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