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Jonathan Judge to Establishment: “Meet The Dodo, Your New Neighbor”

September 21, 2010

Mr. Judge asks: "Is the GOP establishment going the way of the dodo bird?"

Former 44th City Council candidate Jonathan Judge is back with a new blog post about the GOP primary results, what they mean for the party and how the results reflect our borough. The article was posted on the Brooklyn Young Republicans’ website, the organization in which Mr. Judge serves as President.

As we continue our post-primary coverage and discussion of the aftermath of last Tuesday’s elections, I thought this piece was a very good portrayal of the local, statewide and even national trends facing our party.

But Mr. Judge’s major emphasis–and my foremost reason for posting his commentary–is his discussion of the local Brooklyn GOP’s doings on Primary Day, including their minions’ disgraceful conduct. For his honest assessment, I applaud Mr. Judge.

Here is the text of his piece:

If there is any clear message we can take away from last week’s primaries, it is the fact that Republican voters are finally taking the party leadership to task for years of ideological compromise in exchange for petty power, patronage and money.

Not one candidate endorsed by the local or state Republican establishments survived the wrath of the voters–not at the statewide level and not at the local level. Now that does not mean all of the candidates who lost were bad, or the ones who won are any better. That’s the case in any election.

However, there are concerns about whether the New York Republican Party has moved further to the right in an attempt to gain greater ideological purity at the likely expense of electability.  I would argue instead that people just wanted a housecleaning, and so rewarding anyone except the establishment’s pick was the first order of business.

There’s one situation, though, where it is unclear how this dynamic played a role, if at all.  In the 49th Assembly District, our good friend and longtime Republican activist Lucretia Regina-Potter lost the Republican nomination by a mere 173 votes in the her primary against the Brooklyn GOP establishment-backed candidate.

With a dismal 8% voter turnout in that election, many people were stunned at the outcome. I’ve talked to people who said they didn’t come out to vote because they thought Regina-Potter would win in a landslide due to years of recognized and dedicated Republican activism on her part.  Such thinking, however, is a campaign strategist’s worst nightmare.

Additionally, Brooklyn Republican Party Chairman Craig Eaton pulled out all the stops in his personal quest to try and destroy Regina-Potter and her club.  For instance, he fired the local Election Inspectors who traditionally have been aligned with Regina-Potter’s club.  He opened up a first-ever Brooklyn Republican Party Campaign Headquarters only blocks away from Regina-Potter’s HQ, and rewarded turncoats with the newly-vacated meager $200-a-day poll worker jobs–the worst form of political bribery through patronage.

Finally, everyone on the ground observed that the Brooklyn Republican Party establishment actually sacrificed their Congressional pick for the 13th District, Michael Allegretti, who lost to insurgent Staten Island Republican candidate Mike Grimm in Brooklyn 58% to 42%, in order to divert all of its resources in the 49th Assembly District against Regina-Potter.

They have never quite made an effort like this for a candidate they actually supported as opposed to one the chairman intensely and personally dislikes.

Of course, neophyte Peter Cipriano, the 20-year-old former Bloomberg 2009 campaign staffer, will face even more obstacles in his quest to unseat 24-year incumbent Democratic Assembly Member Peter Abbate (a Brooklyn Democratic political ally of Republican State Senator Marty Golden) than would have the better-known Regina-Potter.

At the end of the day, regardless of what the voters decide in the General Election, the Republican party establishments here and across the state have been put on final notice that they are well on their way to political dodo-bird status.


Later on, we will conclude our core post-primary analysis with a discussion of the 49th Assembly District GOP primary and the deep, dark controversy swirling around the results there.

We have been investigating for just under a week now, and what we’ve learned will shock you.

Be sure to come back for that.

  1. The Greatest Existential Threat To The Republican Establishment Continues to Personally Threaten Eaton permalink
    September 21, 2010 7:08 am

    Craig Eaton’s name was not mentioned by name, but in almost every one of about ten paragraphs Mr. Jonathan Judge either made a broad indictment of the Republican County Leader or spelled out a detailed specification of Eaton’s culpability in the 2010 primary in the 49th AD.

