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The Best of Atlas: Our Favorite Posts of 2010 – Francisco D’Anconia

January 2, 2011

For last year’s pick, I extolled my colleague Dagny Taggart for her brilliant piece on the Brooklyn GOP’s garish holiday party.

This year, I will take a page from my colleague Midas Mulligan to choose one of John Galt’s pieces of the year, which I believe was one of the most defining events of 2010.

It was the beginning of the fabled 44th City Council District Special Election.

John Galt’s announcement of the candidacy of GOP reformer Jonathan Judge in the race led to one of the most fascinating political battles in Brooklyn’s recent political history.

You will recall that Urban Elephants informed readers of their blog that “Councilman Simcha Felder, one of the then conservative Democrats in City Hall, would  step aside and free up the seat” in the 44th City Council District. Then, we learned Brooklyn Young Republican President Judge would be seeking Felder’s seat.

Judge’s announcement sparked one of the fiercest scrambles in the history of the GOP and Democratic establishments, both of which were exposed for working together to support now Councilman (although not well liked, from what we hear) David Greenfield, another Pinocchio of Democratic Boss Vito Lopez.

Sen. Marty Golden was then forced to choose between supporting a genuine Republican or the liberal Democrat/Bloomberg-sympathizer. He chose the latter, a colossal embarrassment for a man who claims to support Republicans and be a party leader.

This gave a face to all of the deals between the two parties that had been whispered about for years (incidentally, a new piece regarding this “special relationship” is upcoming–keep an eye out for it).

Judge was attacked at every turn, with the establishment Republicans allegedly forging signatures for a no-name candidate who received less than 3% of the vote when all was said and done.

Due to legal shenanigans, Judge never made it to the ballot, but his court defense, spearheaded by former state Senate Minority Leader Martin Connor, stunned a Democratic establishment (and their darling lawyer Carl Landicino) not used to being one-upped and kept their teeth chattering until the very end. Judge raised thousands of dollars and had a sort of coming of age in many insiders’ eyes, even those of his rivals, who were enraged by his success at unifying support.

This story made Mr. Judge the most obvious leader of the reform faction in the party and a rising star in Brooklyn politics, as noted recently by Courier Life and The New York Post.

As someone who once offered up Mr. Judge as a potential leader in the GOP, this campaign impressed me a great deal.

Objectively, though, I must say that the 44th City Council race, whatever your views on it may be, certainly counts as one of the very Best of Atlas.

  1. Excellent Choice! permalink
    January 2, 2011 8:11 pm

    The Jonathan J. Judge race for Council in th 44th C.D. was THE DEFINING MOMENT for the Brooklyn GOP in 2010. Thanks to Judas Golden that definition is LOSER. After State Senator Martin Golden stabbed the Brooklyn GOP in the back by endorsing Democrat Greenfield it was as if he shattered the punchbowl at the 2010 prom.

    The phony candidacy of Puff Rice was as phony as anything done by Eaton’s Wing of the GOP in 2010. That allowed Eaton to play Pontius Pilate and wash his hands of Golden’s treachery.

    Golden and Eaton could have and should have done the right thing. They didn’t and they have been paying for it ever since.

    Since 2010 continued with more of the same, in the Grimm-Allegretti race, it proved that Eaton and Golden can only play a one note tune.

  2. Another Excellent Choice!! permalink
    January 2, 2011 9:12 pm

    Just wanted to bring up, my favorite moment was when Jonathan couldn’t make the ballot, despite getting his low-level hack, some pizzaface, Glenn Nocera, to challenge an actual Republican candidate’s signatures, and failed.

    Jonathan than in a desperate move, hired Democrat Marty Connor to get him on the ballot, he still failed, owning thousands of dollars in the process he had to borrow from his parents.

    He than turned around realizing he was going to lose his patronage job, and endorsed Kevin Parker’s Democrat of choice Joe Lazar.

    Talk about sore losers, it made Jonathan so mad, he closed up his fake Republican club, which now consists of anti-Republicans.

    What a 2010 for Jonathan Judge!!!

    Did I forget to mention the Bay Ridge Community Council, and The State YR’s got rid of him too.

    This year we get rid of him permanetly.

    • Give Gerry a Raise permalink
      January 2, 2011 9:58 pm

      JJ = Craig Eaton’s Existential Threat.

      Gerry, please tell me Craig is paying you for all this? I’m worried you’re being overworked 😦

      • Jonathan's Lucky To Have His Job permalink
        January 2, 2011 11:05 pm

        Jonathan please tell me, Berk is going to give you a raise for endorsing more Democrats.

        Well no luck on that your just lucky to have your job.

        Though I was glad to see Lynn get rid of Jonathan not once, but twice.

        Good thing the State Yr’s don’t tolerate fake Republicans who endorse, and employ Democrats.

        This year we finish what Lynn started.

    • A year later and is the Eaton-Golden faction still trying to say Jonathan Judge is "Finished" permalink
      January 3, 2011 12:45 am

      Reporter: Mr. Eaton do you still think that Jonathan Judge is finished in the Brooklyn GOP, the statewide YRs and the GOP generally.

      Eaton: What’s that? Ah — “Finished”? Don’t talk about — “finished”? You kidding me? “Finished”? I just hope we can keep him from becoming County Leader! So I can have another term.”

      • The Pimples On Jonathan's Face. permalink
        January 3, 2011 9:57 am

        Hey I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when Lynn, booted Jonathan, not once, but twice.

        Than again I wouldn’t have wanted to have been Jonathan that night, maybe he brought Roy with him, and he attempted to blow up the State YR’s, LOL.

        Oh well, we get to join in the fun they are having soon, too.

