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DEVELOPING STORY – GOP Chairman Eaton Moves To Destroy Another Republican Organization: The Brooklyn Young Republican Club

June 29, 2010

Just a days after the Brooklyn Daily Eagle wrote a sterling article about their goals and achievements, Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig “The Duke of Bay Ridge” Eaton has taken his first covert steps to undermine and ultimately crush the Brooklyn Young Republican Club.

This comes after Eaton recently invited members of the 49th Assembly District to abandon the Fiorello LaGuardia Club in another similar attempt to crush an independent Republican club in his own borough. This unprecedented action on the part of sitting party chairman is stunning, disgraceful and designed to punish those clubs that do not subscribe to the groupthink fostered in Mr. Eaton’s Cabal.

We received an email from the Brooklyn Young Republican Club’s President Jonathan Judge informing us of this new “gambit” on the part of the Bay Ridge Duke.

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Judge wrote to us, saying “Kings County Chairman Craig Eaton’s COMINTERN office (a.k.a. Brooklyn Russian Republicans – Official Kings County Republican Party Club) [is] seeking interested parties who want to become officers or members of the Brooklyn Young Republican Club.”

(Clever nickname!)

The rub, however, is that he was not doing so on behalf of the Young Republican organization. He was doing so in the hopes of forming a counter-club to the Brooklyn Young Republicans.

Tricky, tricky.

This appears to be yet a sad attempt at destroying yet another Republican club and replacing it with drones. This time, it’s a club that has over 100 years of Republican history in our borough.

Of this turn of events, Judge stated in his email: “Personally, I find this comical since the Chairman was the keynote speaker at the current administration’s inauguration in 2008, and yet he has never once shown interest in working with our organization to build the party among young professional Brooklynites.”

Mr. Judge, as we have reported, has been raising his online profile via his blog after his 44th City Council candidacy was torpedoed by the corrupt political establishment, including the Chairman, State Senator Marty Golden and Democratic Party Boss Vito Lopez.

Given Mr. Judge’s recently raised profile, Chairman Easton–I mean, Eaton–has reportedly been very threatened by the Young Republican leader. One emailer told us he has had a grudge against Judge and his Young Republicans for years.

Why are we not surprised?

Another emailer, a member of the Brooklyn GOP Leadership, told us that Eaton has been taking very dramatic steps to go after his political “enemies” inside the party rather than seek to grow the base. He has been doing so ever since the vote to grant Bloomberg the Wilson Pakula.

“Everyone’s nervous,” that person told us on the condition of anonymity.

But while you might expect their organization to be unsettled or angered over this, Judge seemed to take it in stride:

Like other initiatives by the county that reek of astroturf politics, this one, too, will fail to accomplish its desired goals because of the overall failures of the leadership to craft a meaningful message and competent organization of consequence to the borough’s young professional voters, whether Republican or not.

In fact, I hope you will direct your readers who may be young and Republican in Brooklyn to check out our website,, and invite them to join us for one of our upcoming events (click here).

Craig Eaton portrayed as a Gestapo officer on Roy Antoun's blog, highlighting discontent with The Duke's policies and leadership

Whatever gripes Mr. Eaton has against Judge, his inability to work around them and work with the entire organization Mr. Judge leads only confirms his inability to lead Republicans to victory in any race since he became chairman.

Leaders don’t make problems; they solve them. Politics is full of uncomfortable relationships. It’s those who learn to mend them or work around their differences who succeed.

Because we here at Atlas have not set Republican club destruction as one of our goals, we invite each of you to visit the Young Republican’s website and draw your own conclusions about Mr. Eaton’s actions against them.

But most likely, you will come to recognize what we have: that this is a reform-minded organization seeking to strengthen our party as a whole and our standards of government.

Eaton’s attack against them is only further evidence that he is on the wrong side of Republican politics.


We will be  forwarding this story to our various contacts in the party and the media, and we invite you to contact the party to express your discontent, as well.

We invite Mr. Eaton’s comment, and if he offers one, we will share it with you.

(Don’t hold your breath…)

  1. Eaton, Eaton, Uber Alles! Here comes the BlitzCraig permalink
    June 29, 2010 10:53 pm

    The Brooklyn GOP just need to annex the Brooklyn Young Republicans, they share our blood, they share our language, they share our destiny.

