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UPDATE: “Authentic” Brooklyn Young Republican Club Moves Swiftly Responding to Eaton’s “Misleading Announcement”

February 3, 2011

The story of the day has a new update.

Catching the Bay Ridge GOP off guard, the Brooklyn Young Republican Club issued a poignant and direct response to GOP Chairman Craig Eaton’s announcement of a fake “re-launch” of the Young Republicans in a rash attempt to confuse young Republicans and undermine the real YR Organization from enlisting members.

Tracing their history to 1880, the Brooklyn YRs contrasted their activism and history with Eaton’s “all-talk, no-action status quo.”

In case you missed our initial coverage of this story, click here.

The Brooklyn Young Republicans, led by their president Jonathan Judge, issued this statement within a couple of hours of the news of Eaton’s attack on their club:

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Young Republican Club, I have been asked to address you on the following situation. We have been monitoring the recent development of an alleged “re-launch” of a Brooklyn Young Republican organization by the Kings County Republican Party’s current establishment leadership. The Brooklyn Young Republican Club, founded in 1880, is quite alive and well, and is certainly without need for any party-sponsored “re-launch.”

“This, however, is just the latest attempt by the current anemic leadership of the Kings County Republican Party establishment to distract Republicans from its persistent failures to earn any Republican challenger in Brooklyn a majority of support from voters. Instead of at least spending the past four years cultivating an enduring relationship with the diverse, civic-minded young Republicans in Brooklyn, Kings County Republican Party Chairman Craig Eaton has deliberately chosen to invest himself–and consequently the party–in destroying as much of the self-motivated, grassroots Republican activists that might rightfully challenge the all-talk, no-action status quo of its politically-compromised establishment.

“Our organization, founded on the objectives of advancing Republican principles and government reform, continues to innovate new strategies for effective grassroots activism among young Brooklynites, and we continue to attract those same individuals to engage in and learn from the causes and campaigns that we as young Republicans support. Especially for these reasons, we continue our steadfast commitment to providing an open, inclusive and dynamic environment for Young Republican activism in every corner of our great borough. Everyone counts–from Williamsburg, to Kensington, to Bedford Stuyvesant, to Bay Ridge–and we exist to make that particularly true for all young Republican voters.

“However, we now must publicly caution our membership and the general public against confusing this unilaterally Craig Eaton-sanctioned young Republican effort, which is based in the same tiny corner of southwest Brooklyn as all of the party’s other activities, from the authentic Brooklyn Young Republican Club, which has existed as a Brooklyn-wide organization for over 130 years and shall continue to do so regardless of what the temporary leadership of the Kings County Republican Party establishment prefers.

“As authorized by the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Young Republican Club, we will take all appropriate action to thwart any attempts to deceive or mislead Young Republicans or the public in Brooklyn as to the existence, authenticity and purpose of our organization: the Brooklyn Young Republican Club, founded in 1880.”

Following a successful effort to support the Republican Garfield/Arthur Presidential ticket, the Brooklyn Young Republican Club was founded in 1880 by renowned Republican and reformer Seth Low, who later served as Mayor of Brooklyn and of the City of New York. Since then, the Club has served as the launching pad for many notable Brooklyn Young Republicans in civic, social and political life. For more information on the Brooklyn Young Republican Club, visit our website at

No response yet from Eaton or his shadow club, which thus far consists of three close confidantes of Eaton.

One person familiar with the situation said of the Brooklyn GOP Chairman’s actions: “Instead of focusing his animosity toward the Democrats and their policies that are bankrupting people, he focuses it at fellow Republicans. Instead of trying unite the all factions in the party to join together, he strives divide it even further. This is just so irresponsible for a county chairman to do. And it really is a shame.”

Meanwhile, a prominent Republican activist told Atlas: “While the Chairman should be mending differences and uniting the party, he has only divided it without justice. The Brooklyn Young Republican Club has made substantial efforts in helping Republicans like Michael Grimm get elected and to have these efforts ignored either shows incompetency or sheer ignorance.”

We invite further comments from our readers, the Brooklyn GOP leadership and the Young Republicans regarding this latest Bay Ridge Cabal scandal. Currently, we have reached out to a variety of individuals and will provide another update soon.

