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Détente With Democrats – Part 2: The Political Monopoly

February 12, 2010

I have come to realize that one of the great sins of politics in our borough is the lack of competition between the two political parties. In fact, it is a statewide phenomenon. But, here in Brooklyn, it seems like there are so many examples of the Democrats and the Republicans cozying up with one another, they stand out more.

It’s like those couples you see holding hands: one wearing a Red Sox shirt, the other wearing a Yankees shirt. You just know there is something wrong there, or, at the very least, something off about the duo.

And that feeling is entirely proper. In fact, it should be an automatic response.

We received many an email from readers months ago infuriated with the party for granting the Wilson-Pakula to King Bloomberg.  Not only did this man not want to be a Republican, but he wanted to treat the party like some rented prostitute for a night on the town—or more like a day and a night.

November 3rd.

The same with the Independence Party, which, as some of you know, is now under investigation for Bloomberg’s donation to them.

Now, we see another example of endorsements that stink to high heaven. Of course, I’m referring to the 44th City Council District race between David Greenfield, Joseph Lazar, and Jonathan Judge.

Of those names, only one is a Republican and the rest are Democrats. And yet, of the three choices, David Greenfield, a liberal Democrat, is the only person who has been endorsed by any party entities.

Vito Lopez must be happy… The Geppetto of the Brooklyn Democrats…

As we have reported, first came State Senator Marty “The Golden Prince” Golden. Then came his minion Jerry Kassar. They both endorsed this liberal Democrat in a race where, from what we’ve been told by our readers, a Republican would have a good chance of winning.

Yet, Kassar and Golden are supporting the Dede Scozzafava of the 44th City Council District race (with Greenfield being a pro-government spending liberal masquerading as a conservative). We all know how that race ended up.

And so, I return to my original point: why would anyone be comfortable with the Republicans and Conservatives’ détente with Democrats?

This serves no purpose but to aggradize the politicians’ comfort over the welfare of the citizenry.

The fact is political monopolies are dangerous. They allow for government to be controlled by an unchecked majority that does not answer to anyone. In theory, they answer to the voters at the polls, but if the two parties are working together, the voters have no real choice when they vote.

As true libertarians and conservatives understand, competition in a free market is what keeps it strong. The consumer benefits from a multiplicity of choices.

In politics, we have a number of political parties, although most people accept that only two parties count. As such, that delicate balance of competition matters all the more. When the GOP or the Democrats go out of their way to smooch and couple with each other, the ones that suffer the most are the American voters.

And so, for years, we have seen a systematic surrender of arms so that neither party had to do any legwork. Gentlemen’s agreements were crafted to prevent true Republicans from receiving party support.

Republicans were and have been targeted by their own party for petty gripes, mere suspicions and, sometimes, just because promises were made by the Democrats. Ask anyone who knows how politics works in this city, and they’ll recount this sorry state of affairs.

But we don’t have to tolerate it. We can make our voices heard. We can hold our party “leaders” (irrelevant or not) to account for these slimy ceasefires.

Let it be known: we’ve had enough.

Democrats and Republicans should start acting like their interested in the people’s interests more than their own.

Maybe then, the problems in our county, city and state would start to get a little bit better.

***

Coming this weekend: The Brooklyn GOP Finances: Part II – Hank Rearden’s exposé continues…

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55 Comments
  1. Lora permalink
    February 12, 2010 5:19 pm

    Nice post! Oh, these Democrats and Republicans are too close for comfort. And yet, the other bloggers out there (the Anti-Atlas Airheads, for example) would rather pretend such relationships don’t exist. Pathetic.

    Kiss kiss…

  2. Marty from Bay Ridge permalink
    February 12, 2010 7:11 pm

    Golden ought to be nervous for what’s coming. That’s my opinion.

