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Brooklyn GOP to Endorse Candidate in the 44th City Council District Race Today

March 3, 2010

We received an email this afternoon telling us that the Brooklyn GOP plans to endorse a candidate today in the 44th City Council District race. As soon as we learn who it is, we will let you know!

Will the GOP endorse a Democrat like their favorite Senator Marty Golden has? Or will they bite their tongue and endorse Jonathan Judge? Or maybe a spoiler in the race will get the nod?

We shall see!

Insights and analysis to follow…

  1. Frank Sobotka permalink
    March 3, 2010 8:12 pm

  2. Fools Gold permalink
    March 3, 2010 11:36 pm

    It all adds up now.

  3. Young Republican permalink
    March 3, 2010 11:55 pm

    Republican Party endorses Ken Rice for City Council.

    Who is Ken Rice?

    • Gerry permalink
      March 4, 2010 12:07 am


    • Harry O'Brien permalink
      March 4, 2010 1:30 am

      Oh, they had a piece ready to go on the website. It was prepared in advance. That’s obvious.

    • Anita "Anthill" O'Hack permalink
      March 4, 2010 1:34 am

      Gerry O’Brien was waiting for the text message from Craig or Russell: go ahead, O’Brien! Pull the lever!

      What happened is so clear it’s not even funny. They’re not even trying to be fair. State GOP, I hope you’re watching…

  4. Lola permalink
    March 4, 2010 12:29 am

    just asking –
    is it allowed for a city employee to run for political, elected office at the same time he or she is on the taxpayers’ payroll? Is that a conflict of interest? Is it allowed by city law and the conflicts of interest regulations?

  5. Fred permalink
    March 4, 2010 12:34 am

    What is Chapter 68, the City’s “Ethics Law”?

    The conflicts of interest law was enacted to preserve the public trust, to promote public confidence in government, to protect the integrity of government decision-making, and to enhance government efficiency. It established a basic set of rules regarding, among other things:
    – Gifts
    – Moonlighting/Part-Time Jobs
    – Volunteer Activities
    – Post-City Employment
    – Use of Confidential Information
    – Political Activities
    – Use of City Position for Personal Gain
    – Ownership Interest in Firms Doing Business with the City
    – Relationships Between Employees and Supervisors

  6. John Galt permalink*
    March 4, 2010 12:42 am

    UPDATE: Apparently, the Brooklyn GOP has endorsed someone we here at Atlas are not aware of. He does not seem to have a website and is not a familiar name to any of us in Republican politics. Once we learn more and find our the full story as to the party’s dealings, we will bring it to you.

  7. callipygous maiden permalink
    March 4, 2010 1:36 am

    Ethics are nonpartisan: Either you have them or you don’t.

  8. Cassidy Wood permalink
    March 4, 2010 1:48 am

    regarding the Applicability of the Hatch Act to Municipal Officers and Employees.

    Click to access Applicability_of_Hatch_Act_(SKim).pdf

    According to NYC laws and regulations, a city agency municipal employee is not permitted to run for political, elected offfice at the same time he or she is on the job with the City of NY.
    Ken Rice may be in violation of NYC laws and conflict of interest rules because he is currently a agency employee of the NYPD, a city agency.

  9. Never Heard of Him permalink
    March 4, 2010 2:17 am

    I have never heard of Ken Rice in my life. Looks like the party is supporting Vito Lopez’s boy after all.

  10. Donna Rice (no relation to Ken Rice) permalink
    March 4, 2010 2:42 am

    It would be ironic, foolish and probably unlawful for Ken Rice, a lawyer and member of the NYS Bar, and an agency attorney employee of the NYC Police Department, a law enforcement municipal police organization, to run as a candidate for political, elected office when the City’s rules and laws are clear. Who didn’t perform careful due diligence prior to? His ballot petitioning and candidacy are a big problem. Didn’t the KCRC diligently, thoughtfully, intelligently research this subject? No! Because the deceitful Eaton-Golden autocracy wants to sabotage and harm Jonathon Judge’s real, viable, credible and worthy chance to become the next elected council member, on the GOP line, for the 44th City Council District for Brooklyn.

    You reap what you sow, Craig and Marty.