  1. Eaton, Gallo, Berardelli... who else? permalink
    February 3, 2011 8:56 pm

    “Yesterday’s battles have little place in tomorrow’s wars.” Moon Zappa Zsu

    It was more than three years ago that I heard Chairman Craig Eaton say that he wanted to have the Brooklyn YRs lose their charter and be put out of business.

    His latest “tactic” is to launch a “cheap knock-off” against the top of the line brand-name item.

    If he doesn’t have the actual Brooklyn YR Charter, Eaton loses this fight in court.

    If he has somehow gotten a Brooklyn YR Charter, Eaton will have to fight to prove that he got it lawfully in court.

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Kiss, Kiss…. See ya in court.

    • Court House Justice permalink
      February 3, 2011 9:48 pm

      one goo’ thang abou’ seein y’all in Court–tha’ looney fella Gallo can’ be packin’. y’all can’t be pointin’ them dagnamit thangs inna face o’ justice.
      An’ ya can’ brang no keroseen neetha’.
      Fool boy.

    • john brown permalink
      February 4, 2011 6:33 pm

      All the state Republican party has to do is pull the clubs charter. No charter no club.

      • "John Brown" you should know that although "John Brown's body lies a mouldering in the grave... permalink
        February 4, 2011 8:55 pm

        …John Brown’s body lies a mouldering in the grave
        John Brown’s body lies a mouldering in the grave *** His soul is marching on!

        Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah!
        Glory, glory, hallelujah! his soul’s marching on!

        He’s gone to be a soldier in the army of the Lord!
        He’s gone to be a soldier in the army of the Lord!
        He’s gone to be a soldier in the army of the Lord!

        His soul is marching on!

        Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah!
        Glory, glory, hallelujah! his soul’s marching on!

      • Ben Franklin permalink
        February 4, 2011 11:36 pm

        Read the First Amendment, douchebag. It’s in English, so if you can’t understand, open up a dictionary.

  2. Young GOP Kid permalink
    February 3, 2011 10:18 pm

    Nice response!

  3. Gerry permalink
    February 3, 2011 10:31 pm

    This is pretty sad that Craig has sunk this low and become this desperate.

  4. Goldwater's Wisdom permalink
    February 4, 2011 1:53 am

    Interestingly, Barry Goldwater juxtaposed Craig Eaton (playing Nikita Khrushchev) and a group of real Young Republicans in this 1964 ad:

    Sounds like Craig talking to the YR’s today: “We will bury you.”

    Being as Eaton runs this party like a Soviet gulag.

    Sorry Craig. Looks like you’re gonna end up the way all tyrants do: deposed.

  5. Fly On The Wall permalink
    February 4, 2011 11:00 pm

    If Eaton would spend half the time and effort he puts into
    fighting and dividing Republicans into fighting Democrats we might
    get somewhere. I hope the true Young Republicans hand Eaton a major
    defeat over this. There are so many legal issues here it could be a
    real trap for Eaton and the other pretenders! Those who are with
    him perpetrating this farce should consider the legal problems they
    might get into. Eaton may have stepped into something he will not
    be able to wipe off his shoes. The stink will spread and

  6. Craig Does Not Have The Luxury permalink
    February 4, 2011 11:36 pm

    The party can’t even win an election and they’re starting wars with fellow Republicans. The YRs are the future of the party and Eaton is acting like a fool attacking them. Only a supermajority has the luxury of in fighting.

  7. This flap over the Brooklyn YRs is just the latest Eaton "Regime Change" Fiasco permalink
    February 5, 2011 1:59 am

    How can this move garner any respect for Chairman Eaton and Sad Sack Sarge Gallo? Even if it succeeds beyond Eaton’s wildest dreams, what does Eaton get for his efforts? “Regime Change”? The last time that we checked, the Bay Ridge Cabal and the Eaton-Golden regime was fully ensconced at the levers of the Brooklyn GOP. At best, this attack on the Brooklyn YRs is attempted overkill with no purpose – the Independent Reform Republican insurgency will continue and the Brooklyn Young Republican Club will continue to exist.

    Sun Tzu would think all of this very unwise. “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” And we all know that Eaton and his supporters are always fighting somebody – remember when it was Michael Grimm and Bob Capano? (Btw – Bob is still the missing man in all this “Old YR – New YR” intrigue.)

