49th AD Leaders Issue Statement Regarding Brooklyn GOP’s Craigslist Embarrassment
The Saga continues…
As you already know, Eaton previously issued a letter to the 49th AD Republicans telling them to forgo their allegiance to their own district leaders, abandon the district’s Fiorello LaGuardia Club, and enticing them with these very same patronage jobs. Then, after he had no apparent takers for his patronage offers, resorted to advertising on Craigslist to fill positions that he denied to experienced 49th AD poll workers.
In their statement, 49th Assembly District Leaders Lucretia Regina-Potter and Frederick Martorell condemn Eaton’s advertisement as “another senseless attempt and embarrassing move” in “maintaining the self-perpetuating status quo” of GOP politics in our borough.
Here is the substance of their release:
In another senseless attempt and embarrassing move, the Chairman of the Kings County Republicans approved the posting of a controversial advertisement on Craig’s List. The ad announces Republican poll worker vacancies in the areas of Bensonhurst and Dyker Heights, located in the 49th Assembly District. Such a divisive action is another indication of the ineptitude of the Executive Leadership of the Brooklyn GOP. The Republican District Leaders of the 49th Assembly District have always provided an appropriate number of well-qualified, experienced poll inspectors to work the poll sites in the area. This instance of placing an ad on one of the most liberal websites in the country once more provides reason to believe that this is one more vindictive act against the strongest Republican club in Brooklyn, the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization. Craig Eaton, the Chairman of the Brooklyn GOP, has removed all Republican poll inspectors in the 49th Assembly District that have any association with the LaGuardia Republican Organization in a malicious attempt to weaken the club.
This divisive act against fellow Republicans creates hardships for the senior citizens, college students, and the growing unemployed who have worked the elections for several years. These people are members of the community in the 49th AD. They know their neighborhood, and, more importantly, they know their neighbors. These fellow Republicans that Craig Eaton has maligned so viciously are an essential part of the Republican base in Brooklyn. Attempting to replace them with strangers (especially those that do not live in the advertised areas) with “no experience is necessary” is a destructive act against the Brooklyn Republican Party as a whole. The dictatorial act of one single man against the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization obviously indicates he has no interest in unifying our beleaguered Republican Party in Brooklyn. Those that are interested in maintaining the self-perpetuating status quo, and those that are cogs in the wheel of machine politics as we know it, are all the more reason why Reform and Restoration is needed in our party.
Frederick J. Martorell, Esq.
As some of you may know, Craigslist has been somewhat controversial in the past, with one mayor saying the site served “as a means of promoting and enabling child prostitution.” Most of you probably know it as one of the few ways to find lots of things–especially apartment rentals–in this city without searching through newspapers.
The site was originally based in San Francisco. It has come to be known as a hipper urban site popular with yuppies, which is why Eaton’s GOP posting on the site seemed akin to taking a vegan to Smith and Wollensky for dinner.
We have not received a response from the GOP.
This debacle is one in a long line of recent embarrassments for the beleaguered “Irrelevant One” (as he’s been affectionately referred to by some of our contributors) and his GOP gang.
For example, Eaton and his “organization” (a misnomer, for sure) were caught attempting to subvert the borough’s Young Republican Club through a proxy Russian Republican Facebook Group.
In addition, you will recall CBS News’ Marcia Kramer referred to The Duke as “Craig Easton” in a recent news piece, which gave us (and many of you) a chuckle here at Atlas.
Eaton is also suffering the wrath of Atlas poll voters.
Indeed, it seems like every time we look for a way not to talk about Eaton, he virtually begs us to write a story about him by perpetrating some monstrously inept act. Perhaps he fears the state of irrelevance he has attained will finally and rightfully sweep over him once we stop talking about him?
I guess that’s a valid fear.
I have one thing to say to you, Mr Chairman: either you’re playing dumb or it’s not an act. One or the other.
And I think I know which ;-)