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Unlike Brooklyn GOP, Brooklyn Young Republicans Come Out Strong After the Election

November 14, 2009

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.

I first learned of the Brooklyn Young Republicans’ new website and logo on Urban Elephants. When did they release these changes?

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.

Inspired us.

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! 😉

  1. Young GOP Kid permalink
    November 14, 2009 6:29 pm

    The Brooklyn YRs are great!

  2. Gerry permalink
    November 14, 2009 7:27 pm


    • Sarah Sunshine permalink
      November 14, 2009 7:33 pm

      Nice one, Gerry. Sounds just like…yourself. LOL

    • I Heart Capano permalink
      November 14, 2009 7:38 pm

      You know, Bob used to be president. It’s changed so much since then!

      The Montauk Club? A new website? Wow.

  3. Confused! permalink
    November 14, 2009 7:35 pm

    They use a YR Picture showing Bob Capano, yet the Brooklyn YRs did nothing – zilch – to even remotely support his candidacy, or for that matter any other GOP candidate. I challenge any Brooklyn Candidate to state here that the YR’s did anything to help them. But the use of Capanos photo is rather funny.

    Maybe if they spent one ounce of effort to assist his candidacy, instead of boycotting it like Ferrara, Potter, Judge and their pathetic crew, maybe he would have won – and maybe others would have won.

    If you say you want to be reformers, why didnt you help Capano? Then you could have shown that you really want to reform, work and make a difference. Like Golub keeps saying, show us what you have been doing – but I guess we really all know what you all have been doing. Nothing but being armchair warriors.

    What a waste of time.

    • Not Confused permalink
      November 14, 2009 7:46 pm

      LOL that’s so funny! You see, I’m a member of the BYR’s, and I WAS told about Bob’s Campaign. He did not reach out one bit to me in my community, and from what I hear, he distanced himself pretty far from the Brooklyn Young Republicans.

      You see, Eaton hates anyone more talented than he is, so the young people scare him lol

      If Eaton put the word out on the street for people to distance themselves from the BYR’s, then no wonder Bob didn’t involve himself with the club.

      You see, Confused! No need to be fazed! Just stop drinking the Duke’s Kool-Aid 😉

    • Armchair Warrior (AND DAMN PROUD) permalink
      November 14, 2009 7:52 pm

      Wow, these “armchair warriors” have been better at getting out their message than Eaton and his posse of thugs LOL

      I typed “craig eaton brooklyn” in Google, and look what I found:

      I typed “craig eaton brooklyn” in Yahoo, and look what I found:

      Not such a waste of time if you’re trying to take down a deranged and threatened Chairman.

    • Mike Semper Tyrannus permalink
      November 14, 2009 7:58 pm

      The way Capano bent over for Bloomberg and that Eaton sickened me. I hope he’s learned his lesson.

      Don’t forget, “Confused!,” that Bloomberg lost Brooklyn. Besides, I doubt anyone could have saved Capano from his 20% loss.

      Anyway, from what Ive read on Atlas, it seems like this is all Eaton’s fault for splitting the party the way he did.

    • Young Republican permalink
      November 15, 2009 7:12 pm

      Don’t be so confused. the YRs had a number of fundraisers for a number of candidates in the months precieding the election, as well, we had local candidates address our club.
      Among them: Alex Zablicki, Gene Berardelli, Joe Mendola, Marc D’Ottavio, Joe Nardiello, Robert Hunter, so do your homework before you talk.

      • Young Republican permalink
        November 15, 2009 7:13 pm

        That was to “Confused’s” comment

  4. Confused permalink
    November 14, 2009 9:08 pm

    What a waste of time this website is – all you are doing is talking to youselves – you do nothing, accomplish nothing, and jerk help no-one.

    If the BYR’s were so “powerful” why did only one of them show up at the political forum that Judge moderated at the Bay Ridge Comm Council and why do only 15 people show up at each of your meetings.

    It is truly a joke. And why do you all have the time to respond so quickly – because you dont have any lives. You are all wastes of time.

    Grow up.

    • Young GOP Kid permalink
      November 14, 2009 9:57 pm

      Actually, jerk-off, I respond from my phone when I get a Twitter alert. Ask your grandchildren about it.

      As for the Bay Ridge GOP leadership, that constitutes what? Craig Eaton, Marty Golden, Bob Capano, his campaign advisor, and Gerry O’Brien? Five people?

      That sounds about right LOL.


      Try delusional.

    • Tommy Nast permalink
      November 14, 2009 10:17 pm

      Confused: you point one finger but you got three pointing back at you. Tell us what you have done before you disparage the only other people clearly trying to build the party.

    • Young Republican permalink
      November 15, 2009 10:01 pm

      Confused, when was the last time you were at a meeting? At the last meeting we had on Thursday there were about 4 times the amount of people you say come these meetings. Just because you are not part of it doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.
      Why don’t you come next month and see for yourself?

  5. Young GOP Kid permalink
    November 14, 2009 10:58 pm

    Eaton should know that on Facebook, the Brooklyn YRs have nearly three times the number of followers as the Brooklyn GOP.


  6. Joe Topper permalink
    November 15, 2009 9:55 pm

    Sounds like Eaton is scared and nervous.
    He has been called out on his ineptitude and divisve tactics.
    When is Eaton and his Kabal from the Holy Land called Bay Ridge realize that they have failed miserably and are grasping at straws.
    Capano has only himself to blame for his loss because he towed the line and listened to these idiots.
    Stick a fork in the Brooklyn GOP-IT IS DONE!


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