Regina-Potter Returns Fire After Bay Ridge Duke and His Cabal Issue Their First Volley At 49ers
Almost immediately after the news that Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig “The Irrelevant One” Eaton (also known as The Duke of Bay Ridge) initiated a campaign to divide and conquer the 49th Assembly District, the 49th AD leadership has returned fire.
District Leader Lucretia Regina-Potter, the Republican candidate for the Assembly in the 49th, has issued a statement blasting Eaton for attempting to “coerce” the Republicans in her district and destroy that district’s only Republican Club, the Fiorello LaGuardia Club. She also goes after militant Bay Ridge Cabal District Leader Clorinda Annurummo, known to some Brooklyn GOPers as the Medusa of Coney Island.
As you know, we recently exposed his pathetic “Zimmermann Note” from the Chairman seeking to crush the 49th AD Republicans.
Here is Ms. Regina-Potter’s statement, as appeared on her website recently:
Statement from Lucretia Regina-Potter, Republican District Leader 49AD, Assembly Candidate 49 AD
As the duly elected and official Republican District Leader of the 49th Assembly District, I take exception to the recent letter sent by Craig Eaton, to all the Republican Election Inspectors and Coordinators on the 49th AD. The letter, which can be interpreted as an attempt to coerce the loyal and experienced Republican Inspectors who are also members of the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization, into abandoning their club and fill out Inspector applications distributed by Craig Eaton’s minions and fierce enemies of the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization.
I also take offense and reject the poisonous venom spewed by Clorinda Annarumo, the leader of the 46th Assembly District, whose son recently received a job at the Board of elections from Craig Eaton, accusing me and the leadership of this organization of standing in opposition to Craig Eaton and his dictatorial methods.
This is a well orchestrated act under the direction of the chief puppeteer Eaton, in avoidance of what would have been his obligation and best interests to the Republican Party, to undermine my candidacy to the NYS Assembly.
It seems that he, and his minions in the county have no interest in supporting true viable dedicated and dynamic Republican candidates, This has been proven previously in the recent Special Election of the 44th CD race, when the true Republican candidate, not only was refused the endorsement of the party, but the county went on to endorse a Republican candidate of no consequence and certainly not a match for the Democratic candidate, who had been endorsed by State Senator Marty Golden previously.
Their reluctance to ever support my candidacy is a further indication that the county would rather have a Democratic Assemblyman representing the 49th AD. The Kings County Republican Party has targeted our loyal Republicans in the 49th AD and my candidacy to the NYS Assembly with hostility and envy because we always deliver the highest number of votes and collect more signatures that any other Republican club in Brooklyn. The efficiency of our club is looked upon with disdain and resentment and our results have yet to be equaled.
In the best interests of the Republican Party I have always taken the high road and kept our conflicts and disagreements with Craig Eaton within the Party. Now that Eaton has chosen to openly attack our club and its leadership, I believe that it now my obligation and responsibility to answer back by stating the true version of the facts and not self-serving, fictitious tales.
I will continue to protect the best interests of the Republican Party in the Assembly District that I have represented for two consecutive terms as District Leader, and I will continue my campaign for the election of the first Republican woman to the NYS Assembly from the 49AD.
As a proud Republican woman, I’m glad to see an equally tough female in politics take on the establishment, which has overseen the expulsion of strong, independent-minded women from positions of powers in our party.
Now, apparently, Mr. Eaton has another female leader in his sniper scope.
We’re already familiar with State Senator Marty Golden‘s deals with Democrats, including, it has been alleged, Peter Abbate, the current Democratic Assemblyman of the 49th AD, “who openly brags about his successful efforts to make sure Golden’s had no Democratic opposition.”
Which makes it all the more egregious that Mr. Eaton has accused the 49th Assembly District leadership of the crime of endorsing a Democrat, Joe Lazar, in the 44th City Council Race. Isn’t that the height of hypocrisy? Mr. Eaton, who endorsed a highly constroversial Wilson-Pakula for a non-Republican, Michael Bloomberg, and who is friendly with Ed Cox, who has supported Democrat Steve Levy for office, is now passing judgment on Republicans supporting conservative Democrats like Joe Lazar?
And, of course, let’s not forget that Marty Golden endorsed a real Democrat in that race–a Vito Lopez Democrat and machine politician–liberal David Greenfield, whom Craig Eaton also supported via his connections with the Catholic Citizens Committee PAC and Bishop DiMarzio.
The fact is Mr. Eaton’s lies are as clear to us as the failures he has engendered during his far too many months as Chairman. He is a statewide embarassment and is actually taking affirmative steps to euthanize parts of Brooklyn Republican districts by promoting dissension, frustration and political patronage, all so that he can wipe away the reform movement.
And as for the rest of Brooklyn? Ignored by The Duke, who holds court only in Bay Ridge.
Enough is enough.
We strongly agree with Ms. Regina-Potter’s sentiments, and we echo them to you as a reminder of the fierce battle being waged here in Brooklyn as we speak for the political survival and success of our reform movement in Kings County.