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Three Members of the Brooklyn GOP County Committee Denied Access to Theodore Roosevelt Republican Club by Gerry O’Brien, Police (UPDATED)

May 26, 2010

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.

  1. Park Slope Republican permalink
    May 26, 2010 2:16 pm

    Not sure what the fuss is about.

    Being a member of a local Republican Club doesn’t give someone access to a County Committee meeting. Being on the County Committee doesn’t get you into Executive Committee meetings. Or to the upcoming GOP State Convention.

    Being a County Committee member doesn’t grant you access to a local Republican Club meeting. They are separate entities.

    Besides, everyone knows that the three people in question like nothing more than to disrupt Republican events and force political meetings to drag on for hours. Enough is enough.

  2. Old Yeller permalink
    May 26, 2010 2:19 pm

    This is all very suspicious. I heard the same thing from one of my friends. I think it’s just indicative of the kinds of things going on in the Brooklyn GOP. And those things are largely shameful.

  3. Masada permalink
    May 26, 2010 2:22 pm

    I heard Joseph Hayon was not able to speak because he observed the Jewish holiday. That’s disgraceful. What else is disgraceful is that the party held the last Lincoln Dinner on a Jewish Holiday as well. I think I’m beginning to see a pattern here, as I’ve said on this blog in the past.

    Chairman Eaton is not doing anything to counter the allegation that his party is being antisemitic.

    • Young Republican permalink
      May 26, 2010 11:41 pm

      I believe he chose not to speak because he observed the Jewish holiday. It is not disgraceful that someone chooses his faith over an opportunity to attend a club meeting it is commendable. Also on which Jewish holiday was the Lincoln Dinner on? And even if it was why does that make the GOP more antisemitic than it makes Jews anti-GOP? Not everyones schedule must conform with everyone else. People sometimes have to make choices about what is important to them and it is OK if different things are important to different people.

      • Masada permalink
        May 26, 2010 11:58 pm

        I’m sorry, Young Republican. But I see a pattern with these people. And I’m not alone.

        Eaton and his party people should have been more respectful, and I was personally offended by it.

      • The Brooklyn GOP Has Forsaken Jews permalink
        May 27, 2010 12:04 am

        Masada is right. Eaton could care less about Jewish candidates. It is disgraceful that Hayon was not allowed to represent himself because the party chose to have an event on a day that he knew Jewish people wouldn’t be able to attend. Shameful. As a Republican, I am ashamed.

  4. FAIR-MINDED permalink
    May 26, 2010 2:25 pm

    YOU LITTLE BRATS!!!!!!!!

  5. Judge Judith permalink
    May 26, 2010 2:37 pm

    Didn’t Gerry O’Brien physically assault Jonathan Judge, the Brooklyn Young Republican President, last year? It seems to me like conduct like this has been going on for almost a year in our party.

    It’s disgraceful.

    My comments regarding the morons in the Brooklyn GOP leadership:

    “Don’t try to teach a pig to sing. It doesn’t work, and it annoys the pig.”

    “Dumb ideas come from people who have dumb brains.”

    “Either you’re playing dumb, or it’s not an act.”

  6. Young GOP Kid permalink
    May 26, 2010 5:26 pm

    Yeah, I heard about Hayon. They hate him over at Eaton’s cabal. Just check out their hate blogs. They insult him so much, it’s almost every day.

  7. John Galt permalink*
    May 26, 2010 5:50 pm

    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.

  8. Long Live the Brooklyn GOP Revolution! permalink
    May 26, 2010 7:47 pm

  9. Seergy Meeting for 49th AD? permalink
    May 26, 2010 8:07 pm

    Did anybody hear about a meeting called for tomorrow at the Seergy Club (46th AD “Leader” Clorinta Annorumu’s club)to meet candidates running in the 49th, 47th and 46th ADs?

    Is this the same kind of meeting that met at Jerry O. Brian’s club?

    Does anybody have any information from the County Chairman’s office about what’s going on?

  10. From The SW Brooklyn Republican Opposition permalink
    May 26, 2010 8:35 pm

    Instead of any show of “good faith” to the 49th AD Regular Republican Organization when they attempted to meet the Kings County Executive Committee half-way, Crazy-Craig Eaton has again demonstrated that the cuckooist of the cuckoo-birds rule in HIS Brooklyn Republican Party.

    Last night in the 44th AD, tommorrow at the 46th AD for the 46th, 49th and 47th; Eaton’s running around like someone possessed. “Naughty, naughty Nancy, you’re a caution, yes you are …runung, running hither, thither…running everywhere, but running down…”

  11. Harry O'Brien permalink
    May 26, 2010 8:47 pm

    Looks like Gerry O’Brien was SOOOOOOO upset with this piece that he made some really bad video that looked like it was put together in the 1980’s for his new Theodore Roosevelt Club.

    All I see at the meeting are old people and a couple of GOPers who have yet to learn what’s going on in the party.

    I also saw Ken Rice! Oh my God! So he didn’t die and fall off the face of the political map? LOL I hadn’t seen hide or hair of him anywhere.

    And Gerry O’Brien was, of course, wielding the camera. And where was this club meeting held? An old kitchen?

    Wow, if this is the state of the county party, I’d tell them to start packing their bags.

  12. Gerry permalink
    May 26, 2010 9:28 pm

    Gerry O’Brien is now besmirching the name of Teddy Roosevelt by tying himself to it? Is there anything this man won’t do?

    And that audio clip at the beginning of the video? I didn’t even understand what TR was saying. Guess Gerry O’Brien still doesn’t know how to make a real video with audio.

