Careless Conservative Chieftain Kassar Attacks Atlas (Sort Of…) in Brooklyn Spectator–Thanks!
Well, we’re flattered!
On behalf of my colleagues, I would like to thank Conservative Party Chairman Jerry Kassar for subtly going after Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn in a recent story he wrote in the Brooklyn Spectator periodical.
In a piece that said more about the state of the Conservative Party than about…whatever it is he was trying to say, Kassar uses delicate overtures to go after Atlas while discussing the 44th City Council race.
Thanks to one of our readers for forwarding a copy of this article:
Here is the portion of relevance to us:
The 44th District covers mostly Borough Park. Candidates for New York City offices in special elections run without party identification. As of this writing, there are several announced candidates and one candidate thinking about it. David Greenfield, the executive director of Teach NYS, which has its mission aiding parochial schools on a variety of issues, appears to be the leading candidate. He has been endorsed by everyone from state Sen. Diane Savino to state Sen. Marty Golden. Jonathan Judge, who is a Young Republican president, has said that he will run. So has former state Mental Health Deputy Commissioner Joe Lazar. And former Councilman Noach Dear is talking about making a comeback.
I have worked closely with Greenfield on a number of education issues and regard him as a very effective advocate. He has earned the respect of many civic, political, and educational leaders both in and outside the district. Judge appears to have become a controversial figure within the Republican Party. Although he denies involvement, Republican Party leaders have accused him of being behind a blogger site that uses nonexistent people to attack many of them on a very personal basis. To say that many Republican leaders believe the site’s hosts should be held legally libel is an understatement. It will be interesting to see if this website is held against him as he seeks support.
In any event, on many levels this is going to be an election to watch.
For those of you who don’t know, Kassar is a mere employee of Senator Martin Golden (aka “The Golden Prince”). Why he is allowed to be both the Chairman of the Brooklyn Conservative Party and a chief acolyte of The Golden Prince is a mystery we here at Atlas cannot understand. This is a severe conflict of interest, it seems.
Nevertheless, in his piece, Mr. Kassar makes a vague allusion to allegations that Mr. Jonathan Judge is behind “a blog that the uses nonexistent people to attack many of them on a very personal basis.” To save Mr. Judge some sweat, I can confirm to you all that Mr. Judge does not write for this blog.
Mr. Kassar, if you are referring to Atlas, we are not “nonexistent.” We are very much alive here online.
It is comical that Mr. Kassar is clearly very concerned over the happenings that have arisen online in the blogosphere. The word is getting out that the problems with the Brooklyn GOP–and Conservative Party–are great and have not been fixed. Yet, no one reaches out and the same mistakes continue to be made. Individuals such as Kassar must believe they are not answerable to their constituents. He calls our posts “personal attacks,” but these individuals we discuss are usually politicians or political figures who need to be held to account for their actions for the benefit of our party, if our party is to mean anything anymore.
But perhaps the real motivation for Mr. Kassar’s comments is not the 44th City Council race or Atlas but rather the recent series started by Francisco D’Anconia about the supposed The Cathedral Club Cabal.
Then again, one must also question if Kassar is speaking for himself or his “great” employer The Golden Prince, who has not yet responded to Atlas’ story on the opportunity for unity in the party as a result of the 44th CD election. We await a clear message from the Senator (and the Conservative and Republican Parties) as to the recent developments in the 44th City Council District race–as do the candidates, I’m sure.
Whatever the result, we want to thank Mr. Kassar for his “shout-out” to the blogs that have been covering Brooklyn Republican politics, and we welcome his patronage.
One final note. Unlike other pro-Eaton voices that have come onto this blog and have communicated their views in less reputable quarters, Atlas only discusses and criticizes the actions of elected politicians or individuals with deep political connections. That goes to the core of our Constitution and our great American freedoms. As such, we don’t understand Mr. Kassar’s criticism of our blog. Moreover, we have never received an email from Mr. Kassar or Chairman Eaton expressing their supposed concerns over our blog.
We invite them to do so.
Otherwise, we recommend they get back to the task of picking up the pieces of their splintered parties, which continue to fracture further with every move they make.
Francisco D’Anconia ‘s piece on the recent Lazio/Collins meeting will be posted soon! He asked me to apologize for the delay!