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Nuclear Bomb of Press Coverage Creates Gyre of Chaos in GOP Establishment

February 10, 2011

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.

  1. The Out-of-Towners head off to DC to see what they can see permalink
    February 10, 2011 8:16 am

    There’s still no adequate explanation why so many Brooklyn GOP regulars are headed off to Washington this year to attend C-Pac.
    Following Woody Allen’s advice about “showing up”, one might suppose.

    On the blog-radio, Mr. GB went so far as to speculate whether having one of the largest county delegations in attendance might cause the “national” GOP folks to take Brooklyn more seriously. Really, Gene, is that how it works? Do you really think that if some people form the Brooklyn GOP pay to get into some convention, everybody ignores the horrible election numbers posted in that county over the last few years?

    Everything can’t be fixed with spin and networking…

  2. eaton fails again permalink
    February 10, 2011 8:19 am

    Boy- eaton must have been yelling all night about not be quoted in Eagle’s Reagan story..

  3. Little Birdie permalink
    February 10, 2011 10:40 am

    I hear Judge was thrown out of the NYS YR’s as Secretary. Look on their website – he is gone. Wow, such a great leader thrown out at a trial – check it out – it is true

  4. Mike from Park Slope said... permalink
    February 10, 2011 10:57 am

    Great piece John!
    I think though that it would be more effective not to personally attack anyone or call people names. Your points are right on though.
    But trust me, not worth getting as low as the people we fighting against.

    Hope you take this into consideration.
    Thank you.

  5. John Smith permalink
    February 10, 2011 12:22 pm

    From (NYSYR Bylaws):

    Article I (Membership), Section A:

    1. Community-based Club membership shall be granted to any organized body in the State of New York meeting all of the following criteria:

    a) Minimum of five (5) dues-paying members who are under the age of 40 all of whom have expressed a general preference for the principles of the Republican party.

    b) Received authorization for the use of the Republican name from the County Republican Chair of the county in which the organization is based, or in the alternative an authorized representative of the New York Republican State Committee.

    c) Submission of said groups’ current constitution and/or bylaws, membership list and a $50.00 credentialing fee to the Credentials Committee.

    d) There may be only one club from the same geographical area. In the event that two clubs meet the above requirements, the Chairman of the NYSYR shall send a letter to the County Chairman of the Republican County Committee for the County in which the club exists asking for a letter in writing which must express which club should be credentialed as the official YR club for that area.

    e) The officers of the NYSYR shall make the final determination as to the choice of clubs. However, if the club that is chosen by the NYSYR is not the same club as recommended by the County Chair, a letter must be sent to the New York State Republican Party Chair within fifteen (15) days explaining the situation.

    f) Hold at least three (3) meetings per calendar year in that Club’s home community with at least one month intervals between such meetings. No state-wide meetings or biennial conventions, or meetings held during state-wide meetings or biennial conventions shall be included towards this requirements.

    g) Create and retain minutes for all meetings held.

    • February 10, 2011 5:58 pm

      “b) Received authorization for the use of the Republican name from the County Republican Chair of the county in which the organization is based…

      d) There may be only one club from the same geographical area. In the event that two clubs meet the above requirements, the Chairman of the NYSYR shall send a letter to the County Chairman of the Republican County Committee for the County in which the club exists asking for a letter in writing which must express which club should be credentialed as the official YR club for that area.”

      It’s over. Poor Jonathan.

      • Correction - It's far from over! permalink
        February 10, 2011 8:10 pm

        In the State YR By-Laws the point in item d) “In the event that two clubs meet the above requirements…”, only one club does … because in b) it says “Received authorization for the use of the Republican name from the County Republican Chair” and that authorization was already granted A LONG TIME AGO. It doesn’t say it can be revoked, does it? Item d) applies if there are two clubs trying to get the charter to start with. The BYRs already have a granted charter – and they will be keeping it!

        Did you see item 4.F.
        “F. Any member club, which has failed to timely pay their credentialing fee and/or submit its membership lists shall be dropped from membership in the NYSYR and shall not be, permitted to vote. Said member shall be readmitted to the NYSYR upon application and approval of the Credentials Committee in the same manner prescribed for admission of new members. Failure to meet these re-credentialing requirements, or any other obligation imposed on a member club, shall merit a denial of credentials until it has exhibited compliance with all requirements and obligations so imposed by the NYSYR.”

        Since the authentic BYRs have met all the credentialing obgligations required, then, it is over for Eaton not the authentic BYRs!

      • Legal Beagal permalink
        February 10, 2011 9:35 pm

        It has long been established that the power to hire (or grant authorization) implies that the same entity has the power to fire (or revoke authorization).

        So, sadly it is over my friend.

      • #1 in Ignorance permalink
        February 10, 2011 9:39 pm

        1 hasn’t thought this through… That much is evident.

      • Not So permalink
        February 10, 2011 10:00 pm

        Uh, folks in the Brooklyn GOP establishment: have you looked at your neighbors across the way? Manhattan has TWO Young Republican Clubs. Having attended meetings, I can say that the “non-official” one is actually the more prominent and well-respected of the two.

        So, all this talk about the YRs being finished is much ado about nothing, frankly.

        And based on what I’ve read in the State YR bylaws, I would not say it’s a done deal at all that the original Brooklyn Young Republicans are out of luck. I won’t say why, but it’s not a slam dunk by any stretch of the imagination. The State YRs have to be very careful how they handle this.

        And even if the State YRs do recognize Eaton’s club (which will drag them into this maelstrom of bad press), who cares anyway? The same fundamental problems apply with that club as with the overall GOP establishment. Nothing has changed. Just Eaton satisfying his ego, which lasts all of one day before the Damocles Sword of the blogs falls.

      • February 10, 2011 11:16 pm

        Are you really implying that the only time this clause applies is if two clubs arise simultaneously? It’s obvious that whoever has the power to grant has the power to undo. As the legal beagal wrote, the right to hire means the right to fire.

        Jonathan’s club will get shut down. That Manhattan let the second club operate is their prerogative. Just because someone else allows something does not mean that all others have to. It’s just like when you were living with your parents (which for you means right now) and you asked to stay up past your curfew by arguing that other parents let their kids do it. Your parents are under no obligation to do what other parents do.

        Similarly, Craig Eaton is under no obligation to do what Manhattan did.

        Jonathan’s club has no legal right to operate any further.

      • Stupid GOP permalink
        February 11, 2011 12:37 am

        Jonathan has every right to run his club even if he is not recognized by the NYSYR or the KCRP.

        … and even if you wish to say I am wrong, Jonathan has every right to assemble his group of supporters for any political purpose.

        How does the KCRP gain by debating this issue?

      • MM Border Watcher LLP permalink
        February 11, 2011 12:40 am

        This lack of expertise and understanding is the hallmark of either “The One They Call Cipi Cup” or his girl friend (that is to say “female friend”), aka “The Executrix.”

        The “non-bootleg” Young Republicans have surely been preparing for this day for a very long time. After all, Craig was always unstable. But he, on the other hand, was too frightened to challenge Jonathan. Indeed, he’s not even “man enough” (a Russell Gallo expression) to speak to Jonathan face to face. He’s a wimp, they say about him. Now that he’s moved so late in the game, the Chairman (if he retains that title for long) needs to reassess his priorities, and his minions ought to do the same.

        The First Amendment does not permit Craig to shut down any organization bearing the word “Republican,” 1. Even a kid sipping his cipi cup off the street after his civics class would know that. Perhaps Opus Dei’s whipping boy Rick Santorum never dealt with issues like that, hence why the “Executrix” is so confused?