  3. My Choice permalink
    January 2, 2011 9:15 pm

    My other favorite was how Jonathan screwed over Lucretia Potter, and Arnaldo Ferraro.

    You know how they raised thousands of dollars, and got hundreds of signatures for him, for that race which he failed miserably at he turns around and gave them nothing.

    Talk about backstabbing your friends.

    I guess Jonathan didn’t get the okay from his Dem bosses he could work for a Republican candidate.

    • Desperate... permalink
      January 2, 2011 9:54 pm

      Jonathan did not screw over Regina-Potter. In fact, from what I heard, he was there the day of the Primary. Who writes these scripts up for you? Gerry O’Brien?

      • Eyes in the Skies permalink
        January 2, 2011 10:08 pm

        you mean the day she got crushed by a 20 year old?

      • Someone's Feeling Guilt permalink
        January 2, 2011 11:03 pm

        That’s funny at the old Bari Tile, Jonathan was no where to be found, according to a friend of his, he was at some weird bar, on Smith street, eating cheese, and getting lightly buzzed.

        When Lucretia heard this, she became even more incensed than she normally is.

        Some way to treat a political ally who went all out in a district no near 49th AD territory.

        She doesn’t forget trust me on that, not even Jonathan’s Dem pals can save him from a Bensonhurst street thug.

      • Poor Jonathan permalink
        January 2, 2011 11:08 pm

        You know Jonathan not only screwed over Regina-Potter, but he also screwed over Fred, by not even bother to ask for his services when it came down to that petition challenge of his to get him back on the ballot.

        If Jonathan was such strong friends with Lucretia and Fred, we would have asked them for help first, not his Democratic bosses.

        But than again, Jonathan will throw anyone under the bus for that job of his, since he’s never had a real job, his words not mine.

        I know, McCall’s useless when it comes to law, but screwing over Fred like that, big mistake.

        No wonder the LaGuardia club leadership wants nothing to do with Jonathan, and I can’t blame them for once.

  4. Larry Lloyd permalink
    January 2, 2011 9:19 pm

    Does Marty Connor and reform go in the same sentence?

    Isn’t he Shelly Silver and Vito Lopez’s favorite election lawyer?

    That’s kind of like Jonathan and Republican in the same sentence? LOL.

    I can’t wait till the next 5-6 comments here that defend Jonathan and ignore this.

    Only problem is Jonathan won’t be able to ignore the political payback he receives coming soon.

    • Truth Sets Us Free permalink
      January 2, 2011 9:56 pm

      What about Marty Golden and David Greenfield? I think those names go perfectly in a sentence together. Liberal Democrats and in LOVE with Michael Bloomberg.

      Oh, and hiring a Democratic strong arm lawyer like Connor to take on his old Democratic enemies? Priceless, Judge. Excellent work!

    • Challenges permalink
      January 2, 2011 11:46 pm

      While this may all be true about Jonathan, the other thing to remember is he even failed to help his other supposed friend Joseph Hayon in his race for Assembly.

      Whatever Hayon’s intentions are, can he count on Jonathan helping him, especially when it came for Hayon’s race, Jonathan was no where to be found.

      That’s the one question the likes of Joseph Hayon need to ask themselves if these guys didn’t help me before, why will they help me now?

  5. The Real Truth permalink
    January 2, 2011 11:00 pm

    What about Roy Antoun and Okenfe Lebarty? I think those names go perfectly in a sentence together. Barack Obama Democrats who love each other.

    Oh by the way, Lopez and Connor are actually allies, too bad Jonathan forgot to mention this, kinda like how he gave money to Tony Avella and endorsed him for State Senate in a key senate seat under the orders of his bosses.

    No wonder people from all over the state, want to beat this guy!

  6. Craig Eaton got somebody ( how many) to waste their Sunday, January 2, 2011 getting ambushed permalink
    January 3, 2011 12:33 am

    This primitve cyber-attack [actually blog-comment attack] by the Craig Eaton supporters only brought to light the sum and substance of Eaton’s wing of the Brooklyn GOP. Now the whole world can plainly see, “There’s no ‘there’ there.”

    This is a fully moderated blog — why do you think your electronic graffitti was allowed to see the light of day?

    • I can't keep up with the attacks, so I missed my late night snack. permalink
      January 3, 2011 9:54 am

      I can’t keep up with the attacks on both fronts, the world plainly sees just how pathetic I am, now that I lost two hours of sleep, reading these comments and on the jig.

      I really hope they delete some comments of mine, so I can keep the debate just to myself, and so I can keep shinining my head with Turtle Wax.

  7. John Galt permalink*
    January 3, 2011 1:46 am

    Some comments posted in the past few days might be inappropriate. Those offended by any of the comments posted here or who see false statements are on notice to contact us so we can discuss options.

    Thank You.

    – John Galt, Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn

    • John Galt permalink*
      January 3, 2011 3:12 am

      Some childish cretin recently impersonated GOP activist Roy Antoun and wrote under the name “John Galt.”

      Those comments were deleted. We do not tolerate impersonation here at Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn. District Leader Russell Gallo was already taken to task for that.

      I want us to have an open discussion, but there are limits to what we will allow. Impersonation crosses boundaries. Please remember that.

  8. Time's Ticking permalink
    January 3, 2011 10:04 am

    Hurry up guys, better get on the computer.

  9. Down With Roy permalink
    January 3, 2011 3:28 pm

    Roy’s a little nervous it seems, what’s a matter can’t figure out what you said.

    Kiss, Kiss.

  10. John Galt permalink*
    January 3, 2011 4:04 pm

    Given that it is impossible for certain commentators to act like adults and not impersonate others, comments are now being moderated. If you do not see your comment post immediately, now you will understand why.

    I reiterate that if anyone notices comments impersonating them, please email us.

    Thank you.


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