  3. Young GOP Kid permalink
    February 12, 2010 8:17 pm

    How Marty, the Conservative Party and the GOP can endorse anyone but Jonathan is beyond me. He’s stepping up and working hard. He’s a smart experienced guy. Why they hate him so much, I just don’t understand.

  4. Cicero permalink
    February 12, 2010 8:23 pm

    There is way too much flatulence within the KCRC hierarchy, starting with its scrotum faced, constipated borough chairperson and continuing with the charlatan representing the 22nd senate district who helped manipulate behind the scenes to get Eaton elected Chair in 2007 and re-elected in 2009. Disgusting!

    The Brooklyn GOP executive leadership could use new blood, new visions, and new ideas.

  5. Sexier Republicana permalink
    February 12, 2010 11:46 pm

    Hi Cicero…miss you too much!
    Your words of truth and wisdom are an aphrodesiac.
    If you can get a girl’s mind going with words, I can imagine what you will do to her body! Yowee!!
    We need big strong men like you to take care of us and do the right thing…..

  6. Sexy Republicana permalink
    February 13, 2010 10:19 am

    “But we don’t have to tolerate it. We can make our voices heard. We can hold our party “leaders” (irrelevant or not) to account for these slimy ceasefires.”

    Love this line!

  7. MM Boarder Watcher permalink
    February 13, 2010 1:37 pm

    I visited with Walter Winchell recently, but not a his joint.

    THERE ARE FOUR OF US NOW, I like Ballentine,Cutter, McChesney, and our little [no longer politically correct] Din, the “Regimental Beasty”.

    The formalist in the group (a royal reactionary pain-in-the-prat)wants me to point out that what is being desribed in this feature is more like an “entente” than “detente”.

    Unlike the diplomatic “Entente Cordiale” in Fin de Ciecle-post-Victorian pre-WWI Europe, this entente has no supervening noble purpose or goal. This is self-serving naked Brooklyn politics and the resulting entente can be rightly called the “L’entente Sinistere.” All of the participants’ coats of arms would definitely carry the “bar sinister” marking, because there is nothing legitimate about any of them.

    Take heart, though, this group is not a natural alliance. There are fault and fissure lines that can be picked at and exploited.

    There is also a wild card in this Democrat-Republican incumbent deck—State Senator “Big John” Sampson. He’s the rising force just like the Kaiser was.

  8. Black Eyed Pea permalink
    February 13, 2010 9:05 pm

    Can someone tell me what the heck is going on with the Marty Golden – Vito Lopez – David Greenfield triangle? I just don’t get it.

    • Bad Romance permalink
      February 14, 2010 1:54 am

      (Dedicated to Marty Golden, Jerry Kassar, Vito Lopez)

      I want your ugly
      I want your disease
      I want your everything
      As long as it’s free
      I want your love
      Love-love-love
      I want your love

  9. Greenfield is Green permalink
    February 13, 2010 11:30 pm

    Greenfield is an opportunist. He and Golden are perfect for one another.

  10. Lora permalink
    February 14, 2010 2:02 am

    Have you noticed the Jiggles’ A. A. As (Anti-Atlas Airheads) are promoting an event with Bob Capano…

    Hmm… I wonder if they DON’T think it’s obvious that the two former Capano aides that everyone knows are behind the blog (Jeff Kraus and Russell Gallo) are promoting their former boss’ appearance at an event on THEIR blog. LOL

    As in, we know it’s you, guys!

    Come out come out wherever you are, cowardly “consultants.”

    Kiss kiss…

  11. Atlas Shrugs: Goldfinger permalink
    February 14, 2010 2:40 am

    Title – Atlas Shrugs: Goldfinger

    An All-Star Cast:

    Marty Golden as Goldfinger
    007 as Himself
    Dagny Taggart as Pussy Galore
    Russell Gallo as Odd Job
    With Vito Lopez as #1
    And John Galt as M

    For a Golden Girl knows when he’s kissed her, it’s the kiss of death from Mr. Golden–I mean, Goldfinger…

    (I always thought Marty Golden bore a strong resemblance to Goldfinger…)

    • Sonny permalink
      February 16, 2010 1:49 am

      Marty Golden’s endorsement is the kiss of death.
      That’s the finger he flips Brooklyn Republicans the bird with.
      Marty Golden has destroyed the Brooklyn Republican Party.

