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Brooklyn GOP Unveils Shoddy Website in 47th AD “Campaign for Failure”

October 8, 2010

Ladies and Gentleman: I give you the classic Brooklyn GOP “anti-campaign.”


47th AD District Leader and old hand Phyllis Carbo's poorly designed "campaign literature"


This poor example of a website is apparently the first step in a “phased non-deployment” of assets on the part of the Bay Ridge GOP in the upcoming elections. And just when you thought it couldn’t get more embarrassing, it does.

You see, the poster above is the sum and substance of a website created by anonymous establishment figures to “support” the “candidacy” of District Leader Phyllis Carbo for state assembly.

The 47th Assembly District is pictured at right.


The 47th Assembly District


You may recall the 47th AD is led by one of the more controversial District Leaders of the GOP: Russell Gallo, a seemingly unhappy man who, in tandem with an amateur blogger, hosts a weekly blog radio program that amounts to a pro-establishment echo chamber (it reminded me of some Soviet apparatchik media source telling me “all is fine and well with the Party”–Not my cup of tea).

Anyway, as many of you know, Mr. Gallo is more of a political thug than a politician. He has impersonated people on our blog, hurled insults at fellow District Leaders, and suffers from a militant pro-establishment fever. He is unanimously considered The Duke of Bay Ridge’s (our GOP Chairman) principal serf and cupbearer–or, as Carl Paladino would say, “bird dog.”

This is a man who, to my knowledge, previously ran in 2008 for the Assembly in the 47th AD and lost miserably. Prior to that, his co-leader and old hand Phyllis Carbo (known to the Daily Eagle’s Harold Egeln as “Phyllis Crab”) ran in 2006 for that seat. Now, she is running again.

Notice a pattern?

It’s almost as if they go back and forth, losing and losing. A consistent pattern of failure over a period of years.

Anyway, Gallo is apparently Ms. Carbo’s chief supporter in the district (which is logical, given that they are co-leaders) and, according to reliable sources, has worked with Ms. Carbo directly on her “campaign.”

But Ms. Carbo’s website is not merely a dud. It’s a complete failure. I ask you to view the website yourself here and tell me whether you are impressed by it.

I mean, when a small reform blog like Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn has a better website content than an Assembly candidate, it makes you wonder. Are these people just incapable of creating decent websites? Are they not investing in it because it isn’t important to them? If the latter, then why make a website at all?

We asked one political insider about this (frankly) pathetic website. This person said:

If you compare the 47th AD website to the Grimm for Congress website, for example, you can see the difference between a website geared for failure and a website geared for victory. Carbo’s website tells us nothing about her, her positions on the issues or anything relevant about how she would legislate. It’s basically a poster, some updates, and nothing more. What’s more embarrassing is that whoever made this site adopted the same failed terminology that GOP establishment candidate Michael Allegretti used in a TV ad before he was trounced by Grimm.

How true! Remember this terrible Allegretti ad boasting that the oil baron was a “paisan” and “one of us”?

Again, more repetition of the same failed strategies that did not bear fruit in the past.

But this is paradigmatic of the unfortunate pathology plaguing the Brooklyn GOP leadership.

I remember my colleague Dagny Taggart called on the GOP to restore its lousy, non-updated website for months before we saw any traction at all on it. And we know they were watching, because the GOP Chairman himself even commented on our blog during the period when she made such calls.

(I’m sure The Duke of Bay Ridge is one of our biggest fans…)

After frequent entreaties, the GOP leadership finally changed the website. But again, it wasn’t until they were pressured to do so by outside sources that they did. That’s because they either have no understanding of what tools are necessary in the 21st century to win or are content with sloppy, inanimate websites.

Which brings me back to the unfortunate Ms. Carbo.

Whether she actually intends to win or even has the qualifications to win, I would not know because her website does not tell me. If I wanted to send her a donation, I would think twice when visiting her website (did I mention she doesn’t have an online donation method…?)

Compare that to the Grimm site, which, although it is better funded, answers all of my questions and even gives me the opportunity to donate to him. That’s because they started out not as a doomed Brooklyn establishment campaign but as a virulent insurgent campaign.

