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In New Blog Post, Antoun Analyzes Anti-Establishment Primary Results

September 17, 2010

Republican Activist Roy Antoun in one of his wittier moments...

On his blog, my friend Roy Antoun, Brooklyn’s Own Son of Liberty, offers his views of the anti-establishment sentiments that brought Republicans across the state to vote this past Tuesday. As I like to do occasionally, I thought I would share it with all of you:

Tuesday, September 14th was Primary Day for New Yorkers. But it was also the day that virtually every Craig Eaton-endorsed candidate lost the ballot… by a landslide. The United States, in cahoots with establishment candidates, has hopped on several different movements, the largest being the Tea Party, in hopes to change the political culture of the country to a more liberated economic setting. Here’s a quick rundown of the primary results:

*LAZIO – LOST – 38%



GRIMM – WON – 69%

* Establishment-backed candidates.

This isn’t a coincidence. Paladino, depicted as the Tea Party candidate beat Craig Eaton-endorsed Rick Lazio for many reasons. First, the Tea Party affiliation shows the desire to move government from economic control to economic freedom. Despite the hate rhetoric given by many Tea Partiers, the gist of having a movement of this nature suggests that people are essentially “fed up with the Fed.” Rick Lazio did not affiliate himself with the Tea Party but, instead, received the backing of the very establishment that put Americans into this economic mess. Paladino, seen as the underdog, anti-establishment candidate got the vote and the victory for those very reasons.

Craig Eaton is the establishment. He is the party chairman. Therefore, whoever he endorses is, essentially, the kiss of death. His endorsement of Bruce Blakeman was juvenile and irrational. Not only did Blakeman look like another fake politician with a plastic smile, but people just didn’t like him and the numbers show for it. Of the three candidates, Dioguardi, Malpass, and Blakeman, Bruce Blakeman received the least amount of votes. And it’s also not a coincidence that Jonathan Judge’s candidate, Joe Dioguardi won; not to mention that he had the best credentials of the three candidates.

I was saving the best for last. The Grimm vs. Allegretti race was, by far, my favorite. Allegretti was a paisan. He was one of us!

No he wasn’t. Brooklyn demographics have changed dramatically since the 1980s and old-school New York politics no longer apply. Meaning, a political candidate can no longer play the ethnic card and expect to win when a large portion of his district is… not Italian. Allegretti’s petty attack on Grimm’s military career, in combination with his vehement support of the establishment cost him the Republican nomination. The Allegretti campaign was poorly run and made petty attacks on McMahon, Grimm, and non-Italians. Although I am pleased to see Grimm win the Republican primary in my Congressional District, Tom Vendittelli exhibits better free market principles and it running on a non-partisan line.

Looking at the results of the primary the most important conclusion we can grab from this is to never, ever accept the backing of the establishment. No one likes Craig Eaton.


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More coverage of the GOP primary is coming this weekend.

  1. Fly On The Wall permalink
    September 18, 2010 10:09 am

    What has happened in the past few years is an awakening of the people. What have they awoken to? Issues! More people today want to talk issues not party. Here in New York City, We have lagged the rest of the country in waking up from the slumber. The reason NYC lags is the liberal majority. Liberals are trained not to think but to follow. Not that they recognize this. The awakening is mostly among the more conservative and independent. Note, I’m not comparing Democrats and Republicans here. There are conservative Democrats, and liberal Republicans.

    Our problem is that both Democrats and Republicans have let a ruling class develop which control both parties. They are often in cahoots with each other. This is what the people’s eyes are now seeing as they awake from complacency. That is what more of us are seeing in the Republican leadership (using the word loosely) here in Kings County and around the country.

    What we are seeing is the beginning of a democratic (small d) revolution in politics. The people need to, and are, rising up from their slumber and taking control again, as is their right. They don’t want to be lead by the party, or their government. These bodies need to be lead by those that represent the true desires of the people, not by those that are out of touch with the people.

    The time has come to replace our party leadership. They are out of touch with the people. They are in the game for the power, not for public service. They want to rule, not inspire. They want to talk, not listen. Craig, it is time to go and take those who you think are your friends with you.

    As for the rest of us, now is the time to act. We need to give money and support to our candidates in the general election. Talk them up to your friends and neighbors. Don’t talk party, talk issues! Some liberals are beginning to wake up, even as our party leadership is still stone cold deaf.

