Daily Eagle: Golden Prince Now Faces Three Challengers, Blog Criticism, and Tremendous Party Friction
We always follow the Brooklyn Daily Eagle online and noticed this very telling article about State Senator Marty Golden’s race and the recent discomfort many of his fellow Republicans have felt regarding his decisions of late.
We here at Atlas also have provided commentary expressing our concern and discontent regarding the Senator’s actions in the Atlantic Yards project, his association with ACORN Amazon Bertha Lewis, and his endorsement of liberal Democrat David Greenfield in the 44th City Council Race.
Now, says Daily Eagle, the discontent over the Senator has dominated the blogs (the article even cites our recent online poll) and serious “friction” in the party has developed. The Bay Ridge Interpol blog and Atlas are discussed, as is the serious discord in the Brooklyn GOP.
Here is the piece:
De Meo of New Utretcht HS Joins Two Democrat Rivals
By Harold Egeln
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
SOUTHWEST BROOKLYN – Since Kevin Peter Carroll, president of the Brooklyn Democrats for Change political club, told Republican-Conservative State Sen. Marty Golden last year to “watch out” because he would face a Democratic challenge this year, three hopefuls have emerged.
Senator Golden has run unchallenged by the Democratic Party in the last few elections since after his first election to the 22nd Senate District office in November 2002. He defeated incumbent state Sen. Vincent Gentile, who went on to win a City Council post in February 2003, taking over the seat Golden held since 1997.
The Southwest Brooklyn district covers Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach, Gravesend, Marine Park and Gerritsen Beach, with district offices at both ends of the district. During his government service in Albany and in the Council before that, Golden has hosted town hall meetings with government officials on a variety of issues, most recently in Dyker Heights and Marine Park.
His opponent-free campaigns, noted political pundits, have had the backing of voters across the political spectrum, with Republicans, Conservatives, Democrats and independents voting for him.
In January, Mike DiSanto, an NYU graduate student from Gravesend, was the first Democrat to announce his campaign. Justin Lee Brannan, a musician, philanthropist and entrepreneur, has been seriously mulling a campaign.
Announcing his candidacy recently was Claudio DeMeo, a physical education teacher and coach at New Utrecht High School. He made his announcement on the Act-Blue web site, “a clearinghouse for Democratic Action,” and by communicating with supporters on his Facebook page.
“I would be extremely honored to represent such a diverse and vibrant district full of hardworking families, small businesses and mom-and-pop shops that have been the lifeblood of our community for decades,” he announced on Act-Blue.
DeMeo noted the changing face of the district with an influx of new immigrants such as Russians, Asians, Arabs and Italians, and the need to tap into their new energy for the community.
“My goal is to foster initiatives and ideas that will enhance the great qualities and unique customs our community already has, while heightening and magnifying the opportunities that we as a working class community deserve and are being denied,” DeMeo said on his Facebook page.
One of the three candidates would first have to win the Democratic Party primary election on Sept. 14 to be the party’s official candidate to face off with Golden in November when politicos will be watching Democrat and Republican contests statewide and nationwide.
Bloggers Track Political Race
Independent political loggers have been closely tracking the opposition to Golden, looking at his strengths and vulnerabilities, the Democratic challengers, and the internal turmoil with the Kings County Republican Party.
“Has the Golden Era Passed? Atlas Poll Indicates Frustration with Bay Ridge Prince,” is a recent headline on the oft-read Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn GOP blog, which has been tracking reform activity and internal party conflicts among Brooklyn Republicans. The poll indicated that some voters are getting uneasy with Golden.
Recently the independent Democrat The Bay Ridge Interpol blog labeled Brannan, DeMeo and DiSanto “The Three Musketeers” and “The Three Wise Men,” calling them “young, smart and fearless Democrats” who pose a serious challenge to Golden.
The Atlas Shrugs blog has also tracked the turmoil within the Brooklyn GOP, led by Chair Craig Eaton of Bay Ridge. Eaton was re-elected to a second term last year, but not without an internal party battle and challenge by former Assemblyman Arnaldo Ferraro.
Battling Eaton’s leadership is the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization in the 49th Assembly District led by Ferraro, who served one term in Albany in the mid-1980s and then lost to current Democrat Assemblyman Peter Abbate. There is also friction between the Brooklyn Young Republican Club, led by Jonathan Judge of Kensington, and the overall Brooklyn Republican organization.
This article is spot on.
The question now is: will coverage like this serve as a wake-up call for the Senator?
That remains to be seen.
Senator Golden is a man who never faced a serious political challenge before and is now facing tremedous opposition, both from Democrats and within his own party.
Regarding Republicans, he has had golden opportunities before to prevent discord. He has not. He has allowed Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton and political consultants/thugs like Gerry O’Brien to run amok without check. He has worked behind the scenes with Democrats like Vito Lopez to quash opposition in winnable races, like the 44th City Council District Special Election. And he has undermined his party’s own candidates. With such callousness, he has not endeared himself to many.
More importantly, by failing to lead, he has compromised the integrity of the party and of his own race by fostering instability. That much is clear.
Whether recovery for the Senator is possible at this point depends on his will to win and his willingness to address the concerns of a growing majority in his own party and district. That’s what real leadership is all about. We warned the Senator long ago to work towards addressing the problems in the party and prevent the eventual groundswell of distrust and resentment that has come into being. We warned him that his conduct was being noticed and to set upon the correct political course.
Those warnings were blatantly ignored. And now, the word is getting out there.
This weekend: Further Commentary on Senator Golden and the 13th CD race.