Grimm won big. That website was a big help.

But you don’t need to have a lot of money to run a decent website. Plenty of local blogs and political sites are decent enough when it comes to content and construction. Ms. Carbo’s site, on the other hand, demonstrates a total abdication of her responsibilities as a candidate.

Her website screams “I can’t win.”

Ms. Carbo would benefit from a decent site, but her 47th AD counselors (such as Mr. Gallo and Chairman Eaton) are clearly not advising her well when it comes to communicating about herself to the outside world. But my suspicion is that they are not looking to win at all. Based on the 47th AD leaders’ track record of doing nothing notable in their campaigns, I highly suspect that to be the case. As I wrote last night, the local GOP has a history of supporting candidates who do not have what it takes to win in each respective district. It seems Ms. Carbo is not an exception.

Then again, they might prove me wrong… (I won’t hold my breath)

Nonetheless, one thing is certain: as it stands, this is a campaign for failure.

But what else would we expect from the Bay Ridge Cabal?

  1. Chance Haywood permalink
    October 8, 2010 9:10 pm

    We all know you guys hate the Brooklyn GOP leadership but it might be useful to know what you are talking about before you compare a well-funded congressional candidate to an underfunded state assembly candidate. If I were going by what you wrote in your “review” I’d believe you know nothing about site development.

    First. Websites play a small roll in a House campaigns. They play an even smaller roll for an assembly race. In fact you can argue the impact of one is almost negligible in both races. An email campaign has far more impact if you can avoid being labeled a spammer.

    Second. Allegritti’s website was far superior in design. If you look at Grimm’s website it was, and still is, a mess. The color is very harsh. They probably should have gone with something in the 0099CC range on that blue. The slider is a nice touch but it’s impact is lost because of the image of Grimm(oddly he isn’t cut of that horrible background) and the one of him in the kitchen are muddling the scene. The video section is a nice touch but it is obscured by the notice bar at the bottom asking people to re-tweet thus the visitor has to needlessly scroll down to view it. Tweeting BTW is extremely over-rated. Click-thru rates from tweets are less than 1% percent. And please don’t get me started on the issues page.

    Just my two cents.

    • John Galt permalink*
      October 8, 2010 11:09 pm

      Mr. Haywood (I am assuming you are the Mr. Haywood who frequents Urban Elephants, but I may be wrong), I will also offer my two cents.

      As an initial matter, you appear to have missed the part where Francisco states: “But you don’t need to have a lot of money to run a decent website. Plenty of local blogs and political sites are decent enough when it comes to content and construction.”

      Based on that, I don’t think Francisco was comparing “a well-funded congressional candidate to an underfunded state assembly candidate,” as you stated. Let me address things from my perspective.

      First, websites play a tremendous roll in campaigns. Fundamentally, they expose the candidate to a wide variety of donors and supporters, including online activists and bloggers who can create a buzz about a candidate. They alert the media to what the candidate believes is relevant to your potential voters and, to be honest, can create the appearance of a well run campaign even when the fundamentals are weak. Appearances matter. An online presence, even with slightly limited effects, makes people relevant these days.

      Granted, as you stated, there are districts where websites might be unnecessary to win. But that once against begs the question, WHY THEN MAKE A WEBSITE AT ALL? If it looks bad, just leave it alone. Don’t make yourself look foolish by making some crappy blogspot.

      Second, I disagree with your assessment of the 13th Congressional. I can tell you personally that we had thousands of hits on our blog regularly of individuals desperate for news about the race. We received tens of emails from constituents asking us to cover the race more and offer our assessment of the candidates. Even members of the media have been known to ask our bloggers their opinion on items that appeared on the two candidates’ websites. THAT MATTERS. As for Allegretti’s website, I visited it numerous times. The calendar was never updated, campaign news was seldom visible and the campaign posted ridiculous photos of Allegretti looking like a fool. That’s not good management. And don’t get me started on those YouTube videos. My fellow bloggers were appalled by some of them…

      I think the point my colleague was trying to make was not that the GOP should have made a good website for Carbo but that if they were not going to make a good one to just to leave it be and do nothing. If a traditional campaign works so well in the 47th (which apparently it hasn’t, from what I’ve read about their losses), then stick with it. Put don’t embarrass the party and the candidate by creating a half-baked campaign blog/website that sells the candidate short. The GOP does this time and time again and then they expect praise for making our candidates look terrible.

