Final Results in Capano Race Are Fruits Borne From Alienating Tactics and Leadership Failures
Previously, Midas Mulligan landscaped the ruinous defeat of Bob Capano’s City Council race this past November. That included the controversial and thuggish individuals who worked for Capano and have plagued the Brooklyn GOP for some time, such as Merlin of Malice Gerry O’Brien.
Now, after looking through the numbers, I thought it was worth it to examine the extent to which he was defeated and just what factors played into his loss.
At the center of this loss is one person who continues to be a blight on the Brooklyn GOP and who was very involved in Capano’s campaign: District Leader and Capano Campaign Manager Russell Gallo.
First, I shall start with the most embarrassing loss for Mr. Capano: the 47th Assembly District.
This district is headed by District Leaders Phyllis Carbo and–you’ll never guess—Russell Gallo, Capano’s aforementioned campaign manager and self-professed Atlas reader.
Here are the results from this race:
VINCENT J GENTILE (DEMOCRATIC) 88
BOB CAPANO (REPUBLICAN) 75
BOB CAPANO (INDEPENDENCE) 13
BOB CAPANO (CONSERVATIVE) 8
VINCENT J GENTILE (WORKING FAMILIES) 11
TOTAL: GENTILE-99, CAPANO-96
That’s right, folks. In Mr. Gallo’s two election districts for his own candidate, he could not get the four votes necessary to push Capano over the top!
Maybe, if Mr. Gallo had been minding the campaign instead of blogging on Atlas, Mr. Capano would have convinced the four extra people he needed to win that AD.
Next, we look to the 46th Assembly District, headed by District Leaders Clorinda Annarummo and Simon Shamoun. These district leaders clearly weren’t able to help bail out Capano with additional votes. Capano’s loss in the 46th was fairly tragic:
VINCENT J GENTILE (DEMOCRATIC) 3,331
BOB CAPANO (REPUBLICAN) 2,131
BOB CAPANO (INDEPENDENCE) 159
BOB CAPANO (CONSERVATIVE) 364
VINCENT J GENTILE (WORKING FAMILIES) 298
TOTAL: GENTILE-3629, CAPANO-2654
This is even more painful for Capano because, if I recall correctly, Ms. Annarummo was Capano’s campaign manager in one of his previous races. She was also former Chief of Staff to State Senators Chris Mega and Bob DiCarlo. A lot of good that did Capano.
Well, Capano sure knows how to pick ’em!
Next, we look to another defeat district for Capano: the 48th Assembly District, headed by District Leaders Vincent A Bocchino and Elaine Guido. Capano received a wallop there:
VINCENT J GENTILE (DEMOCRATIC) 1,592
BOB CAPANO (REPUBLICAN) 818
BOB CAPANO (INDEPENDENCE) 72
BOB CAPANO (CONSERVATIVE) 180
VINCENT J GENTILE (WORKING FAMILIES) 156
TOTAL: GENTILE-1748, CAPANO-1070
One wonders just how much help Capano received in this district.
You’ll recall my colleague John Galt, in one of his earliest pieces, was very suspicious of these two district leaders and their local dealings:
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS ALERT: We noticed something peculiar in the course of our research. 48th Assembly District Republicans are currently led by District Leaders Elaine Guido and Vincent Bocchino. We know at least Guido has served as the District Leader there for quite a number of years. According to Board of Elections data, they both hail from the mostly Italian-American Dyker Heights portion of the district, which is very different from the mostly Jewish constituency of that district. A significant portion of the 44th Council District also runs through the 48th Assembly District. Not to mention, Simcha Felder used to be an aide to Hikind. That begs the question: is there an arrangement between Guido and Bocchino and Hikind and Felder so no Republican runs in the district, and who might be a beneficiary in such an arrangement? If not, what is the real reason this goes on?
Interesting… I’ll let that paragraph speak for itself…
Next we have the other most infamous loss of Mr. Capano’s–the 49th Assembly District, led by Frederick J. Martorell and Lucretia Regina-Potter. Before I go any further, here are the numbers:
VINCENT J GENTILE (DEMOCRATIC) 3,345
BOB CAPANO (REPUBLICAN) 1,454
BOB CAPANO (INDEPENDENCE) 107
BOB CAPANO (CONSERVATIVE) 230
VINCENT J GENTILE (WORKING FAMILIES) 265
TOTAL: GENTILE-3610, CAPANO-1791
I wonder why? Isn’t this the great Republican 49th Assembly District, praised for being one of the few districts in which Bush and McCain won?