    The theme was well and clearly expressed in the opening, thus:

    “If there is any clear message we can take away from last week’s primaries, it is the fact that Republican voters are finally taking the party leadership to task for years of ideological compromise in exchange for petty power, patronage and money.”

    Then the author made a dramatic shift from the statewide to the local, from the general to the specific, from all Republican bosses to just Craig Eaton. Still without mentioning the man’s name, Judge demonstrates how, Eaton betrayed both his party and his “friend”, and Judge unequivocally “belled the Eaton cat” once and for all, when he accused the Brooklyn GOP for effectuating Eaton’s vendetta in the 49th as follows:

    “They have never quite made an effort like this for a candidate they actually supported as opposed to one the chairman intensely and personally dislikes.”

    In a simple coda Jonathan Judge returned to his opening theme and tied it all together saying, “At the end of the day, regardless of what the voters decide in the General Election, the Republican party establishments here and across the state have been put on final notice that they are well on their way to political dodo-bird status.”

    But this is what I think Mr. Judge really was saying :


    • Judge is a Loser permalink
      September 21, 2010 7:43 am

      Was that the same Jonathan Judge who didnt even make it onto the ballot in a special election? Wow, if he was so great, what happened in the 44th? And if he is so great, why wasnt he there to make sure Lucretia won her election and didnt get trounced.

      Just asking……..

  2. McCall the Maligned permalink
    September 21, 2010 11:32 am

    Please note: I am not James McCall. However, I am dedicating my comments to him as the martyr of The Jig Is Up.

  3. Young GOP Kid permalink
    September 21, 2010 11:42 am

    A good piece by Jonathan Judge, a constant source of heartburn for the do-nothing GOP establishment!

  4. john brown permalink
    September 21, 2010 4:20 pm

    Where was Mr. Judge when Lucretia was getting pounced, didn’t even see any of them pounding the streets. She lost due to her crazy and wild side, a two time looser, I guess she thought a third time would have been the charm. Oh well maybe next time… NOT.

    • What is this question intended to accomplish, Mr. JB? permalink
      September 21, 2010 7:38 pm

      Jonathan Judge is not a Republican voter in the 49th AD.

      Jonathan Judge is not a member of the 49th AD Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Club.

      Jonathan Judge did not plan or play a role in managing the primary election effort on behalf of of Lucretia Regina-Potter.

      This kind of question is in no way interrogatory, rather it is a gratuitously evil inquiry of the sort that Iago would put to Othello, to sow lassitude and even mutual suspicion in place of fortitude and loyalty to a cause faithfully carried and held aloft in political battle by both JJ and LRP.

      John Brown, if you are with us like your namesake lead your own insurrection against the obnoxious institution we seek to destroy, don’t question the relative contributions of our heroes.

      • john brown permalink
        September 21, 2010 8:08 pm

        JJ signed on to her campaign, he backed her a year ago, and did nothing for her. Just because he’s not a member or a voter, trust me, he could have done so much more.

  5. John Brown is Correct permalink
    September 21, 2010 8:18 pm

    Way to go John – and they even posted your comment. What a surprise. Great to see that all Atlas Posters did not drink the Lucretia, Arnaldo ad Judge KoolAid. And where did Judge disappear to. No meetings, no rallies, nothing. He was a big loser and vanished. Now he only does webcasts. I guess that is good, nobody has to see him.

    He is a loser, just like Lucretia, Arnaldo and the lot.

    What a Brooklyn Revolution the Primary was.

    Kiss Kiss………………..

    • Gallotastic Dopery permalink
      September 22, 2010 12:12 am

      Wow, you guys have nothing better to do? Like getting jobs and lives? Maybe Russell Gallo can get you guys jobs at the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority? You should inquire.

      P.S. I think you get to carry a gun. You’ll have to check that.