  2. Warning: Don't Try This At Home -- all driving stunts done by a professional driver on a closed track! permalink
    September 18, 2010 11:22 am

    Roy Antoun should have taken the bit of the Eaton-generated bull-shist about Lucretia being crushed like a tomato or empty tomato can by the horns and wrestled it to the ground. It could have been like in the epic scene from the movie version of “QUO VADIS”. The other side having staked out the lovely Lucretia in the middle of the arena and then unleashingd their new bull inthe 49th AD “Peter the Great” on her, soon to [destroy] her. The symbolism for such a Roman blood-lusting ritual is hardly accidental or latent – but let us not digress.

    Roy should have made a point of tearing the “victorious” Peter C. a new bung-hole. He didn’t, so let me try a little proctological rearrangement on the [consensus view, until contradicted by reliable evidence] heretofore young male virgin.

    For good or ill, Peter E. Cipriano is now the face of the Republican Party in the 49th AD; not Marty Golden, not Arnaldo Ferrarro, not Lucretia Potter and certainly not Craig Eaton. However, he is more than that, he is the poster-boy for “Regime Change” in the 49th AD and beyond. He is the new avatar of Eaton’s Brooklyn GOP. Yes, it’s full frontal lobotomy for all the rest of Brooklyn and the world to see.

    What do the people of the 49th AD know about this skinny kid with glasses from dorkville? Very little. Certainly, nothing that might have rated such a lopsided primary victory, other than that some, probably many, of them wanted something non-establishment and new. Let’s see how he does in solidifying his own image from this point forward (try milkshakes and contacts).

    Right now, Peter E. Cipriano is little more than a name. So, what’s in a name like “Peter Cipriano”?

    He says this about himself:
    “I was born and raised in the Bath Beach section of Brooklyn, NY. Being raised by a single mother, I learned the value of hard work, determination, and commitment to family from an early age.”

    Obviously, he doesn’t he see what a contradiction that statement standing alone poses for some with “traditional family values”? The absolute “Grand-Guignol” of that is in a real comparison with how Peter C. actually has had to live his young life. In and out of this or that college program, phony published resume items, personal betrayals, and dubious life and financial choices by and around him.

    One of these “contradictions” was underscored by the following little phrase published on-line in the September 16th Brooklyn Eagle, in the article “New Generation of Pols Moves Into Spotlight” by Harold Egeln: “…while Cipriano’s proud parents said they were ‘speechless’ about their son’s victory.” This journalistic tidbit might have been the result of some odd juxtaposition of persons, places and events; or it might have been yet another unraveling piece of the “Cipriano Narrative”. “Proud parents” and “Raised by a single mother” don’t precisely jibe. What is the explanation for this apparent contradiction? Did Peter’s assembly race cause a reconciliation of Peter’s long-ago cleaved parents? Has cute little Petey been adopted by seven dwarfs like Snow White? Have both boy and mom made a “Rich” connection, instead of just a one shot deal?

    Even though Peter Cipriano did win his primary (largely because I was not allowed to some negative mail in the run-up to the primary), it’s still fair game to ask, how can Peter E. Cipriano represent Republicans and others in the 49th AD when he cannot accurately represent himself?

    Let’s forget any of the recent “arrangements” in Peter Cipriano’s home life. Who are his birth parents? Really, what have become of both mother and father? There might be more than a little William Blythe Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama II in our young Republican assembly candidate’s biography; and look how that turned out for us.

    The voters have a right to know. Is one of Peter C’s cleaved parents possibly cleavered, on the lamb, at the bottom of a coal shaft in Scranton, in witness protection? Or to put it another way — “Where’s Waldo”?

  3. Fly On The Wall permalink
    September 18, 2010 11:28 am

    Sour grapes make for bad whine!

  4. Eaton's horrific judgment manifest in the 49th AD, Eaton's vision actualized in Cipriano permalink
    September 18, 2010 2:49 pm

    There can be no sour grapes where honey through a comb gently cascades without visible movement and sweet artesian spring water gushes up from pristine substrates and tumbles foaming from rock wall ledges or from happy Republicans through whose pores the milk of human kindness flows, while others might sweat blood.

    Bloody Beggar Craig Eaton re-staked his false claim to leadership in the 49th AD in 2010 by running Peter Cipriano, a clearly unworthy candidate, with no breeding, no education and no clear sense of himself.

