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Craig Eaton’s Nemesis Arnaldo Ferraro Says “Brooklyn GOP Can Do Better”

December 15, 2010

Spy vs. Spy or Eaton vs. Ferraro?

GOP Chairman Craig Eaton “hates him,” one insider told us, and did so even before this man ran for chairman of the GOP just over a year ago.

But former Assemblyman Arnaldo Ferraro is no fan of Eaton either.

That much was evident in a recent interview piece highlighted by Harold Egeln of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Here is the substance of the piece:

BENSONHURST — Once praised by then-president Ronald Reagan for his work as an assemblyman and his achievements as a former immigrant, educator and politician, Arnaldo Ferraro sees a greater Republican future in Brooklyn as long as the GOP works together better.

“I am very pleased this state Senate now has a 32-30 Republican majority,” said Ferraro, who came to the U.S. in 1961, in an interview at the 17th Avenue headquarters of the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Club. That makes for a better balance of power than one-party control, he said, referring to the Democrats’ control of the Assembly and the state House.

Ferraro was the last Republican from Brooklyn to hold a seat in the Assembly, until he was defeated in 1986 by Democrat Peter Abbate. Staten Islander Matthew Mirones was a Republican Assemblyman in the cross-Narrows 60th District until four years ago, when he choose not to seek re-election.

Abbate has won every election since, but had vigorous challenges by businesswoman Lucretia Regina-Potter in 2006 and 2008 and by university student Peter Cipriano this year.

“When I won [the] election in 1984, a local weekly newspaper headlined: ‘Freda Loses to Ferraro’ and the way that was put said a lot,” he said of his victory over Democrat Assemblyman Louis Freda, who served from 1981 through 1984.

Bensonhurst Was Once Republican

Before Freda, the district covering Bensonhurst, Bath Beach and much of Dyker Heights and Borough Park was represented in the Assembly by Republicans such as Dominick Di Carlo (1967-1981), who died in 1999, and Luigi Marano (1957-1964), later a judge and now 89.

Today the Republican foothold in Brooklyn is firmly in place with state Sen. Marty Golden of Bay Ridge in office since 2003. The other elected representatives from joint Staten Island-Brooklyn districts (Councilman James Oddo, part of whose district includes mid-Bensonhurst; Assemblywoman-elect Nicole Malliotakis and Congressman-elect Michael Grimm) are Staten Islanders.

“When first elected Brooklyn Republican Party leader in 2007, Craig Eaton was a comparative newcomer to politics,” said Ferraro, a former county committee vice chair who lost a vigorous and contentious challenge to Eaton in 2009.

“I have nothing against him. When anyone disagrees, which is part of the democratic process, nobody should take it personally. Disagreement keeps us strong and learning from our mistakes and moving forward,” said Ferraro. “The old axiom is true: united we stand, divided we fall.”

When he was running for election in 1984, while still a teacher, he sought advisors and a staff “with real experience and knowledge” rather than starting from scratch. “In my modest opinion, we did well with that base of help, and it does work,” he said.

“There’s no excuse for winning or losing. But there are reasons for losing,” Ferraro said. Looking at elections results then and now, he said, “It’s a simple matter of mathematics, which tells us a lot.”

“Look, this year Abbate won with 7,416 votes and Cipriano lost with 4,659. But in 2008, though Regina-Potter lost to Abbate, she got 5,487 votes. Think about those results with over 800 more than Cipriano,” he said. “Regina-Potter did not have full party support, except here with us, while Cipriano had full party support and had a greater loss.”

Even though Grimm and Malliotakis won, Ferraro noted that Democratic incumbents Congressman Michael McMahon and Assemblywoman Janele Hyer-Spencer topped Republicans in Brooklyn.

Ferraro raises an interest point about the 49th Assembly District race, which I will not address given my colleague Francisco D’Anconia’s upcoming piece regarding the subject.

In case you haven’t seen his most recent piece, The Allegretti Question, I highly recommend you read it.

Ferraro’s strongest point is that Brooklyn did not really win anything this year, and, as we’ve been saying all along, Grimm and Malliotakis’ victories had nothing to do with Brooklyn. In fact, given the year Republicans nationwide enjoyed and that state Senate Republicans enjoyed, Brooklyn was left in the lurch.

