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Brooklyn GOP Advertises Massachusetts Republican Senate Seat Donations–But What About Our Own Candidates?

January 15, 2010

Have you been to the Brooklyn GOPs website lately?

Well, as unfortunate as it might be to visit that online vacuum of thought, more evidence of the Bay Ridge Cabal’s obsession with all things “not Brooklyn” can be found on the front page.

While the party never advertised its own candidates’ websites and their needs for financial support and donations in the past (as Hank Rearden has begun to examine), apparently Chairman Craig “The Duke of Bay Ridge” Eaton is just now asking all of us to turn our attention to Massachusetts over Brooklyn…

Now, I don’t have any problem supporting GOPers or conservative/libertarian candidates anywhere. But, given the Brooklyn GOP’s terrible history of not supporting its own in this borough, it seems the party is continuing its awful habit of sending support outside of our county lines and not within.

Here’s the latest distraction the party has posted on its incomplete website:

Scott Brown is now within striking distance of winning the seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate, and Republicans across the nation are sending money and manpower to win this important race.

Brown, a Massachusetts State Senator, is a member of the Massachusetts National Guard, where he has served for nearly three decades and currently holds the rank of Lt. Colonel in the Judge Advocate Generals (JAG) Corps. Brown was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service in homeland security following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. His career in public service began as selectman in Wrentham. He then went on to serve three terms as a State Representative and won his current State Senate seat in a special election in 2004. He is currently in his third Senate term.

Recent independent polls show Republican Brown within a single percentage point of his opponent — itself a stunning turn of events in one of the most hardcore Democratic states in the country.

Here’s how you can help:

1: Visit Scott Brown’s website and make an online donation

2. Email your Republican friends and urge them to make a donation immediately.

3. Travel to Massachusetts this weekend and campaign for Scott. The election is next Tuesday, January 19th.

A New York City Volunteer Bus will travel to Massachusetts this Saturday, January 16th, leaving approximately 7:00 AM. Upon arrival, volunteers will go door-to-door with literature, and head home Saturday night around 9PM. Email us at for details.

If you can travel to Massachusetts on your own, and can stay more than a day, overnight lodging will be provided for the first 200 out-of-state volunteers. For more information, go to: Out-Of-State-For-Brown.


Meanwhile, what about the Republican candidates that have declared their intent to run?

The Brooklyn GOP has not mentioned anything on its website about the 44th City Council race or if any Republicans are even running. We know that YR Organization President Jonathan Judge is running. No mention of that?


This says to me that my colleague Midas Mulligan was right about the party and Senator Marty Golden. He said:

Lastly, does Senator Golden want to send a message that the party is not unified before the critical 2010 elections? I can’t imagine the Brooklyn Young Republicans would take too kindly to seeing the Senator shun their president for one of his opponents. Such an act would likely be the nail in the coffin for any relationships with fresh blood the party is seeking. On the other hand, a hand of friendship from the Senator would send a much more positive message.

Well, now it seems that the party is distracting from the 44th CD Special Election and the 49th Assembly District election. Ok, we all know their motivations. They are not fond of Judge or Ms. Regina-Potter.

But come on? Massachusetts?

Not even Staten Island, Queens, the Bronx, or New Jersey? Somewhere local? They’re going as far as New England to do so?

Either the priorities of the party are way off, they don’t care about the Brooklyn Republicans that have currently announced their candidacies for this year, or they are purposely distracting from the upcoming races for their own selfish reasons.

Come on, Mr. Chairman. Where are your priorities?

You can’t complain about being criticized when your leadership actions are so questionable.

Brooklyn is theoretically your territory, Mr. Eaton. You have candidacies and issues here that need to be addressed.

Let’s get the hard work started now.


Francisco D’Anconia will be posting about the recent Lazio/Collins meeting in Brooklyn later today…

  1. RIP Brooklyn GOP permalink
    January 15, 2010 12:55 am

    How about an actual post about the event last night on the Brooklyn GOP’s website?

    Craig has said his life is an open book and his people have welcomed any and all inquiries. So let’s give it to em. Let’s open the book and put out a table of contents. Then let the constituents decide.

    So much for transparency in the Brooklyn GOP.

  2. Claudius permalink
    January 15, 2010 2:04 am

    The glory days of the Brooklyn GOP are over.
    The chairman is a terrible leader and needs to step up to the task of building the party from within. He must swallow his pride, deflate his ego, and humble himself to his constituents. Disregarding Brooklyn for Boston, and foregoing homegrown candidates for out-of-towners is indicative as to how desperate this man is for recognition and relevance.
    If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen and let the qualified cooks take over.
    The spoils of war are rotting.

  3. Raymond H. Massey (as Gail Wynand) permalink
    January 15, 2010 1:02 pm

    I know most of the readers here don’t like real Ayn Rand or Atlas Shrugged references, but when it’s relevant what the heck—

    Craig Eaton, our favorite Chairman of the KCRP, is looking more and more like one of the villains in Atlas Shrugged all the time.

    Ayn Rand gave us Gerald Starnes (boooo, hissss!). In Atlas Shrugged Starnes is the misguided Chairman of the Board of the Twentieth Century Motor Company. Starnes tried to run his company applying the classic Communist/socialist aphorism, “By each according to his ability— to each according to his needs.” Needless to say, with such a policy Starnes runs the company into the ground. In Ayn Rand’s story we find along with the debris and unfinished products at one of Starnes’ factories the answer to the question— and explanation to the statement — “Who is John Galt?”