    But, hey, that’s the 49th AD’s problem — Eaton broke it — Eaton will have to pay for it — Eaton will own it. Just like Eaton owns the 2010 Allegretti Campaign for Congress forever — “This time Brooklyn is going to pick the candidate for congress…”[Craig Eaton, 2009 Kings County Republican Convention, where he defeated the 49th AD candidate for County Leader]”

    Btw, how many more Pyrrhic victories, like Eaton’s Cipriani-over-Potter, can the Brooklyn GOP sustain and celebrate?

    Cue Geoff Muldaur’s brilliant funky version of “BRAZIL”.

    “…return, I will to old Brazil.”

  5. john brown permalink
    September 18, 2010 5:03 pm

    Let’s just stop the bullshit, Peter won your girl the “crazy wonder” lost. Lets get behind Peter and we can beat that schmuck Abbate, unless you want the asshole Abbate to win, and then nothing changes in Brooklyn.

    • The Bard permalink
      September 18, 2010 5:37 pm

      Yes, while Eaton chants “we few, we happy few, we band of brothers,” his thuggish militants are hate blogging against fellow Republicans and calling Roy Antoun “Mohammed.” Oh, yeah. Sure… Let’s “band together” to beat Abbate

    • Can any thinking person possibly think that Peter Cipriano would be better for the 49th and Brooklyn than Peter Abbate? permalink
      September 18, 2010 5:37 pm

      Sometimes one has to look at reality. Peter Cipriano won the Republican Primary in the 49th AD. Peter Cipriano was Gerard Kassar’s candidate on the Conservative Party line and he won that opportunity to ballot primary. Therefore, Peter Cipriano is the Republican -Conservative Candidate.

      OMG — see the problem?

      Don’t worry over the next two months we’ll go over it in detail, then you’ll see the problem.

      LRP lives;

      LRP fights on;

      LRP rules in the 49th AD.

      JJ lives;

      JJ fights on;

      JJ rules in Brooklyn.

      Hold those tigers — GRRROWWLLL — ROARRRR!

  6. Talk to Eaton About Cipriano--Abbate, His Problem Now! permalink
    September 18, 2010 5:20 pm

    Peter Cipriano never sought the support of the 49th AD Club for his race for assembly against Abbate. Instead, he followed Eaton’s lead and participated in the firing and rehiring the 49th AD inspectors by the Board of Elections. Those are the cards, play them.

    They made the mess, they can clean it up.

    btw, how much is Marty Golden on board for Novemeber?

    Best of luck, write if you get work.

  7. Marty Golden is Abbate's Bitch permalink
    September 18, 2010 6:10 pm

    It is quite obvious that all stops were pulled to take Regina-Potter out. Abbate knew that she was the only one that could defeat him this year. He did not want to work for it. Little Peter is the pawn in this sham game of three-card Marty. The deal between Golden and Abbate lives on.

  8. Mi Vida Loca permalink
    September 18, 2010 9:34 pm

    Peter Abbate is a joke. Not only does he smell like mothballs but he is useless. His days of showing up to the local senior center with a big check and an Entenmann’s bundt cake are numbered.

    The thing with Peter Cipriano is that, quite simply: he has no idea what he is doing! Not unlike Kevin Carrol across town.

    If this is the “new generation” for either party, then we are in serious trouble.

  9. The Age of Eaton Chapter 4: the 2010 Republican Primary permalink
    September 19, 2010 12:16 am

    If nothing else Kings County Republican Committee Chairman Craig Eaton is consistent. As usual nothing important turned out as he planned.

    Allegretti, lost his primary and is sadder but wiser for it. If he was trying to slow Grimm’s momentum, it completely didn’t show in the month leading up to September 14, 2010. Other than the Republican Executive Committee endorsement, Eaton was not able to deliver anything that he had promised to Allegretti. Instead, Eaton changed his crown jewel congressional candidate into a spy on an insurgent club in a very small part of the congressional district, and in the end threw that viable candidate under the bus to win an assembly primary in a district that Eaton has made impossible to win in November. In Eatonland and with Eatonspeak that’s called a “WIN-WIN-WIN”.

    The third of those WINs is the young Assembly Candidate Peter E. Cipriano, whose successful Republican primary effort didn’t reach 500 votes. What’s the kid’s next tactic now that he’s used up threatening and/or buying-off the election inspectors with the active connivance of Eaton & Co.?

    btw, what will the name of the new Republican Club in the 49th AD be and who will run it?

    btw#2, did anybody notice that none of the Republican candidates in Brooklyn actually capable of winning in November received much mention in “The Jig is Up Altas” hate blog through all of Saturday Sept. 18th? What does that tell you?

