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49th AD Leaders Issue Statement Regarding Brooklyn GOP’s Craigslist Embarrassment

July 15, 2010

The Saga continues…

A strongly-worded statement just came via email to us here at Atlas regarding the recent Craigslist embarrassment of “Bay Ridge GOP” Duke Craig Eaton.

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.

Lucretia Regina-Potter

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 😉

  1. The Jig Investigates (Chortle!) permalink
    July 15, 2010 6:00 pm

    The author of The Jig should seriously investigate how to write one of these:


  2. Brooklyn Revolution Rocks! permalink
    July 15, 2010 6:06 pm

    The question begs, why is the Brooklyn GOP hate blog trying so hard?

    The question begs, this Hate Blog needs to advertise a WARNING on their website, but why?

    Unlike the Hate Blog, we will answer our own questions posed and will also provide substance in our arguments and not post arbitrary crap for the heck of it.

    The question begs, who are the Jig’s authors?
    Clorinda Annarummo, of course. Craig Eaton, of course. Gerry O’Brien, of course. Who else would start a blog to undermine the Reformers other than those immediately threatened by those very reformers?

    By the way, Craig, Google CAN take down your Hate Blog; you ARE using a Google service.
    The question begs, you’re really dumb with money, but can you really be that stupid with a blog?

    The question begs, what do you mean by free speech, Craig?
    We’ve received numerous reports of your “free speech” blog deleting comments by those challenging your idiocy.

    The question begs, what legitimate political blog needs to warn its “readers” (all 5 of them)?

    The question begs, what legitimate political blog has a “douchebag poll”? That’s very unprofessional of you, Craig, don’t you think?

    Craig (Easton) Eaton,
    If you were a competent Chairman yourself, you would seek about removing this Hate Blog.
    But you have made no effort in removing it.
    Which is why we’re certain you’re behind it.
    The same way you have made no effort in building the party.
    The party has been falling behind.
    You are a shameful human being.

  3. i heart james mccall permalink
    July 15, 2010 6:11 pm

    I voted for him, I read what he writes and I’m proud of his independence. What the thugs on the other hate blogs write about him is so untrue, I can’t even believe that anyone could be so demonic to do so.

    James McCall was heroic in standing up to Craig Eaton. We must all show that same heroism against status quo failure in politics.

  4. Picked Up on "Urban Elephants" permalink
    July 18, 2010 10:34 am

    ASIB’s nifty feature: “With No Hands On Deck, Desperate Brooklyn GOP Advertises 49th Assembly District Poll Jobs on Craig’s List (No Pun Intended) July 13, 2010” was reposted on Urban Elephants on July 16th and has received 225 hits at that site to date.

    Big black eyes to State Senator Martin J. Golden and Kings County Republican Chairman Craig Eaton. Hoorah!

  5. Meanwhile Back in The 49th AD Primary Campaigns Begin and Falter permalink
    August 9, 2010 10:43 pm

    Peter Cipriano’s Web-page shows no new press release in a month; not even someting like “My Opponent Drops Challenge”. Are the consultants and the County leadership counselling a “stealth campaign” with a CCCP-type blitz at the end? Maybe, there’ll be something to report after Cipriano’s August 8th Meeting for volunteers at his 40 Bat 17th Street “Headquarters”, where the most important thing may/may not be the pizza served by the candidate (it’s on/not on his posted flyer).

    Meanwhile, Lucretiua Regina-Potter has received the New York RTL Committee endorsement, along with Ed Koch’s “Hero” appellation.

  6. Some Senior Republicans With Prior Board of Election Experience Need Not Apply permalink
    August 22, 2010 8:10 pm

    Several former Board of Elections inspectors have attempted to apply for the VACANT Board of Elections jobs that had been advertised and posted by the Kings County Republican Committee at various sites.

    After a series of phone calls to officials at the Board of Elections, these applicants were informed that all applications for any available “Republican” positions had to come from Republican Chairman Craig Eaton. In practice, it appears that the vetting of these prospective appointees is being handled by Kings County Republican Vice Chairman Marc L. D’Ottavio, whose regular hiring duties is limited to those he exercises as manager of the Bay Ridge restaurant Lai Yuen on behalf its owners, both “John Cambio”, senior and junior.

    Several applicants have reported that any offer of employment by the Board of Elections was contingent upon each those applicants ceasing any active participation in the 49th AD Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Club and/or the campaign of Lucretia Regina-Potter for the NYS Assembly.