      • Cronkite Could Have Covered This Story on CBS, You Betcha! permalink
        February 11, 2011 12:49 am

        Karen/Cipi Cup (since you are really one entity, in essence): Jonathan is not going away. You can challenge him and take away some “official” title from him, or even the name “Young Republicans” (which you will not succeed at doing, for certain), but he and his friends aren’t going anywhere. You are truly gaining nothing but bad attention for yourselves. A battle with the Young Republicans makes them the most important object of the Brooklyn GOP–a literal admission of how dangerous Jonathan and his club are to Eaton & Co. But don’t we already know Craig is obsessed? Yes. So let him rage and fury away. As the good Dagny said, he’s full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

  6. bridgeview diner speaks permalink
    February 10, 2011 1:06 pm

    I was at bridgeview diner earlier and was sitting next to people reading coverage of the YR situation on the brooklyn papers. They said they knew eaton from his st. Anselm days, and this ego driven move is not surprising from him. They said that many in bay ridge have come to know of eaton in a negative light-

  7. Outfoxing Fischer the Fox permalink
    February 10, 2011 9:38 pm

    Rumor has it Karen Fischer was seen looking none too pleased near the Brooklyn GOP headquarters. I think she’s in way over her head with this whole Eaton ED problem. Poor thing came in for Cipi Cup and now she’s realizing she’s on the outs with people in the party who are none too pleased themselves that she’s the new “Executrix.” Clorinda and Georgea, for example.

    Karen, get out while you still can.

    And no one cares whether you and Cipi Cup are in a sexual relationship, but if so, you’ll have a tell-all book in the works that no one will read. Bless your heart!

  8. Mike from Park Slope said... permalink
    February 10, 2011 10:03 pm

    To Karen Fischer,
    I think you better head to the CPAC conference to find another job. Craig Eaton is said to be mad at everyone. I’m not sure you want to work for him.

  9. Urban Elephants Trample AAA permalink
    February 10, 2011 10:06 pm

    AAA is getting his behind smacked on Urban Elephants.

  10. Hey isn't the "new" backbone of the Brooklyn GOP all at C-Pac? permalink
    February 11, 2011 1:02 am

    Why aren’t they all out getting laid or drunk????

    Don’t those dudes know how to party? Or are they really doodies?

    • Gene Berardelli's idea of "Getting Lucky" at C-PAC is... permalink
      February 11, 2011 4:39 pm

      …an interview with Serf Maltese.

      Could it be that “Serpent Maltese” is a “Chubby Chaser”?

      Gene, watch out for that big snake!!!!!

    • Ronald permalink
      February 11, 2011 7:21 pm

      Craig and his minions had how many years to make a “splash” at CPAC? The Young Republicans did it long before Gene and Russell did. They’re years late to the party. Now they want to be relevant? I think that’s so funny! Enjoy the scenery guys: that’s as close as you’re getting to influencing Washington–looking at it from the streets.

  11. What does being at C-PAC do to fix what's wrong with Brooklyn Republicans? permalink
    February 11, 2011 6:47 pm

    How does anybody’s going to C-PAC change any of the
    fundamentally non-competitive inclinations of the current Brooklyn
    GOP establishment? This is Eaton’s 2008-primary buses-to-nowhere
    all over again.

  12. Ronald permalink
    February 11, 2011 8:43 pm

    I hope Gene and Russell elect to remain in DC. Lol

  13. Comments thread at Brooklyn Paper coverage of YR story has gone viral... permalink
    February 11, 2011 10:37 pm

    … Okay, just bacterial, but it’s anti-biotic resistant…

    As always, Craig Eaton’s media guys have arrived a pound short and day late.

    See for yourself at:

  14. Response to a contrived bit of stuff from the Eaton camp permalink
    February 11, 2011 11:03 pm

    A person, using the name J.K. Rowling from Bath Beach and making comment on behalf of Craig Eaton ( possibly it actually was Craig Eaton, himself) said “btw, the word is somebody in the actual YR mix has also been talking about creating something called ‘Young Professional Republicans’…” *** The response from Guido Fauci of Shore Road is as follows: “I love your fictions almost as much as the fantasy world that you’ve created to surround your fictions. *** ‘Young Professional Republicans’… in Brooklyn? Who thinks this stuff up? You must really be J.K. Rowling. (Btw, is Peter Cipriano based on Harry Potter or is Harry Potter based on Peter Cipriano [and should I have put quotation marks around either or both of those names]?) *** Who in/from Brooklyn could Eaton possibly find to be in an organization of ‘Young Professional Republicans’, much less who might have any ‘cred’ to head it — since you’ve mentioned it, necessarily, all must be graduates of Hogwarts (btw, I didn’t know that the Brooklyn GOP outreach had gotten as far as rural Scotland). *** (Although [another commentator] is a not ready for prime time player) I’m afraid that you might have pretty much made his point for him, nonetheless. A proliferation of Republican phantom sub-organizations is pointless and a waste of Kings County Republican Party resources; it’s absolutely without justification and will serve no good end. *** Lastly, as to Mr. Jonathan Judge, I haven’t heard him singing “Mr. Lonely” or “Mr. Blue” lately. He’s planning some things and making them happen. *** While Eaton moves to take out the YRs, it looks like Judge is moving to take out Eaton. And ‘The Blogging’ by a handful of Judge supporters, just where does that fit? Let’s just say it’s for where the sun doesn’t shine for Eaton and his main patron(s) or would that more accurately be principal Broeklund Patroons. *** At any rate, good luck with the Two-YR gambit; btw, how’s that been working out so far?”

    In a later comment, “R.K. Rowling” made specific negative comment with respect to the grammar of the following: “‘Young Professional Republicans’… in Brooklyn? Who thinks this stuff up?” *** I won’t attempt to defend the grammar, however in an item such as this “making the point is the point”. I was personally trained in feature-writing by Dr. Rudolf Flesch in [a very long time ago, Dr. Flesch died in the 1980’s] and I’m sure he would have approved of my “usage” if not my grammar.

    • TJIUA confirms accuracy of item contained in comment above, "Response to ...the Eaton camp" permalink
      February 12, 2011 11:07 am

      TJIUA’s February 12, 2011 item, “Response To A Pathetic
      Hour Long James McCall Comment said…” was obviously made in
      response to the comment above. Amidst the chaff, detrital material
      and other effluence, it contained the following bit of
      “information”, which does confirm the Eaton-Gallo tactic of
      proliferating phantom subgroups withing the ambit of the Brooklyn
      GOP in general and the so-called newly relaunched “Brooklyn Young
      Republicans” Club in particular. **** The specific words used in
      the TJIUA comment were as follows: “….Sorry that you
      misinterpreted so badly, but JJJ wishes he had a lot to do with
      your pathetic comments about any “‘College Republicans’… in
      Brooklyn”. What JK had writ above was true about the new Young
      Professional Group, “…btw, the word is somebody indeed the real
      YR has already started the Young Professional Republicans, Jonathan
      couldn’t qualify for this as like most of the rodents they have no
      jobs’….”[internal quotation marks as in quoted source]” **** The
      TJIUA comment did not address in any way the claim that Craig Eaton
      had also discussed the recognition of something that would be
      called or referred to as “College Republicans”. It is believed
      that, in concept, such a group of “College Republicans” would be
      separate and distinct from the so-called YRs of Russell Gallo (the
      naming of Russell Gallo has already caused a major internal flap
      for Chairman Eaton among several of “his” other so-called “Young

  15. where are elected defending eaton??? permalink
    February 12, 2011 10:50 am

    I have not seen golden, malliotakis, or grimm defending eaton in all in this YR situation. Even Golden is out of it, you would think malliotakis or grimm would defend him, after all according to craig he won them the election.

