Local Media Report as GOP Macbeth Eaton “Blows Open Simmering Schism” in Party
The center cannot hold. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
GOP Macbeth Craig Eaton (aka The Duke of Bay Ridge) must be brushing up on his Yeats lately. His most recent brazen act to personally finance a cloned young Republican group to “counter” the authentic Brooklyn Young Republican Club did not go unnoticed the past two days.
The local media, both online and in print, have taken notice of this crisis that threatens to tear the party asunder.
First on the scene to cover the most recent “nuclear option” attack on the Young Republicans after us was one of our favorite local Brooklyn blogs, Bay Ridge Journal. Here’s an excerpt:
The Brooklyn GOP, chaired by lawyer Craig Eaton, and the Brooklyn Young Republican Club, chaired by Jonathan Judge, are in a political smackdown.
Eaton, compared to MacBeth by local Republican blog Atlas Shrugs in Brooklynbecause he operates within a tight-knit core of political “generals”, has financed a new organization called “The Brooklyn Young Republican Club” — to compete with the organization of the same name chaired by Judge.
Eaton’s Brooklyn Young Republican Club will be staffed by Russell Gallo, characterized by Atlas as a political “enforcer”, and two other Eaton retainers.
Republican insiders say that Eaton, by creating a competing “Brooklyn Young Republican Club”, seeks to crush the threat to the Republican old guard that Judge and his young reformers represent.
It’s unclear whether Eaton has the authority to do what he’s done.
Eaton’s tactic, Atlas said, typifies the behavior that is driving people away from the Brooklyn Republican party…
Power is a helluva drug.
Please read the full story here (and be sure to visit them daily!).
Not to be undone, Brooklyn Daily Eagle’s Harold Egeln had his fair and balanced coverage of this tragic debacle instigated by the Duke of Bay Ridge. Here’s an excerpt:
There is a new political kid on the block in the largely Democratic borough of Brooklyn.
Its name is the “re-launched” Brooklyn Young Republicans (BYR) Club, and it is causing political shock waves for the GOP.
Its announcement on Thursday blew open a simmering schism within the Brooklyn GOP.
The new club was formed following disagreements long voiced quietly by Brooklyn GOP leadership and publicly on battling blogs [Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn and The Jig is Up Atlas] for the last few years about the work and tactics of the Brooklyn Young Republican Club and its President Jonathan Judge, a one-time City Council candidate and former Community Board 10 member.
Iraq War veteran Russell Gallo, Republican 47th A.D. male district leader, is the re-formed BYR Club’s new president. This means Judge and his team, criticized by one blogger and praised by another, are now officially and publicly on “the outs” with GOP top leadership.
“Young Republicans in Brooklyn need to be active,” said Gallo, currently an Army National Guard sergeant first class. “We need to support local Republican candidates by helping them get on the ballot and by volunteering on their campaigns. We cannot be a useless debating society.”
Judge’s club declared that it “will take all appropriate action to thwart any attempts to deceive and mislead Young Republicans or the public as to the existence, authenticity and purpose of our organization.”
Brooklyn Republican leadership has been critical of Judge and his team’s actions.
But “the Brooklyn Young Republican Club, founded in 1880, is quite alive and well, and is certainly without need for any party “re-launch,” said Judge in a statement authorized by the BYR Club, after monitoring the Brooklyn GOP’s moves.
Chair Craig Eaton of the Kings County Republican Party cheered the Young Republicans Club’s formation as a way to reach out to youth to keep the momentum rolling for the “revitalization of the GOP in Brooklyn.
“In 2010, the Republican Party in Brooklyn saw a definite countywide resurgence best exhibited by the election of Michael Grimm to the Congress, Nicole Malliotakis to the state Assembly, and the re-election of our great state Sen. Marty Golden,” said Eaton, an attorney, youth sports leader and former Community Board 10 chair.
“This year, we look to build on that momentum by reaching out to young Republicans and creating opportunities for them to get involved within the Brooklyn Republican Party,” he said.
On the other hand, Judge charged that formation of the new BYR club “by the current anemic leadership” of the Brooklyn GOP was done “to distract Republicans from its persistent failures to earn any Republican challenger in Brooklyn a majority of support from Brooklyn.”
Political pundits noted that while the GOP won back Staten Island-Brooklyn shared congressional and assembly seats, the losing Democrat incumbents had voting majorities on the Brooklyn side of their districts.
Judge cautioned his club’s members and public about “this unilaterally Craig Eaton-sanctioned young Republican effort, based in the same tiny corner of southwest Brooklyn, as are all of the party’s activities.” He called for “an open, inclusive and dynamic environment for Young Republican activism in every corner of our great borough.”
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Macbeth may be holding the crown, but his assaults all seem to be backfiring.
Meanwhile, he cloisters himself with his dwindling number of “generals” amidst the ruins of the Brooklyn GOP he has decimated by his arrogance and failure.
Playing the role of Lady Macbeth is newly minted GOP Executrix Karen Fischer, whispering her words to the beleaguered Chairman:
(Had to throw that clip in there!)
Ah, the price of hubris…
So, as this story develops, the party continues the suffer due to Eaton’s childlike rage.
And what does the future hold for the Brooklyn GOP’s Macbeth?
Well, to that question, all I can say is this: By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked Craig’s way comes.