Brooklyn Republican Reform Blogs and Websites Alive With Purpose This Summer
The establishment must be so irked by how poorly they are performing in the race to convince fellow Republicans of their political primacy.
And this summer has been particularly terrible for them.
The return of the Brooklyn Revolution blog (with a great new design, I might add) and The Bay Ridge Interpol has been devastating to The Bay Ridge Cabal, led by Marty Golden and Craig Easton–I mean, Eaton.
Indeed, Brooklyn Revolution recently put up an “Open Message to Brooklyn GOP,” which slaps the GOP “leadership” for their inactivity and thuggish tactics:
Dear incompetent officers of the Brooklyn GOP,
We find your presence in Brooklyn politics repulsive and vile at best. The current Party Chairman, Craig Eaton, has done literally nothing to build up the party. Rather, he twiddles his thumbs with Mayor Bloomberg, raking in hordes of cash from a technocrat who isn’t even a Republican.
We’re glad that we’re not the only Reformist blog on the web. It goes to show you, and the rest of the establishment, how deeply hated and flawed you truly are. If you put half the effort on fixing the Republican Party as you did undermining real Republican candidates, perhaps you wouldn’t be in this predicament right now.
You give Seth Low a bad name, you’re a disgrace to good Republicans in all of New York State, and you run the Brooklyn GOP like a glorified Soviet gulag.
Cease and Desist,
The Revolutionaries who adore being the thorn in your side.
Then, you have Roy Antoun’s blog, which has been very critical of the status quo establishment, as well. He is high atop the Bay Ridge GOP’s Most Wanted List.
Next, you have Mr. Antoun’s fellow Young Republican, Jonathan Judge, reform candidate in the 44th City Council District Special Election earlier this year.
His most recent piece, “Empire State GOP Has No Clothes,” was particularly fascinating. Judge writes:
One of the most glaring dysfunctions in the operation of the New York State Republican Party that I’ve noticed over the past several years is that we are hardly an organized party. It’s really sad to see this because in a year where so much could be gained from teamwork, we are still lacking in the fundamentals of a healthy, vibrant and successful organization, whether locally or statewide. (As a note, this pre-dates current Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox, so it would not be fair to implicate him in this just yet. However, he does have the power to decide whether the status quo stays or goes.)…
In fact, the reason why we have done so poorly as a party (and it remains to be seen whether we will actually maximize a return on our investments this year as part of the anti-incumbent wave) is that the Empire State GOP has no clothes.
If we were to compare the Republican Party in its current state to a period in history, it would be the Middle Ages. In the absence of active communications, consistent, unified messaging of our principles, sharing of resources and mutual collaboration and support for fellow party members, the Party of Lincoln in our Great State has devolved into an unwieldy confederation of aging local feudal warlords, feeding their factions with whatever crumbs of patronage and cash are left before the other local Republican faction, or the local Democratic Emperor, wipes them out for good.
(Let’s hope Francisco D’Anconia doesn’t mind Mr. Judge’s Middle Ages comparison–after all, it was he who christened Craig Eaton “The Duke of Bay Ridge”)
Combine that with 49th AD reform candidate Lucretia Regina-Potter, who has been gaining quite a bit of attention for herself and her district given Chairman Eaton’s unprecedented tactics of destruction against them.
Her website has been hammering away at Marty Golden stooge Peter Abbate, a Democrat that not even his own party likes. This is a man who is so old and such a creature of status quo Albany that I’m surprised he hasn’t been designated for decorative use in the state capital.
And then, of course, you have us here at Atlas, who have been all to glad to play a part in the reform movement building here in our home county.
There were those who said it could not be done (including some of the authors of Urban Elephants). They have yet to be proven right. In fact, all I see–particularly here in our online community–is a precipitous gradient upward toward a pinnacle of reform here in Brooklyn. The media are taking notice. Voters and fellow Republicans are taking notice. Because the momentum is for reform.
And there’s no going back.