  10. Latest 2010 Primary Result: "The Jig is Up Atlas" Re-introduces Old "Regime Change" Logo and Attacks on Familiar Foes permalink
    September 19, 2010 10:00 am

    The more things remain the same, the more that they look the same.

    We are into the last two months of a very important general election campaign; and what do we see on Republican County Chairman Craig Eaton’s hate blog this Sunday morning?

    “Sunday, September 19, 2010 Just The Facts

    The “OPERATION REGIME CHANGE” posterboard logo is accompanied by the militaristic image of the Soviet Union’s iron fist, a T-34 Tank.

    Since we are commenting about “The Jig is Up Atlas”, let’s ask a question in the form most familiar to its bogs-bloggers:


    THE QUESTION BEGS, why does Craig Eaton return to this image of Iron Curtain — Communist repression? Why choose to sport the look and feel of: the Russian Army suppressing Hungarian Freedom Fighters; Castro’s tanks wiping out the insurgent forces on the beaches along The Bay of Pigs; Warsaw Pact tanks putting an end to the “Prague Spring”, and one of the greatest images of freedom standing against oppression, the lone man in Tiananmen Square standing tall directly in front of the Chinese Army tank.

    As tough and authoritarian as their visual imagery of the old Russian tank might be, the words on Eaton’s bogs-blog this Sunday morning are quite simply whiny, self absorbed and obsessed with the same old complaints and grievances that have been expressed over their for nine months now.

    Once you cut through the BS and bravado, the message is quite plaintive, “Please believe us, we won the 2010 primary, we are the real Republican Party in Brooklyn, we are completely relevant, we stand for something, our critics are completely bad and only want us to look bad, they threaten us, they humiliate us and the call us all kinds of bad names, so we’ll completely keep doing completely the same to them, even though we’ve completely defeated them in the primary and they’re now gone, completely… OH! and by the way the Republicans that Craig Eaton NOW supports will completely win in November, because of his complete support. So everybody should now completely support Craig Eaton, completely, now, Sunday after the 2010 primary that he completely won.”

    “And so it goes…” [Linda Ellerbee, NBC News Overnight]

    • The Jig Is Irrelevant permalink
      September 19, 2010 3:27 pm

      Who cares about that other blog? Half the time you can’t understand what they’re saying because they don’t write with proper English. They have constant misspellings and broken sentences. And, last but not least, they are irrelevant.

      • A fight in the GOP permalink
        September 19, 2010 5:46 pm

        … and there seems to be an AAA “protester”

      • Why "The Jig is Up Atlas" is relevant permalink
        September 19, 2010 7:25 pm

        “The Jig is Up Atlas” is Craig Eaton’s instant response team.

        Their techniques and methodologies are a little wierd, and yes, their syntax and use of language are somewhat non-standard. Nonetheless, becuase they are hyper-reactive they are significant. Indvidually, their regular bloggers and commentators are probably worthless slugs or, as once or twice described here, “rabid raccons”. Collectively, they represent a sort of free associative defensive reaction to what appears here. Look at it anther way, it is Eaton and Co. unvarnished and raw, and usually cornered. Think of it as Craig Eaton playing “Nathan Thurm” (I’m not being defensive! You’re the one who’s being defensive!…”) taking a Rorschach inkblot test, when TJIUA reacts to anything that gets posted here.

        Then, of course there is my personal favorite, sometimes “The Jig is Up Atlas” can be played like a violin. In that regard, as President George Herbert Walker Bush once said, “Just watch and learn.”

  11. Let's keep It simple for people like Clorinda permalink
    September 19, 2010 10:32 am

    Forget the statewide fiasco that is still just to comical by itself to send-up or deride in any meaningful way (Clorinda that means we’re going to keep it local to the 46th AD and thereabouts).

    This primary was all about Grimm against Allegretti (Clorinda who did you and all your political friends and buddies support — come on now, sound it out — “Al” – “Leg” – “Gret” – “Tea, as in Tea Party”).

    Since you and your side supported Allegretti, your side lost

    Here’s what we say to that, “The whole bunch of them got wiped out,” said former Borough President Guy Molinari, a Grimm supporter, who said that Grimm won the balloting in the home election districts of Fossella, Lanza and Brooklyn state Sen. Martin Golden, another Allegretti ally…They’re not even smart enough to know what happened to them….” Then he said you all should quit.

    He’s right, you lost, get out, sucka.