Well, I think I have an answer to that question. For that, we must return to Young Master Gallo and his gimmickry on Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn.
You see, on October 27th, the day that Capano was to debate his challenger, Atlas reported on Mr. Gallo’s doings on the blog:
Fellow Atlas reader and commentator “Atlas Shrugger” notified us that City Council candidate Bob Capano’s chief aid, Russell Gallo, has echoed the threat of Chairman Craig “The Duke” Eaton and has called 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.
No wonder this district was a loss!
Whether you like Arnaldo Ferraro or not, everyone knows he has a dedicated base of supporters. Capano could have obviously capitalized off of this. But I hardly think any of these potential Capano voters would be particularly thrilled to hear that Mr. Capano’s campaign manager threatened the overthrow of Ferraro and Company. And, no less, on the day of Capano’s debate!
I can inform you that the story of Gallo’s doings received hundreds of hits. I wouldn’t be too surprised if word got about about this foolish move on his part and alienated voters in the 49th AD.
Very, very stupid.
Moving along, we have the 51st Assembly District:
VINCENT J GENTILE (DEMOCRATIC) 280
BOB CAPANO (REPUBLICAN) 109
BOB CAPANO (INDEPENDENCE) 11
BOB CAPANO (CONSERVATIVE) 6
VINCENT J GENTILE (WORKING FAMILIES) 21
TOTAL: GENTILE-301, CAPANO-126
No luck in that one…
But certainly, Capano must have won in the 60th Assembly District, led by Robert Howe? Surely!
No such luck either:
VINCENT J GENTILE (DEMOCRATIC) 4,124
BOB CAPANO (REPUBLICAN) 2,239
BOB CAPANO (INDEPENDENCE) 216
BOB CAPANO (CONSERVATIVE) 423
VINCENT J GENTILE (WORKING FAMILIES) 368
TOTAL: GENTILE-4492, CAPANO-2878
Not even close.
So, what can we take away from all of this? A few things stand out.
Firstly, it is clear that the dark shadow that fell on the Capano campaign was one cast much in part by his own choices. We know he drafted Merlin of Malice O’Brien and Democrat and political consultant Jeffrey Kraus to assist him in his crusade against Gentile, individuals who have alienated many Republicans who would have gone out and supported Capano due to their spiteful and mean-spirited tactics.
Next, you have Court Jester Russell Gallo, who embarrassed himself and his colleagues here on Atlas. By threatening regime change in the 49th Assembly District and then by his subsequent foolishness, he did not gain and has not gained any friends for his own candidates or affiliations–only negative attention.
In fact, the party should be embarrassed that such a dope would be allowed to run loose and speak so publicly about his views. It’s one thing if you don’t have a vested interest in the outcome of an election or if your criticism will advance your plans. Mr. Gallo’s nonsense does not fall into either category. He hurt his own candidate by his tactics and inaction, and Mr. Capano was the ultimate victim of those factors.
If I were Bob Capano, I would not be pleased with Gallo the Dimwitted.
Finally, you have to ask where the district leaders were in all of this. Granted, Capano’s campaign was deeply flawed and was perhaps a non-starter from the beginning. But you have to wonder just how “great” these district leaders (with an exception given to the 49th due to Gallo’s shenanigans) are that couldn’t even get Capano within a competitive range in a race considered to be the “last gasp of the GOP in Bay Ridge” by many.
Just what the heck is going on here?
Are things so bad that little Bobby Capano–the dauphin of Bay Ridge–can’t get enough support to have even a competitive race?
Of course, “Bay Ridge” GOP Chairman ________ “The Duke” ________ should also be held responsible for his divisive tactics in the lead up to his controversial and shameful reelection. And, after all, he is “The Duke of Bay Ridge.”
Perhaps we here at Atlas should rethink that monicker… Maybe he really is just as totally irrelevant as I believe him to be…
Overall, this tangled web of failure will be put on Capano, as it should ultimately be.
But the factors that went into this loss are clearly every telling.
For those of you considering a run for office, now you have a small snapshot of just what the Bay Ridge Cabal can do for you.
And it isn’t much.