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In Desperation, Brooklyn GOP Chairman Personally Finances Rogue Young Republican Club to Counter Reform

February 3, 2011

GOP Chairman or paranoid, fascistic Duke? This image was made by one GOP activist fed up with the Eaton-style of politics.

“Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

Shakespeare’s MacBeth could have been talking about Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton, who has lately been on a paranoia binge, expressing suspicion by allegedly maintaining a small, tight knit group of three or four confidantes.

But in his most brazen and fascistic move yet, the beleaguered GOP Duke of Bay Ridge has finally fired a Fort Sumter shot at one of his most hated perceived rivals, the Brooklyn Young Republican Club, by personally financing an opposing splinter club answerable only to him.

Sources indicate Mr Eaton has allegedly purchased a domain name for a counter-Young Republican upstart with his own money, branding it as “OFFICIAL.” The club will be answerable to him through it’s three current members, two of which also run the Brooklyn GOP’s failed blog radio show. That includes failed former candidate and chief establishment stooge Russell Gallo.

I guess these guys have never heard of the expression “stretched too thin.”

In case you were wondering, this is the same Russell Gallo who made insulting comments of a fellow female District Leader, impersonated Brooklyn Young Republican President Jonathan Judge on this very blog, and has threatened “regime change” against any Republican who does not follow in lockstep with the Chairman.

It would not be a stretch to say Mr. Gallo is a black eye on the establishment, a brutish, seemingly threatening figure who is “all talk and no walk,” one insider said, and has “turned a lot of people off.”

Regarding Eaton’s financed club, one Young Republican made the following remarks privately to Atlas: “This is the older people in the party basically saying, ‘We’re threatened by young, independent thinkers. We don’t want to work with them. So let’s crush them.’ And we all know that no club managed by Eaton has the possibility of being autonomous or free-thinking, let alone succeeding.”

When asked, another questioned whether Eaton actually had the authority to form such an “official” club:

Has this been put to a vote? No. Eaton is just so threatened and furious with the YRs that he’ll do anything to attack them. He’s so afraid of losing his chairmanship he’s attacking anyone with a pulse who disagrees with him in the slightest way. The Young Republicans should be flattered. This move shows how scared Eaton is of them, which is the product of irrational fear. A real leader would have forged an alliance, contacted Judge and tried to work it out. That didn’t happen.

Mr. Eaton apparently loves Stone Age tactics that threaten the very lifeblood of our party in Brooklyn. He has assaulted a variety of strong Republican clubs merely because he was too fiercely proud and arrogant to sit down and discuss their grievances and/or hopes to institute party reforms. He prefers the party to be run like an autocracy, with his word making everything “OFFICIAL.”

But doesn’t Mr. Eaton understand that this is exactly what the voters rejected in his past election nationwide?

Of course not.

He is ignorant of the fact that Republicans, libertarians and conservatives alike are tired of the endless games of establishment politics. They want to see real reform in government and the party system.

“This is precisely why Eaton has and will continue to fail,” said one emailer who sympathizes with the clubs Eaton has tried to wound–in vain.

And there are already reports of the divisiveness in the party turning off fellow Republicans, which could account (though this is difficult to prove) for the dwindling number of active Republican voters in the borough. Eaton’s failure to lead the party out of worst internal crisis it has ever faced has certainly kept new individuals from joining or getting active in the party.

And it has not helped that Eaton has made every desperate play in the book to attack his perceived enemies rather than seek peace (see our archives for evidence of that). Eaton takes every criticism personally, and those who even slightly disagree with him are immediately excoriated.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn suffers.

Of course, the establishment will also likely blame all of it’s problems on “the blogs” that have sprung up challenging them to do more and manage themselves better. But actions speak louder than words, and we here at Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn merely report and discuss the actions of party leaders and debate their efficacy, morality and pragmatism. We have shed light on their shadow world of politics, and they hate us for it.

Oh well.

The truth must be spoken and honest debate should be had. In America, we hold these principles to be sacrosanct.

Apparently, Mr. Eaton does not.

  1. February 3, 2011 1:32 pm

    “And it has not helped that Eaton has made every desperate play in the book to attack his perceived enemies rather than seek peace (see our archives for evidence of that). Eaton takes every criticism personally, and those who even slightly disagree with him are immediately excoriated.”

    That’s because this blog and Jonathan have engaged in ad hominem attacks against not only Craig, but every person who has ever said a word to him.

    Did you know that the effort to kick Jonathan off the ballot was spearheaded not by the Greenfield campaign, nor by anyone affiliated with Craig? You guys go around making enemies with every person who had the sin of speaking to Craig, and then you wonder why people don’t like you.