    And all I see are OLD people with patronage jobs.

  13. Gerry is Infamous permalink
    May 26, 2010 9:34 pm

    The was posted about Gerry O’Brien on another blog a while back:

    I just want to tell you about the political consultant Gerry O’Brien himself. He is a bulldog, an evil Political Consultant. Gerry O’Brien consistently turns against his clients. Gerry O’Brien consistently uses dirt, smearing and malice to accomplish whatever evil goals he has.

    Brooklyn GOP chairman, Craig Eaton and State Senator Marty Golden – be afraid, be very afraid of Gerry O’Brien. You, the Kings County GOP, and many others have paid Gerry O’Brien for his evil services. In the process, he has learned your Achilles heel. He will use it against you . . . or is he doing so already? Are you beholden to Gerry O’Brien because he already has you where he wants you? Are you trapped in his evil lair?

    Beware! Beware! The evil one O’Brien will get you, too!

  14. Teddy Roosevelt Would Die of Shame permalink
    May 26, 2010 9:41 pm

    Was that a bad high school version of Dickens’ “Christmas Carol”?

    Talk about the ghosts of Republican Party’s and Teddy Roosevelt Club members past.

    Eaton better watch out, because it’s obvious that Marty Cottingham is now the “Duke of Windsor” (I know you thought he died years ago) and that’s real not pretend royalty.

    A bunch of white Catholic types, where have we seen that before?

    We need to grow the Republican Party, and Windsor-Terrace isn’t big enough, it’s about one half the size of Kennsington, and in the 44th AD even Parkville by itself has almost the same number of EDs as Windsor-Terrace.

    Most of the Irish Catholics in Windsor-Terrace support CBID and Jim Brennan or other specific Democratic Officeholders, who are not CBIDers.

    There are large untapped pockets of Pakistanis, Vietnamese, Chinese and Orthodox Jewish people in the 44th AD who would oppose liberal CBID and other Democratic Party candidates, as well as Pentecostal and other Born-Again Christians who already support the former State Committee Person from the 44th AD and not Mr. Cottingham and Mr. Eaton. Lastly, even in the “Terraces” there is a very large number of long-time Republicans who have been dipossessed and disenfranchised by Mr. Jerry O’Brien over the years, including many members of some large Irish families right in the middle of Windsor-Terrace, itself.

  15. The New Ad for the Theodore Roosevelt Club permalink
    May 26, 2010 11:50 pm

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Gerry O’Brien’s first advertisement for his new Teddy Roosevelt Club:

    Thank God those old people all have a place to go! LOL

  16. The Second New Ad for the Theodore Roosevelt Club permalink
    May 26, 2010 11:53 pm

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Gerry O’Brien’s second advertisement for his new Teddy Roosevelt Club:

    A bit “grimm,” Gerry LOL

  17. Merlin of Malice Accidentally Falls to Death After Seeing Atlas Story on TR Club permalink
    May 27, 2010 1:15 am

  18. Teddy Roosevelt, Is That Some Kind of Joke? permalink
    May 27, 2010 11:55 pm

    The Cathedral Clubbers there must have their brains in their Sagamore clubfeet or in the part of their torso that sits on their Sagamore clubchairs.

    Hanging out at something called the Teddy Roosevelt Club, brilliant!

    Is that club dedicated to Teddy Roosevelt’s in-the-parlour anti-Catholicism, or his thinly veneered racism, or his unconstitutional jingoism, or his imperial presidency, or his Social Darwinism?

    “Teddy, go dig another lock in the Panama Canal in the cellar, so we can have a place bury the Brooklyn Republican Party after they’ve finished Auntie Eaton’s elderberry-wine-flavored Cool-Aid.”

    Ask Eaton or Cottingham or Kassar all about it; they seemed so proud.


  19. Lora permalink
    May 28, 2010 7:03 pm

    Long live the revolution!!!!

    Kiss kiss…

  20. Lora permalink
    May 28, 2010 7:04 pm

    Did I mention Gerry O’Brien and Craig Eaton are disgraceful?

    Kiss kiss..

    • Lora is Luscious permalink
      May 29, 2010 12:12 am

      They should kiss your luscious a$$.

  21. Coffee, Cream and Cruella permalink
    May 29, 2010 12:10 am

    Mrs.Marilyn was so relieved when Mr. Chris went to work over the bridge. His coffee girl was adding a daily dose of extra sugar with cream. The coffee got stale pretty quickly but Mr. Chris had a hard time getting rid if it, especially when the stains did not come out.

  22. Clorinda Annarummo is a vicious district leader permalink
    May 29, 2010 7:18 pm

    Clorinda Annarummo is a vicious district leader who is a disgrace to our party and needs to be exposed for the nasty political creature she is.

    She lacks success, only delivers patronage for her own family members, and is just a very unkind person.

    Creatures like her are ruining the party we love.

  23. Is Kassar a Republican? permalink
    May 29, 2010 7:49 pm

    I watched the Gerry O’Brien video. Something on it surprised me, the Conservative Party Chairman Gerry Kassar was shown speeking.


    Theodore Roosevelt wasn’t a conservtive Republican.

    What business does the Conservative Party Chairman have in a Republican Club meeting in one of the places where a big fight is shaping up inside the Republican Party. Especially since the people being kept out of the Republican meeting were friends and family of a person that had been very supportive of Kassar’s causes in the past.

  24. TR Club's New Theme Song permalink
    June 20, 2010 1:43 am

    Gerry O’Brien’s 38 Club members have (the number of people who read The Jig Is Up Atlas) have settled on their club’s new theme song:


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