    Clearly, Chairman Eaton thinks that his attention and the of resources of HIS Republican Party are more needed and best expended right now in the interest of the Republican candidate for Senator from Massachusett[e]s [sic—Coakley]. Maybe, Eaton’s right.

    What do you think? Does something like this build-up or run-down the Republican Party here in Brooklyn?

  4. Joe Nardiello permalink
    January 15, 2010 3:23 pm

    Reflecting on this, the Brooklyn GOP may have been ahead of the news… in that the AP/Yahoo (which has been mostly anti-GWB and quite liberal in the news ‘they choose’ to spread wide…) has now made Massachusetts a virtual “Spain”, before WWII.

    National news today… is the call to arms for Democrats’ awareness of the importance of that election in Massachusetts. That the Health Care bill, the one that’s STILL unwritten but nearly is law, is in the balance with that election. There’s a GOPer that’s just about ready to pull a major upset within a matter of DAYS, and demonstrate that the Republican Party is poised for wins in mid-term elections. When this news begins, ALL candidates everywhere can play off it — and just as national reaction, post-GWB had fused people to vote party-lines (where Dems outnumber us, locally, for sure).. this EARLY 2010 vote can demonstrate that if you want change, that the Republican is the viable choice.

    It actually HELPS all candidates running, in providing another dimension within the minds of the electorate — that Massachusetts election does. I’m not close to the actual candidates, meaning I’ve not read/heard what they say/how they say it. But for the general sake of the Republican party, it would absolutely be a boost to all candidates, and momentum if the GOPer wins.


  5. Wag-the-Dog permalink
    January 15, 2010 3:59 pm


    I think that’s the upside argument—

    Rick Lazio apparently agrees, he even mentioned Brooklyn Republicans in passing(score one for Eaton’s side)— See Alex Isenstadt’s upbeat coverage of this in POLITICO for 1-15-10—- just search Isenstadt &

    Wags tries not to agree or disagree (especially after RHM as GW has expressed himself, he’s the boss)— Wags can say, “I like to watch” [cinematic reference— PS as CG in BT].

    • Alexdander permalink
      January 15, 2010 5:39 pm

      Alex Isenstadt? Who’s that? One of Craig’s boy crushes?

  6. Young GOP Kid permalink
    January 15, 2010 5:22 pm


    The ones that are worth getting signatures always get theirs. The ones that don’t don’t.

  7. I Love You, Dagny! permalink
    January 15, 2010 5:36 pm

    “Now, I don’t have any problem supporting GOPers or conservative/libertarian candidates anywhere. But, given the Brooklyn GOP’s terrible history of not supporting its own in this borough, it seems the party is continuing its awful habit of sending support outside of our county lines and not within.”

    Dagny, I agree with your sentiments 100%. The party allows itself to be distracted and then whines that they’re not being supported locally. These people need to wake up and smell the coffee!!!

  8. Lora permalink
    January 15, 2010 6:41 pm


    LOL they’re irrelevant and starving for attention. But no one gives them any but Craig and Marty….Tragic!

  9. One cool dude permalink
    January 15, 2010 8:27 pm

    Are you any better, after all you post on here pretty often yourself?

  10. Curious observer permalink
    January 15, 2010 11:34 pm

    What has the Brooklyn Young Republicans done to host events to help the Republican Party in Kings County.

    No a fundraiser for a failed Assembly candidate doesn’t count either.

    I await your answers.

  11. Brooklyn Reformer permalink
    January 16, 2010 1:11 am

    What has the Brooklyn GOP done to increase their exposure to the Republicans in the borough?
    No a failed health care rally in the Holy Land called Bay Ridge doesn’t count either.
    That is your answer Curious Lackey.

  12. Lepidus permalink
    January 16, 2010 1:22 am

    Jerry Kassar and Craig Eaton are on their way out. Trust me!

  13. Interested follower permalink
    January 16, 2010 11:22 am

    Maybe it\’s you who is on your way out, anyone check out the pathetic fundrasing totals of \”Ms. Balboa\” in the 49th.

  14. Lora permalink
    January 16, 2010 11:40 am

    Lucretia Regina-Potter, who you guys demean by calling her names (what big men you are! lol), brought in nearly $2000 this past quarter. Not bad, and it’s not even really election season yet. In fact, that’s more than the party has given any one candidate, I think.

    You guys attacking Regina-Potter remind me a lot of Sean Connery:

    Way to treat women, you punks. You better watch out. You’ll make a lot of enemies that way.

    But then again, women are AN ENDANGERED SPECIES in the Brooklyn GOP.

  15. Fact Finder permalink
    January 16, 2010 3:25 pm

    Upon researching Board Of Election financial disclosures, it is discovered that neither the Kings County Republican Party, Craig Eaton, nor any of his appointed hacks donated one dime to the Potter campaign in 2008.
    Robert Golden, a relation of Senator Marty Golden, donated thousands of dollars to Potter’s opponent in 2008. Speaks volumes.

    • No Action Jackson permalink
      January 16, 2010 3:30 pm

      Chickens? Coming home?



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