    “Do not be deceived,God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” Galatians 6:1-10 (New American Standard Bible)

  11. Young Republican permalink
    March 4, 2010 9:35 am

    I’m not sure why they chose an unknown candidate over Judge who already has many supporters within the republican party and the rest of Brooklyn, especially being that Judge is himself a member of the executive committee, it’s a little surprising he got so little support from his fellow committee members.

    In any case, when the party endorses a candidate in an election such as this one, isn’t done by a vote of the district leader from the assembly districts which make up the 44th council district? That would qualify the two district leaders from the 44th AD, 45th AD, 47th AD, 48th AD, and the 49th AD to vote on which candidate to endorse. Thats 10 votes total, how did Ken Rice get 33 votes?

    We know the 47th AD club has already endorsed Rice, and the 49th AD club has already endorsed Judge, can we get some insight into what made the other district leaders decide who to support? If anyone at the meeting reads this blog please fill us in. Thanks.

    • District Leader in Brooklyn permalink
      March 4, 2010 10:56 am

      It is very simple – Judge has done nothing to support the County; has not supported any GOP candidates in the past, and if so, only minimally; he continually attacks the Brooklyn GOP and its Chairman; he is arrogant beyond his years; is divisive; and most importantly, he chose Lucretia and Arnaldo as his campaign Chairs who themselves are arrogant and do not get along with any of the District Leaders or Vice Chairs. This is obvious to everyone and it was quite telling the percentage of leaders who would not support judge. He claims to want to work with everyone, yet believes he is larger than life. I guess he should re-think his candidacy, especially since he will get thrown off the ballot tomorrow.

      • Democratic Voter in Brooklyn permalink
        March 4, 2010 12:56 pm

        I am always pleasantly surprised at the Brooklyn Republican Party’s commitment to lose every election possible. Keep up the great work!

  12. Maya Karpinski permalink
    March 4, 2010 11:45 am

    Brooklyn teen Abraham Tischler, running for Borough Park Council seat, thrown off ballot.

  13. Cabal Central permalink
    March 4, 2010 12:05 pm

    Craig Eaton and his cabal of do-nothing, pathetic GOP “leaders” have undermined the 44th City Council race from the start. They hate Jonathan because he does not follow lock-step with Craig and bend over like Mark D’Ottavio and Russell Gallo do. He is an independent Republican.

    All the rest of them are hacks who glorify Marty Golden in the canon of Brooklyn sainthood, while he makes deals with the devil (Vito Lopez) and tries to inflict the Democratic machine upon us here in Brooklyn.

    These maniacs need to be driven out of the Republican Party. You can reach out to them all you want, but they will always kick you down.

    Jonathan Judge is an existential threat to the corrupt, unintelligent and do-nothing establishment that has endeared themselves to failure and made love to disappointment.

    This is the straw that broke the camel’s back.

    • ccc permalink
      March 4, 2010 12:56 pm

      hi susan

      • Cabal Central permalink
        March 4, 2010 1:32 pm

        Who’s Susan? You’ve got the wrong person buddy.

      • ccc permalink
        March 4, 2010 1:34 pm

        o ok susan

  14. Clorinda...Clorox Please permalink
    March 4, 2010 1:38 pm

    Clorinda Annarummo is a worthless failure of a Republican political “adviser” who has never succeeded at anything. Her District Leadership is marked by how much of a hack she is. When the GOP purge happens, she needs to be one of the first to go.

  15. Bracha Hedaya permalink
    March 21, 2010 11:36 am

    I just learned of Mr. Greenfield’s candidacy yesterday and I will be spending as many hours of this beautiful day as it takes to inform the public of his past opposition to the Child Victims Act- A bill proposed in the NY State Assembly to allow victim’s of child abuse to bring suit against their abusers. The proposed bill created an opportunity for the initiation of suits that would otherwise be blocked by a statute of limitations (the text of the proposed statute can be accessed at ). If you would like to understand more about how the bill would have functioned to protect children, see

    I contacted Mr. Greenfield back in August 2009, when I learned that he claimed to represent my community in joining the “Catholic Conference” in opposing this bill. (New York Times, March 12, 2009, “Religious Leaders Battle Abuse Bill in New York” by Paul Vitello). He could not be bothered to explain his motivations. We cannot allow Mr. Greenfield to sit on a City Council- He has rallied against a bill giving victims of child abuse, child molestation, and incest the opportunity to seek recourse from their abusers. This is inexcusable.

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