    • Idiots permalink
      February 12, 2011 6:17 pm

      You guys must really be idiots – the elected officials dont read this Blog – they wouldnt stoop to your level, nor does this Blog warrant a response from electeds.

      • Morons permalink
        February 12, 2011 6:57 pm

        Well obviously if you’re reading it and commenting, then you’ve stooped to that “level.” What does that say about you, loser?

    • Not so fast permalink
      February 12, 2011 6:29 pm

      But they do read the NY Post and Daily News

      • Idiots permalink
        February 13, 2011 9:17 am

        So at least we agree that all that read this Blog are losers! You Atlas guys are making some progress here.

  16. The Brooklyn GOP "Out-of-Towners" went off to DC, went into CPAC and came back with .... permalink
    February 12, 2011 5:44 pm

    The Brooklyn GOP establishment blog “The Jig is Up Atlas”
    has taken a brief break from their normal routine of hate blogging
    on behalf of the Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton, and instead has
    taken its hand to “spin-spin-spin” the great work of the phony
    relaunched “‘Brooklyn Young Republicans’ Club” at C-PAC. It’s all
    there, in all its glory, in TJIUA’s February 12th posting, “As
    Record Breaking CPAC Wraps Up Brooklyn Young Republicans Help Close
    Out The Show.” by “AAA”. **** TJIUA’s blogger “AAA” is obviously so
    excited, that he has lost the power to communicate any coherent
    thoughts in understandable English. Of course it was made clear
    that “AAA”, The Brooklyn GOP and the phony relaunched “‘Brooklyn
    Young Republicans’ Club” pretty much agree that “RON PAUL” is a
    THE UNITED STATES. **** Left unstated in any of TJIUA’s comments
    about the Brooklyn GOP and its phony relaunched “‘Brooklyn Young
    Republicans’ Club” [representatives/delegates/attendees/assorted
    hangers-on and general leeches] at C-PAC is what good [was/has
    been/is/should/could/would/certainly will be/possibly might be/if
    we’re lucky and everything breaks our way could be] accomplished on
    behalf of the BrooklynGOP by attending this C-PAC thing? **** Hours
    of Gene Berardelli interviews is about all that “AAA” got around to
    mentioning — [was there/is there /will there be] anything

  17. where are elected defending eaton??? permalink
    February 12, 2011 8:42 pm

    Exactly- people read the local papers and the daily news and to anyone objective with a half of brain that the 3 Brooklyn Republican elected officials were not in article quoted defending “their” county chairman. This is a clear political slap at eaton, I’m sure reporters and others were surprised by this and only adds fuel to the anti-eaton stories. Now, if the eaton cronies want to say arnaldo and fred weren’t quoted that’s fine but by doing that you are equating them with golden, grimm and malliotakis. Facts are facts, clearly eaton couldn’t get “his” brooklyn elected officials to support him- obviously he tried to no avail.. I challenge the eaton and his cronies to post a public comment from golden, grimm, or mallitakis defending his Young Republican club move..can’t do- facts are facts-

  18. where are elected defending eaton??? permalink
    February 12, 2011 9:18 pm

    The below is from the staten island advance. They could just as well be talking about eaton and the current brooklyn gop leadership. Seeing how oddo, grimm, and malliotakis have not been seen publicly defending eaton on this yr debacle, they certainly can be seen sitting with a brooklyn GOP chair challenger just as they are doing here. Eaton will not be sleeping well after reading this. The forces of reform have struck in staten island and will be crossing the verrazano..

    Sitting with a group of GOP elected officials in his West Brighton law office, Scamardella said that the party today “is primarily controlled by a group of persons that has not improved things. It has been based more on personalities than principles.”


    By that, Scamardella was referring to former GOP Rep. Vito Fossella and Fossella supporters like state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) and Assemblyman Lou Tobacco (R-South Shore), all of whom backed the recent installation of Mary Reilly as party chair.


    Appearing with Scamardella yesterday were Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn); City Councilmen James Oddo (R-Mid-Island/Brooklyn) and Vincent  Ignizio (R-South Shore); Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-East Shore/Brooklyn), and Molinaro Republican Club (MRC) vice president Lisa Giovinazzo..


    Scamardella said the party had “failed to support and showed outright hostility” to Grimm during last year’s congressional campaign, and had also handled the 2008 House race in a “dysfunctional” way.


    Scamardella said he and other supporters would now solicit Republicans to run for county committee slots on Primary Day in September so they can vote for him for chair at the party’s following county reorganizing convention.


    About 300 of the party’s roughly 712 county committee slots are currently filled, many of them with members loyal to Fossella, Lanza, Tobacco and others who represent the old guard to Scamardella and his allies.


    Grimm said that current party leaders had exerted too much control over party matters and had stifled debate on candidates and GOP principles.


    He said Scamardella had the leadership skills to revitalize the party and wasn’t looking to control matters. He said Scamardella would allow open debate, boost fund-raising and increase candidate-recruitment efforts.


    “None of that happens if it is completely controlled,” said Grimm.


    Ignizio said that many Republicans “crave a more inclusive party” and that he and Oddo had been calling for changes for years to no avail.


    “It’s not an ‘us and them’ scenario,” he said, adding that the old guard should still have a “voice at the table” even if Scamardella is successful.


    It is not known how many county committee members loyal to Oddo, Ignizio and other dissidents can be counted on to back Scamardella.


    Oddo acknowledged that the coming battle would be difficult for himself and Ignizio, who count many on the other side as friends, not just political colleagues.


    But he said the GOP should be riding higher given the Island’s standing as the “red borough” and a Republican stronghold known throughout the state.


    “This party should be better than it is,” he said. “We should be a force.”


    Oddo acknowledged that party in-fighting is not his cup of tea, but said that the battle is necessary for the GOP brand to thrive again.


    “The status quo has been less than satisfying,” he said.


    Oddo said that Scamardella’s leadership as president of the MRC and its outreach to ethnic blocs like the Russian community proved that he had the skills to lead the party.


    Ms. Malliotakis said the party fight would be “difficult” for her seeing as she is has only been in office for a few months.


    “It’s not a battle,” she said. “We will be able to rebuild the party. I believe Bob is the right person.”


  19. Right now, Craig Eaton is probably the luckiest man on the face of this earth... permalink
    February 12, 2011 11:13 pm

    Both the Grimm and Malliotakis campaigns were not that very well run in Brooklyn, and the liaison between the campaigns and the Brooklyn GOP coordinators was not the best. Nonetheless, that alone would not be likely to bring either candidate into any campaign against the re-selection of Craig Eaton for Kings Couty Republican Chairman.

    A more significant significant problem for Eaton are lingering grudges from the 2010 primary. Grimm has said that he is learning to be friends with Craig Eaton. That course of study will take the Congressman well beyond the 2011 organizational primary. In spite of any lingering animus, Grimm will tow the establishment party line in Brooklyn, because he really doesn’t have any other dog in the fight.

    More significant is that Grimm and Malliotakis are likely to be more actively involved in a leadership struggle in their home borough/county (SI/Richmond), thus they will be very unlikely to get directlty involved in a Brooklyn/Kings leadership fight, especially in support of any challenger to the current county chairman.

    If things shape up into a real leadership contest, Eaton will need a solid performance in the part of Brooklyn that is represented by Grimm and Malliotakis. With State Senator Martin Golden solidly in his corner, Eaton wants none of the other electeds jumping ship or even being openly “neutral”. That is the ultimate hope for the insurgents, who still have a few contacts into the Grimm camp.

