The Return of Jonathan Judge: After Controversial Election Dismissal, Judge Gains Attention
Folks, we all remember the egregious events surrounding the 44th City Council Race.
That race saw State Senator Marty Golden shun the race’s Republican candidate(s) and team up with Democratic Godfather Vito Lopez to force liberal David Greenfield upon our borough and the 44th. With a combination of corruption, Board of Elections controversy and legal trickery, the Consolidated Democratic-Republican Political Monopoly of Brooklyn (which I believe includes Lopez, Golden, and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio), through their own actions and those of their proxies (such as Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton and Conservative Party Chieftain and Golden employee Jerry Kassar), brought about their achieved result: the removal of a genuine reform candidate such as Jonathan Judge, who we believe represents an “existential threat” to what the political establishment represents.
But even after a controversial elections process and “intellectually dishonest” appeal, Mr. Judge is back in the political spotlight, working his organizational ties and having a recent media presence.
Some consider Mr. Judge to be one of the most visible rising stars in GOP politics today. He is the President of the Brooklyn Young Republican Cub, an organization which, according to its website, seeks to “resist and expose corruption and promote reform in national, State and municipal affairs.”
That’s something we here at Atlas can appreciate.
Due to the election, Mr. Judge has recently become a very visible figure in Brooklyn politics. He has even laughably been accused of as being a writer for this blog. As you will recall, Marty Golden’s serf Jerry Kassar even made a vague allusion to allegations that Mr. Jonathan Judge is behind “a blog that the uses nonexistent people to attack many…on a very personal basis.” In that piece, we confirmed that Mr. Judge does not write for this blog.
Judge’s organization, the Young Republicans, recently took Republican politics in our city into the 21st century, holding what they call their “Brooklyn YR ActionCast,” a live online streaming production featuring candidates, political commentators and average Republicans discussing issues relevant to the borough.
I recently finished watching the ActionCast, and it appears to have a great deal of potential. Discussion included the election in the 49th Assembly District, Glenn Beck and Puerto Rico, and local GOP issues. While technical issues are always a concern with anything online (trust me, we here at Atlas understand those difficulties), the rewards of online communication are enormous. Atlas has recorded well over 100,000 viewers in less than a year of blogging about local, state and national issues and how their relate to Brooklyn. Technology is not the future but the present, and Mr. Judge and his organization seem to recognize that. In fact, we noticed Roy Antoun, whom my colleague Dagny refers to as the “unofficial philosopher of the Brooklyn GOP Revolution,” was one of the guests during this live meeting. At one point, Mr. Antoun indicated the importance of blogging in politics and urged watchers to “keep blogging!”
We wholeheartedly agree, of course.
But besides his activity in his organization, Mr. Judge has recently been popping up in news stories offering commentary, most recently about the 13th Congressional race, which we have been covering.
In at least two news stories, Mr. Judge was quoted regarding the politics of the race. My colleagues and I could not help noticing that, of all the people to be reached for comment, Mr. Judge was the political mind the news media went to to ask about the race, rather than Merlin of Malice Gerry O’Brien, who has been spinning in an eddy of controversy ever since his alleged assault of Mr. Judge last year. Mr. O’Brien was also accused of stealing election materials.
Why does this matter?
It matters because individuals like Mr. Judge, who have become voices of reform in our borough, should never be discouraged from being active in politics or having their voice heard, as is their right in this country.
We cannot allow ourselves to be bullied by the goons of our party and their thuggish political guttersnipes. They have no home in our party. They are invaders and impostors who have disgraced the sterling image of true Republican values that have existed in our borough since the time of Lincoln. They shame our party with their failures and their lack ingenuity. Their deals with Democrats hurt our borough by stifling political competition and promoting monopolistic political regimes that have suffocated our borough’s districts for far too long.
To see figures like Mr. Judge remaining active in their communities and in the party means that those of us pushing for reform have good days ahead of us.
The work will be hard, but we must unite and outflank the current establishment if we want to see politics have any traction in our borough.
If we do so, success is within our reach.