  6. Jonathan Judge Just Makes Them Crazy permalink
    September 21, 2010 8:38 pm

    Brooklyn Republican Chairman Craig Eaton’s bogs-bloggers are hard at work at Eaton’s hate blog trying to de-fuse the bomb in their midst dropped by Jonathan Judge’s excellent piece above. As another commenter has pointed out Jonathan has yet again proven to be the “existential threat” to everybody aligned or dependant upon the current leadership of the Brooklyn Republican Party.

    They can’t stand that reality. That’s why they had to respond.

    And respond they did – lamely!!!! Look at some of the comments right here, above.

    But in addition to that Eaton certainly called up his “Midnight Run” morons #1 and #2 and told them to do a smackdown on Jonathan Judge. Their response was with not with a “BANG!!!” but with a “[sniffle, sniffle]… whimper”.

    In “The Jig is Up Atlas” on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, AAA set up a strawman in a particularly distasteful and offensive way in his E-excreta, “In Latest Rant Controversial Jonathan Judge Throws Fellow Young Republican Peter Cipriano Under The Bus”

    Really, Cipriano thrown under the bus by Jonathan, where? Jonathan never said Peter Cipriano didn’t win. Jonathan never said Cipriano isn’t the Republican candidate. Jonathan never said don’t vote for Cipriano. Jonathan only pointed out, rightfully and righteously, that Cipriano would face obstacles in the general election that the better know Lucretia Regina-Potter would not.

    What’s more important is that Jonathan Judge assured LRP and her followers that they needn’t feel or believe that there is anything final about the results of the 2010 primary for the long-term governance and leadership of the Republican Party in the 49th AD. That such reassurance is a truism has been more than existentially demonstrated by Jonathan’s own ability to bounce back from election adversity in early 2010 and yet continue to be a leader in the Republican reform movement in Brooklyn throughout this 2010 election cycle.

    Or as Elaine Stritch might sing it the way Sondheim wrote it:

    I got through all of last year,
    And I’m here.
    Lord knows, at least I’ve been there,
    And I’m here!
    Look who’s here!
    I’m still here!”

  7. Ayn Rand Initially Shocked About Russell Gallo's Resignation from the Young Republicans permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:40 pm

    Ayn Rand figuratively rolled over in her grave when informed about Russell Gallo’s long overdue resignation from the Brooklyn Young Republicans.

    According to Rand, “This is the biggest shock to me since Nathaniel B. left my little circle of friends and firebrands.”

    “I’m shocked to hear that Russell was a ‘Brooklyn Young Republican’, I always thought he was a very old Cambridge Socialist.”

    Greenspan intervened, “Ayn, I think you have Mr. Gallo mixed up with Bertrand Russell.”

    Ms. Rand seemed confused and asked, “Then, who is this Russell Gallo?”

    Leonard Peikoff piped up, “I think that he is Papa Gallo’s son. Should I put him in your will, Ayn?”

    Nathaniel Brandon burst into the room at shouted, “That explains why he parrots everything somebody named Craig Eaton says. But if he’s in Ayn’s will, I want him taken out, immediately”

    Ayn Rand turned away and uttered, “Nathaniel, how could you? I don’t think any of this means anything to anybody outside this little circle. Besides I’m not in the mood for any Gallo whine, right now.”

  8. The Jig is Desperate & Delusional permalink
    September 23, 2010 12:28 am

    The Jig blog says that the Brooklyn Young Republicans are irrelevant. Russell Gallo (who’s that again?) says that as well.

    I thought I would share some perspective on this issue based on what I’ve gathered from the blogs and friends.

    First of all, Gallo and his allied blog The Jig wouldn’t know “relevant” if it came up behind them, tapped them on the shoulder and punched them in the face. This is, after all, a blog that posts pictures of feces for lead stories and maintains a “douche bag poll.” Need I say more?

    As for the establishment, let’s face it: the party organization runs a website that, until less than a year ago, wasn’t even fit for public viewing and has been blown out of the water by the Young Republican website, which is phenomenal, in my opinion.

