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As 44th Election Closes, Republican-Led Catholic Citizens Committee Distributing Lopez Candidate Greenfield’s Literature

March 23, 2010

Well, we thought the Republicans were going to sit this one out. After endorsing a no-name candidate who has allegations of fraud against him, we were convinced the party was pursuing some form of hatred against candidate Jonathan Judge or merely sought to support someone who has a very slight chance of winning against liberal Democrat and Golden endorsee David Greenfield.

Now, we find that Catholic Citizens Committee PAC (or CCCP) has been distributing literature for Mr. Greenfield, the same organization that made robocalls for Vito Lopez.

Who is the legal counsel of this organization endorsing Mr. Greenfield, you ask? None other than the Brooklyn GOP Chairman.

Who is the head of the organization? None other than District Leader Martin Cottingham.

Who is the their Chairman of the Board? George Prezioso, a Vice-Chair of the Brooklyn GOP.

And let’s not forget CCCP treasurer John Heyer is the treasurer of the Cathedral Club.

What a disgrace.

So I guess they had no intention to support either Judge or their no name candidate. It was always Vito Lopez and David Greenfield that they were assisting in the shadows.

We are at a loss to understand why a Vito Lopez Democrat like David Greenfield was a better choice for Catholics than Jonathan Judge or even their no-name Republican endorsee. If Greenfield was so conservative, why did the Bay Ridge Republican Party endorse Kenneth Rice and not him? And yet, in spite of endorsing Mr. Rice, the CCCP, comprised of Republican Party “leaders,”  endorses and supports Mr. Greenfield.

Obviously, the GOP was trying to save face after a slew of ridiculous embarrassments and continued allegations of Democratic collusion.

Of course, to say they were doing this for principle sake would be a joke. Deals have been made to keep Marty Golden from being challenged by a serious competitor. We have heard that Mike DiSanto, a challenger to Golden, has not been well received by Lopez in his bid to unseat the Senator.

This explains why.

It’s a tragedy that this is what our borough’s politics have come to, but we suspected such abject collusion and dishonesty from our party establishment.

The evidence is so strikingly clear…

And so, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the new “Democratic-Republican” Party of Brooklyn.

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28 Comments
  1. Clem Weatherby says "Move the Brooklyn GOP offices to another location!" permalink
    March 24, 2010 12:05 am

    Re: Catholic Citizens Committee PAC (or CCCP)

    Who is the legal counsel of this organization who endorsed Mr. Greenfield, you ask? None other than the Brooklyn GOP Chairman, NYS attorney registration number 2026961 ?

    Craig Eaton’s law firm partner, Jay Torrenzano Esq., donated money to the Obama campaign in 2008, according to public federal election money records.

    http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com/neighbors.php?type=name&lname=Torrenzano&fname=Jay

    Why should Brooklyn Republicans allow their borough chairman to share office space with Mr. Torrenzano who is apparently an Obama and Democrat Party supporter? Isn’t this cozy situation “too close for comfort?” The Brooklyn GOP chairman is in cahoots and a secret partnership with the Democrats and Vito Lopez! This is absolute perfidy. Its disgusting and a disgrace. Shameful!

    The Brooklyn GOP’s HQ’s ought to be expeditiously moved to a neutral location in order to prevent any more “conflicts of interests” and even the appearance of “conflicts of interests.”

    A neutral location would be a office not connected to Mr. Eaton’s law firm or any other personal or business interests or those of his business partners or clients!

    By Charles F. Otey, Esq., 01-04-2008, Brooklyn Daily Eagle

    “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.”

