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Fiorello LaGuardia Club: “Bay Ridge GOP” Has Been “Demeaning” and “Detrimental”

November 20, 2009

The Fiorello LaGuardia Organization, based out of the 49th Assembly District, has issued a press release confirming the rumors swirling around the Brooklyn GOP (aka “Bay Ridge GOP”) and their stealth health care rally last Sunday.

The press release, issued by Dr. Arnaldo Ferraro–who unsuccessfully challenged Brooklyn GOP Chairman _______”The Duke” _______ last September–issued the following strongly worded statement:

To say that the Bay Ridge GOP Health Care Rally was uneventful and unsuccessful it is an understatement. The event held at John Paul Jones Park, a favorite and ubiquitous meeting location for the Bay Ridge GOP, also going under the guise of the Brooklyn Republican Party, was downright embarrassing, demeaning and even detrimental.

It is embarrassing because the speakers at the “Rally” did not convey any new reasons why people should reject the Obama Health Care Plan, demeaning because the organizers claimed to have emailed 20,000 notices and only about 40 people turned up at a rally that should have attracted hundreds, if not thousands of participants. The rally was also detrimental because not many people would be willing to associate themselves with a Party that does not even know how to organize a rally. I personally feel sorry for the High School student and Dr. Caruana who were used to create credibility for a D. O. A. event that changed and accomplished nothing other that adding insult to injury to our beloved Republican Party.

One question that comes to my mind is where were the 42 Republican District Leaders and the many appointed members of the “Executive Committee”, not to mention the thousands of members of the Brooklyn Republican County Committee?

Perhaps they knew enough to stay away…..

(In case you’re wondering why I have blanks, I vowed not to mention The Duke’s name, but sometimes events require I mention the Chairman)

  1. REFORMER permalink
    November 20, 2009 7:34 pm


  2. REFORMER permalink
    November 20, 2009 7:42 pm


    • Gerry permalink
      November 20, 2009 7:54 pm

      Oh, Craig. Get a life! You rant and rant, and everyone knows it’s you. Stop embarrassing yourself. You’re wild with anger because no one has any use for you. Lunatic.

  3. Brooklyn Reformer permalink
    November 20, 2009 8:03 pm

    It is obvious that the Fiorello LaGuardia Club has a very strong and powerful organizationa and is perceived as a threat to those that call themselves leaders. Perhaps the County should follow their lead and gain from their knowledge, experience and accomplishments.
    The Bay Ridge GOP is now completely “irrelevant”.

  4. Ramon Salazar permalink
    November 20, 2009 10:13 pm

    The 49th has a strong following. They can fill a room better than the Brooklyn GOP can scrap together a rally. The party should really rethink alienating them. Extend an olive branch. Make peace!

    If not, then whoever is unwilling to make peace needs to go. At present, I think that’s Craig Eaton. He’s done nothing but move the party further into Bay Ridge.

  5. Vicky Vale permalink
    November 20, 2009 10:19 pm

    Where is Marty Golden in all of this? Where is the true leader of Bay Ridge politics?

    When will he finally say enough is enough with Craig and say 2010 is worth more than Craig’s personal vendettas?

    I agree with the 49th AD’s Ferraro about the ineptitude and failure of the party. We have to work around these people if they aren’t going to save our GOP.

  6. JohnD permalink
    November 21, 2009 10:03 am

    Is there any way we can separate our party a little from the national one. Low taxes Im all for, but I think we’re feeling taint from the national party,IMO. My neighbor thinks I like sarah palin because I sometimes vote republican. I don’t enjoy being stuck in the same category as “the rogue one” but it’s not like the Bk Gop is offering a different narrative.

    • William Henry Seward permalink
      November 21, 2009 12:11 pm

      I agree that our priorities have to be first local.

      We have to do what’s best for Brooklyn, because it’s clear that Republicans in the Northeast of the country do not share a majority of the priorities of the South, Midwest or rural America. Nevertheless, we have to be clear that although we are part of the national party, we have our own identity and our own local goals.

      Nevertheless, we can avoid being disparaging of national Republicans who are being unfairly targeted by the media, like Sarah Palin. I might not agree with her entirely, but she seems to be a very nice person. She has a bright future ahead of her.

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