LaGuardia Club Claims Own Holiday Party “A Huge Success”
If you haven’t read it, Dagny’s strongly worded post on the “Bay Ridge” GOP’s Holiday Party is a must read this week.
Given that, and in light of the recent puffery coming from various sources (on Urban Elephants and even the Brooklyn GOP’s website), I found the press release issued by the Fiorello LaGuardia Club to be a far more humble description of a successful holiday party that seemed to go under the radar.
(In the interest of full disclosure, I endorsed Ferraro over the current Chairman, __________ “The Duke” _________, because I could see the precipice off of which The Duke would take this party (and did) and wanted a change in leadership)
Here is the substance of their release:
The Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization of the 49th Assembly District, with headquarters at 8024 17th Avenue, recently held their annual Holiday Party at a local Italian restaurant. The event was a huge success, and was attended by a large number of members, friends and supporters. The food was delicious, and everyone had a great time, especially when the karaoke started. Many people participated in the joyous celebration of the season and the Toys-for-Tots drive produced a large number of toys for the less fortunate children in our area.
What! You mean…they performed charitable giving at their party?
They didn’t just feed their friends and feast and pat each other on the back?
I must say I’m glad at least one GOP organization in Brooklyn has its moral priorities in order during this season of giving.
Thank you to the LaGuardia Club for doing some real good this holiday season.
I hope the Brooklyn GOP leadership recognizes that the only way we can improve our borough is to perform such outreach and donate to charities (and not conflict of interest charities which raise the specter of impropriety).
All must and should do what we can during these tough times.
Now, I want to briefly address some of the comments (frankly, over the past two days, there have been too many comments to truly address them each individually) that I have seen regarding this blog, some of its commentators and the tone or direction of this blog.
First, I want GOP candidates to win, and I can speak for all of my colleagues in so saying. I can say we have all supported candidates in the past and will continue to do so. There are those who would cast the reformers in Brooklyn as unhappy or as being unsupportive of the GOP and its values. In fact, the opposite is true.
Second, the problem with the GOP in Brooklyn is often not the candidates themselves but in the leadership that christens them. Everyone rushes to the GOP leadership hoping that they’ll do miracles for them. They do not and will not do so. Looking at how little money the party dedicated to its own candidates and then knowing the thousands and thousands of dollars they were willing to dedicate to a free party after the most catastrophic election in our history is enough evidence that the Brooklyn GOP puts no premium on success.
So, when the Republicans seeking reform beg for change and for strong candidates, The Duke’s response is “let them eat cake”!
Finally, now that it is clear that Chairman _________ will not be stepping down, the question for me and for hundreds of GOPers in Brooklyn is what is their plan for success? What do they hope to achieve with empty bank accounts? What do they hope to achieve when they fail to adequately respond to the criticisms they have received? What do they hope to achieve when they have offended so many?
We received an email from a reader saying: “how is it that they expect us to just do what we’re told? The party is supposed to be a community, and they treat it as a private social club that you’re either in or out. Why would I do something for a party that behaves like the people you deal with in high school? They treat us like crap and then expect us to love them for it.”
These are the kinds of sentiments the Brooklyn GOP has inspired. They have hurt and divided this party, and they have spoiled their chances for victory of their own accord.
I believe we can work around the leadership to help good and worthy candidates get elected. But just look at what we’re dealing with? Republicans are disheartened by what they’re dealing with in Brooklyn, in spite of all the things to be positive about in the coming year. The Brooklyn GOP is responsible for that. Their failure to lead is what’s hurting this party. It has served as the prime mover for all of this unrest.
If they don’t plan on leaving, then the Brooklyn GOP leadership should look to the reality around them and realize that nothing is going to be done until they themselves change.
So far, they have not.