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In Break With Bloomberg After Catastrophic Losses, Eaton Answers Atlas’ Call on Terror Trial Issue

December 6, 2009

Now, Atlas is 3 for oh.

First, they make a new website. Then, a charity is moved. This week, we’re impacting Brooklyn GOP policy it seems.

Over two weeks ago, my colleague Francisco D’Anconia called for the Brooklyn GOP establishment to address the issue of holding terror trials of the 9/11 co-conspirators in New York.

Come this past Friday, they finally did. (Thanks for the ole Sarah Palin wink!)

But the decision of Chairman Craig “The Duke” Eaton to oppose the terror trials highlights just how willing the party leadership is willing to be in public with Mayor Bloomberg in light of the devastating losses experienced by the party in last months elections in Brooklyn.

In a press release issued to…well, honestly, I can’t say I know really to whom the party issues these things. I saw this “release” on the Urban Elephants blog in a post entitled “Brooklyn GOP: Obama Wrong on Terror Trial Here.”

The substance of the release stated the following:

This Coalition was formed to fight the decision of President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to try the 9/11 co-conspirators in New York City’s federal court, effectively giving war criminals the same rights as American citizens while endangering the safety of all New Yorkers.

Brooklyn Republican Chairman Craig Eaton is calling the decision to try the 9/11 mastermind in New York Federal Court “a grave error that at best, forces victims and their families to relive the attacks, and at worst, puts our city in the crosshairs of terrorists once more.”…

Eaton, an attorney, said that Obama’s decision is insensitive and dangerous, adding “New York has twice been attacked by terrorists in recent years. This trial only encourages them to try again.”

Noting that the 9/11 attacks were an act of war, Eaton suggested that “a military tribunal is more appropriate for Khalid Sheik Mohammed,” and noting that a federal court trial would create havok with traffic, commerce and day-to-day life in New York City.

“New York City has already paid too steep a price in the war on terror, ” Eaton added, “the Obama Administration has made a huge mistake in allowing this trial to take place here.”

As Francisco said in his earlier piece, this decision would put the Brooklyn GOP directly at odds with the man they so ardently supported to give the Wilson Pakula for Mayor:

First, Eaton divides the party and fails to heal the wounds from his contentious re-election. Then, he sees the 2009 elections kick the life out of the Brooklyn GOP like never before, having failed to see even one GOP candidate win in Brooklyn.

Now, Eaton, Sen. Marty Golden, and the rest of the Brooklyn GOP “leadership” are caught the in the middle of what is becoming an extremely controversial and high profile debate about 9/11 and the legality of trying terrorists in American courts–more specifically in our home city of New York.

Two men that Eaton and the establishment have supported very openly and publicly–former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and current Mayor Michael Bloomberg–are at odds over what could be the issue of the coming year. But one question remains: what is the Brooklyn GOP’s stand on these trials?

The Brooklyn GOP posse has been silent about more than just recent party events.

We know Eaton, for example, has been openly rooting for Rudy Giuliani for Governor, and in fact unilaterally endorsed him for that post in his official position, without a vote of the party’s executive committee or even an official declaration of Giuliani’s intent to run (in fact, there are serious doubts that Giuliani will in fact run if Cuomo does).

Most recently, Eaton was one of the New York City GOP Chairmen who bent over backwards for Mayor Bloomberg in his campaign by granting him a Wilson Pakula, despite failing to help Bloomberg carry a borough that preferred Bill Thompson. He seemed to be everywhere with the Mayor: at fundraisers, parades–the works.

But now, the Brooklyn GOP might want to distance itself from Bloomberg. He has taken a very controversial position on the terror trials of alleged 9/11 terrorists here on American soil.

Good call, Francisco.

Now, we know The Duke has been harboring a Giuliani fetish for quite some time. As Francisco’s piece stated, Eaton unilaterally endorsed him for governor before any formal announcement was made by Giuliani regarding the decision to run for governor, even dedicating party funds to that endorsement. As many of you know, Giuliani is no longer seeking that position. That turned out to be another fruitless venture of The Duke’s.

In this circumstance, The Duke is showing just how quickly he’ll throw a man under the bus, even one whom he personally fought to see be the party’s choice. Where Giuliani, I believe, likely had the city’s best interests at heart, Eaton’s motives are not as clear. There was a large rally today in Manhattan that opposed the terror trials, and Eaton is likely trying to get attention for himself at the expense of the man who so narrowly won reelection that his political worth to Eaton might be next to nothing.

Throwing people under the bus…isn’t that what Obama was known for doing during the campaign?

Hmm… Well, Democrats act alike, I guess. Even the recently converted…

Anyway, the choices and reasons surrounding this decision make it very clear just how desperate the Brooklyn GOP is to drive attention away from its miserable failure last month. With the terror trial issue becoming a very popular cause among Republicans, it’s good that Mr. Eaton–an avid reader of Atlas, as you all know–decided to follow the suggestion of Francisco D’Anconia’s and, for once, take a stand on an issue!

