Controversial Strategist/Democrat Jeffrey Kraus Received Over Eight Thousand Dollars from Golden Over Past Six Months
Many of you remember him as the man who cursed out our party’s citywide candidate for Public Advocate.
Dr. Jeffrey Kraus— who is the Chair of the New York City Voter Assistant Commission, a professor, and a political consultant–was the receiver of numerous donations from State Senator Marty Golden amounting to thousands of dollars–just over $8,600 to be more precise.
This was done despite the call of this blog and numerous constituent Republicans of the 22nd State Senate district and Brooklyn to investigate the childish and inappropriate acts of him and other political consultants.
Mr. Kraus is a Democrat. He is one of the many Democrats in Marty Golden’s cadre of worshipers and benefactors, including (most recently) the Riley family.
Click here for the link to the disclosures.
We wrote about Dr. Kraus back in early September 2009:
Recent details have come to light of the vile dog-eat-dog tactics currently being employed by Kings County’s GOP consultant mavens.
The Daily News has reported that Dr. Jeffrey Kraus, Chair of the NYC Voter Assistance Commission and long-time courtier of The Golden Prince, State Senator Marty Golden, publicly slandered Republican candidate for Public Advocate Alex Zablocki on YouTube.
Apparently, Jeff Kraus, a Professor at Wagner College in Staten Island, commented on Mr. Zablocki’s online voter guide video page that Mr. Zablocki was “a jerk.” Perhaps this is not so unexpected given Mr. Kraus is a Democrat.
Within hours of the article’s release, Mr. Zablocki’s video featured a new comment by a mysterious BigEShellback86: “What a f****** JERK !” (expletive deleted).
Regardless of his political affiliation, the “jerk” comment is important to Brooklyn Republicans given the very interesting GOP connections Dr. Kraus has had over the years.
“Friends of Martin Golden” has given Dr. Kraus over $57,000 over the years The Golden Prince has been a State Senator, and over $33,500 while The Golden Prince was a mere squire City Councilman. Embattled 39th City Council District GOP candidate George Smith is also indebted to Dr. Kraus for “outstanding liabilities.” Dr. Kraus has even waved his wand for Democratic City Councilman Simcha Felder for over $18,000 in 2005, the year Mr. Felder ran unopposed and received the Republican line.
This all begs the question: why would our party be involved with someone like Kraus? His actions are indicative of the dizzying conflicts of interest and inappropriate conduct on the part of GOP consultants in Brooklyn…
These consultants—like it or not—are paid public figures that are representing our party by their actions. Anyone can look to the public records and see the money trail connecting them to our party, its candidates and politicians. When they do bad things, it reflects poorly on our entire county organization.
The Kings County GOP has some serious questions to answer about the persons it and its candidates employ. How do we intend to lead the way to reform if we allow in-fighting and controversy to fester in our county?
And yet, here we are, nearly a year later, and the Senator and the Brooklyn GOP are still engaging with the same cannibalistic consultants.
Indeed, Merlin of Malice Gerry O’Brien was also given a fair sum from the Senator as well (more on that in another piece).
But Marty Golden continues to demonstrate that he could care less about how his people make the party look.
So long as he gets what he wants.
Hearing about Kraus, some of you are asking if the rumors are true…
A few emailers have asked us: is Jeffrey Kraus a contributor to the Brooklyn GOP hate blogs?
Since my colleagues and I view those blogs as a waste of time and internet space, it would be very sad if any of the payments made to Dr. Kraus were given so that he could monitor or even contribute to the hate blogs that have been littering cyberspace with their spite, making our party look bad.
Again, I stress, these are rumors that have been submitted to us from concerned readers who have their own views.
Given Dr. Kraus’ actions against Alex Zablocki, we can at least establish that he can use a computer. Beyond that, I can’t say.
Kraus for his part denied even knowing about material on any political blogs when he responded to our request for answers a while back.
Frankly, I find that hard to believe. Then again, maybe he’s not a very savvy consultant?
I invite the doctor to email us with comment regarding these issues, or to confirm or deny the rumors on this page and elsewhere.
We would love to offer his side of the story.
By the way, I have NOT forgotten about the Brooklyn GOP’s disclosures. They have not been made public yet. I guess the GOP is late yet again submitting their mandated accounting statements.