      MARTY GOLDEN CARPETBAGGER SELL OUT LEAVE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!

  12. Liam McCabe permalink
    February 14, 2010 7:53 pm

    Lesli Rice has been involved in local politics for many years. She has directed successful petition efforts, raised cash and has campaign management experience. She is exactly the kind of young lady that can be effective In getting young people involved in the political process. I am sure she will do well. These attacks against her are mean spirited and untrue.

    Godspeed Ms. Rice.

    • Wilson permalink
      February 14, 2010 8:57 pm

      Notice you didn’t say “winning campaign” LOL

      • Liam McCabe permalink
        February 15, 2010 1:53 am

        In 2003, Lesli, most likely ran the closest city council race in the entire City of New York. What the fuck have you done “Wilson”? By the way, what that the hell is your real name? My name is Liam A. McCabe and my personal cell number is 718-825-6731….. Oh, and my social security number is is 088-62-7934!!! As for wining campaigns, have you ever heard of Eric Ulrich? I was his campaign manager and Lesli Rice was someone whose skill and political expertise I relied upon to win that race. If you want to lk about it, I welcome the call.

      • Wilson permalink
        February 15, 2010 2:05 am

        I’m fine with Wilson, thanks. I don’t need to get all macho to prove a point. I don’t need to prove to everyone I’m “big.” Maybe you need a bit more self-confidence, buddy.

        Back to Rice… Wow, seven years ago… Ok. That’s nice. So I guess she’s really fallen off since? Uh…..

        Oh, by the way, I see the Conservative Party is supporting Democrats now. That must make you guys so “principled” supporting the Obama Party. What’s next? You’re gonna tell me your two idols are Marx and Mao?

        Oh, another thing: Eric Ulrich was equating the WFP with the Republicans and the Democrats as a third party a while back. Did you advise him to say that or was that his own stupid remark?

        (By the way, what dumb ass posts their SS# online? LOL)

  13. alea jacta est permalink
    February 14, 2010 8:02 pm

    quid pro quo?

  14. Marcus Tullius Cicero permalink
    February 14, 2010 8:14 pm

    Ken Rice is spuposedly “buddy budd”y with Mr. O’Brien.

    Rumor has it Ken Rice is accepting help from Merlin of Malice Gerry O’Brien, the man who supposedly stole signatures from GOP candidates last summer and assaulted Jonathan Judge during the same time. If so, Ken Rice should be ashamed of himself.

    http://www.gerryobrien.com/

    • Rice is Overcooked permalink
      February 14, 2010 9:36 pm

      If Ken Rice accepts help from O’Brien and that gets public, that will ruin him. That man is finished politically. He’s been wiped off the political landscape, so to speak.

  15. The Jig is Up Jiggles permalink
    February 14, 2010 11:16 pm

    Doesn’t it say a lot that the Jiggie has guessed so many times at who’s behind this blog?

    I mean, look at the sheer number of enemies the county “leadership” has created by the way they behave. They have so many enemies they can’t even guess WHICH ONE is behind Atlas!

    They’ve accused everyone and their mother of being behind this blog.

    When you have more enemies than can possibly remember, you should just give up. Sorry guys.

    You lose.

  16. Marty "Gibberish" Golden permalink
    February 15, 2010 1:43 am

    One has to wonder: does Marty Golden know what they heck he’s talking about? A lot sounds like gibberish to me LOL

    Btw notice the FIRST CHAIRTIES OUT OF HIS LIPS are HeartShare Human Services and Catholic Charities.

