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Former Golden Aid Allegedly Impersonates Brooklyn Young Republican President on Atlas

November 30, 2009

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 ( 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.


Jonathan Judge

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.

  1. AAA permalink
    November 30, 2009 5:09 pm

    Should we wonder if the YR leader is doing if not worse? Or his lack of silence in the race his former predecessor ran in?

  2. Young GOP Kid permalink
    November 30, 2009 5:44 pm

    Oh, AAA. What a tangled web you’ve woven for yourself… (I’m repeating my earlier comments on a separate post)

    You know nothing of the YRs. They’ve helped a number of candidates and have hosted a great many of them, including Joe Nardiello, Lucretia Regina-Potter, Alex Zablocki, and Gene B. (who sometimes appears on this blog), to name a few.

    Moreover, Mr. Capano, by my understanding, alienated HIMSELF from the YR’s, not the other way around. He did so because the Brooklyn GOP feels threatened by the higher class of GOPer that attends the meetings of the YRs.

    The carelessness with which you comment is blatant, and your bias is clear.

    People on Atlas aren’t the dim little minions you might be used to in the GOP establishment.

  3. Cicero permalink
    November 30, 2009 6:00 pm

    Russell Gallo may be the Frederico “Fredo” Corleone of the Craig A. Eaton Party.

    • SI GOPer permalink
      November 30, 2009 6:25 pm

      LMFAO ROTFL!!!

  4. AAA permalink
    November 30, 2009 6:57 pm

    I guess the question begs of a detente between the YR leader and the incumbent who ran against the YR leader’s predecessor regarding several comments the leader himself posted on various blogs.

    The truth is out there……

    • Gerry permalink
      November 30, 2009 7:05 pm

      Well, anyone can speak cryptically. It’s usually the mark of one who has nothing to say, much to imply, and no factual basis whatsoever.

      Speak clearly, provide evidence, and stop making spectral allegations.

      (Your fondness for triple-letter names is irritating btw lol)

  5. Cicero permalink
    November 30, 2009 8:08 pm

    Roll On The Floor Laughing = ROTFL

    Laughing my fucking ass off = LMFAO

  6. Sexier Republicana permalink
    November 30, 2009 8:27 pm

    Hi Cicero
    Nice post…you naughty boy!

  7. YR With A Spine permalink
    November 30, 2009 9:13 pm

    Ok, some people need to get their facts straight. I joined the Brooklyn YRs in 2008. I found out about Bob Capano because Johnathan Judge pushed people to help his state assembly campaign. From what I can tell, Bob was a do nothing YR President. No one knew who he was in the club. He never came to meetings. He was against every good and principled idea the club supported. He looked and acted like a spineless loser. He never had the guts to stand up to the dysfunction party leadership. Nobody wanted to help him, but John pushed us anyway because he was the former President. Then the bus thing happened. John killed himself to get YRs to help with a Brooklyn GOP campaign event in Bay Ridge for Bob. I came from the other end of Brooklyn that day just to help Bob out. So what happens? Bob put this horrible little woman Clarinda in charge who bitched at us all day like we were her slaves, refused to let us put up the YR McCain campaign banner on the bus, and then told us there were no seats for YRs on the bus. The bus was the only reason we came out to help Bob. When John and the other YRs asked Bob as the candidate to intercede, he did nothing. All these people came out to help him, and he did nothing. Bob pissed off all the YRs and whimpered out of the club in shame. John probably did try to get people to help his city council campaign, but no YR in their right mind would help that ungrateful has-been.

    • Young GOP Kid permalink
      December 1, 2009 12:59 am


  8. Leslie permalink
    November 30, 2009 11:41 pm

    Its good to see that someone has a spine. All Capano did was alienate himself from those that wanted to help him and would have done him some good. Bob got what he deserved which is nothing. That Clarinda woman is a real bitch and now I hear that she gets rewarded with patronage jobs because she is so nasty and always tries to screw people over. All good republicans need to come together to get rid of these festering diseased neophytes.

  9. X-Files permalink
    November 30, 2009 11:46 pm

    Or does it have to do with a certain leader’s positions on the Citizens Union, and the BRCC that maybe have something to do with a citizens union endorsement for the incumbent, or NO YR support this year for their predecessor. Someone afraid to upset the incumbent….

    Did that same spineless leader help the future President get an internship at the congressman’s office.

    The truth is out there….

    • Fox Mulder permalink
      December 1, 2009 2:03 am

      The Truth Is Out There.

