UPDATE: “Authentic” Brooklyn Young Republican Club Moves Swiftly Responding to Eaton’s “Misleading Announcement”
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.”
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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 http://www.BrooklynYR.com.
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.