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Brooklyn GOP Establishment Candidates Appear To Be Headed For Disaster in Today’s Primary

September 14, 2010

Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton with Rick Lazio

When one thinks of Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton, it’s hard not to think of the word “failure.”

As one commentator on our blog noted, The Duke of Bay Ridge could see most or all of his backed candidates in today’s primary lose, including statewide and congressional races. Indeed, the polls are showing that the potential is pretty good that a majority of Mr. Eaton and Sen. Martin Golden‘s endorsed candidates will not continue past this evening.

Meanwhile, GOP reformers are salivating at the notion that this year’s elections could just be the last nail in the coffin for a GOP chairmanship that has brought only necrosis to the corpus of Republican politics in Brooklyn.

Let us consider the major races in the primary.

First, Lazio vs. Paladino.

Lazio, who has the backing of a wide variety of Republicans and reformers, dug his own grave by running a terribly inactive campaign about which few could say great things. Eaton and the Brooklyn GOP establishment have backed him. Yet, Carl Paladino has picked up steam recently. So much so that the consensus amongst political insiders is that he has an undeniable edge going into today’s election. That cannot make the Eaton establishment all too pleased.

Next, we have the 13th Congressional race, which has been far less boring, I must say. We have covered it extensively here on Atlas. Michael Allegretti, the GOP candidate backed by both the Staten Island Republican Party and the Brooklyn Republican Party, has floundered and eventually entered a vegetative state as of last week, after a dismal debate performance on NY1. To many of our writers, Allegretti has exercised disgraceful tactics in the run-up to the election, engaging in ethnic politics and demeaning Mike Grimm‘s military record of service. He has become so desperate in recent weeks that he even had to pull Vito Fossella out of retirement to hold a photo-op for the two.

Talk about a position of weakness.

Photo (L to R): Michael Grimm, 13th Congressional candidate; Lucretia Regina-Potter, 49th Assembly District candidate; Joe DioGuardi, United States Senate candidate

Then, you have the Senate candidates. Polling shows Bay Ridge Cabal-backed Bruce Blakeman is trailing frontrunner Joe DioGuardi in the race to unseat Kirsten Gillibrand. That must make the Fiorello LaGuardia Club–one of Craig Eaton’s biggest rivals and targets–very happy. DioGuardi, after all, endorsed the LaGuardia Organization’s 49th AD candidate Lucretia Regina-Potter (more on her in a bit).

And as for the race against Charles Schumer, a staggering 59% of GOP voters remain undecided going into the polls, with establishment pick Jay Townsend running against ex-CIA official Gary Berntsen.

Last, but certainly not least, we have the mysterious primary in the 49th Assembly District. For the longest time, we wondered what Craig Eaton would do to undermine Lucretia Regina-Potter in her race against Democrat Peter Abbate. Then, we learned that he put up some total unknown to primary her out of spite.

Need we say anymore? This reminds me of the 44th City Council race unknown Kenneth Rice, who allegedly forged petition signatures in that race.

Needless to say, she has come out pretty strong in the Jewish community recently and has slapped down the Bay Ridge Cabal quite impressively in the past few months. It is clear: A win for her is a massive loss for Eaton.

(And we reiterate our strongest hopes that Mrs. Regina-Potter does very well in this insipid primary)


So, those are the major races we will all be following in the coming hours. I’m sure the establishment cabal is biting their nails as you read this.

We will provide updates and analysis of the results of today’s primary.

As for each of you, we ask that you please remember to vote reform today and in November.

  1. Young Republican permalink
    September 14, 2010 7:16 am

    I really can’t make up my mind, who’s the better candidate Townsend of Berntsen? Any insight? Watching Berntsen I got the feeling that he was running for the primary and not the general election, while Townsend was focused on Schumer and the general… but…

  2. John Coffey permalink
    September 14, 2010 7:53 am

    Wednesday morning Mr. Eaton (a.k.a. Eduard Delacroix) will wake up with that smug look wiped right off his barefoot loafer face. He is no one and has done nothing and tonight that will be proven. He is a mush and everything he touches turns to crap. Either that, or it goes corrupt and steals newspapers like a child so no one can read the disparaging articles.

    “There’s a dead man walking here”

    “Awful tired now, boss. Dog tired.”

  3. More Brooklyn GOP effort put into a Democrat Primary than most of their own permalink
    September 14, 2010 8:11 am

    The Republican involvement in the Democratic Leadership race in the 60th AD is something to behold. They put Marty Golden’s top “hit man” (YKW, Merlin O’Malice) on the job of going after Ralph Perfetto with a last minute mailed attack piece “It’s Time to Clean House” that focuses on the trumped-up charge that Perfetto was “practicing law without a license and impersonating an attorney in court”. Interestingly, the big push, including the Daily News roll-out of that single charge against Perfetto came right after the word got out that Perfetto’s club was carrying petitions for Democratic State Senate Candidate Michael DiSanto and Carroll’s club was not. That supposedly drove Marty Golden up the wall, since it had been assumed that almost nobody was going to carry for DiSanto.

    Regardless of how the race turns out between Perfetto and Kevin Peter Carroll, once again the Eaton-Golden Cabal have made a strategic blunder. Whether he’s a private citizen or continues to be the Democratic State Committeeman for the 60th AD, Ralph Perfetto now intends to be “fully involved” in the race for the state senate through November.