    Let’s not forget who originally said, “Yet, today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth….”; and how did things turn out for him less than two years afterward.

  20. eaton- "why isnt marty, nicole or michael helping me"? permalink
    February 13, 2011 11:15 am

    Wow, I hear state republican leaders are shocked at the dissention in the ranks in brooklyn supported by daily news articles, brooklyn paper articles, the almost 200 comments there, silence by brooklyn GOP electeds on supporting eaton. I also hear some may be considering running for chair now that the SI-bklyn republican electeds are supporting regime change in SI believing they will do same in bkyn as situation and arguments against friscia are same with eaton and brooklyn.

  21. Brooklyn GOP/ Phony YRs not plugged into key group at home...while off at C-PAC permalink
    February 13, 2011 11:36 am

    While Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton’s go-to guys were off at C-PAC, there was a caldron brewing back home. It seems that Berardelli, Fischer, Cipriani and the rest of the C-Packers (closer to fudge than Green Bay) didn’t get the word (or more likely didn’t care) that most religious social conservatives were actively boycotting C-PAC this year. This fact was observed by several Brooklyn Jewish social conservatives, who expressed some confusion as to why the Brooklyn GOP was so proud to have a delegation at C-PAC in spite of the boycott by religious conservatives.

    This shows again that Eaton and his crowd “Just Don’t Get It” about Jewish social conservative Republicans. In bygone yeas various meetings and events had been scheduled on Jewish holidays. Following on the heels of a foul-up on the 2010 GOP line-availability for his a state senate candidacy, there has been the recent Avi Rosenberg flap over who was or wasn’t asked to head Eaton’s relaunched Brooklyn YRs. [Watch some distancing by BJSCs from that group real soon…]

    There are real problems percolating between the Brooklyn GOP Establishment and the fastest/only growing group of Republican voters in Brooklyn. The C-PAC preening by Gene Berardelli, who was already viewed as a major opponent to the integration of many Jewish social conservatives, will only drive this wedge deeper, possibly leading to a flip into the camp of the Brooklyn GOP insurgents, who already have several Jewish social conservatives in their leadership and others leaning their way.

    • Jig hates Jews permalink
      February 13, 2011 1:25 pm

      Also… don’t forget Joseph Hayon e-mailed a whole bunch of rabbis when the jig was debating his attendance at the YR Party, then the Jig followed with a slew of anti-semetic rants against Joseph Hayon Avi Rosenberg and Moshe Moratov.

      Are those rabbis going to support anti-semetic republicans.

    • TJIUA's reply doesn't address the serious charges made against the Brooklyn GOP & Phony YRs.... permalink
      February 13, 2011 4:07 pm

      …instead TJIUA trotted out its tired old shibboleth that the Brooklyn YR’s scheduled their holiday party on a Catholic feast day to prevent the attendance of certain Catholics, which is certainly untrue. I’m sure that today’s TJIUA comment maker wouldn’t be able to name such Catholic feast.

    • Boycott CPAC permalink
      February 14, 2011 3:04 pm

      1. Fighting back: MassResistance joins American Family Assoc, Liberty Counsel and others denouncing CPAC for partnering with homosexual group — in full-page ad in Washington Times.

      The 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC, was held this past weekend in Washington DC, and reportedly had over 11,000 attendees from around the country. But as they did last last year, they included a homosexual activist group, GOProud, as a major participant. This year, pro-family groups reacted very publicly.

      Full-page ad in Washington Times

      Last Monday MassResistance joined with the American Family Association, Liberty Counsel, Traditional Values Association, WorldNetDaily, Americans for Truth, Vision America, and other pro-family groups as signers in a full-page ad in this past Monday’s Washington Times newspaper.

      The ad, titled “What would Ronald Reagan think of CPAC today?” denounced CPAC for embracing the homosexual group and for abandoning a core conservative tenet.

      “CPAC is betraying conservative principles and threatening conservative unity by creating the false impression that gay activism is somehow compatible with conservatism,” it says.

      Public boycott of CPAC by major pro-family groups

      Last year just a handful of pro-family groups opposed the inclusion of GOProud, sent letters of protest, and declined to be co-sponsors. American Family Assoc. wrote that “groups that promote the normalization of homosexual behavior should be resisted without reserve or compromise by any genuinely conservative organization.” And Young Americans for Freedom activist Ryan Sorba gave a hard-hitting speech against GOProud in the 2010 the CPAC conference.

      But this year, the heart of the pro-family movement got involved and an official boycott of CPAC took place. Besides the signers of the Washington Times ad, the boycott included: Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council, Heritage Foundation, National Organization for Marriage, Media Research Center, American Principles Project, and others. Also, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (D-SC), and Gov. Mike Huckabbee joined the boycott and declined to attend.

      A number of conservatives wrote articles supporting the boycott, some in very strong terms!

      Don Feder: “Gays, Grover And Islamists – CPAC, It’s Not Your Ronnie’s Conservative Conference”

      Red State – Erick Erickson: “This is Too Much For Me”

      Floyd Brown: “Gay ‘Conservative’ Group Tears Conservatism Apart”

      American Principles Project: “An open Letter to CPAC attendees and presenters.”

      Americans for Truth: “Ad Charges CPAC Betrays Conservative Principles and Threatens Conservative Unity” “TFP to CPAC: Don’t Betray Principles”

      GOProud’s classic Saul Alinsky tactics

      GOProud publicly claims on its website to be a “committed to a traditional conservative agenda”. And at CPAC they talk about free markets and free enterprise.

      But in fact, GOProud’s actual agenda – revealed through its writings, actions, and lobbying efforts — includes:

      * Homosexualizing the military by repealing “Don’t ask don’t tell”

      * Legalization of homosexual “marriage”

      * Repeal of federal “Defense of Marriage Act”

      * Having America’s foreign policy support homosexuality abroad: America should: “Stand strong against radical regimes” that don’t legalize sodomy and other homosexual behavior.

      * Special federal pro-gay legislation, including “Package of free market reforms to encourage and support small businesses and entrepreneurship in the gay community.”

      In addition, in their writings and some of their interviews they’ve begun to demonize pro-family groups which do not support the homosexual agenda as bigots and haters. But their “public” face is always limited government and fiscal conservatism.

      From a strategic standpoint, this is the classic Saul Alinsky approach: Work within the system. Try to appear as moderate as possible on the surface. Slowly but surely introduce radical “change” framed in progressive, reasonable, and rational terms. This is what they’ve been doing in schools and government (and many other places) for a long time. And many on our side continue to fall for it.

      Unfortunately, most politicians and groups ignored the boycott

      Despite the outrage over GOProud and its homosexual agenda, just about all the big-name Republicans and lots of “conservative” groups, even pro-family groups, ignored the boycott and participated, and even sponsored this year’s CPAC. Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Haley Barbour, Newt Gingrich, and many, many more Republican heavyweights participated. Sarah Palin did not attend CPAC but publicly said that she has no problem with GOProud or any gay Republican group.

      The list of pro-family and conservative groups and activists who participated is so embarrassing that we’re not going to list them – but you can look at the schedule and lists of sponsors and participants to see for yourself.

      CPAC 2011 – Conference Agenda

      CPAC 2011 – List of Sponsors

      CPAC 2011 – List of Participating Organizations

      It’s very depressing. But this clearly separates the wheat from the chaff in this struggle.

