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Evidence Suggests Controversial Non-Libertarian “Brooklyn Tea Party” is an Establishment Trojan Horse

August 25, 2010

Michael Allegretti, establishment candidate in the 13th Congressional race attends Tea Party event.

Many of our fellow libertarians and Republicans came to respect the core message of the Tea Party movement.

Granted, it has drawn out some very crazy people and elevated parts of the “fringe” of our party. But, on the whole, my colleagues and I support anti-establishment, pro-reform and low-tax political groups and individuals.

However, it has recently come to my attention that the so-called “Brooklyn Tea Party” group in our county is largely a subsidiary of the Bay Ridge Cabal and the local GOP establishment. Also, they have tied themselves with the group’s controversial leader Dr. John Kenneth Press, who has been alleged to have connections with a white nationalist organization.

It was first brought to my attention that the organization is intimately related to Brooklyn GOP Chairman ______ “The Irrelevant One” ______’s (so irrelevant I try not to refer to him by name) syndicate by a few emailers.

To the Brooklyn Tea Party, all mosques are symbols of conquest.

The group is known to have taken the position that all mosques are “barracks” in some kind of war against the West.

I am not making this up.

(I wonder what the numerous Muslim Republicans–quite a few of them, actually–in our city would say if they heard that statement)

And a large number of establishment candidates have been allegedly linked to the “tea party,” including Michael Allegretti, Pete Ciriano, Joseph Hayon, and Clorinda Annarummo, Eaton’s closely allied District Leader. A friend tells us that GOP Vice Chair David Storobian, mysterious

District Leader Elaine Guido and Vincent Bocchino are also

visible on this tea party’s public Facebook page.

Also associated with this controversial group is Republican Senate candidate Jay Townsend–a man backed by the Bay Ridge Cabal–who appeared at a Brooklyn Tea Party event.

Indeed, on the establishment-sponsored “GOP blogtalk radio program” (widely considered to be a joke due to its frequent technical failures), the leader of this so-called “tea party” group, Dr. John Press, was a recent guest.

I looked into this Dr. Press. He is very controversial. The Daily News had this quote about him:

John Kenneth Press, 45, an administrator at an East Side hospital and president of the Brooklyn Tea Party, calls himself a champion of “culturism.”

“It’s the opposite of multi-culturalism,” he explains. “It says we have a Western majority culture in this country – a European Judeo-Christian culture – and the right to protect and promote it.”

This man is libertarian?

I think not. That sounds like wacko far-right social conservative drivel to me. Not libertarian at all.

It gets worse. Some online talking heads have had even more to say about Dr. Press and his crew:

In Brooklyn, New York, R.E.A.L. has…learned that the Brooklyn Tea Party has also gotten involved in protests against mosques there as well as in Manhattan.  On June 1, 2010, “culturist” Brooklyn Tea Party’s Dr. John Press announced plans to protest the 45 Park Place mosque in Manhattan, and Madeline Brooks reported on continuing Brooklyn Tea Party protests in Brooklyn regarding the Manhattan mosque…

Brooklyn Tea Party leader Dr. John Press has also been part of the Brooklyn protests against a planned mosque in Brooklyn on Voorhies Avenue, which R.E.A.L. has previously reported about.  At a recent protest against a planned Brooklyn mosque, Dr. Press defends the comments by a white American woman protester was being interviewed by a black American reporter, with the protester stating “Those people don’t belong here! They ain’t gonna get along with our kids.  Did you ever see a Muslim shake an American’s hand? None of them live here and we don’t want them in our community.”   Brooklyn Tea Party leader Dr. John Press defends such views in a July 5, 2010 article that he wrote for the “American Thinker,” entitled “Culturists oppose another mosque in Brooklyn.”

