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