Introducing Democratic State Senator Marty Golden?
Will Marty Golden finally fit into pictures like these?
With control of the state Senate in serious doubt, many Republican insiders around Brooklyn have been thinking: is it possible that Senator Marty Golden could become a Democrat sometime soon?
The fact is it’s actually more plausible than you might think.
Marty Golden’s political influence is waning. In the past, Marty Golden was the “golden goose” of GOP politics.
Not to sound cynical, but let’s face it. These days, politics has become the art of making, taking or directing money to your particular pet project, business or colleagues.
As we’ve all seen, our party is full of questionable financial dealings, alleged deals with Democrats, and evidence of outright support of corrupt Democratic figures.
The critics of our blog have bemoaned the fact that we have called out Sen. Golden and GOP Chairman Craig “The Duke of Bay Ridge” Eaton on their alleged non-profit connections and/or schemes. We provided undeniable evidence of tax dollars coming from Sen. Golden to benefit these organizations to which both have connections. A cursory search of our archives reveals just that.
Indeed, it was those revelations that led us to suspect Sen. Golden might eventually consider becoming a Democrat. That suggestion should not come as a surprise to long-term readers of our blog. My colleague Hank Rearden offered it clearly over a year ago in a piece he authored:
The Golden Prince’s ability to doll out pork to his constituents has hit an astounding new low, raising the question of whether his power has finally come to an end. Moreover, his financial ties to The Duke continue to raise eyebrows.
In the period between 2008 and 2009, The Golden Prince coughed up an astounding amount of money to his handpicked receivers. All in all, he gave $2,878,000 in pork, from churches to charities.
Astounding. Nearly three million dollars of government money.
This all has a heightened irony attached to it, given Golden’s very public pushes for more accountability in government spending.
Included in these millions of pork was $5000 to Chairman Craig “The Duke” Eaton’s charity, the MHE Research Foundation. While no one questions donations to good causes (which MHE certainly is, by my assessment), conflict of interest questions arise, given that The Duke has already given $18,000 to The Golden Prince over the past nine years. In fact, one comment posted by an Atlas reader notified us that The Golden Prince and Mayor Bloomberg were both in attendance at a recent MHE Research Foundation event, during which Sen. Golden was honored. It seems somewhat troubling that two men that Eaton received favors from and has personally favored are alwaysnearby. One with sizable donations and the other with a 50k-100k Wilson Pakula vote.
In spite of this, the evidence that The Golden Prince’s power is in decline is beginning to mount. The numbers of this year’s pork are in, and they must be upsetting to the Senator.
This year, The Golden Prince has dolled out a mere $250,000 in pork items.
That’s nearly a 90% decrease from last year!
With the crisis in Albany earlier this year, it appears the effects of Republican losses statewide are finally getting to the senator. Whether or not Sen. Golden has finally lost control of his freely wielding power is not entirely clear at this point. But with redistricting looming in the near future and the current Democratic majority in power, things are not looking good for The Golden Prince.
Then, the critics stood still. Even some of the editors of Urban Elephants skulked off after that. Others had the nerve to say, in effect, “that’s just the way things are.”
I cannot accept that. How shameful and disgraceful a party we have become if we tolerate abdicating our ethics in favor of letting party bosses benefit their friends and personal projects. How can we ever seek to be the party of fiscal responsibility when our local GOP leaders seek to aggrandize themselves at our expense?
How many cocktail parties, egotistical photo ops and ridiculous blog radio shows did these men (and yes, I stress they are all men) host when they could have been investing in our party? And when I think of how many races could have benefited from flows of cash that were instead wasted on irresponsible financial ventures, it amazes me.
After all, it stuns me to think how much wealth Marty Golden has possibly accrued personally from his “allegiance” to our party when the Brooklyn GOP hosts events and fundraisers at his family haunt, the Bay Ridge Manor. Or the Brooklyn GOP establishment’s dizzying connections between the infamous Cathedral Club and many of their members’ involvement in the Catholic Citizens Committee PAC, with direct ties to Catholic Bishop DiMarzio and Vito Lopez. (I need not remind you all that Vito Lopez is currently receiving his own bit of government scrutiny as he is investigated for corruption)
Marty Golden has quite the operation going on here.
And so now we arrive at the present.
The Senate control is in serious doubt and redistricting is possibly going to mean the old New York GOP of poor structure, poor funding and poor messaging will no longer be relevant or even electable without monumental change.
But Marty Golden has never demonstrated he is interested in change. All he’s ever been interested in, from what I can see, is making deals to benefit himself. He already has a positive relationship with hosts of Democrats in Brooklyn (see the top photo for evidence of that). He needs to bring more money to his district. And, most importantly, he needs to survive redistricting, which might wipe him off the political map forever.
The GOP can’t save him. Our party establishment is in bad shape (it once again lost tremendously this election season in fantastic defeat–besides Staten Island districts), and the only hope it has going for it is the reform movement. But Senator Golden has already demonstrated he has no interest in working toward reform, either in government or in our party.
I cannot find it hard to believe, therefore, that he would consider the possibility of jumping ship to the opposite party not only pragmatic in the event of a Democratic takeover but eminently justifiable for his own political survival…
I’m sure the critics will deride my suggestions as foolish musings.
But wiser political minds know just how serious this consideration is.
And as the political realities present themselves, we will be watching Sen. Golden very carefully…