      It also shows that CPAC is basically becoming a conference that caters to libertarians and establishment Republicans — people who don’t think that morality is important in a free society, or that the sexual-radical agenda presents any particular danger. We’ve seen that ourselves when we attended in CPAC the past.

      A lot of groups have decided to shift to the Values Voters Summit, the pro-family version of CPAC also held annually in Washington DC, which has gotten bigger every year. We’ve been to it and it’s definitely better.

      Boycott barely covered in mainstream media

      To no one’s surprise, the mainstream media — including even Fox News — largely ignored this controversy. Their general position these days is that those who challenge the homosexual movement are “fringe” and barely worth mentioning. But there were several exceptions this time. Surprisingly, the Huffington Post had the most balanced coverage we’ve seen from them ever.

      Los Angeles Times: “Some right-wing groups to skip GOP event”

      Washington Times: “CPAC attendance raises gay issue”

      Huffington Post: “Social Conservatives Desert CPAC Over Invite Of Gay GOP Group”

      Politico: “A conservative civil war over the Conservative Political Action Conference”

      WorldNetDaily: “‘Huge blow to CPAC’: More big guns say bye”

      New CPAC leader hints at dumping GOProud next year

      The good news is that CPAC may have gotten the message. This past week David Keene, the long-time head of CPAC, stepped down amidst a financial scandal in the organization. As the Huffington Post reports:

      Al Cardenas, the new director of the American Conservative Union, the organizing body behind the annual CPAC conference, said Thursday that “it’s going to be difficult to continue the relationship” that they’ve had with the gay Republican group GOProud for the past two years. . .

      “I have been disappointed with their website and their quotes in the media, taunting organizations that are respected in our movement and part of our movement, and that’s not acceptable. And that puts them in a difficult light in terms of how I view things,”

      We’d go a step further. Don’t prove Saul Alinsky right, again. The homosexual agenda is poisonous to the conservative movement and to America. Get away from them now.

      Message to CPAC from The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property (

      IMPORTANT NOTE: As we go to press we’ve received an email from WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah that the GOPAC Board has just voted GOProud OUT of CPAC for next year! We have no other information on that right now, but we will cover this further in our next email.


      2. Homosexual supporters in Britain call for killing of newspaper writer who criticized homosexual lessons targeting 4-year-olds! Will that happen here next?

      The horror stories that we hear in Britain and other parts of Europe regarding the militant push behind the cultural breakdown of society, particularly regarding the homosexual agenda, are frightening. And it often happens here before too long. This may be a glimpse into our not-too-distant future. Groups like ours are here to help you fight back before it’s too late.

      On January 23, the London Daily Mail published an article about the latest moves in Britain to indoctrinate children as young as possible — in the pre-school years. (Note the inclusion of “transsexual.”) When we first saw it, we were in disbelief:

      Gay messages built into school math lessons for children as young as FOUR
      By Kate Loveys,
      London Daily Mail
      23rd January 2011

      Young children are to be taught about homosexuality in their maths, geography, science and English lessons, it has emerged.

      As part of a Government-backed drive to ‘celebrate the gay community’, maths problems could be introduced that involve gay characters.

      In geography classes, students will be asked why homosexuals move from the countryside to cities – and words such as ‘outing’ and ‘pride’, will be used in language classes.

      The lesson plans are designed to raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual issues and, in theory, could be used for children as young as four.

      They will also mean youngsters are exposed to images of same-sex couples and books such as And Tango Makes Three, which tells the story of two male penguins raising a chick, which was inspired by events at New York’s Central Park Zoo.

      Meanwhile, statistics students may use census data on the number of homosexuals in England . . .

      Read entire column here

      Column in paper in response to news article

      The following day, writer Melanie Phillips, who describes herself as a classic liberal, wrote a column in The Daily Mail in reaction. Her response would be considered normal by any thinking person:

      Yes, gays have often been the victims of prejudice. But they now risk becoming the new McCarthyites
      By Melanie Phillips
      London Daily Mail
      24th January 2011

      Here’s a question ­shortly coming to an examination ­paper near you. What have mathematics, geography or science to do with homosexuality?

      Nothing at all, you say? Zero marks for you, then.

      For, mad as this may seem, schoolchildren are to be bombarded with homosexual references in maths, geography and ­science lessons as part of a Government-backed drive to promote the gay agenda.

      . . . Alas, this gay curriculum is no laughing matter. Absurd as it sounds, this is but the latest attempt to brainwash children with propaganda under the ­camouflage of ­education. It is an abuse of childhood.

      And it’s all part of the ruthless campaign by the gay rights lobby to destroy the very ­concept of normal sexual behaviour . . .

      Read entire column here

      A week of threats and hate directed at writer

      A week later, Melanie Phillips was compelled to write this frightening follow-up column in the same newspaper:

      The calls for me to be killed this week prove the bedrock values of our society are in grave danger

      By Melanie Phillips
      London Daily Mail
      1st February 2011

      One week ago, I suggested on this page that some gay people were in danger of turning into the new McCarthyites by demonising and attempting to silence all who disagreed with the gay rights agenda.

      Given the point I was making, it followed that I was expecting a reaction which would amply bear out the truth of what I had written. The response, ­however, exceeded even my ­expectations.

      For during the past seven days, I have been subjected to an extraordinarily vicious outpouring of hate and incitement to violence, via email, the internet and in the mainstream media, and much worse besides . . .

      Read entire column here

      We don’t think that enough conservatives are taking this seriously. We’ve already documented a horrible amount of domestic anti-family terrorism by the homosexual movement over the past several years. Unless you get involved support this struggle to help fight back, it’s only going to get worse. Trust us on that.

  22. Craig Eaton has made the Brooklyn GOP into "Schrödinger's Cat" permalink
    February 13, 2011 3:44 pm

    Kings County Republican Chairman Eaton has attempted to created a hermitically sealed environment for the Brooklyn GOP that he and his adherents claim will cause the Brooklyn GOP to flourish. Eaton’s critics have argued that such a closed system will condemn the Brooklyn Republican Party to a permanent loser status — causing its political death. This puts the Brooklyn GOP in exactly the same fix as “Schrödinger’s Cat” a paradox and parable that explains “the uncertainty principle”.

    Lately, Eaton’s supporters have argued that the Brooklyn GOP is already flourishing within the tight constraints of Eaton’s boxlike existence, citing the 2010 election results. The critics from the Republican opposition faction point out that 2010 was like every other recent losing year for Brooklyn Republicans. As long as the Kings County Republican Party remains tightly under heel and under wraps, both sides are equally right in their assessments — the Brooklyn GOP is arguably simultaneously both dead and flourishing.

    The 2011 Republican Primary will be all about looking at what’s really happening inside Eaton’s box-entrapped Brooklyn GOP, or equally well-identified as “Schrödinger’s Cat”. What the world will see is whether the Brooklyn GOP/cat is really alive or dead? Except in mathematics, physics and philosophy, they can’t be both.

  23. possible scenario? permalink
    February 13, 2011 4:15 pm

    Some interesting points made by someone last night about malliotakis and grimm not getting involved in a brooklyn GOP fight because busy with staten island fight and no “horse” against eaton now. It noted grimm learning to be friends with eaton- I am not familiar with the relationship with grimm and eaton but I wonder if a grimm ally in brooklyn like a joe kovac or bob capano or anyone like that would cause congressman grimm to get involved and also if they could get support from others..who knows just a scenario

  24. "...Jig is Up Atlas" tells tall tales to stop the real telling of this story permalink
    February 15, 2011 1:29 am

    “The Jig is Up Atlas” is trying to get any kind of “spin” on this story that will stop the bleeding of Eaton’s bloody [fill in body part of your choice]. TJIUA’s February 14, 2011 post “On Respected Blog Urban Elephants Former Brooklyn Young Republican Calls Out Jonathan Judge.” was one such pointless attempt.

