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Local Media Report as GOP Macbeth Eaton “Blows Open Simmering Schism” in Party

February 6, 2011

Shakespearian Tragedy? Craig Eaton's most recent paranoid attacks are so epic in nature they threaten to rip the party into shreds of Birnam wood.

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.”

(Visit The Daily Eagle for the full story)


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.

  1. Prickly Fingers permalink
    February 6, 2011 12:23 am

    Craig is a real prick.

  2. Looney Tune permalink
    February 6, 2011 12:33 am

    Wow, never noticed Craig’s harelip before. Ugly inside and out.

    • Better yet, something like "Richard III" ? permalink
      February 6, 2011 12:57 am

      eaton [note: eaton lower case to denote “eaton — persona dramatis”]: “Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York [JJJ]…
      I am determined to prove a villain
      And hate the idle pleasures of these days.
      Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous,
      By drunken prophecies, libels, and dreams,
      To set my brother [Brooklyn Republicans] In deadly hate the one against the other….”

  3. Excellent work highlighting this "boomerang" on the Eaton-Gallo YR gambit permalink
    February 6, 2011 12:42 am

    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.

    TJIUA’s 2-5-11 “Local Newspapers Cover The Reformation Of The Brooklyn Young Republicans!!” is reminiscent of the Brooklyn GOP’s late 2010 efforts to spin a their locally horrible election results into a mythically momentous victory. It failed then; and this YR story won’t turn out well for Eaton’s Brooklyn GOP cabal either.

    What’s more, Eaton can’t love the way the schism in the Brooklyn GOP has become bigger and bigger news, nor the way JJJ continues to grow as an existential threat with each passing Eaton-induced confrontation, regardless of whether it occasionally seems to produce an outcome favoring Eaton’s side.

    JJJ has been openly in Eaton’s face for a very long time now, and Eaton has yet to find any answer(s) to the JJJ challenge(s). 2011 looks like it will be much more of the same — with a multifaceted county-wide dump-Eaton insurgency already afoot.

  4. YR Boys Choir Dedicates Song To Eaton permalink
    February 6, 2011 12:53 am

  5. Macbeth's Three Witches permalink
    February 6, 2011 1:06 am

    Clorinda Annarummo, Joan Braunstein, and Phyllis Carbo–the Brooklyn GOP’s Three Witches–plot the path of Eaton’s Chairmanship:

    Hee hee hee…

    First witch: When shall we three meet again?

    Second witch: In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
    When the hurly-burly’s done,
    When the battle’s lost and won.

  6. Slow Boil, Simmer Down, Reduce and Glace' permalink
    February 6, 2011 1:17 am

    The Witches of Brooklyn are busy by the cauldron.
    Karen Fishead Stew is on the menu enhanced by a very bitter Gallo wine served in a crackling clouded Cipi cup. Our lovely hostess Clorinda will seat you at the right table. Be sure to tip her well.
    Gene B. will bus your table, excuse his odoriferous demeanor.
    Please compliment your lovely chefs on your way out, Georgea, Phyllis and Elaine. They toiled diligently to make your evening a success.

    Good Night Craig.

  7. FormerYR permalink
    February 6, 2011 2:49 am

    “It’s unclear whether Eaton has the authority to do what he’s done.”

    Obviously the reporter didn’t bother to ask Eaton or Judge about that because both know the answer to that question. It is common knowledge a YR club needs to permission to use the word Republican. If you fall out of favor of a county chairman it isn’t uncommon for them to revoke that privilege.

    • Nonsense! permalink
      February 6, 2011 10:12 am

      Caselaw says otherwise…

      • McCall Rocks! permalink
        February 6, 2011 12:17 pm

        Tell ’em, McCall!

  8. Fair is Foul, Karen permalink
    February 6, 2011 12:20 pm

    Karen Fischer must be wondering just what the heck she got herself into…

    My dear Karen, in the Bay Ridge GOP fair is foul and foul is fair.

    You’ll find the fog and filthy air of the Bay Ridge Cabal will get to you. Get out while you still can…

  9. A mere mention buried in a column that reports meetings in the "HOME REPORTER" .... permalink
    February 7, 2011 2:26 am

    Look what TJIUA calls “good press”: The Home Reporter, February 3-9, 2011, Volume 59, Number 7, Page 23, Generally Speaking By Theodore General (a YR meeting announcement).

    Obviously, Eaton prefers that Gallo’s new YR lamp be completely concealed under a bushel basket…

    Don’t worry though, the story of Brooklyn’s two YR Clubs still has legs.

    Watch what happens next.

  10. cipriano permalink
    February 7, 2011 8:30 am

    Each week craig looks through the local papers for any mention of his name. Even his “friend” bill guarinello makes fun of this and his ego.