Thank you, Chairman Eaton. Yet another series of failures to add to your naughty list, this Christmas…

As for Ferraro, while before it was said by one insider that “he had nothing personally against Eaton,” now “things have changed.” One emailer said, “People in the 49th are furious and many of them blame Marty Golden and Craig Eaton for the problems in the party.”

The workings in the 49th and the political issues being faced in that district truly deserve their own devoted story. But, to quote once source, the GOP leadership there “viscerally despises the overall party leadership for the war they waged on fellow Republicans in their district and their shameless attempts to divide a winnable GOP-leaning district.”

So Ferraro might say “united we stand,” but as far as we can tell, if anything, it’s Spy vs. Spy with Eaton and Ferraro.

  1. Gerry permalink
    December 15, 2010 2:36 am

    Spy vs. Spy! LOL

  2. Jig Lost Their Sanity permalink
    December 15, 2010 8:37 am

    I am surprised that Atlas Shrugs, seekers of truth, will not point out that Peter polled better that Potter. That is a fact.

    Now we can attribute the results to being a Republican year, and in 2008 was an Obama year. The fact remains that Peter did better than Potter.

    • Eyes in the Skies permalink
      December 15, 2010 10:53 am

      C’mon McCall, Are you serious? You usually are so loyal to us here.

      • McCall permalink
        December 15, 2010 7:05 pm

        “…You say you’re lookin’ for someone
        Never weak but always strong
        To protect you an’ defend you
        Whether you are right or wrong
        Someone to open each and every door
        But it ain’t me, babe
        No, no, no, it ain’t me, babe
        It ain’t me you’re lookin’ for, babe…”


    • John Galt permalink*
      December 15, 2010 12:32 pm

      It’s nice to be thought of as “seekers of truth.”

      The fact is that my colleague Midas indicated that a fuller discussion of the 49th AD debacle will be raised soon in a separate and brand new piece. The story here, I believe, is the Daily Eagle’s devoted piece to former Assemblyman Arnaldo Ferraro.

      I have not double checked the numbers, but I hope the Daily Eagle would not print Ferraro’s numbers (“Abbate won with 7,416 votes and Cipriano lost with 4,659. But in 2008, though Regina-Potter lost to Abbate, she got 5,487 votes”) without checking them first. As for the percentages, I’m not sure.

      I anticipate my colleague Francisco will be “frank” in his discussion of the 49th Assembly District primary and election. There’s no sugar-coating what happened there, in my opinion. An honest and open discussion is required.

      • Jig Lost Their Sanity permalink
        December 15, 2010 4:16 pm

        Major relevant information is missing. Peter Abbate had more than 14,000 votes in 2008. Anyone would realize that Ferraro purposely left out very important information.

      • Riding The Wave permalink
        December 15, 2010 10:25 pm

        The point regarding number of votes cast is not how many Abbate received in any given year. The fact is Potter received more votes than Cipriano during the Obama-Tsunami than Cipriano received in a pro-Republican, anti-incumbent year.
        Cipriano received much support, had access to a large number of resources that Potter never did, and he still polled lower than Potter.

  3. "Craig E." of the "Craig E. said..." in TJIUA isn't really Craig Eaton is it? permalink
    December 15, 2010 8:43 pm

    In the December 15, 2010 TJIUA commentator “Craig E. said… Marty is many, many, many, despicable things.”

    In this rare instance we have to agree with this Decmber 15th commentator “Craig E…” in “The Jig is Up Atlas”. That’s; presuming, of course, that the commentator is referring to a “Marty” who is Martin Golden:
    – a former police officer, who as a public official has refused to reveal to release his Police Pension “medical retirement” file or his NYPD disciplinary file;
    – a “former owner of the Bay Ridge Manor” (Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, that’s rich!) who uses that asset/venue politically, in countless “in kind” ways;
    – a “double dipping’ Albany legislator; possibly doing another trick as one of the lawmakers who filed their “retirement” papers with the state Comptroller’s Office by the Dec. 1 deadline, which included seven Republicans and four Democrats; is he one of the seven? (see December 15th N.Y. Post “’Double dipper’ pols not $hy or retiring” tGeCUs0RMXBRrmADNmH5CJ#ixzz18EUMqnw1);
    – a possible material witness in a case involving the alleged tampering with evidence given to police in their investigation of the April 10th melee at Kettle Black, which led to felony charges against four of someone named Marty’s relatives;
    – a shifty local politician who’s hiding behind a pointless lawsuit to cover-up the fact that his cuts in funding for the NYC Transit Authority led to massive cuts in transit service throughout his district (it’s even worse than has been reported to date); and
    – on, and on, and on …

    … if it’s that “Marty” then we certainly agree with “Craig E.”, who said, “Marty is many, many, many, despicable things.”

