“Bay Ridge GOP” Used Stealth Tactics, Undermined Sunday Health Care Rally With First Hints of Retaliation
We have received numerous reports from individuals that are deeply disturbed they were not notified of the Brooklyn GOP’s “Rally Against Socialized Healthcare” planned for earlier today.
One fellow reformer said: “I didn’t hear about it until I saw it on Urban Elephants…and I’m on their [the party’s] mailing list–or at least I thought I was.”
Another person said, “He [Eaton] took me off the list. I haven’t received an email in months. I’ve been working with this party and have dedicated so much of my life to Brooklyn GOP politics. Eaton has been taking people out that don’t follow lockstep with him.”
All in all, the evidence is mounting that Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig “The Duke of Bay Ridge” Eaton has been cutting people off from receiving information about major party events.
These tactics are diminishing the possibility for healing and reforming the party in the aftermath of the most disastrous election the Brooklyn GOP has seen in decades.
One name noticably absent from the list of this event is the Brooklyn Young Republican Club, which has caught our attention in the aftermath of the election. This event is branded: “Join the Brooklyn Republican Party & High School Students from across the borough.” Yet, the Brooklyn Young Republicans are nowhere to be found on the flyer.
We speculate that the party is doing this to retailiate against the club’s president Jonathan Judge personally for his actions at the recent Brooklyn GOP County Committee Convention.
We already informed you that such retailiation against free-speaking individuals cannot be tolerated and will be called out.
This is even more disturbing given the fact that, according to our searches and inquiries, we can find no time when this club stood against the party on any issue. They seem support GOP candidates based on what we see on their website (with the exception of Mayor Bloomberg, whom we believe they opposed just before The Duke flip-flopped and endorsed granting him a Wilson Pakula).
But what happened to the “healing” and “unity” that were supposed to come from this convention? We had heard reports that State Senator Martin Golden (aka The Golden Prince) had called for unity and togetherness in the party. Yet, one Brooklyn Young Republican disclosed to Atlas in an email that the club was not invited.
This is pretty surprising given the need for growth in the party. Young people constitute a huge portion of Brooklyn GOPers. According to the Young Republican’s website:
“As of 2008, the Brooklyn Young Republican Club represents over 40,000 registered Republicans between the ages of 18 and 40 and other young Brooklynites who share our principles and our common cause for better government–everywhere.”
Is this the right group to be alienating? In fact, should the party be alienating anyone?
The answer is no.
These are desperate times, and the party continues to use tactics that have caused them to experience failure in this very same area.
You will recall during the summer that the party hosted a similar rally, about which my colleague John Galt reported. In his piece, “Healthcare Should Give GOP an Edge in Brooklyn—But Local Leadership is Lacking,” John wrote the following on the party’s stealthy and foolish tactics regarding the healthcare debate:
Instead of host a GOP town hall or an open forum on the issue, or even ask our local constituents what they think about the issue, we here at Atlas learned that some protest was convened just a few days ago… Apparently, a bunch of anti-McMahon protestors (and I use the word “bunch” with some skepticism) showed up in front of the Congressman’s Brooklyn HQ demanding a town hall.
After reading this story, a few questions arose about this “protest.”
First, who were the Republicans and the Conservatives that attended this “rally” (did you get the memo about any rally?)? I see Chairman Craig “The Duke of Bay Ridge” Eaton was in attendance. City Councilman candidate Bob Capano was present. Jerry Kassar—of the Conservative Party and a scion of “The Golden Prince” Marty Golden—was there. 46th A.D. District Leader Clorinda Annarummo was in the audience, never missing at an event in Mr. Eaton’s dukedom.
Anyone else get the memo? Any registered Republicans from the 13th CD get a card or an invite? Any notice on their website? I don’t think so…I asked Francisco about the article; he commented, “If there had been a lot of people, you would think they would say how many people showed up, or at least show us a picture!”
Maybe our “leaders” don’t understand this, but let us make it clear: if you’re going to do anything, let us know! Let your constituents know. Why are these things always a secret? Why has no one reached out to the average GOPer in Brooklyn to ask what they think or what they want? This is a grievous error.
This was posted over two months ago, and still, the party has not gotten the message. They have an excellent issue with which to convince voters to support the GOP candidate for the 13th Congressional District, whoever that turns out to be (and on how McMahon carries himself in the coming year).
Why must they continue to be so vitriolic and so stealthy?
Mr. Chairman, you refuse to resign. As such, own up to your position! Be a leader for all of the Brooklyn GOP and welcome back those that you swatted away in the run up to your reelection. If not, step down and move aside for new leadership to step in.
These tactics are merely dividing the party further.