Unlike Brooklyn GOP, Brooklyn Young Republicans Come Out Strong After the Election
You may recall I previously referred to the Brooklyn GOP website as “a disgrace.” If you log on to their site (Democrats would laugh, Republicans would cry–and then laugh), you’ll understand why. Still, two whole months after I wrote that post, the party has still done nothing to change the site or taken obvious, affirmative steps to do so. At this point, even if they do change it, it seems the damage has already been done.
But now, I can finally smile.
One Brooklyn GOP organization has at long last taken it upon themselves to restore the reputation of Brooklyn Republicans in the internet arena.
That organization is the Brooklyn Young Republican Club, and they have come out swinging against those who thought that reform was dead in Brooklyn. Whether they keep their promise is a separate question, but they have certainly sent a powerful message within just days of launching a new image and a new website.
The day after the elections. I love the symbolism–a kind of resurrection after the death of the Brooklyn GOP.
So why did they do that? Here’s what Club President Jonathan Judge said:
We did so the day after the elections to send a message that the Brooklyn YRs will be at the heart of the Republican reform movement in Brooklyn, and we are proud to promote our common cause to strengthen the principles of our party in Brooklyn and beyond.
Just what I’ve been looking for! The word “Reform”!
Francisco D’Anconia, eat your heart out! Pigs fly in Brooklyn!
So I log on to their website and am wowed by this beautiful Flash intro with a picture of old Brooklyn transforming into an image of the present day Downtown Brooklyn skyline (that’s not in Bay Ridge, if you were wondering).
The design of the site is very nice. Reminds me a little bit our our internet home here at Atlas. On their homepage, they have a scrolling ticker of stories and updates on their site. On the side, you can see some futuristic buttons–links to their Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube pages, all of which are updated and working!
On the sidebar, they have a video of the day, which really caught my attention. They call this one “About the Brooklyn Young Republican Club”:
Nice job. This work inspired me in the same way that led me to make the comments I made about former candidate for the Brooklyn GOP Chairmanship Arnaldo Ferraro’s website. These YouTube videos and ads the Brooklyn Young Republicans have look sharp and are a pleasure to watch. They are the kind of things that are seriously lacking in the Brooklyn GOP’s internet dust bowl.
I then clicked on the story about the new logo, which reads:
At the heart of our new website’s transformation is the new logo of the club.
Adorned with six stars, the logo pays tribute to the first six towns of Brooklyn: Flatbush, Flatlands, Gravesend, Brooklyn, Bushwick, and New Utrecht. Emulating the colors of our great city’s flag (blue, orange and white), the new logo symbolizes an invitation for all New Yorkers to come and listen to the club’s message of reform.
At the heart of the new emblem stands a roaring elephant, a sign of the resilience and dedication the Brooklyn Young Republicans will demonstrate in their borough and beyond.
Overall, our logo sends the message that the Brooklyn YRs will be at the center of the new GOP renaissance in our borough and beyond!
Also, of real help was their Twitter page, which included 13 tweets from their most recent meeting this past Thursday at the Montauk Club. From that page, I know that Arnaldo Ferraro was present at their meeting. Also in attendance was 49th Assembly District candidate and Eaton critic Lucretia Regina-Potter, who “[ushered] in the 2010 campaign season” at their meeting.
Based on their Twitter feed, it was an eventful meeting. Apparently, during the course of it, Mr. Judge gave “an amazing presentation on reforming the Republican Party in Brooklyn,” which prompted one Mr. Randy Haddock, their resident Twitterato, to opine: “Reform is in the air!”
Maybe it is!
I can’t say that for sure.
With a tiny dose of D’Anconian skepticism, I look at the Brooklyn Young Republicans and see a tremendous amount of potential. Not to mention that they have a new image, a new tech-savviness, and a new message, they have also done something no other Republican organization has done in the aftermath of these most recent elections.
After all that happened, it’s great to know someone is out there learning from the GOP’s mistakes and leading the way.
Hopefully, they will continue to do just that and help institute reform in this party.
And we will be watching! 😉