    Incidentally, I also find the “Stop Spending” rhetoric kind of funny. Wasn’t Golden’s district one of the biggest pork centrals in the state not long ago…

    Pot calling the kettle black, I believe.

  17. Spartacus permalink
    February 15, 2010 2:23 am

    http://www.elections.state.ny.us:8080/reports/rwservlet?cmdkey=efs_sch_report+p_filer_id=C46515+p_e_year=2009+p_freport_id=D+p_transaction_code=F

    The Happy Warrior
    An Open Letter to Marty Golden in Two Parts, by Liam McCabe

    http://www.brooklyneagle.com/categories/category.php?category_id=10&id=26062

    http://www.r8ny.com/node/60512

    Mr. McCabe is a puppet and a small part of the “cesspool” known as the KCRC/Golden/Kasser/Eaton/G. O’Brien/Kraus incestuous fiasco.

    cess·pool:
    n.
    1. A covered hole or pit for receiving drainage or sewage, as from a house.
    2. A filthy, disgusting, or morally corrupt place.

    fiasco: a complete failure.

  18. Citizen GOPer permalink
    February 15, 2010 3:25 am

    I dislike the “Tweeding” of New York. I will expose it everywhere.

    Domenic M. Recchia Jr, Esq., another ” Tweeder,” a Democrat NYC Council Member ,of District 47 in Brooklyn, is a lawyer with a fulltime work load at the same time he is on the public , taxpayers’ payroll.

    http://www.observer.com/2009/real-estate/did-rock-center-wreck-ya-call-recchia

    A Republican ought to challenge Mr. Recchia, a friend of Craig A. Eaton Esq.

    County political organizations/parties ought to be legally mandated to be physically separate entities disconnected from other businesses or profit making entities in order to prevent potential “mucky, dirty” problems and conflicts of interest. Doesn’t that make sense?

    http://www.brooklyneagle.com/archive/category.php?category_id=31&id=17603

    This Brooklyn Eagle article by writer and lawyer Charles F. Otey, from Jan. 4, 2008, states this:
    “……one reason, we’ve learned, is that the Brooklyn Republican Party is undergoing what observers believe to be a strong renewal under new County Chair Craig Eaton, better known in and around Brooklyn courts as a trial attorney and partner of Jay Torrenzano, with offices in Sheepshead Bay.”

  19. Iliythia permalink
    February 15, 2010 9:54 am

    Meanwhile, I want to promote and support a fine candidate for the NYC Council for the 44th City Council District.

    Jonathan Judge will make a terrific council member. He is qualified, competent and independent minded – the type of maverick Brooklyn needs in order to remove the “flotsam and jetsam” polluting Kings County.

    http://jonathanjudge.com/

    http://jonathanjudge.com/about/

    • Wilson permalink
      February 15, 2010 11:23 am

      Um, I’ll criticize anyone who’s a false prophet or a false messiah. I did it with Obama. I’ll do it with the fools in the Brooklyn GOP. And if Reagan knew what these fools were doing in the Brooklyn GOP, he wouldn’t exactly be praising them.

      And, based on your statement, I guess it’s fine to go after Conservatives like you? LOL

  20. Liam McCabe permalink
    February 15, 2010 10:05 am

    • Wilson permalink
      February 15, 2010 11:27 am

      I repeat my earlier remarks:

      Oh, by the way, I see the Conservative Party is supporting Democrats now. That must make you guys so “principled” supporting the Obama Party. What’s next? You’re gonna tell me your two idols are Marx and Mao?

      Oh, another thing: Eric Ulrich was equating the WFP with the Republicans and the Democrats as a third party a while back. Did you advise him to say that or was that his own stupid remark?

      Why don’t you respond? Or maybe you just don’t have any answers…

  21. Spartacus permalink
    February 15, 2010 10:17 am

    Re: During Ronald Reagan’s 1966 campaign for governor of California, Republicans established the so-called Eleventh Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”

    Good points Mr. McCabe. However, the term “Republicans” ought to be defined in this Brooklyn GOP situation.

