Brooklyn GOP Funneled Thousands More to Merlin of Malice O’Brien, Disclosures Show
The recent financial disclosures of the Brooklyn GOP are so remarkably telling, it will take a whole series of posts to fully detail just what they all mean. But I’m leaving that to my colleague Hank Rearden.
To me, one of the biggest and most egregious facts we’ve learned today is that the Brooklyn GOP has continued to give thousands to Party Warlock and Merlin of Malice Gerry O’Brien, a man who has done nothing but incite controversy in the party. This all without an investigation into Mr. O’Brien’s alleged actions last summer.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story regarding O’Brien, you should read Francisco D’Anconia’s original piece on the incident.
On October 2, I wrote a piece in which I called the uninvestigated political consultant “a blight on the Brooklyn GOP.”
It has been said in Brooklyn politics that “Gerry O’Brien has done it all.”
Oh, that he has…
Political Consultant Gerry O’Brien has been referred to by one Republican who emailed us as “the most divisive person in the party by far, at the heart of all that’s wrong with politics.” O’Brien was involved in a terrible scandal this past summer, after which this blog called on the leadership to investigate him. So far, the party has been silent.
Atlas reiterates now, one week after last week’s Brooklyn GOP County Committee Convention, that O’Brien is too controversial to be on any political party’s payroll, and should be dismissed if no investigation is performed.
Well, that was over three months ago. All along, I had a serious suspicion that the party would not heed our blog’s advise and disassociate itself with such a controversial figure if it refused to investigate him.
Sadly, I kind of expected it.
But by giving any further money to O’Brien without investigating him (and no investigation of his actions has been performed that we are aware of–and if he has been investigated, I will personally post the results of such an investigation on behalf of the party), the party has very loudly endorsed both him and his alleged actions this past summer without even batting an eye.
So what are the numbers? Here we go:
07/27/09 – GERRY O’BRIEN – $1,600.00
09/02/09 – GERRY O’BRIEN – $1,600.00
09/30/09 – GERRY O’BRIEN – $1,600.00
10/31/09 – GERRY O’BRIEN – $1,600.00
11/29/09 – GERRY O’BRIEN – $1,600.00
12/31/09 – GERRY O’BRIEN – $1,600.00
TOTAL: $9, 600
Wow! Almost 10k to a man who did nothing but cause the party and some of its figures controversy? At least three thousand of that money could have been given to candidates of the party before the disastrous 2009 November elections. But they gave it O’Brien over their own candidates?
We wonder what this money was for? Was it, by any chance, money given to him to redesign the horrific Brooklyn GOP website, which is still in need of further revisions and aesthetic changes? If so, what a waste of money! Even if just three of those payments were for the website, that hideous monstrosity is not even worth 1/4 of that price. The party, in that case, would have literally PAID HIM to embarrass them with so deeply flawed a website, which was not even partially repaired until the end of the year, according to my recollection.
Perhaps, as we suspected, O’Brien was called out of his lair to wave his wand for the Brooklyn GOP just before Halloween? If so, making a poster costs $1000? Are you joking? Is this what they’re having him do? Is this the price he charges?
Ah, yes… I guess the pieces are all falling into place. It all makes sense now.
(We’ve even heard some other startling rumors about O’Brien that, if true, would create another bad connection for the party and O’Brien. Until these can be confirmed, I will hold off on further discussion of them…)
Moreover, what makes the most sense is that the party has wholeheartedly thrown their support toward O’Brien in light of what happened to Young Republican Jonathan Judge and Yvette Bennett, the former district leader. Bennett, who called for reform and–in my view–was forced out of the party leadership for her willingness to stand for reform over status quo, is a perfect example of the dwindling number of talented women and minorities the party has been forcing out or discouraging from participation.
Meanwhile, as they lose people like Ms. Bennett, the party continues to elevate a man who represents, in my opinion, the worst politics has to offer.
That says everything you need to know about the priorities of the Brooklyn GOP.
Now, there are some that have said to us that all Atlas does is go after the party and people like O’Brien. They don’t think that’s “constructive.” Well, in response, let me say that I can’t think of anything more “constructive” than transparency in politics. Too many of the criticisms made of this blog have been that we don’t march in a row with the party and that we dare to question their leadership.
Well, that’s why Atlas shrugs, my friends. We have lost faith and confidence in our party’s leadership and their ability to take this party in the right direction. There is a great deal of twisted political manuevering going on out there, and while many of the insiders don’t seem to mind it, we here at Atlas do mind.
No Republican should live in fear of their own party and the figures of disrepute they elevate.
Too many good and decent Republicans have been attacked or cut down by the leaders of this party or by those the party has allowed hold any influence. This pettiness must end.
By exposing it to the light of day, we are confident it will.