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

  2. Sandrine Bonnaire permalink
    March 24, 2010 12:50 am

    http://lawyers.justia.com/lawyer/craig-andrew-eaton-1166696

    http://lawyers.justia.com/lawyer/jay-john-torrenzano-1173246

    Craig Eaton – GOP Judas

    “One committee member was quoted as saying, “it should be clear that he was always just a puppet for Marty Golden.” Another committee member said, “I’m ashamed it was Brooklyn who whored out first.”

    http://www.urbanelephants.com/index.php/component/content/article/64/606-craig-eaton-gop-judas.html

  3. The Brooklyn GOP Revolution permalink
    March 24, 2010 2:18 am

  4. Young Republican permalink
    March 24, 2010 8:32 am

    I have to say, you can put me name o the fourth column of that chart and my position would probably be the same as the others…

  5. Voice of the Infants Violated & Exploited (VOTIVE) permalink
    March 25, 2010 8:27 pm

    To: Young Republican
    Fr: VOTIVE
    Re: Catholic Citizens Committee Flyer/Mailer

    If YOU really could be added as a fourth column to the chart on the Catholic Citizens Committee flyer/mailer, then we need look no further to find a Fifth Columnist in this Grand Old Party and/or in this bulled, culled, dulled, gulled, lulled, mulled, nulled and pulled electorate.

    EDUCATIONAL TAX CREDITS are a canard, a lie posing as a political position, intended to thoroughly trick the unsuspecting into thinking that there is any legitimate way to channel government money into religion-based schools. I spent fifteen years in Catholic educational facilities, and once upon a time wanted to be a professional educator in the Catholic Schools system. It’s been over forty years that I’ve heard this, that or the other gimmick to try to get government money into the Catholic schools— for the most part these gimmicks never worked. Now, I thank God that they never did, because if there had been a viable method for the government to fund religiously-based schools, then under certain circumstances that method of funding would become a lever to compromise the most important aspect of such education, religious instruction. It has happened just that way with respect to the funding of many church-based charitable and medical institutions; and these governmental intrusions are amplifying and accelerating. By the way, most of the Catholic schools in Brooklyn will not be operating as any kind of church-based schools or “academies” in just a few years from now– really, just read all the “Preserving the Vision” stuff, and see what’s actually happening to Catholic School after Catholic School– It’s all there, first to be read, then to be seen.

    SAME SEX MARRIAGE is coming sooner or later in a “liberal” state like New York— either through the legislature or through the courts. They’re queer, they’re here, get used to it.
    If your religious sect is fundamentally opposed to same sex marriage, then do not allow it as part of your doctrine and ritual observance. Nonetheless, your religious liberty ends at the door to other peoples’ households and places of worship, however defined; other peoples’ religious liberty is just as sacred as yours; and religious liberty includes the freedom to reject your religion, any part of your religion and all religion.

    THE MARKEY STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS LEGISLATION is the best method of prying the lid off of the institutional coverup of the sexual abuse of children in most religious, educational and social institutions in the State of New York. Although the Markey Child Protection Bill is a proposed LAW OF GENERAL APPLICATION, ie., it does not single out any group, institution or sect; the Marge Markey Bill will be especially useful in purging the festering sore of the Catholic Clergy’s continuing abuse of Catholic children and the Catholic hierarchy’s longstanding institutional coverup of such sexual abuse. Just in the last few days we have again witnessed egregious examples of the Catholic Church’s complete evasion, denial and coverup of cases of abuse, both here in the United States, and elsewhere including Pope Benedict himself, during various stages of his career in the Church. The competing bill to Markey’s is called the Lopez-Kruger Bill; Lopez-Kruger is nothing but The Pedophile Protection Act in comparison to the remedial aspects of the Markey bill.

    ABORTION ON DEMAND!!!!!! Is there anybody who really favors such a program?
    When I state my position, I say, “I’m pro-life and anti-abortion.”
    I would think that being “pro-life and anti-abortion” should be the Catholic Citizen Committee’s position— If it’s not, then they should say so in a way that is clearly understood by pro-life and anit-abortion Catholics who might be confused by the Catholic Citizen Committee’s LESS THAN pro-life and anti-abortion position. By the way, I believe that DAVID GREENFIELD IS PRO-CHOICE and the Catholic Citizens Committee tried to cover that up in their flyer/mailer .

