Young Republican President Jonathan Judge Responds to Attacks From GOP Establishment Goon Russell Gallo
He has been called “an existential threat” to the lame GOP establishment and is despised by the Bay Ridge Cabal for seeking reform.
In a very nice piece of writing, former City Council candidate and Brooklyn Young Republican President Jonathan Judge strikes at the heart of the GOP establishment.
Judge was responding to an attack piece posted against him and his Brooklyn Young Republicans by the uncouth, brutish 47th AD District Leader Russell Gallo, who has been waging a war with the 49th Assembly District along with his overlord, “Bay Ridge Duke” Craig Eaton, the chairman of the Brooklyn GOP.
You may recall this Russell Gallo came onto our blog and impersonated Mr. Judge online last year, writing under Judge’s name to make comments.
These are the kind of childish characters you find in the Bay Ridge Cabal.
So, from what I understand, Mr. Gallo wrote this nasty piece against Mr. Judge and the Young Republicans in furtherance of his continued vendetta against them for not kowtowing to the GOP establishment and doing their bidding (from what we’ve been told, Mr. Gallo is somewhat like Mr. Eaton’s faux political bouncer).
For a link to the story, click here.
Mr. Judge responded with the following in kind:
“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.” – Dr. Robert N. Anthony
When I was first informed about the Brooklyn GOP Radio Blog’s latest piece, “All Talk, No Action”, I thought it was the ironically appropriate new motto of the Brooklyn Republican Party’s blog talk program.
Of course, I quickly skimmed the subsequent diatribe from 47th Assembly District Leader Russell Gallo, a recently resigned (and hardly ever) Brooklyn Young Republican Club member, loudly proclaiming the supposed irrelevance of an organization and movement in which he never participated and to which he devotes a Wall Street Journal-length op-ed to smearing.
If it were not so important to rebuke this destructive and unproductive Brooklyn Republican Party mentality, I would have gladly left this unremarkable and silly critique to vanish into the cesspools of cyberspace.
The Brooklyn Young Republican Club, which has existed since 1880, for all intents and purposes, re-founded itself once again in 2008. With a membership of 8 people at the time, almost no resources and no presence outside of Bay Ridge, the team of Young Republicans that have gotten involved in Brooklyn now spans the entire borough and has attracted statewide and national attention for our innovation and accomplishments in drawing the energies of young voters into principled political activism. That’s why our club has hundreds of supporters in Brooklyn and counting.
While to-date our club has never endorsed a candidate, our members have always freely and willingly volunteered their money, time and services to Republican campaigns and causes throughout Brooklyn and around the state because they encountered them through our organization. As we are a club of freely associating Young Republicans from Brooklyn, the elected leadership of our club has never sought to dictate which candidates people can or cannot support, nor have we attempted to bully anyone into a particular strain of Republican ideology. We do not agree all the time, and some of us agree rarely. But we still come together to build up—not sacrifice and tear down—the Republican Party and its principles. That has been our key strength as a political organization.
More recently, during the 44th Council District Special Election in March 2010, the membership of the club, freely and willingly, spent hours in blizzards collecting signatures, knocking on doors, doing literature drops, and donating money in support of my candidacy. Had arcane election law procedure not prevented us from performing a full line-by-line recount of the signatures that we collected, my name would have, in fact, been on the ballot, which the Kings County Supreme Court clearly stated. As much as I would have loved to have had club meetings during the short two-month campaign, dues-paying members strenuously objected to such a notion if it meant getting off the streets. For their true dedication and support during that time, I am extremely grateful.
But more importantly, we have emphasized our commitment to government and political reform (inside and outside of our party), principled political activism, and the growth of civic and political infrastructure. We have provided crucial resources and tools for Young Republicans to voice their concerns, advocate for the issues that matter to them, and resolve the problems they see in their own communities and party. As such, we have been at the forefront of innovating for a 21st century approach to political organization and activism. Naturally, the people of Brooklyn and beyond, in all parties, are now taking careful notice.
However, Russell Gallo and Gene Berardelli—both Republican leaders handpicked by Brooklyn Democratic Boss Vito Lopez’s favorite Republican Chairman, Craig Eaton—vehemently disagree with this approach.
