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“Bay Ridge GOP” Used Stealth Tactics, Undermined Sunday Health Care Rally With First Hints of Retaliation

November 15, 2009


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.

  1. Young Republican permalink
    November 15, 2009 6:56 pm

    I’m not sure what you guys are bitching about. I got an email on wednesday morning from facebook that I got an invite to this event. You can’t just expect someone to find you and tell you everything, especially in Brooklyn.

    How many of those who complain are members of the Brooklyn Republican Party’s facebook page? Why are there only 80 members? I know it hasn’t been updated in a while but you’ll still get invites to their events and stuff like that.

    People have to stop waiting for the establishment to find them, and start doing some looking around on their own.

    • Marty from Bay Ridge permalink
      November 15, 2009 8:57 pm

      I disagree with the “bitching” part. I just got a call from a friend who said no one was at this “rally.” It was a very thin crowd.

      Imagine what this could have been if people like me and if the people that weren’t invited had been made a part of it. I never heard about this, and I’m not on facebook. There isn’t even a link to the party’s facebook account on their webpage.

      It’s not my job to magically “know.” They have to advertise to their own constituents. By advertise, I mean put up SOMETHING! ANYTHING!

      It’s like they WANT to lose.

      This is truly shameful.

    • Gerry permalink
      November 15, 2009 9:08 pm

      Yeah Marty.

      It’s not a matter of “waiting for the establishment to find” us.

      It’s about hosting events with candidates as the Brooklyn GOP and not notifying your own base. Why would anyone go to an event they don’t know about? Forget being invited!

      Not everyone reads Urban Elephants, so how would anyone else know unless they were on facebook or knew a friend of a friend who was going.

      That’s how party’s DIE, my Young Republican friend.

      They don’t reach out. You don’t reach out, you DIE.

      This has nothing to do with “being invited.” It has everything to do with WHY THE PARTY FAILS.

      It couldn’t be clearer.

  2. Maya Krinksi permalink
    November 15, 2009 8:29 pm


    Attention: Republican Reformers of Brooklyn and those allies who empathize,

    Craig A. Eaton Esq. has no interest in uniting the Brooklyn GOP. He’s a divider, not a uniter.

    Craig is full of hate and venom.
    He is actually a saboteur, figuratively speaking. A GOP Fifth Columnist, indeed!

    Don’t trust him. Craig Eaton has no desire for “healing” and “unity” or “rebuilding the Kings County Republican Party.” It all has to do with self-interests and related lucrative business and property interests.

    One day Jay Golub and Daniel Peterson of UE will have the their metaphorical sight restored.

  3. Young Republican permalink
    November 15, 2009 10:05 pm

    Marty, check out this link
    on the bottem of the page is the link to their facebook page.
    I’m not saying their doing a good job. I’m saying that we know they are good for nothing. So why do we complain every time they do a bad job. We have to start doing things on our own and not wait for them.

    • Aaron permalink
      November 15, 2009 11:10 pm

      I don’t think it’s complaining as much as concern for the party and its ultimate direction.

      We do not run the party, and while these fools are in charge, the statewide and citywide GOP organization will look at Brooklyn as a nonentity. That’s bad if we ever want respect from the national GOP or if we want our candidates to get support from Albany.

      If it is clear to everyone that this party is in a bad place right now and that there are able beings out here in Brooklyn looking to reform the party, this borough won’t get dismissed.

      That’s the point of calling out the leadership and making it public, I believe. If not, it should be.

  4. BROOKLYN REFORMER permalink
    November 15, 2009 10:20 pm

    Thanks for the heads up Maya.
    Those that believe in Craig get betrayed by Craig.
    Craig has nothing to offer but false hope and fake promises.
    Craig cannot deliver because he has accomplished nothing tangible.
    Craig is a self-serving opportunist.
    Craig cannot be trusted.

    • Lara Antipova permalink
      November 16, 2009 11:15 am

      I believe the party has it’s documented location at the same place.

      Isn’t this a conflict of interest?

  5. Edward Greaney permalink
    November 16, 2009 1:08 pm

    yes, definitely a conflict of interest! Not kosher!

    • Gerry permalink
      November 16, 2009 1:39 pm

      I concur. It’s the typical, pathetic conflicts of interest that plague Eaton and the Brooklyn GOP leadership.

  6. Michael Collins permalink
    November 18, 2009 1:26 pm

    Bay Ridge GOPers rally against health care reform

    By Joe Maniscalco

    Bay Ridge Republicans fearing what they call “socialized health care” rallied at John Paul Jones Park this weekend.

    Read more:

    Writer/reporter Joe Maniscalco was right in specifying “Bay Ridge Republicans” as Chairman Eaton rarely includes other Brooklyn GOPers.

  7. Santino "Sonny" Corleone permalink
    November 18, 2009 1:31 pm

    Teen-Led GOP Rally Denounces `Socialized Healthcare’
    by Harold Egeln, Brooklyn Daily Eagle

    Bay Ridge – Led by a high-school student, the Brooklyn Republican Party and its leaders held a rally against the healthcare reform bill passed in the House, denouncing it as “socialism” and calling upon the Senate to pass a measure more akin to GOP liking.


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