    MEDICAL CONSCIENCE CLAUSE???? Maybe, this short-hand means something to somebody. I’d really like to have anybody associated with the Catholic Citizens Committee explain what they mean by it. Are we talking about doctors, hospital employees, medical insurers, medical school students, medical insurance customers, taxpayers, hospital visitors, patients, patients’ advocates, all of the above, none of the above, some of the above? Define “Medical”. Define “Conscience”.

    Let’s be perfectly clear, the only CATHOLIC voters that actually stood with David Greenfield are the likes of Catholic Citizens Committee flacks, George Prezioso and Marty Cottingham, and politicians like State Senator Martin Golden and Pro-Choice Democratic County Chairman and Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

    CATHOLIC CITIZENS COMMITTEE

    FOOL US ONCE SHAME ON YOU.

    FOOL US AGAIN….I DON”T THINK SO.

  6. Lesli, Diced or Chopped (With Rice)? permalink
    March 26, 2010 9:52 pm

    Where was Lesli “Who’s The Daddy?” Rice on election day?

    With her no-name candidate Ken Rice handing out materials?

    Or was she giving out Greenfield materials for Marty Golden?

    The question begs…

  7. Callipygian Domina permalink
    March 27, 2010 5:11 pm

    I was wondering what Craig Eaton’s opinion is regarding the latest controversy and the Catholic Church?

    The possibility has been raised that Pope Benedict XVI should resign over the snowballing paedophile priest scandal in the Catholic Church.

    As a public person, as the current Chairman of the Kings County Republican Committee and as the current Legal Counsel for Catholic Citizens Committee, as a serving member on the Board of Governors of The Cathedral Club of Brooklyn, and as the father of three children, it is reasonable to inquire of Mr. Eaton’s opinion about this particular subject.

    Vatican defends decision not to defrock U.S. priest

    Perhaps Chairman Eaton could respond with an opinion article in Urban Elephants or on the KCRC website?

    http://www.catholiccitizenscommittee.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=category§ionid=5&id=17&Itemid=37

    “Craig Eaton, CCC Legal Counsel”

    Bishop DiMarzio (Bishop of Brooklyn), George Prezioso (CCC Chairman) and Craig Eaton (CCC Legal Counsel) at the White House Arrival Ceremony for the “Holy Father?” on April 16th, 2008.

    http://cathedralclubbrooklyn.org/history.html

  8. Cedric Frignet permalink
    March 27, 2010 5:17 pm

    These news links relates to the above comments.

    “The possibility has been raised that Pope Benedict XVI should resign over the snowballing paedophile priest scandal in the Catholic Church.”

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8590308.stm

    “Vatican defends decision not to defrock U.S. priest.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100325/wl_nm/us_pope_abuse_vatican

  9. Alexandra permalink
    March 27, 2010 6:54 pm

    Catholic Citizens Committee’s wensite states: “We are dedicated to creating a culture of life in our nation and our state, and seek to protect the most vulnerable in our society, born and unborn. ”

    “We are dedicated to defending the sanctity of marriage.”

    “With fidelity to the teachings and spiritual authority of the Catholic Church, CCC will endeavor to be an active voice and force for Catholic values in the social, economic, and political arenas with the goal of becoming a more just society.”

    Question directed at Craig Eaton, the lawyer/legal counsel for Catholic Citizens Committee:
    Do you believe Pope Benedict XVI should resign over the snowballing paedophile priest scandal in the Catholic Church? Is Joseph Alois Ratzinger culpable and partly responsible for the coverup? What you you think of the Vatican defending their decision not to defrock U.S. priest?

    Craig, as KCRC chairman, as CCC Legal Counsel, and as a “macher” in the Cathedral Club of Brooklyn, of which KCRC has donated money to, you have already mixed religion, politics and your personal life. Therefore, these questions are fair to ask.

  10. Mira permalink
    March 27, 2010 7:01 pm

    Moreover, we see that “CCC” has apparantly removed your idenification as “Legal Counsel” for that “august,” honorable organization. The question begs, was that recent change requested by you or was it their decision or did they ditch you as “Legal Counsel?”