      It truly is a pathology with thee people.

      Reform Republicans are sick of the establishment embarrassing the party, using the same tried-and-failed tactics that have not gotten us anywhere.

      That, I believe, was Francisco’s primary message.

    • Websites of the no names permalink
      October 9, 2010 9:16 pm

      Thanx Atlas!!! Which candidate is next? How about Rosenberg for Senate?

  2. Is this the real "Chance Haywood" or some pretender? permalink
    October 8, 2010 10:12 pm

    Why here? Why now? Why this?

  3. Russell = Jig permalink
    October 8, 2010 10:44 pm

    The Jig was so offended by this piece, Russell (I assume) had to write up a quick “pro-Phyllis” piece to cool himself down. And yet, he did not address a single point in this article.

    That’s what they do. All talk and no reason.

    • Russell's problem is that he's Eaton's protector permalink
      October 8, 2010 10:58 pm

      Like many used prophylactics, Russell S.B. Gallo is often “pissed off”.

      • Try to Say, "Pro-Phyllis Prophylactics" -- five times fast permalink
        October 8, 2010 11:08 pm

        Now say, “Russell’s Suffering Succotash”.

        Doesn’t that make everything seem better?

  4. The problem in the 47th AD isn't home pages or websites permalink
    October 8, 2010 10:49 pm

    Phyllis Carbo might not be the best assembly candidate for a new vital Republican Party in Brooklyn. Phyllis Carbo would have been a good addition a “NEW” Brooklyn GOP when the Republicans were shouting, “I Like Ike” or even “Nixon’s the One”. Why don’t they show some pictures of Phyllis when she was one of the “Draft-Rockefeller Girls” in ’58?

    Phyllis Carbo is about the same vintage as Phyllis McGuire, Phyllis Kirk, Phyllis Coates (also often mixed up with Noel Neill, who is a little older) Phyllis Schlafly and of course Phyllis Diller. They don’t make Phyllises like they used to or Studebakers, Nash Ramblers and Metropolitans, Hudsons, Crosleys, Packards, DeSotos or Kaisers.

    btw, why did Marty Golden disparage all the “old Italian ladies” in the 49th AD, when most of them are younger than Phyllis Carbo? Maybe they age better in the 47th.

  5. Already Making Changes to the Carbo Site permalink
    October 8, 2010 11:21 pm

    OMG! They started tinkering with the Carbo (Crab?) website just moments after this piece was posted. You see what you guys do to them? lol

  6. Hoist with their own petard -- Carbo race is another Eaton fraud permalink
    October 8, 2010 11:56 pm

    TJIUA has done it again. One of their intellectually bumbling sappers has again self-destructed, “KABOOM… to the moon!!!”

    If the ever young Phyllis Carbo is such a good pavement pounding candidate for the Assembly in the 47th AD; and her race is anything but a “just holding the line” thing, why is she such “…an underfunded state assembly candidate”? Here’s the foot in mouth moment — TJIUA’s commentaor blathered about how this very observation was “Very true, from an honest straight shooter.”

    We all can agree about Phyllis Carbo’s race, “Enough IS Enough!” Only, I’d address that to Kings County Republican Chairman Craig Eaton.

