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Careless Conservative Chieftain Kassar Attacks Atlas (Sort Of…) in Brooklyn Spectator–Thanks!

January 16, 2010

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!

  1. Young GOP Kid permalink
    January 16, 2010 1:53 am

    Nice piece!

  2. Torch Light permalink
    January 16, 2010 2:37 am

    Gerry Kassar, the Chairman of the Conservative Party in Brooklyn is also Marty Golden’s Chief of Staff, collecting an almost six figure salary. It sadly seems that Gerry will have to abide by his Master’s wishes and grant the Conservative Party’s endorsement to Mr. Greenfield. This is a blatant conflict of interest and cannot be allowed to be perpetuated any further. In all fairness, Mr. Kassar needs to resign from either position.

  3. Seeking out facts permalink
    January 16, 2010 9:53 am

    What about Judge’s job on community board 14, how can he help Republicans, when he got his job through a Democrat.

    Talk about a conflict of interest…

    Why isn’t this looked at on this blog?

  4. Gustavus Adolphus permalink
    January 16, 2010 1:53 pm

    “Right now, Golden’s Senate payroll includes Jerry Kassar—chairman of Brooklyn’s Conservative Party—as a $98,000-a-year aide. Golden has had Conservative Party backing ever since his days in the City Council. Before Bloomberg reversed course and opted to seek a third term, Kassar was widely touting Golden as a likely Republican mayoral nominee.”

    “Jerry Kassar, Vice Chair of NY State Conservative Party, Chair Kings County Conservative Party; Treasurer of Interstate, Arab-American Institute.

    • One Big Mess permalink
      January 16, 2010 8:58 pm

      Does that mean that Kassar is arab-american?

      • One Big Dude permalink
        January 16, 2010 9:04 pm

        What\’s Judge\’s nationality by the way?

        Since he is a candidate in an overwhelming Jewish District.

        Someone racist toward Chairman Kassar\’s ethnicity?

      • Lora permalink
        January 16, 2010 9:18 pm

        Who cares about Kassar’s nationality? That sounds like the ethnic politics of Tammany Hall (if he isn’t Irish, he ain’t gonna win!). Enough is enough.

        By the way, Craig must go, along with Gallo (aka the GOP Cock) and Kraus (aka Sour Kraus). How did Capano put up with these people LOL

  5. Wag-the-Dog permalink
    January 16, 2010 1:58 pm

    Does anybody who’s usng the term “conflict of interest” know anything about the concept.

    It seems that a lot of the things that are being complained about as “conflict of interest” in this posting (and in ASIB generally) actually involve concepts such as: “united in interest” and “concurrent interests.” Politics is largely, or at least often, about effectuating the goals of those united in interest or with concurrent interests.

    Even when there might otherwise be an actual “conflict of interest,” that is easily overcome by “disclosure” and “waiver.” In other words— “If everybody knows and nobody cares” the conflict of interest is irrelevant.

    My earliest “Wag-the-Dog” postings made the following points: a) the NYS Conservative Party [tail] wags the NYS Republican Party [dog]; b) the most important thing in play in 2010 is regaining Republican/Conservative control of the NYS Senate; and c) if that effort fails, look for the Conservative Party to slip its leash with the Republican Party ( Remember Ayn Rand pointed out that a leash is a rope with a noose at both ends) and emerge as the principal opposition party in NYS.

    So where’s there any conflict? [Please note, I am smiling ironically.]

    • Web of Deceit permalink
      January 16, 2010 6:07 pm

      You’re legalistic critique is esoteric and misses the morality (and, yes, legality) behind the conflict of interest criticisms put up on this blog.

      I can disclose that I murdered someone yesterday; that doesn’t make what I did any more or less moral. Maybe to a lawyer (or a person masquerading as a lawyer), this would be fine. But we should hold our politicians to a higher standard. You make the mistake of legalizing what is a cut-and-dry argument about the morality of the decisions the party’s leaders have made.

      So, smile ironically elsewhere, Dog. Not a soul is impressed by your prattling.

      • Wag-the-Dog permalink
        January 18, 2010 12:41 pm

        Web OD,

        “Politicians…..higher standard”?

        Maybe, Hebrew National hot dogs, but politicians! Not in this world.

  6. 2010 Victory permalink
    January 18, 2010 1:07 pm

    Mr Judge is the only Republican running in the 44th council race. Then why is it a Republican State Senator and the Conservative Party Chairman is supporting a Democrat in that race. Is it because the Republicans in New York City control all the elected offices, and they could afford to throw a bone to a democrat every now and then. I mean I guess we could, we are in power right. Oh wait we are not, and if we keep this crap up of supporting Democrats WE NEVER WILL. WAKE UP ALREADY PEOPLE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, DEMAND MORE FROM YOUR REPUBLICAN LEADERS OR THROW THEM OUT………………………


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