    But, if it should fail – and after all Moron #1, Sad Sack Sarge Gallo, has been put “in charge” (And what has he ever done right?), the omelet on Eaton’s mug would be priceless.

  8. eaton who? permalink
    February 5, 2011 11:13 am

    Speaking of capano, I heard eaton say at a seergy club meeting last year that “capano was done in brooklyn politics”- oops then Grimm won the primary over allegretti…I’m sure capano will not forget the attacvks he took from eaton and should join the real reformer to eaton’s leadership. I think he still cares about brooklyn and the future of the brooklyn republican party.

  9. Whatever "May" or is that "Might" have been? permalink
    February 5, 2011 3:38 pm

    In TJIUA on 2-5-11, “A Reminder For The Judge said… ‘***I
    know James McCall may have called Capano, but I think he forgot to
    remind him ….” The correct word is “might” not “may”, but in any
    case; about what else “might” they have spoken, Mr/Ms

  10. Brian "The Imp" Doherty permalink
    February 5, 2011 8:51 pm

    This is the same Craig Eaton who keeps the scary looking imp of a candidate Doherty in his “inner circle” of hatemongers. His claim to fame is palling around with losers like Gene B, Russell Gallo and Peter Ciprianino. TRULY PATHETIC

  11. News Coverage of New YRs and Old YRs Has GOP Establishment Spinning permalink
    February 5, 2011 9:01 pm

    Harold Egeln’s coverage of the Brooklyn YR rift “Brooklyn Now Has Two Rival Young Republican Clubs” has Eaton’s blogsters spinning like gyroscopes trying to get this runaway story back under control.

    see: Brooklyn Now Has Two Rival Young Republican Clubs
    by Harold Egeln (, published online 02-04-2011 and TJIUA’s 2-5-11 “Local Newspapers Cover The Reformation Of The Brooklyn Young Republicans!!”

    Eaton can’t love the way the schism in the Brooklyn GOP is becoming bigger and bigger news; and the way JJJ becomes a bigger and bigger existential threat with each Eaton induced confrontation regardless of the outcome.

    JJJ has been openly in Eatons face for all of the 2010 election year, including the Special for the 44th Counc. Dist., and 2011 looks like much more of the same with a county-wide dump-Eaton insurgency already afoot.

  12. Clorinda/Cipriano Feud? permalink
    February 5, 2011 9:17 pm

    Rumor has it Clorinda and Cipi Cup have a rift between them. This comes a year after Clorinda “valiantly” proclaimed Little Pete as the future of the 49th. If the rumor is true, one would not be at pains to believe it is due to his arrogance, his ineptitude and the fact that Craig is elevating him while neglecting the patronage of her own son. Lucretia might not be their favorite, but at least Clorinda can level with her as a mother. Cipi Cup is just what his moniker implies: a political infant grasping for the Chairman’s cup before puberty kicks in.

    • Sorry Cip permalink
      February 5, 2011 9:29 pm

      I can’t blame Clorinda for not liking this kid. He and his “roommate” Karen are both fools. I just looked at one of the few disclosure statements that young Peter actually submitted and saw that he spent over $3500 to build a website. He also paid the greatest political mind in Brooklyn around $6000 from what has been disclosed. Almost $10,000 for a website and a “consultant”? All that for 700 votes in a primary?

      Clorinda created this monster and then jumped ship. The rest of you County morons should do the same.

  13. Sunlight Cleanses permalink
    February 5, 2011 9:21 pm

    At the end of the day when the sunlight goes away, Marty will be fried to a burnt Golden crisp. The greasy residue known as Eaton will be scrubbed away. From the ashes of this sorry mess will rise the Phoenix whose name is Reform.

    Listen to the sizzle

  14. cipriano permalink
    February 5, 2011 9:56 pm

    I heard the same thing. Cipriano and clorinda had a big fight during his campaign because he didn’t pay her and didn’t promise commitments to her seergy club. Then he brought aboard karen. Clorinda wasn’t happy about this. So it makes sense how upset clorinda is with eaton about the karen appointment as executive director and david not getting a raise. No wonder clorinda trashes craig behind his back. Of course, craig is clueless.

  15. cipriano permalink
    February 5, 2011 11:45 pm

    Craig- you baffoon. I will step on your political grave very soon. Marty Golden, your only elected supporter won’t be able to help.


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