    Today, a united Brooklyn GOP — tomorrow, a united world.

    — Brought to you by the Uberfuhrer of the Broeklund Republikanz, Craig Eaton.

  2. Greg Easton's Vision For Brooklyn and Brighton Beach! permalink
    June 29, 2010 11:02 pm

    Unbreakable union of freeborn republics
    Great Russia has welded forever to stand!
    Created in struggle by will of the peoples
    United and mighty, our Soviet Union!


    Sing to the Motherland, home of the free,
    Bulwark of people, in brotherhood strong!
    Oh! Party of Lenin! The strength of the people.
    To Communism’s triumph lead us on!

    • THIS is the Best The Jig Can Come Up With? LOL permalink
      June 30, 2010 1:14 am

      This is the latest pathetic comment on The Jig:

      “I always knew Jonathan preferred the ‘Soviet’ style of pictures.

      “He after all runs his blog like one.

      “Tracking IP’s, Deleting comments….

      “Could be, I think so…


      More misspellings, falsehoods and desperation.

      No shock there!

      Kiss your ass good-bye, CCCP (Catholic Citizens Committee PAC) Comrade Easton!!!


  3. Greg Easton's Vision For Brooklyn and the 49th AD! permalink
    June 29, 2010 11:39 pm

    Arise! All who refuse to be slaves!
    Let our flesh and blood forge into our new Great Wall!
    As the Chinese nation faces its greatest peril,
    All forcefully expend their last cries.
    Arise! Arise! Arise!
    Our million hearts beat as one,
    Brave the enemy’s fire, March on!
    Brave the enemy’s fire, March on!
    March on! March on! On!

  4. Greetings from the Beloved Leader and Father to the Party permalink
    June 30, 2010 6:47 am

    I can’t believe the vile and “Pathetic” things I’m seeing posted here about the most beloved and esteemed and successful chairman this GOP or any party in Brooklyn, or for that matter, anywhere in the world has ever known– ME, Kim Il Eaton.

    I am beloved and benevolent and only want a world wide GOP where everybody loves me like their loving but stern father, and a caring but perhaps too familiar uncle that all the other lacking in understanding relatives tell the youngsters to stay away from, like a philosophical and sage standup comic who doesn’t often tell dirty jokes, but will send them to everybuddy via the internet on my G-5 universal handheld cell-computer(yes I invented and implented that for the Brooklyn GOP Executive Board), who is surrounded by an adoring entourage and who has bigger following than Mike Jackson ever had, who has saved Marty Golden’s ass over and and over and will do it again in November 2010 no matter how angry everybody is about him, who loves Michael Allegretti even more that my own natural offstring [sic] because he was my “handpicked by Brooklyn and from Brooklyn” candidate for congress and adopted son (of course, I could go on, but now even I’m bored).

    Don’t listen to the bad things you see and read and hear ( that U- Tube, I wish I never invented it) on Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn– remember our mantra, “It was all wonderful in the Brooklyn GOP until the blogs.”

    Yours in a wonderful Brooklyn GOP world,
    Kim Il Eaton and my lovely handmaiden and lifemate, Clorinda Il (Very ill indeed) Annarummo, XLVI

  5. John Galt permalink*
    June 30, 2010 4:16 pm

    I’ve noticed there has been some discontent over the use of the COMINTERN reference in our piece (I refer specifically to ETat’s blog “Скрипучая беседка”).

    Allow me to make a brief response.

    First, that quote was not our own; it belonged to Mr. Judge. Dagny was merely reporting what he said.

    Second, I think the reference is appropriate. I noticed a comment from “Primitive Xenophobic Republican Cretin” on Mr. ETat’s blog that summed it up:

    “They run the Republican party like the Communist party ran the Soviet Union politically. Notice how its called Brooklyn Russian Republicans – Official Kings County Republican Party Club. It’s a satellite club-in-name-only taking orders from the Kremlin–I mean the Bay Ridge Republican leadership. They dont respect jews, they dont like gays, and they crush independence and dissent. I’m sure someone like you wouldn’t be allowed ten feet near an official Republican function. Don’t overblow the reference as a slight towards Russians and immigrants from the former Soviet Union. I know many such people don’t like the way Republicans run things either. They frequently make these references themselves. Your barking up the wrong tree I assure you. Atlas is an ally to your thinking, not an enemy.”