    You do not debate issues. You attack and assault your perceived enemies. How is it relevant, for instance, to your “reform” whether Karen had sex with Peter (she did not)?

    Had you stuck to issues and just issues, instead of making it personal, I’d have been a big fan of your blog. But your comments are not constructive criticism. It is an emotional, hateful assault.

    What exactly is your problem with Brian? I mean, other than the fact that he’s on speaking terms with Craig. Would you have attacked him if he were not someone affiliated with Craig?

    Your goal is to smear Craig and anyone he knows.

    This childishness needs to end. If you ever recognize that personal attacks should be shelved in favor of communication or even constructive criticism, I bet you will find a friendly response from Craig and his friends.

    But it is not up to Craig to come to Jonathan. JJ is the one who first opened fire, and it is up to him to come to Craig with an outstretched hand and an olive branch.

    Smearing people won’t help you. As you’ve noticed, the number of active people in the GOP is growing all the time. What are you going to do? Start attacking Jacob, Eugene, Alec, Mia after you are through with the previous round of newbies like Karen, Peter and Brian? And then what? Then you’ll attack whoever will join next month? And then?

    Don’t you think that your own readers will realize after a while that all you are doing is engaging in personal smears with no interest in “reform”?

    Isn’t it time to stop the personal attacks and engage in productive, respectful conversation?

    • The Ghost of Karen Fischer is "1" permalink
      February 3, 2011 2:02 pm

      This comment is so bizarrely out of touch that it sounds like it was written by a Pennsylvania gal (a non-Brooklynite) who ran a failed campaign into the ground and is about to be paid a salary by Craig Eaton…

      Credibility? Zero.

      Honesty? None.

      Lies? 100%

    • Push It REAL GOOD, "1" permalink
      February 3, 2011 2:06 pm

      Gosh, 1. You’re so sure of yourself that Peter and Karen didn’t have sex…uh, not that anyone cares or even wants to imagine that geekish rodent engaged in any form of intercourse. Why would you even bring that up or volunteer that? That’s kind of sick and inappropriate.

      • Peas and Carrots permalink
        February 3, 2011 3:17 pm

        “How is it relevant, for instance, to your “reform” whether Karen had sex with Peter….?”

        Out if the mouth of babes…. veritas.
        Perhaps the implication of the statement above is that Karen has sex with others for her own personal gain.

        Now who could that be?

    • Karen and Peter Sitting in a Tree...Uh, Who Cares? permalink
      February 3, 2011 2:32 pm

      It’s not relevant to reform who Peter is diddling (and has never been mentioned by any story I’ve read so far), but apparently it is an issue close to 1’s heart.

      Talk about showing your cards, 1.

      You should have left that alone. Instead, you personalized your pseudonymous response with a comment about sex.

      Talk about OBVIOUS.

      Eaton doesn’t need to be “smeared.” He’s smeared himself enough by his own actions, which speak volumes as to his character. He says he wants to “talk, let’s talk,” but then he doesn’t follow up and purposely avoids discussion. He has crafted his own political doom by alienating as many people as he has and letting villains like Gerry O’Brien and Russell Gallo run amok. And then he lets the hate blogs print any lie they want.

      How about you speak out against the real hate blogs, Karen/1? The Jig and BKPolitico?

      Speak out against the “Buffoon of the Year” nonsense Craig allowed Gene B. to engage in.

      Speak out against the way Yvette Bennett was disrespected and manhandled.

      Speak out against the way Michael Grimm was treated and Allegretti was used.

      Speak out against the attacks on innocent Young Republicans and accusing them of every lie under the sun.

      Because if and when you do that, you might just command a modicum of moral decency to actually articulate a believable claim.

      As of now, your pathetic apologist rhetoric is not only unimpressive but morally repugnant.

      Just like Craig Eaton. Shameful.

    • Karen we can't pay you, but nobody loves you more than we... permalink
      February 3, 2011 8:17 pm

      Abandon the “Dark Side of the Force”:

      The Brooklyn Republican Independents’ Chorus:

      You’re out of the woods, You’re out of the dark, You’re out of the night.
      Step into the sun, Step into the light.

      Keep straight ahead for the most glorious place On the Face of the Earth or the sky.
      Hold onto your breath, Hold onto your heart, Hold onto your hope.

      March up to the gate and bid it open.


      Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high.
      There’s a land that I heard of Once in a lullaby.
      Somewhere, over the rainbow, skies are blue.
      And the dreams that you dare to dream Really do come true.