    Craig A. Eaton, Jay “Obama for President” Torrenzano, Martin Golden, Jerry Kassar, Prof. Kraus, “Franken-O’Brien,” yada yada yada are not Republicans. They have prostituted the definition and muddied, mucked up our Brooklyn Republican Party!

    Get real Liam. Get a grip! You drank the Golden-Eaton metaphorical “Jonestown-esque” Kool Aid!

    In pure Brooklynese, fuhgeddaboudit!

    ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf0ZyoUn7Vk

  22. Spartacus permalink
    February 15, 2010 10:18 am

  23. Sharon Obsidian permalink
    February 15, 2010 2:59 pm

    I’m stunned to see Gene Berardelli commenting on that Jiggles website. How can he put his real name to that rag? I used to like some of the things he had to say, but now I’m upset with his conduct.

  24. Liam McCabe permalink
    February 15, 2010 7:24 pm

    RE: Presidents’ Day / Ronald Reagan /11th commandment

    • Long Shot permalink
      February 15, 2010 7:44 pm

      I know Rice. I’m not impressed, frankly.

    • Wilson permalink
      February 16, 2010 12:11 am

      Ok, so you’re not responding to my questions. I guess you don’t like the answers. Well, your political cowardice speaks louder than words, sir.

      • Liam McCabe permalink
        February 16, 2010 1:04 am

        Are you referring to me wilson?

      • Wilson permalink
        February 16, 2010 10:02 pm

        Uh, yeah, McMoron. You just don’t want to answer.

  25. Wag-the-Dog permalink
    February 16, 2010 9:14 am

    The Lazio campaign already may have shot itself in the foot. An upstate wag told me that Rick L’s campaign has brought the Finkelstein-Mahoney team on board as it’s principal consultant. F&M are “so yesterday” and “so D’Amato” that a lot of Republican players won’t put any money into anything F&M are involved with.

    btw Talking about d’etente with Democrats, former Republican Senator Alfonse D’ (another consultant-lobbyist just following the money and power)is really all-in with the Senator K Gillything along with his former Democrat opponent Senator Chuck S.

    Speaking of Democrats, I was talking to a couple of my Democrat acquaintances and up popped the name Mike DiSanto ( I guess because I asked). DiSanto is the young man supposedly trying to get the Democrat nomination to run against State Senator Martin Golden. One of the Dems thought the young DiSanto “had his heart in the right place” and would learn how to present himself like a real candidate “soon enough.” Another leader didn’t even know that much about him, but said DiSanto’s the only candidate to have reached out to that leader so far, and that counted for something.

    Well, I did have a chance for my own nice talk with Mike D and he does seem to have his head on straight— NYU Business School and all that kind of stuff— but he is quite new and raw to the ways of politics in Brooklyn.

    He plans to run a solid, good government, centrist campaign, and leave it up to the incumbent to harp on the routine heavy social conservative stuff that gets put out around election time. Then young Mike thinks he’ll be able to counter-punch with rational centrist versions on those issues that he thinks the majority of people can, and in many cases really do, support. He’s not comfortable with labels and believes that an ability to work across the aisle is essential to unclogging the NY State Senate and fixing a generally dysfunctional Albany.

    On the nuts & bolts side of ‘his campaign,” Mike DiSanto seems to be a man with a plan, although it is one put together by an amateur. The prospective candidate has already been working some Dem fat-cats in Manhattan, while he works the Brooklyn Dem leaders one by one. It seems he’s holding off on talking to Big John Sampson until he’s got some of his other ducks in a row. I told him I thought that was a little strange in light of all the other things he was doing. He thanked me for my little insights and promised to talk to me again, before too long.

    I’ve been trying to get in touch with another Democrat whose name has been mentioned in connection with a possible run against the Republican incumbent, Justin Lee Brannan.

