The Cathedral Club: The Brooklyn GOP, Catholic Church and Vito Lopez United
Having previously begun an investigation of the organization known as The Cathedral Club, I now continue with this story.
While I must confess I was researching other matters for different stories, I was very pleased to see this revelatory comment on our blog by MM Boarder Watcher:
Machinations Present and Past….
Just whaen the Executive Committee of the KCRP was apparently gloating over “their” perceived victory in getting Jonathan Judge off the ballot for the Special Election in the 44th Council District, news hits that Jonathan Judge has secured a big time election lawyer to handle his appeals. That seems to have completely stymied the other guys and left themwithlittle to do or say until Mr. Judge wins or loses his appeal.
Nonetheless, maybe the KCRP Executive Board’s hand in all of this was tipped by the initial responses to Jonathan Judge’s having been stricken from the ballot by Judge Martin. Why else would the Eaton supporters have crowed so triumphally about the 33-3 vote of the KCRP Executive Committee against JJ during their chest-thumping about his removal from the ballot by the Organization Democrat petition-challenge team led by the Democratic County Law Chairman? More mysterious, why did they all become so upset when JJ hired Top Gun Election Lawyer Martin Connor?
Are deals with this or that Democrat always supposed to be bad, regardless of the circumstance?
Since we all probably have differing answers to some or all of the above, let’s go to some things that are MUCH MORE PROBLEMATIC, but whose answers should be easier to figure out.
Would the KCRP Executive Committee endorse by a similar margin [33-3 “Yay”] an earlier sub-rosa alliance between the KCRP Chairman and several KCRP Execs, and the Democrats’ County Leader in a City Council race between Democratic Party Primary rivals in the November 2009 General Election? WARNING, this will be a tough one. “Eaton— YAY” or “Eaton— NAY”? Hold on, one or two of the KCRP Executive Board Members might first want to know some of the facts before they rubber stamp this one “YAY”.
The time has come to expose the light of day on a prior political stew that is about to become a major political scandal involving the Republican Party, KCRP Chairman Craig Eaton and some of his closest KCRP Executive Board honchos.
It’s now obvious that it is past time to repel the following Executive Boarders who clearly have had split loyalties: Craig Eaton; Marty Cottingham and George Prezioso. The chairman and these board members may have exposed the Kings County Republican Party to charges of Election Law violations by interfering with the internal affairs of other political parties in connection with the 2009 election, and such machinations are now obviously continuing into the 2010 elections.
Again, it looks like Craig Eaton and the boys have made another unforced error by almost directly connecting the Brooklyn Republican Partywith Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. This time Eaton’s boys’ activities, in addition to jeopardizing the Republican Party here in Brooklyn, may have even risked the local Diocese’s tax-exempt status. Actually, this joint Republican-Democrat-Diocesan activity started some time before election day last year— and up until now, Eaton and his KCRP board-cronies had not been connected to it. That all changed about a week ago.
Did you hear the one about the Bishop, the robo-calls for Vito Lopez and the lawsuit? Well, once again KCRP Chairman Craig Eaton may wind up part of the punch line, but he’s not alone— if anything, his Executive Board members George Prezioso and Marty Cottingham are more directly in it than Eaton.
Yessirree!!! That trio seem to be balls-deep (eyeballs, of course) in the scandal about the pre-election day robo-call shout-out for Democratic
County Leader Vito Lopez throughout the 34th Council District, where the Organization Democrat candidate was still in a hard fought battle against her Democrat primary opponent, waging the fight straight through to the November 2009 General Election.
I know, any sensible Republican would certainly ask incredulously, “How could the Republican Chairman and the others have gotten involved in something like that?”
It was all done through a shell-game type organization called the “Catholic Citizens Committee” or sometimes the “CCC.” The CCC web page(s): a) list George Prezioso as its “National Chairman” [now isn’t that Eatonesque] and Marty Cottingham as “President”; and b) has a photo of Craig Eaton at the White House with Bishop DiMarzio and Prezioso, identifying Craig Eaton as CCC’s “Legal Counsel.” In addition to the CCC web page, Marty Cottingham is listed as “Chairman” of the related “CCC Pac” in filings with the Campaign Finance Board, which also lists George Prezioso as “Liaison”. (Also of interest is the fact that former Democratic Candidate for City Council John Heyer is listed as CCC Pac’s Treasurer on the CCC Pac Campaign Finance Board filing — Heyer has been involved in this year’s Special Election for the 44th Council District supporting a Democrat candidate against Republicans Jonathan Judge and Kenneth Rice.) Based upon press accounts, including quotes by George Prezioso claiming credit for Bishop DiMarzio’s recorded calls, the robo-calls for Vito Lopez were sponsored by the CCC.
