicts of Interest Board.

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/conflicts/downloads/pdf2/ET_6_09.pdf

  34. Callipygian Domina permalink
    March 22, 2010 4:50 pm

    Great work and earnest efforts ASIB has produced!

    ASIB has been shining light and making accountability unavoidable issues (i.e.,” challenging the ‘powers that be!’ in Bay Ridge and at 1662 Sheepshead Bay Road in Sheepshead Bay)

    I would like to suggest that the team members of ASIB think about possibly starting a new political opinion blog with related news stories similar to Urban Elephants.

    Conceptually speaking, I like what Jay Golub, Daniel Peterson and Robert Hornak have been trying to do, but I dislike those individuals ( NOT PERSONALLY! as I don’t know them on a one on one level) but because online they come across as arrogant, pompous, snooty and condescending – and protective and shielding of “the City GOP Establishment.” Therefore, it is reasonable to say “those 3 Stooges” are part of the overall reactionary anti-reform autocracy.

    The City GOP Establishment, which includes but is not limited to such chaps as Craig Eaton, Jay Savino, and Phil Ragusa, are a huge part of the continuous problems Republicans have in New York City and the metropolitan tri-state NYC area.

  35. The Brooklyn GOP Revolution - Teaser 2 permalink
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  36. Just Who Is Each and Every One Of Us permalink
    April 30, 2010 6:29 pm

    What did Joseph Hayon do to the folks over at The Jig is Up Atlas to dump all of their chamberpots on him at once right before Shabbas?

    What did Peter Cipriano do to deserve the double-barreled bush-wacking from TJIUA and brooklynpolitico?

    Do I see Merlin’s hand?

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