…Brooklyn Tea Party leader Dr. Press has urged readers of the white nationalist American Renaissance group to use the term “culturist,” in his comments to an American Renaissance posted article “Is Black Culture the Problem with Education?.” In his comments, Brooklyn Tea Party leader Dr. Press tells the white nationalists at American Renaissance “We need to employ the word culturist to save our school system. Currently, our school system sees differences in achievement and searches for answers and skips the cultural explanation you highlight.”  In another article, Dr. Press complains that “Whiteness studies treats all discrimination against groups as completely arbitrary, irrational and insane,” and states that discrimination against early immigrants of Italians, Catholics, and Jews, had a rational basis for such discriminatory views, which is why Dr. Press argues for “culturism,” which focuses on using our cultural differences to support only some cultures.  This same argument for “culturism” by Brooklyn Tea Party Leader Dr. Press is how he justifies protests against mosques.

“Discrimination against early immigrants of Italians, Catholics, and Jews, had a rational basis”?

Is that a joke? Please tell me I am not reading that!

This is a man who comments on white nationalist group websites? This is who Craig Eaton and his gang are associating with?

It makes you wonder if the dwindling number of women and minorities in the GOP is more than just coincidence…

It gets worse. Here’s another Dr. Press gem from a piece he wrote two years ago:

The groups that most worried the Protestant “native stock” of Americans were the Irish, the Italians and the Jews. The Irish Catholicism was seen as a threat to democracy and prosperity. Worldwide, Catholic colonies are less democratic, have lower literacy levels, and lower GDPs than Protestant colonies. Italians were said to lack reverence for education and engage in criminality. Stephan Thernstrom has shown that as late as 1970 Italian economic mobility was not as high as other groups. This month the Gambino family was finally busted in New York. Jews were at the head of labor movements, communist organizations, Civil Rights organizations, and the ACLU. Karl Marx and Freud have not exactly had zero impact on the western world. Is it totally mad to think that Jews have cultural tendencies that did not perfectly meld with the mainstream of American thought?

The only person who is totally mad is Dr. Press, apparently, who justifies and/or engages in hate against ethnic, racial and religious groups on a regular basis.

And the Bay Ridge Cabal loves him… Wow.

Indeed, I believe Warner Brothers is in talks to lampoon the scary relationship between these establishment individuals and this Brooklyn Tea Party. Here’s a demo introduction to their pending work:

All kidding aside, these GOP “leaders” connected with Dr. Press should be ashamed of themselves and held to account for associating with such a controversial set of figures.

Michael Allegretti? Craig Eaton? You should be ashamed.

Make no mistake about it: this “Brooklyn Tea Party” is not a reform-oriented group.

In my opinion, it is a group that has inextricably linked itself to the faltering GOP do-nothings who have harmed our party for so long. It is promoting hate over legitimate criticism of the proposed community center in downtown Manhattan.

This is not the Tea Party envisioned by fellow libertarians and sane Republicans seeking to hold government accountable for their reckless spending and health care plan.

It is a vicious establishment shill.

Nothing more.

  1. Masada permalink
    August 25, 2010 1:46 am

    As a Jew, this does not surprise me. I wish it did.

    Craig Eaton has seemingly taken every opportunity to place GOP events on Jewish holidays. He is a disgrace as Chairman and he should resign.

  2. Throw The Looney Toons Out permalink
    August 25, 2010 2:27 am

    I knew these people seemed extreme from the beginning. As a libertarian, I am ashamed that they are painting themselves as part of the Tea Party movement.

    It’s time to kick the Looney Toons out for good.

    Eaton and Co. has got to go!

  3. First Hate Blogs Now Hate Groups permalink
    August 25, 2010 7:05 am

    Early on, Republican County Chairman Craig Eaton decided that he needed to unleash his hate blogs on the opposition inside the Republican Party of Brooklyn when internet critics started expressing themselves on Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn and elsewhere.

    Now, as Eaton sees that the candidacies of two out of three of his most important candidates in 2010, Cipriano and Allegretti, are slipping fast, he has made another desparate decision, to make an alliance with extremists, both inside and outside the Republican Party.

    The Whigs made the same fateful choice many years ago.

    Craig Eaton hopes that a “Gangs of New York” scenario will work in 2010. Whether he’s made a clever choice, or just and evil one, will play out soon enough.

    Clearly, the desparate candidates Michael Allegretti and Peter Cipriano have signed on to this, but has State Senator Marty Golden?