    In fact, Gerry O’Brien prays daily that he will be hit by a bus on Seventh Avenue so he can die and come back as a website designer comparable to the one the YR’s keep. It’s that good.

    From what I read on the blogs and in the local papers, the YR’s ran a tremendous campaign for Jonathan Judge, which, absent legal tricks and the games of Vito Lopez/The Board of Electioneering, would have made the race far closer than it was for Judge. Instead of supporting Judge, the party backed a long-term Long Island resident who forged signatures to get on the ballot. That person, Kenneth Rice, has not been heard from since. He literally disappeared.

    As for “relevance,” I see on the YR’s website that they hosted two events with two U.S. Senate candidates recently and, earlier in the race, hosted 13th Congressional victor Mike Grimm at an event. They’ve also done a great deal to expand their online outreach. That’s more than the GOP establishment has done since Craig Eaton became chairman.

    At the end of the day, these people of the GOP establishment (or, as they are properly nicknamed “The Bay Ridge Cabal”) are the ones desperately pawing at the cliff-side of relevance, slipping off of it.

    Strike that. At this point, they’ve already fallen into the chasm of irrelevance below.

    Let us know how the bottom feels, boys.

  9. Dedicated to Russell Gallo permalink
    September 23, 2010 12:59 am

    Dedicated to Russell Gallo:

  10. Why ask about any endorsements for Cipriano by anybody associated with the 49th AD Republican Club permalink
    September 24, 2010 9:35 pm

    SOme people keep asking the same silly questions about whether this that or the other Republican from the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization in the 49th AD has endorsed Peter Cipriano.

    Nobody from that organization has been approached by Mr. Cipriano to arrange for any endorsements, either organizational or personal.

    • john brown permalink
      September 25, 2010 5:31 pm

      Why would he (Peter) want an endorsement from a two time looser now (three) or an endorsement from a one timer, 20 years ago. As with Peter having an uphill battle, it is Abbate
      who is pissing his pants.

      • John Brown, Peter Abbate is not worried about Cipriano permalink
        September 25, 2010 6:37 pm

        Unlike Peter Cipriano’s primary opponent, we should expect some kind of campaign by Mr. Abbate.

        Jay Bee, if you’re close to Pee Cee, you might check if it’s he that is doing the wee-wee.

        Have you seen how Pee Cee’s being handled over at “The Jig is Up Atlas” and “BKPolitico” — all over again, like before, but now.

        Not everybody in the BRE (Brooklyn Republican Establishment) loves little Petey. Well, he used to be ours, now he’s all theirs, or is that “yours”.

        Good luck, with that!

        btw, thanks for playing “Pick a Republican Candidate for the 49th AD” — sometimes you can’t win for losing, or vice-versa.

      • Brown Is A Stain permalink
        September 25, 2010 11:03 pm

        Abbate is pissing his pants with laughter. His deal with Golden is intact and Eaton was the front man whose maniacal ego made it all happen. Abbate played the Brooklyn GOP like a fiddle. He takes a vacation on this cycle. One of his easiest wins since Cynthia Gallo.

  11. Jonathan Judge’s Dodo Bird metaphor about Craig Eaton’s Brooklyn Republican Establishment is apt, but the Brooklyn GOP is for the birds in many other ways, as well. permalink
    September 25, 2010 6:16 pm

    We’ve seen the Brooklyn GOP in action for a long time before any of us heard of Craig Eaton. With rare exceptions it has been a parade of losers and a confederacy of dunces going back a long long time. Eaton gets no credit or blame for that. Many of the people who now support Eaton do, on both counts. Since the debits greatly outweigh the credits, for the overwhelming majority they get the blame. Clearly, as district leaders, you’ve lived off the dead carcass of the Brooklyn Republican Party for a long time; you are nothing but vultures or some lesser buzzards. You know who you are; and we’ll tell you what to do with yourselves soon enough.