    Thanks for that comment!

    I can tell you for a fact that the party “leadership” has acted disgracefully via its online proxies: the hate blogs. They do spew venom and myriad racial, ethnic, nationality-based (and worse) epithets in their quest to be be relevant. In the process, they are alienating whole hosts of potential Republicans.

    As Mr. Judge stated, “the overall failures of the leadership to craft a meaningful message and competent organization of consequence to the borough’s young professional voters, whether Republican or not” is why the Bay Ridge Cabal are failing.

    One last thing. For those of you from Bay Ridge who are wondering if we “hate” your neighborhood, the answer is absolutely, positively “NO.” Indeed, Bay Ridge is one of the nicest neighborhoods in Brooklyn and has some of the best political action. That being said, the Bay Ridge Cabal is called such because they have forced the rest of Brooklyn to suffer as they keep all Republican events and benefits local to Bay Ridge:

    It is for that reason that we have come to call them “The Bay Ridge Cabal.”

    We welcome further discourse and discussion, and invite you to email us to keep the discussion going!

  6. "And Then There Were None" permalink
    June 30, 2010 8:04 pm

    Agatha Christie was one of the Grande Dames of British mystery writing and craft. One of her great little story lines was the one in “And Then There Were None” which also was published and/or presented on stage as “Ten Little Indians” or little-known here in
    “the States” — “Ten Little Niggers” (very un-PC in the US of A even in the days before we knew about “PC”). All of the titles had been taken from a popular British (probably really English) children’s rhyme. “Ten little _____ doing this or that on a log, one fell off and then there were nine. Nine little_____…yatta, yatta, yatta….and then there were eight…yatta, yatta, yatta….and then there were none.” You get the idea.

    The story is pretty widely known to those over forty (let’s say fifty, to be on the safe side) or people who watch TCM: ten people are called to a remote estate and one by one they are bumped off, the last three or four are mutually suspicious, but the author’s trick is that it’s none of the apparent survivors who is the killer.

    Every body thinks that Eaton approaches the Brooklyn Republican politics like the killer in “And Then There Were None” (Ah, PC is so insipid)– really he’s closer to the character that is the killer’s facilitator and one of the mid-plot victims of the real fiend. So who is the real homicidal genius in the Brooklyn GOP production of Agatha Christie’s “Ten Little Clubs/Leaders/Candidates/Activists”, and what is that fiend really up to?

    Come on all you folks at TJIUA, you can play along too.

    As they said in the trailer, “Don’t reveal the ending, or you’ll ruin it for everyone else.” Or was that the one for “Psycho”?

    • Remember a few days, we mentioned the term "Aesopian" permalink
      June 30, 2010 8:19 pm

      If I intended a metaphor with my reference to “And Then There Were None” then I certainly would have made use of “That Accursed Aesopian Language”.

  7. Fyodor Easton permalink
    July 1, 2010 11:24 am

    Alles klar, Herr Kommissar?

  8. Bats In The Belfry permalink
    July 1, 2010 4:57 pm

    God how I would love to wipe that smug look off Craig’s face. What has he done? What has he ever accomplished to wear such a priggish grimace? We all know he is a fraud; a drizzlemaker at best.

    We all know him to be the non-magical man operating a giant console of buttons and levers behind a “curtain” a.k.a. Gerry O’Brien’s boat sail sized boxer shorts.

  9. Why Are Eaton and Golden Behind "Too Liberal" Allegretti? permalink
    July 3, 2010 9:29 am

    Have Craig Eaton and Marty Golden again SOLD the Brooklyn GOP to a candidate like they did to Bloomberg in 2009?

    What other reasonable explanation can there be for both of them backing somebody who pursues a Metro- Manhattan lifestyle and who is too liberal to legitimately run on a Republican line, anywhere in New York State, much less in conservative Staten Island and Bay Ridge?

    Who knows what Allegretti would do once elected? How can Eaton and Golden be supporting Mike Allegretti when he is arguably even more liberal than Mike McMahon?

    Brooklyn GOP politics has always been strange, but it’s getting much stranger under Kings County Republican Chairman Eaton.


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