DEVELOPING STORY – GOP Chairman Eaton Moves To Destroy Another Republican Organization: The Brooklyn Young Republican Club
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.
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.”
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.
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, BrooklynYR.com, and invite them to join us for one of our upcoming events (click here).
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…)