    Eaton came along in 2007 and look at all that he’s accomplished……….other than the nattering nabobs, morons #1, #2, #3 and #4, what you’ll hear is crickets ( and we’re not talking Cliff Edwards, as Jiminy Cricket, singing “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Disney’s “Pinocchio”).

    If you include negative accomplishments then Eaton has some marks on the ledger, but really they’re small potatoes.

    The Kings County Republican Chairman is supposed to be the political leader of the Republican Party in Brooklyn, making wise and dynamic political choices for the minority party in the biggest borough in the biggest city in the state. Eaton has been singularly bad at that. Michael Bloomberg (the un-Republican) for Mayor, Rudolf Giuliani for President, Rick Lazio for Governor, Ken “the Real Deal” Rice for City Council, Michael Allegretti for Congress and Peter Cipriano for the Assembly truly top the list of great Republican candidates picked by Eaton.

    Usually the Eaton election endorsement take-off is a little ungainly but serviceable, however it’s the endorsement landings that are Craig Eaton’s signature maneuver. Because of his clearly recognizable appearance when he makes these embarassing political landings, Craig Eaton demonstrates all of the style and grace of the Central Pacific Albatross, affectionately known as the “Gooney Bird”. Since Craig Eaton clearly exists, he cannot be a Dodo Bird; however, since he is an albatross around our party’s neck and does have all of the aplomb, appearance and aerodynamics of the “GOONEY BIRD” that image would be appropriate as his new avian avatar.

    There you have it – just picture the Kings County Republican Executive Committee as a bunch of buzzards led by a Gooney Bird, each and every one trying to avoid the fate of the Dodo Bird.

    We said earlier that we would tell all the Republican District Leaders what to do with themselves, well – GET THE FLOCK OUT OF HERE!!!

  12. Russell Gallo Has An iPod Playlist called "Lucretia," and This Song Is First On The List permalink
    September 26, 2010 1:16 pm

  13. Russell Gallo is no longer a laughing matter. He must be assigned exclusively to "rubber gun" duty immediately. permalink
    September 26, 2010 3:49 pm

    What is now obvious is that Russell Gallo, right hand man to Republican County leader Craig Eaton, can’t be allowed near guns, women and kerosene in any context. He obviously can no longer control his violent fantasies, now openly expressed in his blogging on Eaton’s hate blog “The Jig is Up Atlas”.

    Both his public employer and the U.S. military reserve have to put Mr. Gallo in for immediate psychological evaluation. Perhaps he qualifies for a disability retirement for PTSD.

    It’s been said here on Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn before that Russell Gallo is a menace to women. Now his repeated death imagery and reference to flammable liquids cannot be ignored especially with respect to one woman in particular along with her supporters.

    He cannot be allowed to serve in any capacity that allows him to be armed. It is now clear that he is dangerous. It would be criminally negligent to allow him to be armed and dangerous.

    It’s now much worse than Gallo’s thousand yard stare, he is saying too many crazy things suggestive of violence, and he has been witnessed demonstrating that he lacks adequate emotional control when stressed/confronted by females (the incident with Ms. Bennett has been documented; more important it was witnessed by everyone on the KCRP Executive Committee).

  14. Rubber Room Russell permalink
    September 26, 2010 5:06 pm

    Well that explains one of the reasons Craig and Marty worked so hard to keep Abatte in office. Abatte is the chief sponsor of a bill to keep all problematic government employees on the job in a rubber room.
    They have one for Russell all ready.

  15. Speaking of Dodo Birds permalink
    September 28, 2010 12:27 am

    AAA at TJIUA laid a Dodo egg here:

    “…The question begs, However, this reform minded commentator knows the Kings County Republican Party has just found the candidate to help address those issues Southeast Brooklyn, and a small portion of Southwest Brooklyn are facing in the 9th Congressional District his name is the “Man They Call” Bob Turner.”

    Well, I guess “The truth has spoken…”. These assholes running “the Kings County Republican Party has just found …the ‘Man They Call’ Bob Turner.”