  4. McCall permalink
    December 15, 2010 8:53 pm

    I’m not checking on anybody’s math…

    Besides, anybody who’s as upset about all of this as I am, would remain neutral at this point. In fact, I recommend that everybody should abstain if ASIB were foolish enough to put this thing to a vote.

    • McGraw permalink
      December 15, 2010 10:16 pm

      I don’t plan on abstaining from the only intelligent blog for GOP politics citywide.

      Excellent work, Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn.

  5. Berardelli just makes Brooklyn GOP Blog Radio "...a slippery slope" over-stresses "elastic clause" permalink
    December 16, 2010 1:17 am

    Berardelli: “I don’t want to bore everybody…Footnote 13…
    This is what we’ve been saying all along….The walls are closing in…Yes, I’m sick…”

    Gallo (Strategic Arms Limitations Expert): “Why don’t we read this bill… what am I saying, “bill”, treaty… we don’t need to get involved in this…we’re at war the Russians aren’t, we need our planes and missiles and submarines…Gunfree zones are a security problem that the terrorists can utilize…The gun free-est zone, Fort Hood, Texas…”

    Doherty: “Dumb ass…”

    Gallo: “Archie Bunker… I only speak the truth… you’re trying to censor me…”

    Berardelli: “It was me that was turned off…”

    No, gentlemen, it’s the listeners that were turned off.

    Baffoons of the week Brooklyn GOP Blog Radio hosts Moron #1 and Moron #2 and all those members of the Peanut Gallery that agreed with their ersatz statistical criticism of Dr. Arnaldo Ferraro.

  6. Can you beat this? Brooklyn GOP spokesman* wants you to watch the video of the Florida School Board shooting! permalink
    December 16, 2010 1:44 am

    * Eugene Berardelli, Brooklyn GOP Blog Radio, 12-15-10

    Better that you read an in depth report about it: “Police: Florida School Board Gunman Planned Attack”

  7. Harry O'Brien permalink
    December 16, 2010 4:26 pm

    Eaton and his minions are bullies on the playground. Except now they’re dealing with the new kids on the block, and it’s gonna hurt.

  8. The Empire Shrugs Back permalink
    December 16, 2010 4:28 pm

    Title: The Empire Shrugs Back! – An Opera In Space…Over Brooklyn

    Today’s Second Episode: A long time ago…as in two months ago…once forgotten GOP Jedi Master Obi-Wan Ferraro meets Darth Eaton in the Death Star (aka a less baroque Grand Prospect Hall) to decide who will run the Brooklyn GOP Empire, and the two engage in one of the most memorable duels in Brooklyn political history.

    With An All-Star Cast Starring:

    Craig Eaton as Darth
    Arnaldo Ferraro as Obi-Wan
    John Galt as Luke
    Midas Mulligan as The Wookiee
    Gerry O’Brien as Jabba the Hutt
    Jeffrey Kraus as Boba Fett
    With Dagny Taggart as Princess Leia
    And Francisco D’Anconia as Han Solo

    “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” – Obi-Wan Ferraro

    “You should not have come back.” – Darth Eaton

  9. Lucretia v. Clorinda (aka Xena v. Calypso) permalink
    December 17, 2010 1:35 am

    One was forged in the heat of battle… The other, in the heat of menopause.

  10. Arnaldo (Spy) and Craig (Spy) Join Forces!...But For How Long? permalink
    December 17, 2010 1:52 am

    Arnaldo and Craig join forces!….But for how long???

  11. Christmas Parties, Oh, Christmas Parties -- they mean so much to someone permalink
    December 17, 2010 9:26 pm

    “The Jig is Up Atlas” took an emergency break from their anti-anti-Catholic rant to hype Craig Eaton’s Brooklyn GOP Holiday Party.

    But take it from the Republican who’ve been around, good parties don’t need to be touted or hyped.

    Our spy says it was a very sad affair, but not as bad as the golf outing.


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