Even if it might be for all the wrong reasons.

  1. Young Republican permalink
    December 6, 2009 4:52 am

    Really? Every time Eaton does something he is supposed to do, you’re gonna take the credit?
    Why don’t you call on Eaton to eat breakfast and when he does you can write a post how he does everything you say…

    • I Dreamed a Dream of Reform permalink
      December 6, 2009 12:39 pm

      Young Republican, Young Republican. I’m happier than ever!

      What this means is that a reform blog is currently having a greater effect on the Brooklyn GOP than anyone else has been able to have in the past. The attention that had been drawn to Eaton and his posse is apparently working. Rather than be critical, let’s be happy that an organization that isn’t giving donations to candidates is actually having an impact on the decision of the party leadership.

      It proves that reformers have and can continue to have an impact on the party.

      So, where you see ego, I see pride for an accomplishment than is worth reporting!

      There is a causal relationship between Atlas’ posts and the recent decisions to redo the website, to cure the conflict of interest with Eaton’s charity, and now to issue a statement on the terror trials. That much is certain.

      We can all agree that these actions were necessary (even if some are incomplete, like the website) and without doubt causally linked to Atlas. As such, I am very glad that Atlas has done what they’ve done.

      Good work, Atlas leaders!

    • Gerry permalink
      December 6, 2009 1:56 pm

      My God, if we could impact how The Duke eats, we’d be set! lol

    • Susana permalink
      December 6, 2009 7:44 pm

      “Atlas Recommends Eaton Eat Eggs With Steak to Match Stereotypical Image of Fat Republican.” LOL

  2. Tommy Nast permalink
    December 6, 2009 12:13 pm

    Young Republican, the problem is that he never does what he’s supposed to do, except when this blog takes interest, or so it seems. So the Chairman starts to do some real work, however halfhearted it may be, and the blog pats itself on the back, however shameless it may be. But it sounds like a win-win to me.

  3. Alexis permalink
    December 6, 2009 1:56 pm

    Such ego! I mean, everyone knows who these people are, right? I mean, it’s not like they don’t use their real names… It’s not like they don’t have something to gain personally from this website. (sarcasm)

    LOL please. This isn’t ego. This is admiration for something that works.

    The dream is alive. Great work, Atlas!

  4. Gallo's Games permalink
    December 6, 2009 3:13 pm

    Gallo’s games got Gallo in trouble. He admitted he liked Atlas. Eaton can’t be too happy with him for that…

  5. Sexy Republicana permalink
    December 6, 2009 3:28 pm

    3 for oh is being modest!

    You guys have had such an impact, I can’t even begin to tell you!

    Many blessings to you all, my Atlas doves! lol

  6. Eaton's Games permalink
    December 6, 2009 3:32 pm

    Chairman’s Corner:

    “So pound away at your keyboard — we welcome your insight and virtual involvment.

    “But join us in pounding pavement too. We need you.”

    You need help, alright. Mental help.

    You can’t spell “involvement” for one. You’re whining over a blog that has better insights than you have had. Ugh.

    Funny but sad at the same time.

  7. Young GOP Kid permalink
    December 6, 2009 6:11 pm

    This was a huge issue, and I’m glad you guys were able to get it on the radar screens of the clueless leadership weeks before they even considered it. Excellent, also, is your characterization of the Giuliani/Bloomberg clash. So true.

    Thanks, guys.

  8. Wag-the-Dog permalink
    December 6, 2009 10:23 pm

    ASIB shouldn’t pat itself on the back for anything that “The Duke”* does right. Even a stopped watch or clock gives the correct time twice a day, whether we notice it or not. [ASIB doesn’t want to seem like the rooster that takes credit for the sunrise, does it?]

    [*Note: Wags has done a little more research and it turns out that: Craig “The Duke” Eaton very well might have been once an NFL football, he was especially liked by punters and place kickers; it’s more likely, however, that he was a failed 1997 Democrat congressional aspirant for the Susan Molinari seat and who also backed another failed Democrat congressional aspirant, Dan Feldman, who was trying for another congressional seat the same year. So it seems that whether “The Duke” is/was a football, a Democrat candidate, a supporter of Democrat candidates or a Republican County leader— he’s really fun to kick around, usually by professional kickers, but often by plain ole folks.]

    • Lucius permalink
      December 6, 2009 11:15 pm

      I think you draw a false comparison with the rooster taking credit for the sunrise.

      Besides, the Brooklyn GOP has seen Alaskan darkness until this blog started raising awareness. It’s a powerful tool, and I will acknowledge it as such.

      Otherwise, the remainder of your comment is hilarious.

  9. Natasha Prasad permalink
    December 6, 2009 11:02 pm

    Craig Eaton has a long history of donating money to Republicans and Democrats going back to the mid 1990’s.

    “The internet is an amazing tool in politics.” – quoted by Craig Eaton on

  10. Mike Semper Tyrannus permalink
    December 7, 2009 8:45 pm

    You see. It wasn’t even worth it to support the fool! Bloomberg! Ugh.


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