  4. Eaton Going Crazy permalink
    September 14, 2010 9:50 am

    There will be no question that Eaton and his boys (and Allegretti) will be sucking ass to all those in Brooklyn who backed Grimm to have any say whatsoever with him!! Once it gets out that Eaton and the Brooklyn GOP maked most (if not all losers) in GOP primaries it will be over. Rule #1 in primaries for a GOP chairman- if your going to get so heavily involved in primaries- you better pick the winner- too bad Eaton never understood politics!

  5. Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton, It's 12:00 Noon on Primary Day... permalink
    September 14, 2010 11:04 am

    Do you know where your enemies are?

    Do you know who your enemies are?

    How’s the vote so far?

    Is that good for your side?

    Do you even have a clue?

  6. Young GOP Kid permalink
    September 14, 2010 1:03 pm

    Craig Easton is finished politically. End of story.

  7. Someody Sounds Like He's The Scarlet Pimpernel permalink
    September 14, 2010 1:54 pm

    First, one of Eaton’s bogs-bloggers says he’s posting on the job.
    Then, somebody else comments that he took the day off and he’s out campaigning for god-knows-who at who-knows-where. Maybe both are right!

    To borrow a passage from Baroness Orczy:

    “[They] seek him here, [they] seek him there,
    Those [Jig Jerks] seek him everywhere.
    Is he in heaven? — Is he in hell?
    That damned, elusive Pimpernel”

    But we really aren’t little roadside flowers like pimpernels, are we! We need a better theme something more like:

    Where’s that tiger? Where’s that tiger? Where’s that tiger? Where’s that tiger? Can’t find that tiger!
    Hold that tiger. Please, hold that tiger. Come on, hold that tiger. Jeez, hold that tiger. Why can’t you hold that tiger?
    Russell, hold him, choke him, kick him, shoot him. Just do something to that tiger!

    Where’s that tiger? Can’t find that tiger? You’ve lost that tiger!

    Oh my gosh, a pouncing ti……

  8. W. W. Denslow permalink
    September 14, 2010 4:16 pm

    The entire community is turning on Kevvinn Carroll. I heard most all of Community Board wants his head on a platter for the Perfetto mailer job. Carroll will have to go run and hide under his parents bed and OH MY GOSH! maybe be forced to get a real job for the first time in his life after he is TROUNCED and embarrassed by Ralph “The Lion” Perfetto tonight. Kevvinn sold the farm a little early on this one, folks. He’s a 24-year-old nobody making backroom deals with obese Republican henchmen for a non-paying Democratic county committee post?!!?! The boy has no sideburns, wears his father’s ill-fitting suits and is obviously gayer than the entire Fort Hamilton theater club and this is Craig Eaton’s boy?! This is Craig Eaton’s new protégé?! Doesn’t Marty know Kevvinn is only gearing up to take him on in 2012? How far the mighty (or should I say, how far the marty) have fallen indeed…

    Kiss kiss…

    All the king’s horses and all the king’s men…
    and all the golf in the world couldn’t put Craigy together again…

    Kiss kiss…

  9. Marcus Tullius Cicero permalink
    September 14, 2010 6:18 pm

    Also, Craig A. Eaton’s candidate of choice for mayor last year is supporting Charlie “ethics violations” Rangel. It all comes around full circle.

    “As Colleagues Keep Their Distance, Rangel Finds a Re-election Ally in Bloomberg”

  10. Eaton moans and groans and comes up with bupkis permalink
    September 14, 2010 10:45 pm

    The Brooklyn GOP threw its whole weight behind a slate of candidates and came up with what?

    Better luck next time!

  11. Young Republican permalink
    September 14, 2010 11:33 pm

    I was at the convention in June. They nominated Lazio, he lost. They nominated Blakemen, he lost. They nominated Berntsen, he lost. The only candidate who didn’t lose are those who didn’t have a primary.

  12. Eaton Going Crazy permalink
    September 14, 2010 11:42 pm

    Hey Z man at the other blog-
    what do u have to say now?? who will be sucking ass to who now?? You losers!!! very quiet at the Eaton blog tonight- their gubernatorial and congressional candidate allegretti get trounced!!

  13. The Brooklyn GOP Establishment was Handed a Huge Defeat permalink
    September 15, 2010 6:38 am

    Not since 1993 has an establishment “team” been handed such a huge defeat (Clorinda, are you reading this?)

    Even the small “success” in the 49th AD is hardly a ray of sunshine for the GOP central command. Peter Cipriano didn’t get his votes because he was Eaton’s candidate, he got them because he was new. Plus, the total Republican vote in the 49th AD should be cause for far more concern than any momentary elation Eaton might feel over a Cipriano win.

    Once again, this time in a Republican Primary, the Brooklyn GOP Establishment has lost in its area of core strength.

    “The question begs” what do they think they’re doing?

    “The question begs” who do they think they are?

  14. Real Guy Bay Ridge permalink
    September 16, 2010 3:27 pm

    Hey W. W. Denslow who was “TROUNCED” in the election. Not Kevin Carroll who won a 63-37 percent victory over Ralph “My cousin Vinny” Perfetto. As for everything else you are referring to its all rumor and innuendo. Try putting some real facts on before you right next time. I guess we know how great your political insight is.

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