    It might have been a better idea if those turned down for employment at the Board of Elections, instead had turned up at the Asian eatery on Fourth Avenue and tried to get a job from Mr. D’Ottavio serving Chinese meals or bussing tables.

    • The Jig is Up Atlas Denies the Main Factual Charge Above permalink
      August 22, 2010 10:59 pm

      At long last, amid their usual torrent of effluvia, The Jig is Up Atlas has finally made a factual denial of charges of wrongdoing that appeared here (specifically, what was written above).

      The 8/22/10 post, “Lucretia Potter Who Has Pathetic Board of Election Experience Need Not Apply said…” stated that:
      “No applicants have reported that any offer of employment by the Board of Elections was contingent upon each those applicants ceasing any active participation in the 49th AD Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Club and/or the campaign of Lucretia Potter for the NYS Assembly.”

      This should be a very proud moment for Eaton’s hate blog.

      • The Jig is Up Atlas Folks "Misunderstood", As Usual permalink
        August 22, 2010 11:44 pm

        The “reply” above was merely an acknowledgement that TJIUA addressed the charges with a factual denial (something that they very seldom do).

        As for the above posting, “Some Senior Republicans With Prior Board of Election Experience Need Not Apply”, we belive that it is an accurate annecdotal report and a sharply pointed comment.

  7. Craig Eaton is a “Legend in His Own Mind” permalink
    August 31, 2010 9:01 pm

    That often expressed phrase has particular poignancy with respect to the Chairman of the Kings County Republican Party, Craig Eaton. He really thinks that he is a success. I know because Craig Eaton recently told me so, himself.

    Eaton has been keeping his light under a bushel lately. A computer check of news sources showed that he was most recently mentioned in the MSM way back in June, and that was the “Hellenic Press” coverage of the Nicole Malliotakis announcement of her campaign in Brooklyn (remember Eaton’s “king of all scowls” photograph?). That was at the B-37 bus-stop at 75th and 3rd (remember when we had a B-37 bus in Bay Ridge?).

    The reality is that the Brooklyn GOP Craig Eaton isn’t even the best known and most successful “Craig Eaton” in the New York metro area. That of course would be the “Craig Eaton” of Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico, LLP. Naturally, the rub for Brooklyn GOP Craig Eaton is that the “Craig Eaton” of Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico, LLP, is not even someone who is in the New York metro area all that often, he does most of his proactive CPA and consulting work from offices up in Boston.

    Not to worry, Brooklyn GOP Craig Eaton is recognizable whenever and wherever sad-sack Republicans meet away from their own districts and away from Republican voters at large. For example, take the opening of the new Republican Campaign Headquarters at 17th Avenue near 77th Street. Look at the outpouring of love and affection apparent at the Headquarter’s opening celebration as shown on the Brooklyn GOP blog. So many GOP leaders in such a small place, it was amazing to behold.

  8. The Jig is Up Atlas Quickly Defended Daddy Eaton's "Legend" permalink
    August 31, 2010 11:39 pm

    “Legend”: a claimed background or biography, usually supported by documents and memorized details; the complete cover story developed for an operative; a false identity, which [] calls a cover or legend, that might aid in their access and operability in regards to the target and sometimes false or reproduced documentation, disguises, and other identity support techniques are used; a “cover” is a secret identity, and a “legend” is the background story and documents that support the cover.

  9. Is Peter Cipriano Getting Into Hot Water Over Election Inspectors? permalink
    September 6, 2010 5:48 pm

    The word is out that Peter Cipriano thinks that he is a very important person on the telephone. If anybody really cares about that arrogant young man, they should tell him what the law is on a whole bunch of fronts involving the proper use of a telephone in an election campaign.

    A) Peter Cipriano cannot lawfully make any appointments of inspectors to the Board of Elections in the 49th AD or any place else, nor can he make appointments to any other Board of Elections positions.

    B) It’s “aggravated harassment” to call someone on the telephone under various circumstances without a legitimate purpose.

    C) Placing a call claiming to be able hire somebody for certain positions at the Board of Elections without the actual authority to do so is “Wire Fraud”, and taken with certain other predicate facts and circumstances can be the basis for a charge of a RICO violation or a civil RICO action; it is also not a legitimate purpose for making a telephone call wrt “aggravated harassment”.

    D) Making an offer of employment in an attempt to change a vote or an affiliation with a political organization is violation of the election law punishable as a crime.