    First, this comment or trayback to Urban Elephants is without any identification whatsoever, making it typical of the lying stuff that one sees on Eaton’s normal propaganda outlets. Here there’s talk of phone calls to Judge and not helping in campaigns. — Who made these calls? What campaigns and candidates are being talked about? — Nothing [sound of crickets]….

    Second, TJIUA’s post doesn’t give the flavor of the roiling ferment that the whole string of comments on Urban Elephants conveys.

    The reality is that the UE coverage shows that Eaton’s Brooklyn GOP is a shambles. That’s the last thing TJIUA wants you to know. Check out the UE coverage yourself [just look for comments and traybacks following the UE repost of the post above, “Nuclear Bomb of Press Coverage Creates Gyre of Chaos in GOP Establishment”]

  25. Gerry permalink
    February 15, 2011 8:33 pm

    I was just told from a source that the GOP’s shadow young Republican meeting was a room full of hacks, including Craig Eaton himself and a variety of the usual suspects. In other words, it was a failure.

    • New Brooklyn YR Club permalink
      February 15, 2011 9:19 pm

      I was there and there were almost 50 fresh faces in the crowd. I guess “Gerry” is just jealous.

      • Gerry permalink
        February 16, 2011 6:35 pm

        If you look below, even “1” just totally disagreed with what you said. So I guess you’re the liar, buddy…

    • February 16, 2011 5:27 pm

      Of the ~55 people who showed up, about 15 were regulars like Gene, another ~15 were semi-regulars like Rosenberg, and about 20 were first timers who were never seen in the GOP HQ before.

      • Cronkite Could Have Covered This Story on CBS, You Betcha! permalink
        February 16, 2011 5:36 pm

        This Just In: Of the 20 first timers, a handful were under the age of 10. Most were over the age of 35 or were paid hacks or the friends of paid hacks. The others were friends of the semi-regulars and regulars. And don’t forget Craig Eaton and Gerry and Anita O’Brien, Russell and Cipriano, Karen Fischer and Clorinda. A few came and walked out early seeing no food there, rumor has it.

        In essence, it sounds to me like a meeting of the Kings County Republican Party leadership, which is by no means a “young Republican” club. It’s the same old rascals with nothing to show for the thousands of Facebook invites they sent out or the supposed “pounding pavement” they did. With all the party’s resources at their disposal, you would think they might have mustered up more people than the real Brooklyn Young Republicans’ Holiday Brunch last year.

        If this is the best the entire county can do, I think Mr. Chairman should start packing his bags. Nothing to show for all that trouble, bad press and money. Another catastrophic failure is in the books.

      • February 16, 2011 5:48 pm

        Are you kidding me?! Honestly…

        Don’t you think that being at least mildly fair, at least pretending to be fair, to make you more credible and would thus advance your “reform” more than outright, blatant propaganda? Just how stupid do you think people are?

        The room was so full, you could barely stand at one point when the numbers hit over 50 people.

        Among the 20-25 newcomers, not one was either a child or over 40.

        Of the ~55 people there, the only people who did not qualify as “young Republicans” were a couple of district leaders, Craig and maybe 1-2 others. Outside of those, the youngest people attending were in college and the oldest in their early 30s.

        If the event was anymore successful, it would actually have been worse because the YRs would’ve run out of space.

        Judge has been running his club for 4 years now and his events never have more than a couple dozen people, almost all of them either so-called “hacks” (“hacks” is apparently your word for “friends”) or drooling old men.

        Also, you always talk about the GOP being a Bay Ridge Cabal for Italians. But yesterday, the room was full of Jews. The largest demographic were young Jewish … girls.

      • John Galt permalink*
        February 16, 2011 6:29 pm

        While I have no knowledge of what supposedly went on in this meeting, I must address a completely inaccurate and baseless statement you made.

        “Also, you always talk about the GOP being a Bay Ridge Cabal for Italians.”

        This blog has never made such an assertion ever. Unlike some blogs, we do not engage in racial, ethnic, or religious diatribes. When our writers discuss “Bay Ridge Cabal” leaders, we are describing the Chairman and his acolytes and supporters, not any ethnic group.

        I cannot permit such false statements to be posted or go unanswered. Now, you know.

  26. A Different Kind of Nuclear Bomb is About to Create A Swirl of Chaos in the GOP Establishment permalink
    February 16, 2011 1:40 am

    “ADKONB” was launched at a Brooklyn GOP target early this morning.

    Now it gets interesting.


    • Judge Outside Handing Out Flyers permalink
      February 16, 2011 8:37 pm

      What was even more embarrassing was Jonathan Judge handing out his own YR Flyers right outside the doors of the HQ with four of his friend. What a sign of desperation that was.

  27. Old Gallo whine in new wineskins permalink
    February 21, 2011 12:33 pm

    TJIUA’s latest bit of intellectual dishonesty and pointless political prattle “Elected Officials Past and Present Salute New Brooklyn Young Republicans President and 47th Assembly District Leader Russell Gallo.” posted by “AAA” on February 19, 2011 shows that “they” can’t get off the starting blocks much less take the first hurdle in stride on the issues raised by Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton’s decision to “re-launch” a Brooklyn YR club, while there is a full fledged and functioning one already there, as well as Eaton’s selection of District Leader Russell Gallo and Eaton-loyalist as “president” of the so-called “‘Brooklyn Young Republicans’ Club”.

    Not heeding the axiom “when you’re already deep in a hole, stop digging.” The Brooklyn GOP propagandists tried another tack. Though “Elected Officials Past and Present…” is barely technically accurate, practically it’s a preposterous sophomoric prevarication.

    Here’s who Gino Benardelli and Russell Gallo want us to think are good references and endorsements: Dan O’Halloran “Republican” new age, Wiccan, Norse Cultist (very big with old-line and Neo-Nazis – what happened to the phony “pro-Catholic” TJIUAers on this one? Oh, that’s right, most TJIUAers don’t go to church and they’re only pro-Catholic only when it fits their political agenda). Betsy McCaughey how many times are “Republicans” going to burn their hands on that hot stove (Oh, that’s right, Craig Eaton’s Brooklyn GOP makes a habit of leaning on “Republican” hot stoves – if it weren’t for bad ideas, Eaton’s crowd would have none at all). Serpent Maltese “Republican” wasn’t he the top shelf Conservative Party self-server, who crashed the Queens GOP and then as GOP Chairman really crashed the Queens GOP ( let’s not get into his and his “buddy” TO’s cover-ups of pedophile scandals at CTK). Jay Townsend “Republican”, as a candidate he makes a great “consultant”, as a consultant, eh…

    The Gino Bernardelli interviews hyping Gallo’s YRs have a major shortcoming – they aren’t from anybody who’s young, Republican and from Brooklyn. That was the very same shortcoming of the “Brooklyn GOP YR Re-Launch Event” last week. So it seems that those two screw up no matter where they are (Btw, get real, are we really supposed to believe that Gallo has ever been capable of being off anywhere “defending us”?).

    A bit of advice to our good friends in the Brooklyn GOP Establishment, TJIUA and Brooklyn GOP [Blog-]Radio, and the Re-launched Brooklyn GOP YRs — stop digging, and once you get off to that start, look out for that first hurdle.