They seem to think that the Brooklyn Young Republican Club instead ought to compensate for and be complicit in the failures, ideological and moral compromises, and incompetence of an exclusive, do-nothing Republican Party establishment all for the glory and profit of the same people who have relegated it to this sad state.
The Chairman of the Party blows the party’s funds on social gatherings for poll workers and every personal pet cause with which he has a personal connection. The District Leaders are fattening themselves and their relatives on Board of Elections and other taxpayer-funded patronage jobs. They, like 47th Assembly District Leader Russell Gallo, run “clubs-in-name-only,” consisting of just the local poll workers that they manipulate to collect signatures under threat of losing a measly $200-a-day, twice-a-year poll worker job, which is taxpayer-funded.
Those “club members”, in order to get the poll worker job with the Board of Elections, run to be County Committee Members at the direction of the District Leaders. And if any of them don’t vote with the District Leaders, the District Leaders threaten to fire them from their jobs. Likewise, if any of the District Leaders don’t vote with the chairman, the chairman threatens to fire the District Leaders from their patronage jobs.
And after all of this, do they manage to accomplish anything, even the occasional win? Never.
Is this the democratic, republican way to conduct politics? No. Rather, is this a communist-style top-down command hierarchy? Yes.
That model has failed miserably in the past. It fails now and will continue to fail. That’s why the Republican Party of Brooklyn is in the shambles that it is in. And since the Democrats do the exact same thing (albeit with more success), is there any wonder why New York City and New York State government is a disaster?
Worse yet, establishment apologists like Russell Gallo and Gene Berardelli apparently think that right is still on their side. But let’s look at the facts. While they are critical that my campaign in the March 2010 Special Election, after learning we would not be on the ballot, chose to endorse the candidate most in alignment with core Republican principles, they never once questioned or called out corrupt Democratic Boss Vito Lopez-approved Republican State Senator Marty Golden’s enthusiastic and unwavering support of Dem Boss Lopez’s handpicked candidate, David Greenfield, over that of a fellow party member.
They also chose to support, purely out of spite and Democratic deal-making, an unknown Republican who had lived in the City of New York less than a year compared to a candidate like myself who has been a lifelong resident of the district and has been very active in the community with city government issues. That was even despite my personal reaching out to sit down and discuss my campaign so we could work together towards a win.
But the objective was not for an actual Republican to win, of course, since their endorsed Republican only garnered 332 votes out of nearly 13,000; it was for David Greenfield to get as much Democratic, Republican and Conservative Party support as possible to win. That was just one of themany deals they made to prevent Republican State Senator Marty Golden from getting a serious Democratic challenger, and it was a deal they kept.
At the same time, they wonder why Young Republicans have tended to be more supportive of Lucretia Regina-Potter’s campaign for State Assembly in the 49th Assembly District over a largely civicly-disengaged and unknown 20-year-old former paid Bloomberg 2009 campaign staffer. Despite two previous elections where the Brooklyn Republican Party chose to ignore and even undermine the efforts of Republicans like Regina-Potter in sections of Brooklyn outside Bay Ridge, this time they chose a strawboycandidate whom they used purely for revenge. They then directed an unprecedented amount of money, resources and energy–at the expense of their own congressional candidate who lost–in order to defeat the genuinely better-qualified and better-situated Regina-Potter in a primary–and that by only a mere 173 votes with an 8% turnout. Now he will face 24-year Democratic incumbent, Assembly Member Peter Abbate, a close, Vito Lopez-approved political ally to Republican State Senator Marty Golden. (Hmm…I wonder how that race will turn out in the General Election?)
Once again, establishment apologists like Gene Berardelli and Russell Gallo have never put this much effort toward any candidate or organization that they actually genuinely supported–including their own underwhelming candidacies for public office–as compared to what they are willing to do to destroy independent, reform Republicans they never liked and have no interest in trying to get along with. After all, where were all these establishment apologists for the Brooklyn Republican Party’s endorsed former candidates like Yvette Bennett, Glenn Nocera, Susan Cleary, John Chromczak, Pedro Monge, Sandy Serrano—among many others? Young Republicans were there to help. Where were they?