      Are you saying Capano got Jonathan a job in Vito’s office? Wow, what a blessing! That must have gotten Judge that job as a grocer…oh wait, that’s Capano.

      The Truth Is Out There.

    • Dana Scully permalink
      December 1, 2009 8:47 am

      Citizens Union, BRCC, Congressional internship, YR leadership positions? I get it now. Judge is the only Republican going places. No wonder the foolish establishment resents him.

      • Jeremiah from Carroll Gardens permalink
        December 1, 2009 9:05 pm

        Hey, how do you know so much about Jonathan Judge anyway? You ever ask him whether all of these rumors are true? I doubt it.

  10. Bruno permalink
    December 1, 2009 12:44 am

    Just what are you trying to say Mr. X?

    • La Realidad Es Muy Triste permalink
      December 1, 2009 2:06 am

      He’s saying bulls— because he’s got nothing better to say. These people are without argument. It’s called “desperation.” It’s pathetic.

      Like watching a wounded and caged animal before the life leaves its eyes. Fear and powerlessness.

  11. AAA permalink
    December 1, 2009 9:54 am

    No it’s the people who are being frozen out of the party here, read between the lines, the leader stays mum on his predecessor, not even a single check or a timid endorsement. It’s the minions of the YR leader who are brainwashed to avoid the facts.

    The truth is out there….

  12. Staten Islander permalink
    December 1, 2009 1:41 pm

    You know, Jeff Kraus worked for Capano. He’s that DEMOCRAT who is in bed with Marty Golden. He also called Alex Zablocki names on YouTube.

    So you’ve got a loser Democratic hack, a loser campaign manager who threatens women and bitches online like a girl (pretends to be people he’s not)–why the hell would anyone support Capano knowing the company he keeps?

  13. December 1, 2009 3:26 pm

    As a Republican for now 30 years that was drawn to these web-pages for their potential from the Spring of 2009 — I should honestly relay that it NOW reads like a litany of postings on the former incarnation of Yahoo News (which spawned the usage of the word Yahoo Trolls and thus, simply Trolls — if you can recall the early/mid 2000’s). This venue should have, could have had more impact for restarting and reassuring our local GOP.

    Some of the commentary frankly, is embarrassing (even beyond off-putting). Because I’ve now met many of the names mentioned, some of this is even offensive — “horrible little woman Clarinda”? — come on, now. Whether or not we are born and raised in Brooklyn or New York at all.. it’s incredibly weak to call out specific people and name-call like this is a lunchroom in 2nd year of high school. Readership has to have been lost, due to this pervasive tone. Issues and facts and stances — that are individual, enlightening if not universal, and bring insight are one thing. Silly attacks just make a reader wince, and that tone may be started and supported by the editorial overtures (and undertones) of the website itself.

    Let’s please rethink what this website is about, for 2010.

    Seems the best that can (and maybe should) come from this… would be to not accept anonymity for postings. Find a way for truth, or to create ‘pages’ specific to a contributor like on Facebook, so you know who it is or more about them. Why have the gamesmanship of guessing who has written what, under what guises whether they’re named Gallo or Galt or GoFigure..?

    • Sally Sunshine permalink
      December 1, 2009 3:58 pm

      You really are an arrogant and occassionally inane man, Joe. I thought someone should tell you that.

      You drone on and on and love the sound of your own voice. You write and write but say nothing.

      You need to quit while you still have friends, because your condescending tone is apparent to everyone…and it irks people.

  14. Gerry permalink
    December 1, 2009 4:16 pm

    Joe, they are comments. People express themselves in the only ways they can. The commentary can take a positive and constructive tone, and occasionally a negative and, frankly, highly amusing tone.

    I’m sure lots of people read because this is the most fun Brooklyn Republicans have had reading a blog in a long time. The truth is coming out and people know just how bad things are.

    That’s the first step to getting real reform and change: dispelling with the myth that the party is perfect. Now that that’s clear, people have to start being held to account for their actions.

    The actual Atlas posts have been highly informative and have posed a number of very interesting questions and have brought my attention to numerous local issues. Plus, the blog forces us all to examine the results of our party’s actions (i.e., Bloomberg) and their effects.

    I think you need to relax and enjoy this blog for what it is.

    As for your comment on the names, I think you continue to misunderstand the purpose of this blog: the fact that the individuals making these allegations are not flesh and blood people but figures of a literary nature draws attention from the individual delivering the story and calls attention the the actual content of their posting.

