Fiorello LaGuardia Organization: Brooklyn GOP Is Even Weaker After “Pyrrhic Victory” in 49th
After my second installment in the What Were They Thinking? series was released, we contacted the Fiorello LaGuardia Club–which is the central organization of the 49th Assembly District GOP leadership–to discuss last year’s elections in their district.
They were cooperative and submitted a response.
Now, I will share it with all of you.
In case you didn’t read my piece about the 49th Assembly District race, please click here.
The club issued the following statement from their email account:
Your commentary of the 49th AD Primary election reflected most of the events that took place and caused such a disheartening result. We still stand by our overall assessment, which includes the “Alamo” type assault on the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization that resulted in a Pyrrhic victory for the County. The only winner they had was the direct opponent of Assembly candidate Lucretia Regina-Potter. All other candidates endorsed by the County lost in Brooklyn, while those endorsed by the LaGuardia Organization in the primary won in our borough. Perhaps we were expecting a victory and did not concentrate as we should have on the Primary.
The bottom line is the Republican Party in Brooklyn is even weaker that it was before the Primary. We still believe that cooperation and unity would have produced better results and woul have helped make our Party stronger.
I agree with that last line particularly.
In fact, if the GOP Chairman of Brooklyn party had been forging unity from over a year ago, this unnecessary blood feud between Republicans might never have happened.
Instead, he forced a primary in a winnable Republican district to prove a point–and lost the district in a very winnable year for Republicans.
While it is clear the 49th AD leadership did not do enough to win the primary, the party establishment embarrassed themselves even further, putting up a young and inexperienced candidate (Peter Cipriano) who is disliked even among insiders in the GOP establishment for his alleged youthful arrogance and smugness. The Chairman supported Cipriano as a direct insult to Mrs. Regina-Potter, who was Cipriano’s “boss” when he worked for her campaign as a preteen. In other words, the Chairman supported the betrayal of a young Republican against his mentor rather than seeking an accord between the two.
This is the cost of your vendetta, Mr. Chairman.
You have no one to blame other than yourself.