  28. Brooklyn GOP YRs are questioning their own existence as they revisit their "Re-Launch" one more time permalink
    February 25, 2011 8:13 am

    Craig Eaton’s propagandists at “The Jig is Up Atlas” are
    stuck looking at the Eaton-Gallo creation, the so-called
    “Re-launched ‘Brooklyn Young Republicans’ Club” in the rear-view
    mirror. AAA’s 2-25-11 post “Brooklyn Young Republicans Obtain Even
    More Coverage In Local Papers!!” uses a quote from a Theodore
    General column to beat that old dead horse, the February 16th
    “Re-launch Meeting” (btw, Theodore General — Home Reporter???? way
    to reach out to young people!!!!). Every ounce of Brooklyn GOP
    energy continues to be expended trying to prove that MEETING was a
    success; why do they bother? Their own photographic evidence posted
    at the “Official Brooklyn Young Republicans (County YR) website”
    tells a different story. The “Home page” shows a lonely Russell
    Gallo “Getting the Word Out” ( The link to the post “Getting the
    Word Out” shows how few are even associated with the whole
    organization). The link to the post “Feb 16 Inaugural Meeting a
    Huge Success” shows the same half a dozen young people shot from
    two or three different angles. One of the Brooklyn GOP YR slogans
    is “Accept no Imitations”; but really, who would try to imitate
    this? Right now it looks like the Brooklyn GOP YRs comes down to
    Russell Gallo, Gene Pevzner, Ikra Ahmad, Alec Brez and some big
    blocky-faced guy.

    • Did Craig Eaton have an embarrassing moment at the "Re-Launch" Event? permalink
      February 25, 2011 10:25 pm

      A fly on the wall has told us that there was awkward moment when a new young person in attendance at the “Re-launch Event” asked Chairman Craig Eaton a question about the material being handed out by the “Original Official Brooklyn Young Republicans”, not the “Re-launched Official Brooklyn GOP ‘*Brooklyn Young Republicans* Club’ Young Republicans” holding the “Re-launch Event”. According to those there, Eaton did one of his classic Chairman Craig Eaton meltdowns. Anyways, that’s what this fly on the wall said.

  29. “Feb 16 Inaugural Meeting a Huge Success": Redux? permalink
    February 25, 2011 10:09 pm

    “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord…”, but this morning perhaps they were deceiving me… I took another look at the “Official Brooklyn Young Republicans (County YR) website” and it seems like the pictures are much better than those that I saw about fourteen hours ago. Now, I can clearly make out about ten (10) new young people at the Brooklyn GOP Young Republicans “Re-launch event”.
    [I don’t know if the other guys did a quick edit since this morning, but I’ll just say my report needed an “update”.]

    Here’s exactly how the old blog-flogger “Gino Bernardelli” described it all for the “Official Brooklyn Young Republicans (County YR) website”:

    “‘Inaugural Meeting a HUGE Success!
    Brooklyn Young Republicans [Logo]
    The OFFICIAL Brooklyn Young Republicans re-launched at the Brooklyn GOP “Victory Center” at 7620 17th Ave., Brooklyn, NY!
    A full house, some familiar faces, other new to Republican politics, met to re-establish a Young Republican presence in Brooklyn, to network with party leaders and to organize future events and efforts to spread the Republican message throughout the County of Kings. The crowd spanned all walks of life, from high school and college students to young professionals.
    Some lucky new members even walked away with raffle prizes, including a poster of Ronald Reagan, A copy of Newt Gingrich’s “To Save America” and a signed copy of former NY Lt. Governor Betsy McCaughey’s new book!
    Want to get in on all of the fun? The next meeting is scheduled for March 21 at 7:30 PM at the “Victory Center” – program to be announced.”

    btw, if you visit the site notice how everything links to all of Eaton’s other Brooklyn GOP propaganda.

    • The "" hits just keep on coming permalink
      February 26, 2011 5:07 pm

      Posted on the “Official Brooklyn Young Republicans [County YRs]” website


      Doesn’t that now make them “The Official Official Brooklyn Young Republicans [County YRs]”?

      Just askin’

  30. “Correcting the Record” caused by “...Jig is Up...” repeated errors about who can be a “Brooklyn”, “Young”, and most important, “Republican” permalink
    February 26, 2011 9:03 am

    It’s more of the same nonsense from TJIUA. Hate blogger
    AAA’s February 25, 2011 “Letter To Editor From Objective Observer
    Reveals Truth About Jonathan Judge!!!” quotes from a “‘Letter to
    the Editor’ from an ‘Objective Observer’” in a local newspaper.
    (Yeah, right! How did “AAA” just happen onto this gem?). It’s
    obvious that “AAA” is quoting somebody quite like himself or
    herself, a regular contributor to TJIUA. Little if any of the
    quoted material has any truth in it, and it is a mere retelling of
    old lies already hashed and re-hashed by TJIUA, too many times to
    count. One item does stand out and needs to be corrected: “The
    Kings County Republican Party leaders did the right thing in
    removing Jonathan Judge as president of the Brooklyn Young
    Republicans.” “Kings County Republican Party leaders…” did not
    and cannot remove Jonathan Judge as President of the Brooklyn Young
    “OFFICIAL” BROOKLYN YOUNG REPUBLICANS, which continues to exist,
    function and flourish. The “Brooklyn Young Republican” brand just
    doesn’t belong to the Brooklyn GOP, Russell Gallo, Craig Eaton or
    any statewide YR organization. More important, the brand
    “Republican” DOES NOT BELONG TO Brooklyn GOP or its chairman, Craig
    Eaton. Nobody needs Craig Eaton’s permission to use “REPUBLICAN” in
    the name(s) of their organization(s). Even where certain corporate
    filings need a county chairman’s certification or authorization, it
    cannot be unreasonably withheld. Wait and see what happens when a
    new county-wide “Kings County Republican” organization is formally
    established that isn’t the KCRP headed by Eaton. Wait and see what
    happens when that new county-wide REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATION
    challenges many of the current “Republican” leaders in the 2011
    primaries. Let the Republican voters decide… “we don’t need no
    stinkin’ chairman” to do that..

  31. TJIUA's "Breaking News" about the Eaton-Gallo YRs sounds like breaking wind. permalink
    February 27, 2011 2:03 am

    TJIUA’s February 26, 2011 flatulence, “Breaking News:
    Brooklyn Young Republicans Earn Endorsement Of New York State Young
    Republicans!!!!” again misses the target so widely that there is
    “no mark on paper”. The reality is that the Eaton-Gallo
    “Re-launched Officially Recognized, Official ‘^Brooklyn Young
    Republicans^ Club'” only has meaning INSIDE the Brooklyn GOP
    Establishment. Whatever action the NY State YRs took is problematic
    to say the least. What schemes were hatched by Craig Eaton and Lynn
    Krogh that might go beyond the so-called NYS YR endorsement of the
    Brooklyn GOP hatched Yrs is yet to be disclosed. However, since
    Chairman Craig Eaton is involved, it will probably be a bad deal
    for the Brooklyn GOP Meanwhile, the Original Official NYS YR
    endorsed Brooklyn Young Republican Club continues to exist and
    flourish with Jonathan J. Judge as its President. Thursday’s
    gathering was a “huge success”; to which Russell Gallo and the two
    Genes can bear witness and attest, since they were obviously there
    to abide the event.

  32. "Judas Judge" posting looks and sounds an awful lot like a gallon of Gallo whine permalink
    February 27, 2011 6:38 pm

    The TJIUA February 27, 2011 posting “A Few Words About Judge, Atlas, and Other Happenings” by Judas Judge seems to be more of a cry of futility than a crowing of triumph.