    Again, chill out!

  15. Russell Gallo permalink
    December 1, 2009 4:45 pm

    Still waiting to see my email response posted. What is the delay?

    • John Galt permalink*
      December 1, 2009 4:51 pm

      Mr. Gallo, Francisco D’Anconia is preparing a post on the matter. It will be posted later tonight or tomorrow morning, and it will include your remarks.

  16. Miffed permalink
    December 1, 2009 5:01 pm

    Stop being so childish and impatient!

  17. Bruno permalink
    December 1, 2009 8:23 pm

    So AAA…Is it only ok for the Chairman and elected Republican officials to donate money to the Democrats? Even when there are Republicans running for the same office?
    You conveniently fail to mention certain Republicans that openly receive the WFP endorsement as well, and certain Democrats that ran with the Republican Wilson-Pakulas.
    You are a hypocrite and obviously are taking some sort of obscene pleasure in bashing one of the few true Republican reformers.
    Something is making you very nervous.
    The truth is out there and you are trying to cover it up with a red herring.
    No one is fooled by this propaganda!

  18. Eliza permalink
    December 1, 2009 9:00 pm

    The way things are, I’m gonna start donating to conservative Democrats. My money’s going national, not local, if anything. The local GOP keeps running weak candidates. What is a desperate Republican to do?

  19. AAA permalink
    December 1, 2009 9:11 pm

    We have seen what the leader will do, the question begs where was the leader at the recent Matt Smith memorial.

    The truth is out there…

    • Aaron permalink
      December 1, 2009 9:38 pm

      Who is “the leader”?

  20. Bruno permalink
    December 1, 2009 9:38 pm

    Is that the same memorial that was held six months after Matt Smith passed away? How disrepectful.
    Perhaps AAA fails to realize that this memorial was by invitation only to ceratin individuals.

    Not to change the subject but Marty Golden is not the only Republican elected official representing Brooklyn, much to the dismay and futile efforts of some certain individuals to try and keep it that way.
    Jimmy Oddo received the Working Family Party endorsement during his last campaign. The Brooklyn Chairman is very concerned and concentrating all his efforts on taking control of Staten Island seats, especially in the 13th CD and the 60th AD. He has forsaken Brooklyn. How disrespectful.
    The KCRP, since 2007, has not properly supported its own candidates.
    According to a post on this blog, the Chairman has treated the funds of the KCRP like his own personal piggy bank. He has donated to many institutions he is personally involved with. He has alienated certain religious groups while playing favorites with another. How disrepectful.
    Marty Golden has allowed this to happen and has openly condoned this abuse of power. The esteeemed Senator will take the WFP endorsement the next time it is offered to him. He did not need it before because he cut his deals and screwed his party over to work with the Democrats.
    Now that he is in the minority and the Democrats are looking at his seat with interest, he will take the offering as well as the strings attached to it. How disrespectful.

    The truth will be told…

  21. Young GOP Kid permalink
    December 1, 2009 10:59 pm

    Triple-Asshole, what do you think about Bob Capano working for that big time Democrat Brooklyn Borough President Marty M., eh?

    How about Marty Golden and his close associations with Democrats? I read he gave money to Pedro Espada. Wow!

    And you criticize anyone for working with politicians with a “D” next to their names? This is New York, buddy. If you don’t CONVINCE democrats to vote with you, you’re not winning anything.

    So, all in all, you make no sense. To quote your anti-reformist buddies, “get a life.” LOL

  22. AAA permalink
    December 1, 2009 11:38 pm

    The question begs what races do the YR’s think are winnable this year, what is their strategy to elect more Republicans in the coming future.

    The question begs do they plan to work with those who are in the trenches, as those who did this past election in trying to elect Capano over the incumbent who’s strange alliance with the YR leader which has been documented here.

    The truth is out there…..

    • Vito Mortadella permalink
      December 2, 2009 12:25 am

      Thank God SOMEONE has a working website!

      Good work, guys!

    • Muscle Bellow permalink
      December 2, 2009 1:01 am

      You know, I heard Gerry O’Brien was working for Capano. Why would Judge help someone giving that fat bastard who attacked him and stole from candidates earlier this year?

      If I were Judge, I’d go over there and punch that guy in the face.

      F&%# O’Brien and F&%# Capano.

      • Hustle Shallow permalink
        December 2, 2009 1:08 am

        LMFAO ROTFL!!!!!!!!!!


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