Former Golden Aid Allegedly Impersonates Brooklyn Young Republican President on Atlas
Halloween might be long over, but a masquerade is going on here at Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn–and we’re not happy about it.
It appears Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn has identified its first ever online impersonator: allegedly Russell Gallo, former campaign manager for City Council candidate Bob Capano and aide to Sen. Marty Golden (aka The Golden Prince). The alleged target? Brooklyn Young Republican President Jonathan Judge.
You may recall Gallo previously echoed the threat of Chairman _______ “The Duke” _______ by calling for “regime change” in the 49th Assembly District. As you know, 49th AD powerhouse Arnaldo Ferraro attempted to unseat The Duke and received over one third of the vote within five days of announcing his candidacy.
This past weekend, we noticed a set of comments on our post on the Atlantic Yards court decision. These included familiar names, including Mr. Gallo’s and Mr. Judge’s (under the name “jon judge”). But then, the real Jonathan Judge wrote in reply to a supposed impersonator, exclaiming that the person calling himself “jon judge” was not the same person.
Upon seeing this, Atlas began an investigation of prior comments and discovered that both the “jon judge” comment and Mr. Gallo’s comment on the same page were made from the same computer.
We submitted the following email to Mr. Judge to ascertain his connection to comments on the blog bearing his name:
Dear Mr. Judge,
We here at Alas Shrugs in Brooklyn (atlasshrugsinbrooklyn.wordpress.com) were curious about a recent set of comments on our Atlantic Yards post. One, written by a “Jon Judge,” said: “go bob, i got ur back.” Oddly, after some careful research, we learned this comment was also written on the same computer as the person who wrote a comment as “Russell Gallo.”
We were drawn to this particular situation because we noticed a subsequent comment from a “Jonathan Judge,” who emphasized that “This is the real Jonathan Judge speaking.”
While we encourage people to comment freely (whether they use their real identity or not), Atlas does not tolerate identity theft or impersonation. As such, we are emailing you to ask you two simple questions, which we hope you will answer promptly.
First, did you write either comment written by ‘jon judge” or “Russell Gallo”?
Second, did you, in fact, comment as yourself as “Jonathan Judge” thereafter?
We appreciate your time in answering our email.
Mr. Judge replied:
Dear Mr. D’Anconia,
To answer your first question, I did not write either of those comments. To answer your second question, that’s why I did write the second comment that you are referring to in order to clarify the matter. Thank you for letting me know what you discovered.
A virtually identical email was sent to Mr. Gallo. Atlas has not yet obtained any comment from him.
As for what, if any, motive Mr. Gallo would have to commit such an act against Mr. Judge, we cannot say. We frankly know very little about Mr. Gallo, in spite of his frequent comments here on Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn.
This all reminds us of a similar Republican-on-Republican attack earlier this year when Democrat and Marty Golden’s political consultant Jeffrey Kraus made a nasty comment online about Alex Zablocki, former candidate for Public Advocate. If these allegations are true, however, they represent a serious blight for both the party leadership (of which Mr. Gallo is a member) and for Sen. Golden, who has experienced a backlash in light of his support of Chairman _______ _________.
Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn is the only fully open online forum for Republicans in Brooklyn. With such openness comes the potentiality for impersonators and political masquerading. We have noticed some exceptionally clever names (“Craig Beaten,” “Harry O’Brien,” and “Marty from Bay Ridge” come to mind) being used on Atlas, and many of these names are obvious parodies of real people. But a caricature and an impersonator are two entirely separate things.
We will not tolerate anyone impersonating anyone else on this blog. We monitor comments to prevent just that kind of activity. 99% of the time, no problems ever arise. Today, however, we take this action to make it clear to all of you friendly commentators that we will look out for you and protect your identity 24/7.
These tactics of impersonation are common among the desperate in politics. They have no place in the reformist arena. If your identity has been stolen or used against your wishes, please email us and we will investigate. The internet is an important tool in politics, but it can also be a weapon.
We would expect better from a district leader, but the party leadership has been known to do worse.
Mr. Gallo is welcome to email us or comment on this blog at his pleasure to respond. We will, of course, publish his response.
He sure has plenty of explaining to do.