With an Eye to Rebuilding The Party, Recent Events Demonstrate Eaton is No Longer Relevant in GOP Politics
In our early months, Atlas was dedicated to reporting to you the problems with our party, how we got to where we are today, and suggestions on how to reform those problems. Then, our focus shifted as a sad state of political events and revelations unfolded during the course of the summer. It became clear that the leadership—failed Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig “The Duke” Eaton—was either ignoring serious problems in our party or was the source of them.
Next came the controversial reelection of Chairman Eaton, which seemingly divided the Brooklyn GOP. For a month, Eaton dedicated himself to Bay Ridge events and ignored the rest of our borough, in spite of having a slate of borough-wide and non-Bay Ridge candidates running.
Finally, came the horrible and tragic elections of this month, which all but shattered the Brooklyn GOP. No GOP backed candidate—not even the Mayor—won in this borough.
After these events, I believe that the following conclusion is clear: Chairman Craig ”The Duke” Eaton is no longer relevant in GOP politics.
Take some post-election examples of failure and irrelevancy that stand out in particular.
In the aftermath of the elections, the party released no press release or statement—let alone any sign—that it was still breathing. Instead, the sad, lowly minions of Eaton’s empty promise agenda skulked off into the night, as many of you predicted, I’m sure—not to be heard from again. Some were still clinging to the corpse that was the Brooklyn GOP establishment. A few did so for the sake of sorrow. Others out of disbelief. But reports coming to us make it clear that most of Eaton’s closest acolytes have distanced themselves from him and the party.
Then, take the most recent healthcare rally that Eaton organized in the shadow of the Verrazano Bridge, within walking distance of his home. With a sparse crowd of mostly party figures, the “rally” was a total disaster. And why? Because Eaton limited the invite to his mailing list and did nothing to raise the attention of those that could have made his event better. We know that he has cut people off mailing lists. We know he has turned to his small, inner circle to desperately gain media attention where such attention has only been harmful and not good. He has gained so very little from all of his scheming and conniving, and he has accomplished nothing beneficial for you or me.
Well, at least he’s learned to advertise on Urban Elephants. Oh wait, “The Editors” did that for him…
It is clear that Craig Eaton does not know a thing about running a party. We here at Atlas have attempted to educate him and bring light to the problems in the party (and I assure you that I had to do some convincing before it became clear even to my fellow Atlas colleagues that Eaton was political caveman). But unfortunately, The Duke’s actions in the past few months have demonstrated that such an education is seemingly impossible.
He has Bay Ridge-wide priorities.
We here at Atlas have borough-wide priorities.
He is still clinging to the same “with us or without us” mentality that only threatens and never grows a party.
We believe in growing and expanding the party in all parts of the borough.
He believes in holding party rallies in Bay Ridge.
We believe in holding open and public rallies on issues that matter to all Brooklynites.
You see, the Duke does not know how to run a kingdom. He can barely draw a crowd in his own realm. It’s pathetic, sad, and outrageous, all at the same time.
In light of this, I pledge to you that I will not persist in elevating Mr. Eaton any higher than he already is. By speaking of him after the elections, we make him relevant, and I will not play a part in making such a failed Chairman anymore noticeable than he already is. To belabor the point would be a waste of time. He does not want to listen. His arrogance is so great, listening is beneath him.
Now, unfortunately, our monitoring of party finances and our emailers might prompt us to some action on the part of Chairman Eaton that might deserve reporting from time to time. I have no doubt that this will happen in the near future, given what we’ve heard in recent months.
In spite of this, I continue to invite you to vote until the end of this week on whether Chairman Eaton should resign. Why? Because our leaders, as sad and pathetic as they may be, must be reminded always that they are accountable. They must know that their actions do not come without consequence. So many have expressed that Eaton should step down. His failed leadership will hurt the party in 2010 and could make it even less relevant than it already is.
Your task, as reformist Republicans, it to do everything to prevent that.
In the next few days, I will offer some suggestions on how to circumvent the party leadership if you want to help change our borough in the coming year. Some of it will be common sense, but, amigos, that is just what is lacking in our party.
But we can do it.
We can rebuild our party.
We can strengthen our party.
We can grow our party.
We can do it together, with or without the party leadership.
Let’s get to work.