Grimm Calls Out Brooklyn GOP For Meddling With Fundraiser, Threatening Supporters’ Jobs
Well, the Brooklyn GOP seems to be up to its old tricks agains. Now, allegations of certain district leaders’ jobs being threatened by Brooklyn GOP “leaders” have reached the news blogs. This story is from the must-read NYO PolitickerNY blog:
By Azi Paybarah
Two district leaders featured on the campaign literature of GOP challenger Mike Grimm say they never offered to help him. In departing, the district leaders apparently questioned Grimm’s integrity, a former FBI agent and soldier who saw conflict in Desert Storm.
Grimm, in response, fired off this particularly harsh statement:
At a meeting on May 1st, 2010 in Bay Ridge, two Republican district leaders from Brooklyn gave me their commitment to serve on a committee for a fundraiser scheduled for June 1st. Following the release of the committee member names to the press, I have learned that these district leaders where called to a meeting by higher level leaders of the Brooklyn Republican Party. At this meeting these district leaders received a great deal of pressure to take back their support of my campaign, which went as far as one of their jobs being threatened.
This is wrong and I will not accept it. My opponents have every right to challenge me on ideas and issues, but they do not have the right to threaten my supporters.”
Character, it seems, is the issue the Grimm campaign wants to spotlight.
This comes a year after Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig “The Irrelevant One” Eaton (aka The Duke of Bay Ridge) called Mr. Grimm’s primary challenger, Mike Allegretti, Brooklyn’s “own horse” in the race.
But the alleged threats being made against people’s jobs does not surprise us. Such claims were made back in September 2009 in the run-up to the county committee convention.
The party has already demonstrated it lacks all scruples in so many political arenas. This merely serves to confirm the criticism we have had regarding the Bay Ridge Cabal’s leadership.