    If anybody is doing phonebank calls, they should work from a properly
    prepared script, even if they are candidates, or in this case, “the candidate”. Otherwise, many improvisations can lead to problems with negative legal consequences.

  10. Could it be that the 46th AD Seergy Club may have its own "Election Inspectors Scandal"? permalink
    September 6, 2010 7:11 pm

    I don’t know if it was a little bird or a fly on the wall, but somebody told me that there is a “kick back” scheme in place with the Election Inspectors in the 46th AD. These “Kick Backs” purportedly go to the Seergy Club or to Republican Candidates directly. Such a scheme must sureley be a crime no matter how it was structured.

    Republican County Chairman Craig Eaton should look into this, immediately. Unless, of course, if he’s known about it all along and approves of it.

    Did somebody from the 46th AD instruct Peter Cipriano how Board of Elections employees are supposed to dealt with concerning things like this?

  11. From Eaton's Side Never a Denial, Just Cut and Paste Nonsense permalink
    September 6, 2010 10:39 pm

    Two serious questions have been raised concerning some of the Republican establishment’s handling of the appointments of Election Inspectors under the direct authority and responsibility of Kings County Republican Chairman Craig Eaton.

    The first involved phone calls from Eaton’s hand-picked assembly candidate in the 49th AD Peter Cipriano, who reportedly has been offering conditional Board of Elections employment to prior inspectors in the 49th AD.

    The second involves another Eaton controlled operation, the 46th AD Seergy Club. There have been reports of a longtime “kickback” scheme inside the 46th AD Election Board operation, that has been tied to mandatory contributions to the Seergy Club or its supported candidates.

    Eaton’s blogs have acknowledged the complaints in their usual jejune fashion, their old cut and paste juxtapositions.

    The only conclusion that a rational person can draw from their fecklessness is that they are: a) unable to make a credible denial of the implied charges; and/or b) unwilling to attempt to make plausible responses to the inconvenient questions with explanations that would withstand further scrutiny.

  12. Another Day and Still No Denial of "Kickbacks" in the 46th AD permalink
    September 7, 2010 6:59 am

    Kings County Republican Chairman Craig Eaton’s hate blogs have attempted to deflect the charges of illegal handling of the Republican appointments for the Board of Elections Inspectors and Coordinators in two ADs, the 46th and the 49th, twice in the last 24 hours.

    It’s now another day and still no denial or satisfactory explanation about the report of “kickbacks” in Clorinda Annorummo’s bailiwick.

    Also not a word of denial concerning the charges that Peter Cipriano has been making harassing phone calls to inspectors dropped by Eaton in the 49th AD, with Cipriano claiming that the dropped inspectors might be reappointed under certain conditions.

    In a new outrage, Cipriano’s also supposed to have said that the 49th AD Republican leadership has been replaced by the Republican County Organization. Have the Republican County Rules been changed in secret again?

  13. Into the Third Day and No Denial or "Explanation" of "Kickbacks" in the 46th AD permalink
    September 8, 2010 6:42 am

    Explain, Mr. Eaton, explain!

    Several times Kings County Republican Chairman Craig Eaton and his hate blogs have attempted to deflect the charges of illegal handling of the Republican appointments for the Board of Elections Inspectors and Coordinators in at least two ADs, the 46th and the 49th.

    It’s now another day and still no denial or satisfactory explanation about the report of “kickbacks” in Clorinda Annorummo’s bailiwick. Also not a word of denial concerning the charges that “Boy Wonder” Peter Cipriano had been making harassing phone calls to inspectors dropped by Eaton in the 49th AD, along with Cipriano’s assurances that the dropped inspectors might be reappointed under certain conditions showing changed loyalty by the once and future inspectors.

    In addition, Peter Cipriano was also reported to have made a claim that the 49th AD Republican leadership had been replaced by the Republican County Organization of Craig Eaton. This is clearly contrary to any lawful authority of the County Chairman under existing Republican County Rules.

    Clarification is in order, Mr. Chairman. By now this is clearly on your personal radar screen – “Kickbacks”, illegal phone calls, claims of an unlawful change in the elected Republican leadership in the 49th AD.

  14. Evidence Mounting of Questionable "Enterprise" involving "Republican" Election Inspectors permalink
    September 8, 2010 7:24 pm

    Remember the story about Peter Cipriano’s harrassing phone calls (if not, just look at the posts above on this thread).