    First hate blogs, now hate groups, the “Irrelevant One” is quite a leader indeed. Has he read “Mein Kampf” and does he think history will repeat in Brooklyn?

  4. August 25, 2010 8:38 am

    But its alright that Michael Grimm’s facebook page is full of anti-Islamic rhetoric from his supporters. It was only yesterday that he was forced to release a cheap statement on his page stating his support for Muslims in the face of allowing such discrimantory and hateful rhetoric on his page. And may I also add that he had allowed such disgusting talk of Muslims to go on for weeks now.

    But its also alright that he will be speaking at the 9/11 rally, mind you the rally not the memorial along with several other radical racists including anti-Islamist Geert Wilders. He could have declined talking at this event but he didnt, instead he is going right along with it.

    • David Y. permalink
      August 25, 2010 9:50 am

      I’m sorry, but I didn’t see this blog piece expressing an opinion either way on Grimm’s views on the mosque or his Facebook page. This piece was about the disturbing “Tea Party” group that is making our party look terrible in Brooklyn. If Grimm is espousing hate, he needs to go, too. Michael Allegretti on the other hand is standing side by side with this organization of anti-Muslim, anti-mosque morons. That was his choice. Now he needs to accept the consequences.

  5. White Sheets permalink
    August 25, 2010 11:27 am

    What’s next for these looney tunes? White sheets over their heads and burning crosses in front of people’s homes? Typical of the Bay Ridge Cabal to be so closely associated with this group. Birds of a feather.

    • john brown permalink
      August 25, 2010 4:12 pm

      Your a dick.

      • Craig Easton's Lonely Little Losers permalink
        August 25, 2010 4:44 pm

        Ah, the usual neanderthal response from one of Craig Easton’s lonely little losers.

        How original.

  6. Lora permalink
    August 25, 2010 11:45 am

    This is disgraceful. Craig Eaton and his gang of thugs should be run out of town. Please resign, Mr. Chairman. You make us sick.

    Kiss kiss…

  7. David Hikind permalink
    August 25, 2010 12:19 pm

    Why does none of this suprise me in the least? It figures Craig Easton would hold yet ANOTHER event on a Jewish Holiday!! His Brooklyn GOP golf outing is scheduled for September 27th which is Chol Hamoed. It is on the eve of Hoshana Rabbah!!! What a disgrace! They obviously do not want Jews to partake in their boys club. Craig Easton needs to resign, immediately. His affiliation with Dr. John Press makes total sense now

  8. Young Republican permalink
    August 25, 2010 1:20 pm

    Everything is a conspiracy…

    • Lora permalink
      August 25, 2010 2:03 pm

      There is nothing conspiratorial about associating with a nutcase. It’s just bad policy.

      Kiss kiss…

  9. No Sleeveless Dresses, Clorinda permalink
    August 25, 2010 10:01 pm

    Clorinda, a woman who should should NEVER wear sleeveless dresses, is passionately obsessed with Jonathan Judge and Roy Antoun, who are, along with the Young Republican Organization, the number one GOP group in the county. The fact is they have done more to get GOP candidates elected (Jonathan Judge’s campaign, Mrs. Regina-Potter’s, Arnaldo Ferraro’s chairmanship) than the Bay Ridge Cabal ever did for any of their candidates who is NOT Marty Golden. They’re all slimy patronage goons, and Clorinda is queen of them all.

    • SO PATHETIC permalink
      August 25, 2010 11:25 pm

      The Jig gets paid to sit their and “mirror” comments. They did a comment that is a “reversal” of this comment. So PATHETIC.

  10. Maybe there will be a rumble between the Sharks and the Jets permalink
    August 26, 2010 12:02 am

    7620 17th Avenue is just spittin’ distance from the 49th AD LaGuardia Club and Lucretia’s Campaign Headquarters. That’s definitely Jets’ turf.

    Kings County Republican Chairman Craig Eaton announced that he’s opening a campaign headquarters tomorrow night at 7620 17th Avenue and all the Kings County Republican Sharks will be there.

    Republican campaigning just took a thirty year step backwards, how nostalgic. This must be an Eaton brainstorm; and that’s always a bad thing.