Father Robert Hoatson, a victims advocate and one of the principals in the lawsuit against the Brooklyn Diocese and Vito Lopez based on the CCC’s robo-calls by the bishop on behalf of Vito Lopez, has been informed that Republican County Chairman Eaton and Republican Executive Board members, Prezioso and Cottingham were key figures in the Catholic Citizens Committee. Although Father Hoatson thought he recognized the names Eaton, Prezioso and Ottingham , as having an association with the Catholic Citizens Committee, he didn’t realize that the leadership of the Kings County Republican Party was so closely involved with the robo-calls for Democratic Leader Lopez. He indicated that he’d forward the information to his legal counsel.
BTW, we have been informed that the Attorney General on behalf of Vito Lopez, as Assemblyman, has moved to dismiss the complaint, claiming that VL had nothing to do with the robo-calls in question.
This high-level political alliance can’t be denied now that a lawsuit has been commenced. The Bishop DiMarzio must have known that George Prezioso ( who in the CCC web-page referred to himself as “Vice-Chairman” of the KCRP) would defend the robo-calls in the newspapers and claim credit for making them on behalf of the Catholic Citizens Committee, since the Diocesan spokesperson Monsignor Kieran Harrington acknowledged the CCC involvement. The bishop certainly must remember that Eaton and Prezioso were photographed with him on the White House lawn; and that the photo of the three of them was posted by the CCC, listing Eaton and Prezioso as representatives of the CCC
Just like I asked Craig Eaton during his last Church-Republican screw-up: CRAIG, “what did YOU think YOU were doing…” and “‘The question begs’ (wonderful syntax and use of the language) WERE YOU THINKING AT ALL????”
Oh, yes. This caught my attention.
You see, in the past, Bishop DiMarzio made robocalls for a Vito Lopez candidate running in the 34th City Council District:
…an automated message from Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio urging voters to support Assemblymember and Kings County Democratic Chair Vito Lopez and his candidates in next Tuesday’s election.
The robocalls, composed by the Catholic Citizens Committee, a Dyker Heights-based nonprofit dedicated to “defending and protecting the Church from unjust, unwarranted, and unfair attacks in the public arena and preserving religious freedom for all Americans” were blasted out to registered voters in the 34th District…
“Bishop DiMarzio did thank you calls on behalf of Vito Lopez, for all his support in the Assembly. No endorsements, just a thank you call,” said George Prezioso, Catholic Citizens Committee Chairman of the Board. Calls to the Brooklyn/Queens Diocese for comment were not returned by press time. A volunteer at Lopez’s office said he did not know anything about DiMarzio’s message. Lopez has backed Maritza Davila, a Democratic District leader in Bushwick who lost the Democratic primary to Incumbent Councilmember Diana Reyna (D-34) by a mere 251 votes. Davila did not concede defeat, instead choosing to continue her campaign on the Working Families Party Line, setting the stage for a dramatic rematch on November 3.
CATHOLIC CITIZENS COMMITTEE PAC
106 First Place, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Acronym or abbreviated name: CCC PAC
Is this committee incorporated? No
Employer Name: Grubb & Ellis Company
Employer City: New York
Employer Name: Scotto Funeral Home
Employer City: Brooklyn
Employer Name: Janney, Montgomery Scott, LLC
Employer City: Brooklyn
Notice anyone we know?
Marty Cottingham is a Cathedral Club member and the District Leader of the 44th Assembly District who was involved in a scandal last summer.
John Heyer is the treasurer of the Cathedral Club.
Brooklyn GOP Chairman ________ “The Duke of Bay Ridge” ________ is a member of he Cathedral Club and counsel for CCCP.
George Prezioso, Catholic Citizens Committee Chairman of the Board, is a Vice-Chair of the Brooklyn GOP.
Beginning to get the picture?
What is becoming apparent is a very obvious collusion between the following organizations: the Brooklyn Catholic Church, the Brooklyn GOP leadership, and Vito Lopez’s Democratic machine.
And the conduit for this collusion?
Yes, The Cathedral Club.
Ah, the pieces begin to come together…
This, of course, is all very interesting given the fact that Marty Golden, known associate and member of the Cathedral Club, was recently seen with radical Bertha Lewis, Catholic Councilman Eric Ulrich, and Jon Heyer (former Marty Markowitz acolyte) at an Atlantic Yards fight. You will recall we brought that video to light months ago:
No to mention the fact that the Prince of All Things Golden endorsed the Vito Lopez-backed candidate in the 44th City Council District race, David Greenfield, casting a shadow on the legitimacy of the Brooklyn GOP (…Oh wait, they gave themselves black eyes from last years abysmal failures).
So, now that the connections between Lopez, DiMarzio, Eaton, Golden, Preciozo, Cottingham, and Heyer have been established, the question becomes very simple: why?
The answer in the next piece in this series…