    It seems that, maybe, he wasn’t all that far off his “script”. Republican Chairman Eaton’s Official Republican Web site published the following article: “‘Earn up to $600 as a Republican Poll Worker’ by Uncle Abe on September 3, 2010”

    The infromative item details how “Republican poll workers are needed to assist voters at poll sites for the September 14 Primary and the November 2 General Election.” And that “Poll workers are paid by the NYC Board of Elections — $100 to attend a training class, $200 to work on Primary Election Day, another $200 to work on General Election Day, and a $100 bonus for working both election days.” If you missed the point they repeated it,”That’s a total of $600, and you can work on all future elections at poll sites in your neighborhood.”

    Then Eaton’s article goes into the how to part:

    “Here’s how to be hired as a poll worker:
    Option 1. Call Brooklyn Republican Headquarters at (917) 727-0432 to register for a paid training class. Training classes will only be held in Bensonhurst from Sept. 7 to 10, and you must attend a training class to work at the polls. You must leave a message containing your name, address and phone number. We will call you back to confirm your appointment at a training class.
    Option 2. Visit our Republican HQ at 7620 17th Avenue in Bensonhurst to sign up for a training class. We are open every day from 12 Noon to 7 PM”

    Even though this looks like an innocent advert for the “Republican” Board of Elections jobs, it’s the “bait” in a possibly illegal “Bait and Switch” scam. Interestingly the “immediately following” article typologically on the same Brooklyn GOP Web Page(“What a Night! Brooklyn GOP Opens Campaign HQ!” by Gene Berardelli on August 29, 2010, actually “preceding” the above in time of publication) clearly indicates that 7620 17th Avenue is a “Campaign” headquarters, not the official “Kings County Republican Headquarters”. If you check out the dates mentioned in the first article, “Training classes will only be held in Bensonhurst from Sept. 7 to 10, and you must attend a training class to work at the polls”, you’ll see that all are pre-primary and in addition required providing complete biographical data prior to arranging any appointment.

    This was virtually the same screed that Peter Cipriano harangued at various former Board of Elections Inspectors from the 49th AD, when he said that if they wanted their jobs back they had to come to his headquarters at 7620 17th Avenue.

    Coming soon: what happened earlier today when we tried to get some information at the Board of Elections about the inspectors in the 49th AD. At what stage does “Questionable” become obviously “Illegal”?
    You’ll see for yourself soon enough. Just look at the 46th AD club practices.

  15. No denials for three days going on four -- tic -- tic -- tic -- tic -- tic !!!!! permalink
    September 9, 2010 6:27 pm

    It’s now more than three whole days, and there’s still been no denial or satisfactory explanation about the report of “kickbacks” in Clorinda Annorummo’s 46th AD Seergy Club. It’s now clear that Craig Eaton is on board for this kind of shakedown of Board of Elections workers as part of one of his ongoing “enterprises”.

    Furthermore, there has not been a word of denial concerning the charges that Eaton’s endorsed candidate in the 49th AD, Peter Cipriano, made harassing phone calls to inspectors throughout the 49th AD, who had been dropped on Eaton’s orders. The criminal investigation of Cipriano should begin with any “offers” that he made to the dropped inspectors indicating that they might be reappointed to their Board of Election jobs only under certain conditions. Cipriano is also supposed to have made a claim that his primary opponent, the 49th AD Republican leader Lucretia Regina-Potter had been replaced by the Republican County Organization. Although that statement may not be criminal, it is certainly actionable (Cipriano had better pray hard that he loses both his primaries on Tuesday).

    Comming soon: Board of Elections “stonewall” on turning over evidence proving Eaton’s skullduggery in the 49th AD.

  16. Lucretia emerges as a "real deal" Republican commentator permalink
    September 27, 2010 8:08 pm

    I’m feelin’ so verklempt because our boobala Lucretia has come into her own as such a provocative commentator that the other side thinks it was ykw blogging from “down town”. Not only that, our little shaynapunim LRP played the Jiggezzatterz like the Deutschefrau Anne Sophie Mutter doing her bit with the Newyorkerphilharmonicas. It almost makes me feel like a gornisht helfn olt mensch kibbutzin on a kazoo by comparison. But them putzvatigish Jiggezzatterz are meshuga mamzers if they think their tumler schtick’s worth any more than cockinyam next to the shpritzing on these schlemazels by this boychick and his shiksa schmoozer.

  17. What does Lucretia Have to Say About Peter Abbate and Peter Cipriano permalink
    September 28, 2010 12:14 am

    We’ll find out soon enogh!



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