    In honor of Candidate Phyllis Carbo from one of the Broadway shows when she was younger — “Kiss Me Kate”

    “Brush up your Shakespeare, start quoting him now…” (Cole Porter):

    “Whom I will trust as I will adders fang’d,
    They bear the mandate; they must sweep my way
    And marshal me to knavery. Let it work;
    For ’tis the sport to have the enginer
    Hoist with his own petar; and ‘t shall go hard
    But I will delve one yard below their mines
    And blow them at the moon: O, ’tis most sweet,
    When in one line two crafts directly meet.”
    (A bit of license, this quote from “Hamlet” is not quoted by Cole anywhere in “Kiss Me Kate”)

  7. Nazi March permalink
    October 9, 2010 9:23 pm

    I found this on Hayon’s facebook page.!/photo.php?fbid=442576288026&set=t.1041892047

  8. Shoddiness is the Hallmark of Eaton's Brooklyn GOP permalink
    October 10, 2010 11:39 am

    The shoddy Carbo 47th AD web-page is one thing, but the signature shoddiness of the Brooklyn Republican Party has now infected the Grimm campaign for the congressional seat now held by Michael McMahon. Really one should take a look at today’s (Sunday, October 10, 2010) TJIUA posting by “Judas Judge”: “Michael Grimm is Brooklyn”

    “Michael Grimm is Brooklyn” are they insane? With more than two-thirds (2/3) of the vote coming from Xenophobic Staten Island, the campaign should always downplay the “Brooklyn thing”. Besides, wasn’t that Eaton’s pitch for Allegretti from day one — and how did that work out for Allegretti in the primary? The same is true about the Grimm-McMahon race, only in this one it’s McMahon will probably take the Brooklyn chunk. The real Republican vote in the 13th CD is in Staten Island somewhat south of the Expressway.

    One has to wonder aloud, “Is this sabotage of the Grimm Campaign?”

    The photographic imagery is devastating. In the top shot, front and center is a bloated and suddenly very-aged Marty Golden, looking like a real “Uriah Heap” anxiously and unctuously fumbling his hands; directly behind beaming effulgently is Peter Cipriano (49th AD usurper and leftwing mole thinking how he is using everybody in sight for his own secret agenda); next to Golden, working the “Pretty in Pink”, is Fran Vella-Marone (one of the Bay Ridge Cabal’s sleeper assassins); deep in he shadows is the faux “eminence grise”, Craig Eaton (scowling about something as usual, probably that Jonathan Judge was nearby — and that’s just too close for an existential threat to be to his eminence).

    We will keep our eye on this “Sabotage Grimm” angle and keep you posted with all the buzz.

    • Eaton's shoddy effort in 13th CD continues permalink
      October 11, 2010 10:35 am

      Republican County Chairman Craig Eaton suffers from “Invincible Ignorance” that’s far worse than ADD and ADHD, and Ritalin is no help for that condition.

      Eaton has been tarred as “Un-American” for his despicable attacks on a sitting U.S. Congressman and Eaton has been admonished that his “Grimm is Brooklyn” mantra is just stupid strategy to win an election in the 13th CD. Nonetheless, he and his minions persist in both the “real American/ not real American” abomination, as well as the “Grimm is Brooklyn” clunker.

      The latest on the “Grimm is Brooklyn” poison pill is the following morsel: “Anonymous said… ‘It’s official, Gallo, Eaton, Golden, and Capano are the A-Team for Grimm in Brooklyn and for Brooklyn Republicans!’”

      If you substitute “Annarrummo” for “Capano” you’d have the A-Team for Allegretti in Brooklyn and for Brooklyn Republicans. How did that “A-Team” do for “A-Candidate” Allegretti in Brooklyn? More important, look what happened to Mr. A on the Staten Island side of the bridge.

      GRIMM WAKE UP!!! This Brooklyn GOP and its approach to everything is 100% negative to you and for your campaign in Brooklyn. All the Brooklyn GOP flunkies who came over to you since the primary are just albatrosses around you neck; just throw them overboard ASAP.

  9. Shoody-blog Blunder! Craig Eaton's Hate Bloggers Acknowledge Lucretia Regina-Potter is Still a Candidate in the 49th AD permalink
    October 11, 2010 9:15 am

    Craig Eaton and his crowd have no self-control. Rather that treat Peter Cipriano as the sole and exclusive Republican candidate for the assembly in the 49th AD, because of his primary victory, Eaton & Co. have become distracted and confused by a few words on Lucretia Regina-Potter’s website and a few comments here on “Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn”. Even their “endorsement” posting about Cipriano on October 10, 2010 and the thread that followed it repeatedly mentioned or referred to Lucretia Regina-Potter.