  11. Jay Golub What an "Undecided" Kind of Guy... permalink
    February 7, 2011 7:29 pm

    As to the “…GOP Macbeth Eaton…” blog by Dagny Taggart, above, the most magnificent UE, JAY GOLUB, “was not amused” in the Elizabethan sense. Nonetheless, he (UE) gave the piece feature status, which prompts us to give him and the rest of the Grand Old Parody of the Borough of highways, airports and London Lennie’s a little serenade of that jazz-scat classic “Undecided”:

    First you say you do
    And then you dont
    And then you say you will
    And then you wont
    Youre undecided now
    So what are you gonna do?
    Now you want to play
    And then its no
    And when you say youll stay
    Thats when you go
    Youre undecided now
    So what are you gonna do?

    Yeah… I didn’t love it either, but wth, it’s only for some Queens GOP blogster, wrgara…

  12. Giggly Golub permalink
    February 7, 2011 9:15 pm

    Silly little Jaybird. You know what happens when you play with the laughing gas. Don’t be selfish give Craig some. Turn his frown upside down.

  13. Naked As A Jay Bird permalink
    February 7, 2011 9:18 pm

    Jay stop trying to be relevant. You have accomplished NOTHING!

  14. The REAL Young Republicans of Brooklyn permalink
    February 8, 2011 12:50 am

    Thank you, Roy & Co!

  15. What's wrong with this statement, " Well said, thank you Russell for the 'Truth'!!!" permalink
    February 8, 2011 1:44 am

    “Well said…” yes, that’s wrong.

    “…Russell for the ‘Truth’…” absolutely, that’s wrong.

    “…Thank you…” only, if it’s in the sense of “tanks for nuttin”

    The unstated fallacy is that this was in “thanks” to a Russell Gallo remark about “We [Young Republicans] cannot be a useless debating society.” and “We need to support local Republican candidates by helping them get on the ballot and by volunteering on their campaigns…”

    The “WE” that is useless in getting local Republican candidates on the ballot has been people like Gallo and Eaton and the rest of the Brooklyn GOP establishment, NOT The Brooklyn Young Republicans.

  16. LOCAL MEDIA -- NY DAILY NEWS -- BROOKLYN NEWS -- Tuesday, February 8, 2011 permalink
    February 8, 2011 11:39 pm

    Mike McLaughlin —

    “THE BROOKLYN Republican Party is in chaos as members fight over control of its younger wing.”

  17. Pennsylvania Is For Lovers permalink
    February 9, 2011 12:28 am

    Faster that a speeding blog something very rotten this way comes.
    The unladylike actions of a certain persona-non-grata in the county of York helped give rise and assistance to many who no longer have ED problems. This little tidbit put the sparkle in many a sputtered flame much to the chagrin and dismay of the proper ladies who try to keep the home fires burning. The choice was to be shaling the slag pile or get out of town. Poor daddy never had a clue.
    With trust fund intact and Auntie’s assurances to fan the mad money she found a little squirrel to be her make-believe honey. Now all nestled in Brooklyn with a past she thinks hidden she found a cracked nut to do her bidding.
    The little missy fish is no lady.

  18. Do Ruzzello Gall be writin’ abouts hisselfs in the thuds persons agin? Why dont's he be sayin better stuff? permalink
    February 9, 2011 9:05 pm

    Some of the best local media reporting on this is from
    “Judas Judge”: From TJIUA’s February 9, 2011 “Finally Hope and
    Change We Can Really Believe In” by “Judas Judge” (gbtb: Russell
    Gallo). Here’s the highlights: “[Blah, blah, blah, crap, crap,
    crap, yatta, yatta, yatta proving anybody can get a college degree
    and a masters these days … [then the meat and potatoes]…Russell
    ran in 2005 for City Council [lost] and in 2008 for State Assembly
    [lost]. Since 2005, he has been elected the Male District Leader
    for the 47th Assembly District [against whom]. He has also served
    as Campaign Manager for Bob Capano’s 2009 City Council campaign
    [lost] as well as the 2010 campaigns for Ken Rice for City Council
    [lost] and Phyllis Carbo for Assembly [lost]. He was also the
    Brooklyn GOP liaison for Dan Donovan’s campaign for Attorney
    General [lost] and Harry Wilson’s campaign for State Comptroller
    [lost]. In 2006, Russell also served as a community liaison for
    Senator Marty Golden [and what did he do for that title?]. Russell
    is also currently co-host of “Brooklyn GOP Radio” [where he is
    proud to refer to himself as “Moron #1”], an innovative internet
    radio show [that weakly tries to demonstrate weekly and that a
    tree, which falls in the forest without anybody hearing it, makes
    no sound whatsoever, except for the booming voice of Moron #2 that
    unfortunately can be heard without any blog radio feed]. Sergeant
    Sad Sack Gallo is also reported to have been here and there on
    Uncle Sam’s dime just marking time to get a pension for it (and
    getting double credit for that time) on his tit-job as a lead-man
    toll-taker, about which he has bragged on “Brooklyn GOP Radio” that
    he will make a huge public employee pension (unstated but probably
    part of Gallo’s retirement plan is to go out on a tax free
    three-quarters disability like his hero and 2006 Community Liaisee,
    Marty Golden). What a role-model for Young Republicans!!!!! Is this
    really the kind of “…Hope and Change We Can Really Believe In”?
    It is if you’re Russell Gallo and Craig Eaton.