Perhaps, it’s what 47th Assembly District Leader Russell Gallo himself revealed to me at the Republican State Convention earlier this year, that, after petitioning is over, any sincere campaign efforts cease because, to quote him, “Oh, c’mon, it’s not like any of these people are going to win anyway!”
If they have such little faith in the candidates that he and his colleagues pick, maybe it’s time for them to step down and let someone prove they can do it better.
Instead of criticizing the Brooklyn Young Republican Club, they would have been better off discussing how they could bring everyone together to build a true family of Republican voters and activists in support of a principled platform of reform for what ails government today, and then actually support it!
It is apparent, however, that they would rather be certain they are miserable in failure and servitude to the Brooklyn Democratic bosses in order to receive mere crumbs than risk being happy together in success with all of their fellow Republicans and neighbors.
Unfortunately for them, Young Republicans, and most voters, are allergic to this kind of self-serving hypocrisy and foolishness, and right now, that’s all this Brooklyn Republican Party establishment has to offer.
So, for the duration of my tenure as President of the Brooklyn Young Republican Club, I pledge, to our fellow members and to all the young people in Brooklyn who want to leave a better system for their children than the one we inherited from the establishment of yesterday, that:
We will continue to welcome all Republicans of all perspectives and ideologies, including those Democrats and other voters who tend to identify more with Republican principles (who eventually change their registrations to reflect that) in order to build broad support for Republican principles and policies;
We will continue to innovate, and to encourage young Republicans to pursue whatever roles in party or public office they seek, sharing our collective experience, knowledge, and resources with them to promote those common objectives;
And, most importantly, we will continue to pursue any and all reforms and changes of leadership inside and outside our party to ensure that the Brooklyn Republican Party no longer remains the exclusive club of vassals to Brooklyn Democratic Boss Vito Lopez’s corrupt agenda, but a functioning family of independent, principled Republicans who seek simply to do their best to make life better in Brooklyn and beyond for everyone.
I’m sure that as Russell Gallo wishes to divorce himself from this organization and its goals, so have most of his colleagues in the Brooklyn Republican Party establishment. It’s now up to us to tell them their time at the helm is at an end.
We simply can no longer afford it.
What a piece!
There’s so much I could say, but I wouldn’t know where to start.
Allow me to offer some simple points.
First, the Brooklyn Young Republicans seem to me to be the organization with the most pull right now and the most momentum. A cursory inspection of their website reveals that they have had meetings or online sessions with many of the major candidates for public office that ran before the primary, including some important ones who won (such as Joe DioGuardi and Mike Grimm). They are innovative and use technology to their advantage, which is, as I’ve often said, the politics of the future (and now).
Second, the Young Republicans have goals that are within the mainstream of the current state of politics. Reform is the key buzz word of this year’s elections, and we here at Atlas were using it long before anyone else was. They have embraced reform wholeheartedly, earned the bizarre (to most) enmity of the establishment, and yet continue to attract candidates and followers to their organization.
Meanwhile, all the establishment can offer is a self-obsessed Tea Party fake and a blog radio program that barely anyone listens to (largely because it is openly sponsored by the GOP establishment).
Third, if what Mr. Judge has said is true (and if I recall the coverage of the 44th City Council race, I believe it is), his organization (apparently spearheaded by the Young Republicans) did things I could never imagine a bunch of younger people doing these days. I sometimes would pick up the local paper or go online and hear things about Mr. Judge’s group and be quite impressed. This is obviously something that has concerned the GOP establishment, which continues to perceive the Young Republicans to be a threat.
Finally, I think that Mr. Gallo’s alleged comments are very telling. He said: “Oh, c’mon, it’s not like any of these people are going to win anyway!” It only goes to show you that the Brooklyn GOP establishment has no intention of winning any of its races. It has become so content with failure and submitting to Vito Lopez’s will that losing has become accepted practice.
We’ve been reporting that for months.
Those remarks spoke volumes to me, and coming from a District Leader so close to Craig Eaton…
My only criticism of Mr. Judge’s piece is that, by responding to Mr. Gallo’s nonsense, he attached undue relevance to someone so insignificant.
But at least he had a good reason for doing so, from what I can tell.