    If anybody hear’s about any other candidates interested in a run at the incumbent state senator, just give Wags a heads-up and I’ll track them down for a talk.

    I’ll keep you all posted on any news that I hear.

  26. Chickens coming home to roost? permalink
    February 16, 2010 1:14 pm

    An Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn poll finds that Marty Golden is basically a Democrat?

    http://bayridgejournal.blogspot.com/2010/02/free-mammograms-in-bay-ridge.html

  27. Fra. Girolamo Savonarola, O.P. permalink
    February 17, 2010 5:37 pm

    ASH WEDNESDAY 2010

    “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you Bethsaida!….
    Woe to you, all in Brooklyn!
    Woe to you, dutiful citizens! Woe to you, civic leaders and elected officials! Woe to you, corrupt and greedy!
    Woe to you, who kneel, prayerful and just! Woe to you, true believers! Woe to you good shepherds, bishops and high church people and priests! Woe to you, the chosen! Woe to you, learned and holy! Woe to you pretentious religious leaders, who falsely lead slothful sheep and self-righteous swine! Woe to you, blind followers!
    Woe to you, who watch over the children! Woe to you, teachers and parents! Woe to you, who watch and do not see! Woe to you, who watch and see! Woe to you, who know and care! Woe to you, who know but do not care!
    Woe to you, victims and victimizers!
    ….For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes.”

    Venerable Anna Katerina Emmerick foresaw all this and said:

    “I saw deplorable things…among the strangest things that I saw, were long processions of bishops. Their thoughts and utterances were made known to me through images issuing from their mouths. Their faults towards religion were shown by external deformities … I saw what I believe to be nearly all the bishops of the world, but only a small number were perfectly sound….most priests were lured by the glittering but false knowledge of young school-teachers, and they all contributed to the work of destruction… they were gambling, drinking, and talking in church; they were also courting women. All sorts of abominations were perpetrated there. Priests allowed everything and said Mass with much irreverence. I saw that few of them were still godly… ”

    “Oh…my people, gird on sackcloth, roll in the ashes.”

  28. Marcus Tullius Cicero permalink
    February 21, 2010 10:14 am

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/02/sears-lands-gop-line-in-13th-s.html

    “Former Democratic Councilwoman Helen Sears was unanimously nominated by the Queens Republicans last night to carry the GOP banner in the March 16 special election for Hiram Monserrate’s Senate seat, sources familiar with the proceedings confirmed.

    The Independence and Conservative parties are expected to decide by the end of the day on whether they will also nominate Sears. ”

    This is a problem citywide: The GOP Establishment (including such folks as Phil Ragusa, Craig Eaton, Jasy Savino…… yada yada yada……etc.) letting Democrats run on the GOP line when such individuals/candidates don’t have a history, loyalty or proven record with the NYC Republican Party! Republicrats galore!

  29. Marcus Tullius Cicero permalink
    February 21, 2010 10:28 am

    We need reform in the NYC GOP!

    “Politics as usual” is a big problem for the GOP – in Brooklyn and citywide too.

    And the Conservative Party – especially the NYC Conservative Party – is not really “principled.” They, too, are fakes, phony, frauds. They also like to endorse and support Democrats like Marty Golden and Craig A. Eaton Esq.

    Jerry Kassar is part of the office staff of Mart Golden 22nd NYS Senate district office in Bay Ridge. “A tangled web,” indeed!

    “Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive”
    Sir Walter Scott quotes (Scottish Novelist, Poet, Historian and Biographer, 1771-1832)

  30. Callipygous Maiden with a Shana Punim! permalink
    February 21, 2010 12:47 pm

    Thanks for your comments Cicero!

    You always seem to be on target with your analysis! You have excellent aim! 😉

    There’s a Yiddish word called “seichel,” which is hard to match in English but which connotes a combination of intelligence, wisdom, and street smarts. Cicero, you are the man!

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