    “august” above is used as an adjective. Sarcasm intened!

    Is the CCC dedicated to protecting the vulnerable victims of paedophile clergy?

  11. MM Boarder Watcher permalink
    March 28, 2010 10:43 am

    Interesting how the Cathedral Club, CCC, CCCpac and other Catholic Church stuff keep popping up in the Craig Eaton saga.

    Now, there’s an apparent effort to “MEMORY HOLE” (see “1984”, George Orwell, 1948) certain blurbs and photos that had appeared on the CCC webpages (and/or links) of Bishop Nicholas Di Marzio, Kings County Republican Chairman Craig Eaton and George Prezioso, “CCC’s #1 Volunteer & Chairman of the Board”, or is that “National Chairman”, together on the Whitehouse Lawn. No mention of Craig Eaton as legal counsel, lawyer, cook or bottle washer; but, George Prezioso is still listed as a Vice Chairman of the Kings County Republican Party in his CCC Executive Bio.

    I’m starting a new file maybe call it “Duplicitous Catholic Bastards” or something like that. We’ll start with two obvious choices.

    #1– Craig Eaton, who pushed through the endorsement of Kenneth Rice, who became the only Republican in the race, at the KCRP Executive Committee [in between demanding apologies for having to give Bishop Di Marzio his excuses for screwing up] and then is tied in with CCC and CCCpac’s mailer/flyers clearly touting David Greenfield. Whether Rice was set-up or in on the scam, Craig Eaton owns the fact that his endorsed Republican Candidate got 3% of the vote— certainly the result of “Craigie’s clever plan”.

    #2– John Heyer, an active Democrat from Carrol Gardens (his political history is far too complicated to describe) who wears his Catholicity on his sleave, is the CCCpac Treasurer and was an endorser of Joe Lazar. I don’t know who got stabbed in the back last with this guy, but duplicity is one his main assets. Did he sign the checks to pay for the CCC mailer/flyers for Greenfield? How was/is he in or out-of the loop on all of this as the CCCpac Treasurer?

    Watching the bad guys “MEMORY HOLE” Eaton is lot’s of fun, but there are some serious legal issues involved. Remember, there are lawsuits pending out of the Robo-call mess that may turn on who knew and did what, and when.

    If you have any new facts about any Repulicans (let’s include Conservatives, as well) involved in the Cathedral Club, CCC, CCCpac, other church political activities or church/school finances, let us know by blogging— any single fact or factoid might be a misssing link to something bigger.

    For example here’ a few items that I just found out recently:

    Conservative State Chairman Mike Long is now the chairman of the new academy that replaced Our Lady of Angels Grammar School in Bay Ridge (It really looks like it’s going to be a sinking ship, so why is he on board?);

    Bishop DiMaezio, with some fanfare, made a personal donation to a Democrat Candidate in last year’s special City Council Election in South Queens (what does Will, Liam, William McCabe have to say about that?); and

    Former Conservative/Republican office holder Tom Ognibene, in connection with his position at Christ the King High School in Queens, publically defended the CTK basketball coach against charges of pedophile-rape, attacking the accuser as greedy and trying to shake down the coach.
    The coach later had to resign (citing health concerns) when corroborating witnesse came forward and blew the CTK cover-up wide open. BTW, coachie has been indicted in Massachusets under the same kind of law as that’s contained in the Marge Markey– Child Protection Bill.

    It’s time for me to go to Palm Sunday Mass (maybe, when this year’s Palm is made into next year’s Ashes, we’ll really have started to clean things up with both the Catholic Church and the Republican Party in Brooklyn).

    • Sexy Republicana permalink
      March 28, 2010 11:30 am

      This is great, MMBW!!!!!

  12. ATLAS MUST INVESTIGATE!!! permalink
    March 30, 2010 12:48 pm

    It is my belief that Gerry O’Brien is behind this mailing, the Vito Lopez mailing and the KCRP proxy form mailing last year. ATLAS MUST INVESTIGATE!!!

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