    Let’s see what happens!

    “When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way…
    … and when you’re a Jet, you stay a Jet”

    “I’m not gonna dance wid ’em, I’m gonna make nice to ’em….”

  11. More Craziness From Press permalink
    August 26, 2010 12:58 am

    “Doctor” Press has more bad “press”:

    “Press’s theory is that there’s a dominant Western culture with values that must be protected. Immigration, he said, is a threat to this. Practically speaking, this means he’s less worried about people from South Korea coming to America – because he thinks their cultural values are in line with Western values – than about people coming from Latin America, whose culture he sees as not valuing education or curbs on teen pregnancy.”

  12. Who is Dr. John Press and what's he all about? permalink
    August 26, 2010 6:53 am

    First, he says he teaches at “Staten Island University” except that there really isn’t any institution with that particular name where any teaching is done.

    One of his blogs “Infidel Bloggers Alliance” proudly proclaims that it’s a bunch of racists and gun nuts with some lurid visual imagery, to boot.

    The blog “TheBrooklynink” states that John Press is from Manhattan; and it’s been observed elsewhere that “Dr. Press” is not really familiar with Brooklyn neighborhoods or the sensible ways to get around in Brooklyn and Staten Island.

    He has participated in the opposition the building of at least one mosque in Brooklyn.

    For some reason the Kings County Republican Party and its Chairman Craig Eaton has swallowed hook, line and sinker this “Dr. Press” and his “Culteralism” as a legitimate “Tea Party” spokesperson.


    • Lora permalink
      August 26, 2010 12:35 pm

      This is just more and more evidence of disgrace on the Bay Ridge Cabal’s part.

      Kiss kiss…

  13. This is a Serious Dis-connect for the Young Peter Cipriano permalink
    August 26, 2010 10:39 pm

    How does he reconcile his close friendship with Mohammad Barkeshli with a close political association with a group headed by John Kenneth Press. Barkeshli, “The American Mohammad”, was so tired of America as a teenager that he saw it all as a visit a town that had already burned down. The same Mohamad Barkeshli also delivered an apologia for the nuclear ambitions of Iran, as expressed by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad . Cipriano made Barkeshli the top financial officer of his political PAC and still treats him as one of the top insiders of the Cipriano campaign for the assembly.

    John K. Press is a neo-nativist American, who wrote a book called “Culturism” to rebut the tenets of multi-culturalism. At his most extreme, he also historically equated the threat of Italian Immigrants at the beginning of the Twentieth Century with Islamic terrorists at the beginning of the Twenty-first. He has become a signal opponent of the “Ground Zero Mosque” connected with something called “The Brooklyn Tea Party”.

    Does Peter Cipriano not know about what these people have done and said? Is this a case of cognitive dissonance for Mr. Cipriano? Or is he a politician, as cynical and stupid as those who put him forward as their champion in the 49th AD? Doesn’t Peter Cipriano think we would ever uncover his contradictory affiliations? Or is he just someone who obviously doesn’t care about such things or anybody who sees such affiliations as contradictory?

    What would a candidate like Peter Cipriano have to say in any debate with Lucretia? He is obviously all about adolescent emotional responses lacking in any depth or life experience; and obviously normal logic means nothing to him?

  14. This is a serious dis-connect for The Jig is Up Atlas permalink
    August 27, 2010 12:40 am

    Whenever the commenters at The Jig is Up Atlas bring up relatives of certain Republican insurgent activistists who might have run afoul of the law, why don’t they bring up State Senator Martin J. Golden’s alleged direct involvement in the investigation of several of his relatives for their serious assault on two police officers and a fireman at the Kettle Black in April 2010.

    There has even been a version of events wherein it was alleged that Marty Golden was present at the Kettle Black later on the day of the multiple acts of mayhem. That was when evidence of the earlier crimes was turned over by a technician to the owners of the Kettle Black. That item of evidence was apparently altered prior to turning it over to police investigators, leading to additional criminal charges against only the technician.

    Where is the Special Prosecutor promised by Brooklyn DA Hynes?
    What is the delay?
    Why isn’t the Jig is Up Atlas outraged?
    Don’t they want to see Marty Golden’s name cleared of any wrong-doing?