      Someday I’ll wish upon a star and wake up where the clouds are far Behind me.
      Where troubles melt like lemon drops,
      Away above the chimney tops.
      That’s where you’ll find me.
      Somewhere, over the rainbow, bluebirds fly.
      Birds fly over the rainbow,
      Why then – oh, why can’t I?
      If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow,
      Why, oh, why can’t I?

      Why stay with the Gloomy-Guss GOP Establishment when you can be part of the Brooklyn GOP cast of GLEE….

    • Get Another Job, Karen permalink
      February 4, 2011 4:15 pm

      Get another patronage job, Karen. No one likes you or Peter and no one is impressed that you worked for a failed Senator, Rick Santorum. You’re a hired gun, nothing more. But, if anything, you’re just a derringer going against a bazooka.

  2. Georgea permalink
    February 3, 2011 1:34 pm

    If you look at the press release at the other blog on this “new” club, it is no surprise that craig “egomaniac” eaton made sure his name and quote was mentioned first and foremost. Typical eaton “I am king” and no one else is as important move.

  3. Craig The Destroyer permalink
    February 3, 2011 1:52 pm

    This looks really bad for the party that Craig is doing this. In the end, he’s going to destroy himself and permanently would the party as a result.

  4. Jonathan Edwards permalink
    February 3, 2011 1:53 pm

    For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

    – Mark 8:36

  5. Kamikaze Craig permalink
    February 3, 2011 1:59 pm

    Craig, you do realize this is like Pearl Harbor and you’re the Empire of Japan, right?

    I guess you forgot what happened to them.

    • Eyes in the Skies permalink
      February 3, 2011 2:12 pm

      Don’t think Craig is scared of that threat:

      Young Republicans in Brooklyn need to be active. We need to support local Republican candidates by helping them get on the ballot and by volunteering on their campaigns.

      As with any political club we will hold meetings, events, and have vigorous debates. However, we will not turn into a “feckless debating society.”

      Are you up for it? If so, then bring it on!

      Contact us and let’s get the word out. Republicans exist in Brooklyn and we aim to take this borough back

  6. Thomas Parke D'Invilliers permalink
    February 3, 2011 2:10 pm

    My favorite part of this “new” club’s website is the crown used in their imagery and their cheap rip-off of the real YR’s logo. Classic Eaton arrogance.

  7. Brian "Do-Nothing" Doherty permalink
    February 3, 2011 2:18 pm

    Brian Doherty is such a fool. He’s not qualified to be dog catcher, let alone a candidate for representative government. Craig really has the lowest of the low on his side. How about a qualified candidate every once in a while, Craig. One that can win. Like Michael Grimm, who you opposed. How about that?

  8. Bridges for Sale permalink
    February 3, 2011 2:20 pm

    You mean to tell us that Russell Gallo is the star leader of Craig Eaton’s fake club? Isn’t that the unaccomplished six-year District Leader and three-time campaign loser who alternates with his co-leader on who gets the privilege of losing to Bill Colton every two years? Now the Chairman expects us to believe that he’s found God and wants to build the party with his trusty Marc Antony at the helm of his Children’s Pseudo-Crusade against the YRs? If you buy that, I got a friend who has a bridge you might be interested in…

  9. Gestapo? You Betcha permalink
    February 3, 2011 3:37 pm

    I’m glad that whoever used the Gestapo imagery did it that way. The way Craig’s minions treat fellow Jewish Republicans like Joseph Hayon is shameful, disgracing their faith and insulting them for their beliefs. It’s a complete shame.

  10. GOP Radio Shuttered This Week permalink
    February 3, 2011 4:01 pm

    This appeared on the Brooklyn GOP Radio Blog:

    No Show This Week
    Hey folks,
    This week, the Victory Center is playing host to a lot of working meetings tonight, so we’re bagging tonight’s show.
    But fear not! Next week, there will be so much content up from CPAC that you won’t know what to do with yourself!
    Until next week…
    Russell & Gene
    a.k.a. Moron #1 & Moron #2


  11. Outmaneuvered Craig permalink
    February 3, 2011 4:20 pm

    This just makes Craig look like such an arrogant sourpuss. Outmaneuvered by children. How funny is that? lol

  12. Führer Eaton's Youth permalink
    February 3, 2011 6:40 pm

    A premonition of Craig’s dream for his Youth?

    Why is it that every word Hitler said I could imagine Craig saying?