    It’s September 28, 2010, if Eaton’s boys didn’t put all of their eggs in the 49th AD basket for Lil Petey Cipriano, maybe they’d have learned about Turner sooner.

    They can relax, the real reform Republicans were there way ahead of them.

    Eaton, welcome aboard. If you want any introductions, just ask.

  16. The Cipriano Campaign Has Probably Missed the Boat permalink
    October 3, 2010 4:07 pm

    At the monthly meeting of The Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Club last Thursday there was a lot of talk concerning the recent primary in the 49th AD. In addition, there was some discussion as to what the club’s position should be in the general election.

    Peter Cipriano’s name was not mentioned once during the official meeting, although there was a lot of talk about him afterward.

    Clearly, Cipriano will not be getting any formal endorsement by the LaGuardia Republican Club because a broad consensus of the members who have expressed themselves in no uncertain terms believe that he is an unfit Republican candidate for the NYS Assembly.

    Lucretia Regina-Potter told the club that she will make a formal about the primary and her intentions in an announcement sometime before the Dyker Heights Civic debate.

  17. Cipriano is NOT an appropriate canditate for the NYS Assembly permalink
    October 10, 2010 9:27 am

    Peter Cipriano is a political stripling. He hasn’t had many real life experiences.

    He has just “walked away” from commitment after commitment (perhaps a result of bad family experiences). He has made bad personal-political choices especially his close association with the “American Mohammad” — Mohammad Barkeshli, who has been registered from Cipriano’s home address.

    Lucretia Regina-Potter, Brooklynpolitico and Peter Abbate all agree on one thing — Peter Cipriano is completely unfit to be an Assemblyman.

    Instead, in the 49th AD — WRITE IN: “LUCRETIA REGINA-POTTER”

    Defeat all incumbents, with suitable replacements only!!!!

  18. If Peter Cipriano Had the Goods On Abbate, Then What About Golden? permalink
    October 14, 2010 10:57 pm

    Every negative point that Peter Cipriano scores against Assemblyman Peter Abbate causes collateral damage to State Senator Martin Golden. If the issues raised by Cipriano at the debates were widely reported, they would be bad for all veteran hands in Albany.

    This fact is not lost on some of Golden’s supporters who’ve gone back at Cipriano on the other blog, but for many seemingly unrelated reasons. These currents and counter-currents are amazing to behold.

    Is the Abbate-Golden deal still in place? Possibly….probably….maybe, yes….maybe, no….yet to be decided.

  19. Peter Cipriano talks about Secret Plans and Activities on GOP Blog Radio permalink
    October 24, 2010 10:32 pm

    Peter Cipriano hasn’t had any rallies, but promised that there were “secret plans” for his election. (We can hardly wait to see what this is!)

    Also having sipped the Russell Gallo Kool-Aid, P.C. corrected G.B. to refer to Gallo as a “real American hero”.

    Maybe Peter Cipriano can tell the rest of us why Russell Gallo is a real American hero. What did Gallo ever do that’s heroic? What did he do that’s really American?

    Who is more of a real American, Cipriano’s very close friend American Mohammad Barkeshli or “real American hero” Russell Gallo.

    • Who Is Mohammad Barkeshli? permalink
      October 25, 2010 12:01 am

      Who is Mohammad Barkeshli?

      • American Mohammed permalink
        October 25, 2010 12:08 am

        I’ve heard young Barkeshli is known to deliver what are termed “shouting Arab grams” for young Peter Cipi Cup.


      • Sips From the Cipi Cup permalink
        October 25, 2010 2:22 am

        Is it true that Mohammad B. takes “sips” from the Cipi Cup? LOL

      • Living Together? permalink
        October 25, 2010 2:36 pm

        Don’t he and Peter live at the same address? Does anyone know if that’s true?

    • Say No To Cipi Cup permalink
      October 25, 2010 12:01 am

      Hey Pete! Get ready to get tossed to the side like every other young GOP kid in Brooklyn. Ha!

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