  15. Lora permalink
    August 27, 2010 12:20 pm

    I continue to be offended by Craig Eaton’s refusal to condemn Dr. Press. I think we need to have a call for all reformers to condemn Craig Eaton and those who are endorsing this man. Enough is enough.

    Kiss kiss…

    • No More Press permalink
      August 27, 2010 2:22 pm

      Nobody is endorsing this man. The last turnout happened to have a majorty of first time attendees. If you want to do something, go to the next meeting and speak out. You can literally take over his group if you wish. His group is not loyal to him. They are loyal to the tea party cause.

  16. No More Press permalink
    August 27, 2010 2:22 pm


  17. Another Stellar Recruit by the Craig Eaton Brain Trust permalink
    August 27, 2010 9:53 pm

    Does the personal history of John K. Press, purported head of the purported “Brooklyn Tea Party” add up? It does if Craig Eaton’s doing the maths.

    John Kenneth Press was born on May 22nd, 1964. He grew up in Venice Beach and Santa Monica California. As a musician he was a world traveler visiting Europe, West Africa, Israel and Egypt. It made quite an impression on him. He lived with Muslim cults, saw great art, and was turned rightward politically (just how did that happen, pray tell?). He returned to Los Angeles and resumed his music, but this was interrupted when he moved to San Jose to pursue a degree in psychology.

    During his studies at Sna Jose State College, he developed a love of capitalism (there must have been a lot of that going around), which was soon to be nearly entirely reversed (Uh Oh, we suspect a period of inconvenient history is missing). At San Jose Press became the Vice President of the campus environmental group (now that’s a real right wing capitalist thing to do). When the first war with Iraq was looming, he dropped out of school to protest and prevent it (yes, another regular right wing thing to do there, as well). In doing so he widely toured to leftist events (that sounds very conservative to us).

    Press began teaching overseas in Korea, came back to LA, then went back to Korea, simultaneously earned his Masters Degree and eventually enrolled in a Ph.D. program at NYU. While at NYU he lived on the Lower East Side.

    He still puts himself out there as a teacher or professor of sorts and claims to have completed the Ph.D. at NYU. Recently, he said he taught at Staten Island University (just where is that exactly), but not that long ago he said he “had worked” at Vaughn College of Aeronautics in Flushing. Elsewhere he’s described as a History of Education Curriculum Designer at Empire State College SUNY and Adjunct Professor, Vaughn Aeronautics College.

    Now he claims to be the head of the “Brooklyn Tea Party” and pals-around with Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton’s stable of 2010 show pony candidates for who knows what. Was this because of John K. Press’ extensive life experience in Brooklyn or his consistent record of …well, anything?

    Interestingly, a “John Press” edited a book on culturalism in literature in 1965 — this “John Press”, John K. Press, would have been about one-and-a-half years old (interesting coincidence, Mr. Eaton, isn’t it).

  18. Their Kind Of Guy permalink
    August 28, 2010 1:05 am

    Wow–a racist and an elitist, Craig and Marty’s kind of guy.
    It’s Miller time

  19. What's in a name? A rose by any other name.... permalink
    August 28, 2010 12:58 pm

    John Kenneth Press claims that his hippy-like parents named him after the then recently assassinated president JFK. Then, why is his name “John Kenneth Press” instead of “John Kennedy Press”?

  20. There's Still More -- "The 'amazing' Ginsu Knives" of the "Brooklyn Tea Party" permalink
    August 28, 2010 3:04 pm

    John K. Press devoted his Ph.D. studies to Francis Kellor.

    Frances Alice Kellor was an early sociologist, who was born October 20, 1873 in Columbus, Ohio and who died in 1952. She was a “Progressive” thinker, who thought that the environment was the cause for the criminals in jail. She devoted her life to social research, the plight of immigrants and other social reforms.

    Frances Kellor never was “married”, but like many other woman progressives, she found personal fulfillment in an enduring relationship with another woman. This was Mary Dreier, one of two wealthy sisters who played leading roles in the progressive movement in New York.



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