    Very scary…

  13. john brown permalink
    February 3, 2011 7:39 pm

    If anyone doesn’t like the way things are run in Brooklyn, come out of your mom’s basement with your orange stained fingers, and RUN. Run for the Chairmanship, run for district leader, run for any office. It’s pretty easy to sit on the side lines and Monday morning quarter back, if you know what that means.

    • Who really thinks that we are not going to do that -- "Just a little" permalink
      February 3, 2011 8:04 pm

      In “My Lucky Star” I loved when Richard Greene asked Sonja Henie if she could ice skate; and Sonja answers, “Just a Little.”

    • Orange-Stained Fingers permalink
      February 6, 2011 1:14 pm

      Tell that to Gerry O’Brien, please.

  14. "Thanks for the memories... Craig or is that Bob" permalink
    February 3, 2011 7:57 pm

    “Oh he’s off on the Road to ….”

    Isn’t that picture in the “Craig Eaton — Gestapo” poster really an Al Hirschfeld caricature of Bob Hope? I’m sure that I can make out a “Nina” just to the left of the chin in the picture(along the chin-line on CE’s or BH’s facial right).

    That would be satire times infinity to borrow from Eaton’s own favorite hate medium, TJIUA (as in “Of course it’s a medium, because it’s neither rare nor well done…” [John Florence Sullivan]).

    • "Alex, I'll take obsure references to Craig Eaton as a Bob Hope caricature for $200, please" permalink
      February 3, 2011 8:27 pm

      The proper “Road” name for the Craig Eaton-Bob Hope Caricature-Poster is…

      “Alex what is ‘The Road to Gestapo’?”

      Alex: “That is correct.”

  15. Georgea permalink
    February 4, 2011 12:02 am

    I can’t wait for eaton to lose this case in court. the local papers will hopefully cover it..

  16. What name has not been mentioned in discussion of the Brooklyn YRs, real and knock-off? permalink
    February 4, 2011 12:26 am


    Why wasn’t fromer YR chief Mr. Bob Capano put in charge of the Eatonian Youngish Sort of Republicans? Was he consulted on this newish YRish thing? Isn’t Mr. Gallo the same person who “managed” Mr. Capano’s defeat in 2009? Why wasn’t a young woman named? Were any considered? Isn’t there a bit of a KCRP Rules problem naming a sitting State Committeeperson to be head of these ersatz YRs? Will he get two KCRP Executive Committee votes?

  17. In Craig Eaton's dreams: "If the Brooklyn GOP last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour'. " permalink
    February 4, 2011 7:00 am

    The ghost of WC, himself one generation removed from Brooklyn, speaks to Eaton in his dream, “CRAIG, DON’T BE RIDICULOUS….”


    Winston Churchill’s Brooklyn roots: Winston Churchill’s mother, Jennie Jerome, was an American born in a row house in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn in 1854.

    • The Chairman waking up in a sweat, shouting "A thousand years ! The Brooklyn GOP, A thousand years! " permalink
      February 5, 2011 1:12 am

      The long-suffering wife says, “Shsh, shsh, it’s alright, calm down. What about the GOP lasting a thousand years?”

      The Chairman snarls, “What’s that? Ah — A thousand years? Don’t talk about — A thousand years?! You kidding me?! A thousand years?! I just hope we can last a a thousand days! Another term as Chairman that’s all!”

      The long-suffering wife, “It’s alright, calm down, just a thousand days then.”

  18. grimm fan permalink
    February 4, 2011 8:04 am

    Last I heard eaton was spewing his venom at capano for bucking him at supporting grimm very early on and not supporting him with allegretti. Obviously the primary election results added to this rift.

  19. new Capano Fan permalink
    February 4, 2011 9:29 am

    I am not a big Bob Capano fan, especially with him going along supporting Bloomberg, but he really did embarass amd show up Eaton by going with Grimm early on, while Eaton led for Allegretti.

  20. Fly On The Wall permalink
    February 4, 2011 10:02 pm

    Having only three members is very convenient. They can hold meetings in a phone booth. Eaton is once again showing his true colors as a tin horn dictator who wants all to march in goose step with him. Perhaps instead of “The Young Republicans” this group should be known as “The Eaton Youth”. Sieg heil!

