Three Members of the Brooklyn GOP County Committee Denied Access to Theodore Roosevelt Republican Club by Gerry O’Brien, Police (UPDATED)
We understood that the revolution that has broken out in the Brooklyn GOP was having some startling effects on our county.
Now, we learn that fellow Republicans are being barred from meetings, shunned from Republican gatherings with police escorts merely because they don’t kowtow to Chairman Craig “The Duke of Bay Ridge” Easton [sic] and his minions.
Most recently, this allegedly happened to three elected members of the county committee at the Theodore Roosevelt Republican Club, which we have been told is being managed by GOP Jafar Gerry O’Brien, the Merlin of Malice.
Present at the gathering, we understand, were Mr. O’Brien, Conservative Party Chieftain Jerry Kassar and The Duke himself.
Here’s what we have learned.
Three members of the Republican County Committee attempted to attend a meeting of the Theodore Roosevelt Republican Club not long ago. Their access was blocked by an armed member of the NYPD who displayed badge No. 29726. When asked if it was a Republican function, O’Brien allegedly responded that it was.
When O’Brien was reminded that the shunned Republicans were members of the County Committee of AD 44, which the Theodore Roosevelt Club purports to represent, he still denied them access.
This led one emailer to ask: “what is Mr. O’Brien hiding? What type of organization is he trying to put together that is by invitation only? What type of strange Klan is this?”
This would not be the first time that elements in the Bay Ridge Cabal have been known to force people out of GOP-related functions. I recall allegations were posted on this very blog by commentators stating that Brooklyn Young Republican representatives had been denied access to party meetings to which they were required access.
This also follows the continuing forced exodus of women and minorities from positions of prominence in the party, many of them actively forced out.
We have also learned from one emailer that the GOP recently held a candidate endorsement event on a Jewish holiday, precluding Jewish candidates from appearing. This only heightens the allegations of racial and religious animosity that numerous Republicans have already emailed us about.
We have been told that certain “GOP-sanctioned” yet ultimately irrelevant hate blogs have been engaging in campaigns of racial bigotry and religious intolerance, shunning non-Catholics and using epithets to go after elected members of the Brooklyn GOP County Committee.
What has resulted is a whirlwind of racial, sexist, religious, and general hatred to rival the days of the KKK. We would link to such examples of hate blogging as proof, but to do so would only promote the divisive efforts of the Bay Ridge Cabal.
We invite you to read the new Brooklyn Revolution blog for further discussion on the topic.
Given these circumstances, the allegations that three county committee members were denied access to a Bay Ridge Cabal-sanctioned club is unfortunately unsurprising.
However, it does demonstrate the deep and bitter tensions that have arisen in our borough.
Whether Mr. Kassar or Mr. Easton [sic] had any involvement in the removal of these county committee members, we are uncertain. Their presence at the club meeting is highly suspect though. It would be grievous if the Chairman of the Brooklyn GOP had a hand to play in forcing out any fellow county committee members.
We will continue to investigate this Theodore Roosevelt Republican Club, and we ask you to please email us if you have been accosted, threatened or bullied by any member of the Brooklyn GOP. Such inappropriate actions will be reported.
We also invite Mr. O’Brien, Mr. Kassar, and Mr. Easton [sic] to email our blog and disclose their version of the events, so that a fair and complete picture of this allegedly brutish display can be formed. We also invite them to comment on the rise of hate blogging from their cabal, which has stunned so many GOPers in Brooklyn and elsewhere.
We will also be emailing The Theodore Roosevelt Republican Club for comment.
UPDATE: The meeting was open to the public. On the TRRC Website, the invitation is apparently open to all. This was not a private meeting by any means as advertised. I have copied the text of the meeting advertisement from the club’s website:
Next Meeting: Monday, May 24
Time: 7:00 PM sharp
Location: Knights of Columbus Hall
Address: 1511 – 10th Avenue
(bet. Prospect Park Southwest and 16th St. in Windsor Terrace)
Mass Transit: B75, B68 and B69 buses,
F and G trains stop just one block away at the
15th Street/Prospect Park station.
We keep our meetings short
(always one hour or less).
Refreshments will be served. Come join us! Doors open at 7:00 sharp.