Nuclear Bomb of Press Coverage Creates Gyre of Chaos in GOP Establishment
It’s not just the blogs now.
Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig “The Duke of Bay Ridge” Eaton and his small band of minions are facing a literal blitzkrieg of bad press following Mr. Eaton’s audaciously brazen move to attack the Brooklyn Young Republican Club and “replace it” with a bootleg “official” one.
As of now, The Daily News, The L Magazine, The Brooklyn Paper, and The Brooklyn Daily Eagle have all reported on this event that has brought about complete party “chaos” and has pitted old establishment figures against young vibrant reformers.
Here is a photo scan of the Daily News article, which was forwarded to us by a frequent source (thank you):
In case you missed Harold Egeln‘s piece, click here. Also, the Bay Ridge Journal‘s piece may be accessed here. The L Magazine’s piece may be seen by clicking here (I must say, I like this title a great deal: “Brooklyn Republicans Crush Dissent, Start Intra-Party Civil War“).
It was nice to see some of our material sourced on these sites and in these stories. For our own coverage, see our most recent pieces in our archives.
Also, more recently, The Brooklyn Paper’s Helen Klein came out with this story. Here’s an excerpt:
Brooklyn’s Republican Party establishment is suddenly waging an insurgent battle against the GOP’s own youth group.
Kings County GOP Chairman Craig Eaton announced last week that he had “relaunched” the borough’s Young Republicans Club to capitalize on the party’s supposed resurgence in the borough, but he made no mention of the elephant in the room: there already is a Young Republicans Club in Brooklyn…
The existing Young Republican club has been around since 1880, and Judge, a 24-year-old Kensington graduate student who has been the group’s president since 2008, contended that it is a thriving organization that in no ways needs to be relaunched, unless Eaton’s purpose is to fashion a club that he can control…
By replacing the existing club with a new club, led by Eaton backer Russell Gallo, Eaton gets rid of a voice of dissent on the county party’s executive board and solidifies his own position, Judge said…
But if Eaton succeeds in replacing the existing Young Republicans Club with one of his own making, it is unlikely to bring harmony, as several Young Republican insurgents are already planning primaries against establishment Republican district leaders…
It is very positive to see the local press covering an issue like this so broadly. Indeed, this may be the most press the party has received since Ronald Reagan came to Brooklyn…
Speaking of that, an entirely separate piece written by the aforementioned (and prolific) Harold Egeln came out this week, topping off even more bad press in the past seven days. The piece discussed how local Republicans were celebrating Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday this past Sunday. Of those quoted, special emphasis was placed on the authentic Brooklyn Young Republican Club, Merlin of Malice Gerry O’Brien (unfortunately), and former Assemblyman and Eaton nemesis Arnaldo Ferraro, himself praised personally by Reagan years back. Indeed, the piece even featured a very telling photo of Dr. Ferraro with the president.
Not mentioned or quoted were Chairman Eaton, District Leader Gallo or even state Senator Marty Golden…
Now, let us be clear: these news pieces were fair and objective overall. While there were some errors, most were solely based on quotes from establishment insiders. But, at the end of the day, that’s just good journalism–balance.
It is important that the press has demonstrated that it is willing to cover stories regarding the current schism in the party between reformers and establishment hacks. This will be crucial as the battle is waged by each for the heart and soul of the party.
I myself recently called for more media attention regarding important political stories here at the local level and within our party. While I will not even pretend my piece had anything to do with that, I am nevertheless pleased to see the press working as hard as they have in the past seven days. They continue to provide our community vital access to very important stories.
But one group not working hard or winning at much in the past week has been the Brooklyn GOP establishment, which has systematically engaged in tactics more appropriate for a totalitarian state than a political party. This has and will continue to be a very bad week for the so-called Bay Ridge Cabal, which must be reeling from all of this negative attention.
Nonetheless, it’s too late for them to do anything now.
The genie is out of the bottle. The die is cast. And the war, apparently, has begun.