    (Is that simple enough for you to understand, Clorinda)

    • Clordina Was NOT Forged in the Heat of Battle permalink
      September 19, 2010 6:40 pm

      Clorinda? That’s the lady whose arms look like breast implants?

  12. DARVO permalink
    September 19, 2010 8:50 pm

    Denial is a defense mechanism postulated by Sigmund Freud, in which The Jig Is Up Atlas is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence.

    1. simple denial – deny the reality of the unpleasant fact altogether (example: pretending Michael Allegretti didn’t get completely TROUNCED by Grimm)

    2. minimisation – admit the fact but deny its seriousnes;a combination of denial and rationalisation.
    (example: a 20-year old nobody is the “future” of the Brooklyn GOP)

    Next time we’ll delve into Denial of awareness, Denial of cycle and Denial of denial. Stay tuned.

  13. Maybe DARVO is looking in the wrong place for answers, a seance might work better permalink
    September 19, 2010 11:22 pm

    I don’t doubt that Craig Eaton’s crowd is indulging in plenty of deep denial and has done so for a very long time. This has reached particularly new heights in the aftermath of the 2010 Republican primary. So far Eaton and company have accomplished absolutely nothing of value in the 2010 election cycle – ABSOLUTELY NOTHING OF VALUE.

    The proof of the truth of that statement comes from some unlikely sources, indeed. The spinning, spinning, spinning concerning the primary results coming out of “The Jig is Up Atlas” and Brooklyn GOP Blog Radio demonstrates that there is virtually nothing for them to hail as a success other than Peter Cipriano’s victory with fewer than 500 votes. The great Brooklyn GOP elephant labored, labored and labored giving birth to a flea. Has any winning candidate given any testimonial or public statement of gratitude to the Brooklyn GOP for success in the primary?

    None of the statewide candidates and the only viable Republican congressional candidate owe nothing substantial to the so called Brooklyn GOP. More important each and every one of these candidates know that the Brooklyn GOP controls zero (0) votes in the general election.

    There has suddenly been an uptick in chatter about political graves coming from Craig Eaton’s croaking toadies. The funereal sensation is appropriate, however it is misunderstood and misdirected. This results from a profound lack of introspection and an absolute lack of insight. It’s like the top of the Brooklyn GOP establishment is trapped in a “…Sixth Sense” scenario and hasn’t yet figured out that they are part of the trick ending.

    If M. Night Shyamalan wanted to do his own take on “The Last Hurrah” he could easily use the Brooklyn GOP leadership as his hook. Eaton and company can go around to a series of wakes for those that they have pronounced politically dead, only to find out nobody sees or hears them. The trick ending is that all the politically dead Republicans perished in a single long ago event and the “wakes” are memorials for the long ago Republicans, principally members of the Brooklyn GOP leadership.

  14. Maresca's Mom permalink
    September 20, 2010 9:53 am

    The days of corruption and cronyism are coming to an end.
    Soon it will just be Craig and Gene staring at each other in their law office trying to figure out if they can afford lunch at Nick’s or not.

    • Abd Ar-Rahman ibn Mu'awiya ibn Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik permalink
      September 20, 2010 11:04 am

      Having found this blog and being a proud Republican, Muslim and American, I have learned everything I need to know about Mr. Eaton, Mr. Golden and their associates. I will be informing my relatives who live in Bay Ridge to vote against Mr. Golden in the upcoming election for supporting figures and online institutions that attack Muslims.

  15. September 20, 2010 2:41 pm

    Thank you for covering and blogging about the race. We are proud of Joe and everyone’s support that we must work triple to defeat current Senator Gillibrand. Dick Morris said it best on Hannity last week: “DioGuardi brings real strengths to that competition — while Gillibrand has weaknesses… If the national party and its New York adherents give DioGuardi the money he deserves, he has a real shot…” — Dick Morris (“Still Beatable ,” New York Post)

    Go Joe!

  16. "And now for something completely different"! A Reality Check... permalink
    September 20, 2010 7:31 pm

    In response to the “Jig is Up Atlas”…”Just the facts, Regime Change” on September 20, 2010, “People For Jay said…”:

    “‘If the national party and its New York adherents give Townsend the money he deserves, he has a real shot…’ — Doug Rasmussen (‘Still Beatable ,’ Times Union)”


    Eaton’s hate blog caught in a blatant lie and false attribution to the [Albany] Times Union. Maybe, some other “Times Union”? Nothing comes up on our search engines (Maybe, TJIUA and/or “People For Jay said…” can give us a link or a recognizable citation).

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