    A write-in campaign for Lucretia has only been discussed by a few people so far; Lucretia has not said she would be participating in any such campaign. The last this commentator has heard is that she said, “If somebody thinks that I should be their “Write-in” candidate that’s their business; if somebody wants to push a “Write-in” campaign, they’ll have to do it themselves.”

    So why have the TJIUA folks suddenly resumed their attacks on the Republican Leader of the 49th AD?

    I guess Lucretia R-P now has joined Jonathan Judge on the pedestal of “EXISTENTIAL THREAT” to Craig Eaton’s Brooklyn Republican Establishment; and that’s why they have chosen to legitimized her as a candidate because of the “Write-in” effort on her behalf.

    It’s a blunder if they really care about the Cipriano campaign.

  10. There is no "There" there in the 47th AD, is there? permalink
    October 11, 2010 2:01 pm

    Or to put it a little differently: “The 47th AD, is that a real Republican organization there — or something completely different?”

    The leadership is venerable Phyllis Carbo, who really became demoralized by Watergate and has never recovered, and “Sarge” Gallo, who’s the poster boy for PTSD. Russell Gallo has recently been exposed as an Un-American operative of a band of establishment Republican Party of Brooklyn extremists led by “Chairman” Craig Eaton.

    It is now obvious to many of us in the cognoscenti that Un-American Eaton’s Brooklyn GOP is patterned on a prior generation’s band of Un-Americans, Fritz Kuhn’s pre-WWII pro-Nazi Bund, and Eaton’s operation has obviously adopted a lot of their totalitarian practices (most notable is its treatment of Jewish Republicans).

    Gallo obviously patterns himself on someone like Paul Lucenti, who worked at one of Kuhn’s Bund bookstores and was once quoted thus, “You gotta create terror to get somewhere….You gotta terrorize the [fill in your favorite current bete noire, the group in Lucenti’s original quote was “Jews”, judging from Gallo’s TJIUA sulfurous poison, one might guess: “Muslims” or “Young Women”].

    There is a brewing major rift between Eaton and Gallo. If Eaton’s crew of extremists were to adopt paramilitary uniforms, Eaton would probably favor the Germanic Brownshirts, whereas Gallo almost certainly would prefer the traditional Italian Blackshirts.

  11. No Name Republicans permalink
    October 11, 2010 2:46 pm

    Atlas, I think Hayon is getting his name out. Second article in a few days.,+Assemblyman+Cymbrowitz+faces+Frum+Jewish+Challenger.html

    Seems, Hayon, the only Republican Assembly candidate that collected his own signatures is not exactly a no name candidate.

  12. Brooklynpolitico -- something very strange going on there permalink
    October 16, 2010 9:50 pm

    Is it me, but doesn’t there seem to be a strange mating ritual going on between the two Brooklyn GOP hate blogs and their regular poster children.

    Remember, a while back when Bkpolitico went off to Never Never Land and TJIUA kept sending out the “ET call home!” messages.

    Then the runaway returned and was greeted like the prodical son (I’m sure it was a bad day for some fatted calf). Ever since it’s been like somebody at TJIUA has a man-crush on Bkpolitico, all kinds of ooie-gooie, lovey-dovey mooniness — ohmygosh, gag me with a spoon. Why not get a room; and, guys, be sure to use protection.

  13. October 17, 2010 7:24 am

    Whether or not this campaign is destined for failure, time will tell.

  14. Brooklyn Republican insider worries that absence of real effort in 47th AD might hurt Grimm permalink
    October 21, 2010 11:17 pm

    There is a real soft spot in the Grimm campaign. Sergeant “Cue Ball” Gallo can’t seem drill the troops when it counts.

    That’s called a lack of command presence to those in the business.

    “Real American Hero” — indeed?

    • American Idiot permalink
      October 22, 2010 12:13 am

      That’s Sergeant “Screw Ball”. Cue Ball is his CO.

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