  19. Unreported story: Investigators for Hourly Taits, a lawyer from the Gravesend-Sheepshead Bay section of Los Angeles have found copies of Russell Gall's birth certificates permalink
    February 9, 2011 9:16 pm

    According to Taits, “We have uncovered birth certificates
    that indicate Russell Gall was born in Kenya in 1976 and/or in
    Indonesia in 1981, and a there are Hawaiian birth announcements for
    both of those events.” This should end all debate on Mr. Gall’s
    credentials to be President of “The ‘Brooklyn Young Republicans’
    Club”. How’s that for “Hope and Change We Can Really Believe

  20. Brooklyn Paper covers Craig Eaton's attempt to purge Jonathan Judge and the still-in-existence Brooklyn YRs permalink
    February 9, 2011 9:30 pm

    The Brooklyn Paper February 9, 2011 — “GOP Chairman Eaton takes bite out of Young Republicans” By Helen Klein.

    The hits just keep on coming…

    This is a fair tit-for-tat article, where Eaton and Judge get to slug it out…

    Some real nuts and bolts talk about possible upcoming proceedings for NY State YR recognition….

  21. eaton fails again permalink
    February 9, 2011 10:43 pm

    I hear Eaton had an emergency call with marty golden and his inner sanctum to deal with the negative fallout from the recent press, especially in the brooklyn papers. Eaton is screaming at everyone.

  22. Four O'Clock Phonecall permalink
    February 9, 2011 11:45 pm

    Brilliant Brooklyn Attorney by the Bay sitting at his desk toying with his phone. His brow is furrowed in deep thought conjuring up another story for the dreaded “Four O’Clock Phonecall”.
    This special call used to occur sporatically if he was lucky.
    Now with the demands of a much younger woman this dreaded call has become more and more frequent. Taking a deep swallow and feeling the knot in his stomach grow larger, he starts dialing:

    Brilliant Attorney: “Hi Honey, its me. Listen, I won’t be home for dinner tonightI have a late meeting.”

    Dead silence. He hears her deep intake of breath…

    Long Suffering Wife: “Another meeting? That’s the third time this week! You know this is ridiculous! I am stuck with the kids all the time and you come in at all hours of the night like this is your hotel!”

    Brilliant Attorney: ” You know how important these meetings are me. Look at all the power and prestige I have now. If it weren’t for these meetings where would I be?

    Long Suffering Wife: “I’ll tell you where you SHOULD BE, HOME! With your wife and family. Not meeting with people who bad mouth you behind your back, and laugh at you to boot!

    Brilliant Attorney (shouting): “Who’s talking behind my back! Who’s laughing at me!! Everyone is just jealous because I AM IMPORTANT!!”

    Long Suffering Wife: “Look, I know you’re lying to me, AGAIN! I make phonecalls and speak to people too. The same people you’re supposed to be ‘meeting’ with all the time. JUST WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?!
    IMPOTENT with me maybe, JUST WHO IS SHE?!!

    Brilliant Attorney (shouting louder): “I don’t have to take this from YOU. Who do you think you are anyway?! What do you do that’s so great?! And no, driving a fancy SUV and spending all MY money DOES NOT COUNT! I am going out tonight and I’ll come home when I want to!
    I don’t have to answer to YOU!

    Long Suffering Wife (in a quiet and chilling tone): “You’re right you won’t have to answer to me, you will answer to MY DIVORCE ATTORNEY!
    And don’t forget Oh faithful and loving husband of mine, I will be taken care of and provided with the lifestyle I’m accustomed to. I will get EVERYTHING! The homes, the cars, the portfolios, and all the cash you think you have hidden away in the Caymans!! So tell your blondi bimbo she’s diddling a pauper!” SLAM

    The Brilliant Lawyer is now red in the face with rage. He puts on his jacket and notices a long blond hair on the sleeve. He sniffs his forearm and notices the fading scent of cheap perfume. He smiles a wicked smile and says to himself: “Screw it,I’M THE BOSS AND I’M IMPOTENT!!

  23. Play and Pay permalink
    February 13, 2011 1:19 am

    The “dominaxecutrix” is plying her trade to those that pay her price. Her fee has gone up thrice-fold after she shuttled the cuckhold to one that is bolder and willing to play so nice.
    While vices abound by one that is shackled by a thin gold band the witches of Brooklyn are taking a stand.
    “How dare she!” cried one, “Who is she?” cackled the other, “Don’t worry” sneered the third, “this won’t get too out of hand.”
    “The plans are laid for big change asunder, this Charlette-Ann won’t steal out thunder!
    So the die is cast for all to see the “dominaxecutrix” brought unwillingly and without payment to her red rosy knees.


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