  21. Let's go back to the first comment by "1" above permalink
    February 5, 2011 3:19 pm

    “1” should compare the tactics and strategies of the
    Independent Reform Republicans in Brooklyn with those of the
    Brooklyn GOP establishment since it became dominated by Eaton and
    Golden; and compare the content of the respective blogs from day
    one. What “1” calls “ad hominem attacks against not only Craig, but
    every person who has ever said a word to him” is only accurate in a
    relatively few instances — far more often the so called “ad
    hominem” attacks, are factually based criticism, or even in a few
    instances charges of wrong-doing. That is not “ad hominem attack”
    it is issue-based political discussion, and in some instances
    outrage. The stuff on Eaton’s hate blog TJIUA, on the other hand,
    is overwhelmingly material that is indescribably vile and
    malicious; and usually delivered in a language that is not English,
    but some bizarre imbecilic slang that makes the ultra-violent thugs
    in Anthony Burgess’ “A Clockwork Orange” seem like a gathering of
    salutatorians and valedictorians. The current insurgency of the
    Independent Reform Republicans in Brooklyn began almost
    simultaneously with the highjacking of the Brooklyn GOP by the
    Martin Golden dominated Bay Ridge Cabal faction in the Brooklyn
    GOP. This happened when Craig Eaton was “selected” in a midnight
    coup in 2007 strictly as a plant to protect the interests of RINO
    Golden. Ever since, a hand full of Eaton and Golden loyalists have
    tried to sugarcoat the imposition of Eaton’s brand of serfdom on
    the rest of the Brooklyn GOP, which for the most part accepted it
    because it was in a coma anyway. Only the insurgents of the
    Independent Reform Republicans in Brooklyn have stood up and said,
    “1″ has signed on for all of the Eaton agenda then “1″ should just
    chant Eaton’s Brooklyn GOP’s mottos, which bespeak its ethos and
    practices : “The floggings will continue until morale improves…”;
    and “We’ll make a desert and call it peace.” It’s all in plain view
    for “1″ and the world to see in this “‘Brooklyn Young Republicans’
    Club” gambit by Eaton and Gallo.

  22. Response to this at Eaton's hate blog TJIUA likely wasn't by "1" permalink
    February 5, 2011 8:26 pm

    Unlike something by “1”, it was a second-rate
    cut-and-paste. It did, however, seem quite heartfelt, personal,
    close to home and, dare I say it, “PATHETIC” [NOTE: “EATON-CAPS”
    for ykw]

  23. eaton leave permalink
    February 5, 2011 8:56 pm

    When will eaton just go away. Craigy- realize nobody has any respect for you-not at St. Anselm’s, Community Board 10, or Brooklyn Republicans. You arrogant, egotistical, Golden propped up, primary endorser loser, failed chairman

  24. Brooklyn GOP Birthers to Russell Gallo: Russ, please, come back we need you permalink
    May 9, 2011 8:57 pm

    Russ, we think you were too quick saying ob Brooklyn GOP
    Radio that this “guy from who knows where” has proved he’s
    elligible to be POTUS and your “Commander in Chief”; don’t let him
    sweep this bad birth certificate stuff under the rug using the
    killing of Osama Bin Laden by brave U.S. servicemen as his cover
    😦 We have come up with some great stuff since BHO II publically
    and personally came out with with his “long form” “Certificate of
    Live Birth” 🙂 As you must know by now, Obama’s so called “Long
    Form” certificate is a phony fifteen ways to Sunday (it has over 24
    separate layers of computer generated images)– and he personally
    put it out there, so now we have evidence directly connecting BHO
    II, himself, to the scandal. That shows how desperate Donald Trump
    made BHO II about this whole “Birther” thing 🙂 Yesterday, a
    Hawaii Five-Oh guy said that the fonts and other features of the
    recent “Long Form” produced by the POTUS himself were similar to an
    earlier “forged” “Hawaiian Certification of Live Birth” registering
    Obama’s birth in Kenya in Hawaiian records 🙂 Russ, something very
    new, did you know that on August 21, 1967, an officer at the
    Immigration and Naturalization Service stated, “There is nothing in
    the file to document the status of [Soetoro’s] spouse’s son [BHO
    II]. Please inquire into his citizenship and residence status and
    determine whether or not he is the applicant’s [Soetoro’s]child
    within the meaning of Section 101(b)(1)(B) of the Act, who may
    suffer exceptional hardship within the meaning of Section 212(a).”
    The matter was concluded because it looked to some “supervisor”
    like there was enough to “conclude” five year old Obama was born in
    Honolulu 🙂 Russ, don’t abandon us when we’re so close. Remember
    your, JIG IS UP ATLAS mantra “The truth lies within…” It’s time
    for a “Real American”, like yourself, to stand up and be counted on
    the side of the Brooklyn GOP Birthers. Otherwise, we have nobody on
    the inside of powerhouse that is the Brooklyn GOP 😦


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