    It starts out okay with “Judas Judge” (probably Russell Gallo, himself) patting Russell Gallo on the back for his success at… well, it looks like “getting credentialed” by somebody who’s not from Brooklyn, probably not very young and not involved in the Republican mainstream (ie., like somebody working as a political consultant for Donald Trump; wink-wink!!!). That was the high point of Judas Judge’s remarks and the post quickly descends from there into what is apparently a self-pitying rant at a bunch of real or imagined villains.

    There is a detailed analysis of the time stamps on ASIB comments that shows how the ASIB commentators and ASIB moderator are just, “Pathetic…pathetic…obsess[ing] over younger Republicans…” and on, and on, and on…. This rant had the sound of Captain Philip Francis Queeg’s strawberries testimony at trial from Herman Wouk’s stage adaptation “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial” of his great novel “The Caine Mutiny”. (The plot line of that story in some ways parallels the story of the Brooklyn GOP under Eaton and the Re-launched “Official and now credentialed” Brooklyn YRs under Russell Gallo; maybe more on that another time.)

    Then there was a such a complete change of theme, anybody who read it probably suffered whiplash from the radical maneuver. According to Judas Judge, “A recent wave of comments coming from one or possibly two very pathetic hacks over on Atlas are trying to incite division in the Kings County Republican Executive Committee.” The ensuing “report” and analysis was such a pied mess, we’ll jump-cut to our one line rejoinder. NOBODY NEEDS TO INCITE DIVISION IN THE KINGS COUNTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE…[fill in your own favorite recent example].

    However, at least one part of Judas Judge’s post was useful, though; and we’ll show that by borrowing a couple of “his” lines:

    “Anyone else find any of this a little disturbing?” We sure do; and it’s because of that we say right back to whoever composed the February 27th “Judas Judge” posting on TJIUA:

    “Get help man. You need it.” Even when you claim to be winning, you’re still whining.

  33. Second in a serious series about "Judas Judge" and "Re-launched Official Brooklyn GOP YR President" Gallo permalink
    March 2, 2011 1:09 am

    As usual “The Jig is Up Atlas” was leading with its chin of crystal when it posted Judas Judge’s 2-27-11 “A Few Words About Judge, Atlas, and Other Happenings”. And now it going to get perfectly pinged on the button, get all wobbly legged and go ass-down on the canvas
    “lights out”.

    We had set the stage with our 2/27/11 comment, “‘Judas Judge’ posting looks and sounds an awful lot like a gallon of Gallo whine” [see comment above].

    But the Jiggerzatzerz are slow learners and on 2-28-11 put in the comment “day 2 said… *** still no word from atlas or judge on what took place on Saturday”; followed up the same day by “Twix said… *** I don’t think there will ever be word from the other blog on what happened….”; and today they added insult to stupidity with, “how sad said… *** How sad that Judge needs to blog more lies about the truth….”

    There’s no need for that when two of the Jig’s partners in crime put out virtually identical articles. Here’s the first, which appeared on the “Brooklyn GOP Radio – Official Show Blog”:

    “Friday, February 25, 2011
    By Russell Gallo
    Brooklyn Young Republicans [Logo]

    POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – The recently re-launched Brooklyn Young Republicans, which are the officially recognized young Republican organization by the Kings County Republican Party, has been formally recognized by the New York State Young Republicans, who voted to charter the organization at their statewide convention this weekend.

    “I can’t tell you how pleased I am the NY State Young Republicans have given our organization their blessing,” said Russell Gallo, President of the Brooklyn Young Republicans. “Now we can really get down to work – growing the party and supporting Republican candidates in Brooklyn.”

    The New York State Young Republicans, the premier grassroots Young Republican Professional Organization in New York State, took this action at their Spring Meeting on February 26, 2011 in Poughkeepsie, NY, making the Brooklyn Young Republicans the lone representative organization from Brooklyn.

    Brooklyn GOP Chair Craig Eaton applauded the decision. “Thanks to the efforts of the Brooklyn Young Republicans and the New York State Young Republicans, Brooklyn can look forward to the 2012 elections with confidence as there will be many young people to pound the pavement for Republican candidates at all levels.”

    The next meeting of the Brooklyn Young Republicans will be on March 21, 2011 at the Brooklyn GOP “Victory Center” at 7620 17th Avenue (between 76th and 77th Sts.) at 7:30 PM.

    For more information on the Brooklyn Young Republicans, check their official website at or contact Russell Gallo at”

    The second was almost identical and appeared on “The Official Brooklyn Young Republican webpage at

    “Graphic [Feb 28]
    NY State YRs Credential Brooklyn YRs!
    [YRs go to Poughkeepsie and are welcomed with open arms! …]
    Author: Gene Berardelli

    POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – The recently re-launched Brooklyn Young Republicans, which are the officially recognized young Republican organization by the Kings County Republican Party, has been formally recognized by the New York State Young Republicans, who voted to charter the organization at their statewide convention this weekend.
    “I can’t tell you how pleased I am the NY State Young Republicans have given our organization their blessing,” said Russell Gallo, President of the Brooklyn Young Republicans. “Now we can really get down to work – growing the party and supporting Republican candidates in Brooklyn.”
    The New York State Young Republicans, the premier grassroots Young Republican Professional Organization in New York State, took this action at their Spring Meeting on February 26, 2011 in Poughkeepsie, NY, making the Brooklyn Young Republicans the lone representative organization from Brooklyn.
    Brooklyn GOP Chair Craig Eaton applauded the decision. “Thanks to the efforts of the Brooklyn Young Republicans and the New York State Young Republicans, Brooklyn can look forward to the 2012 elections with confidence as there will be many young people to pound the pavement for Republican candidates at all levels.”
    The next meeting of the Brooklyn Young Republicans will be on March 21, 2011 at the Brooklyn GOP “Victory Center” at 7620 17th Avenue (between 76th and 77th Sts.) at 7:30 PM.”

    So who was the plagiarist, Gino Bernardelli or Sarge Gallo????? Also why did the piece by Sarge have an issue date February 25, 2011 and contain a report of an event that occurred on February 26, 2011 –- THAT’S VERY VERY SUSPICIOUS, isn’t it????? Or to put it another way, which of these two chickens came first to lay this egg?????

  34. According to The Brooklyn Eagle --- Round and Round They Go Where They Stop Nobody Knows permalink
    March 3, 2011 12:19 am

    Harold Egeln’s piece in “The Brooklyn Eagle”, posted
    on-line 3-2-11, “Brooklyn’s Young Republican Clubs Still at War”
    clearly indicates that the battle is still joined between Jonathan
    J. Judge’s Original Official Brooklyn Young Republican Club and the
    one run by the parvenu, Russell Gallo, that is still trying to find
    its way in the world of “real young Republicans”. Judge makes a
    point of his club’s independence. Gallo and his club clearly show’s
    its dependence on others: Gallo was gushing like a school girl that
    “the New York State Young Republicans have given our organization
    their blessing”; and even more telling, that it seems like the
    official spokesman for the brand new “Official Young Republicans
    Club” is that not so young Republican, Kings County Republican
    Chairman Craig Eaton, who started talking about Gallo’s Young
    Republicans “pounding pavement” ( Puh-l-ease!!! Enough with that
    cliche!!!) in connection with the 2012 elections. As if to say,
    “Not so fast, Mr. Eaton.” in the Brooklyn Eagle Judge called out
    County Leader Eaton over this whole flap, and not his opposite
    number as Young Republican President, Russell Gallo. The tenor of
    Harold Egeln’s feature indicates that the battle still rages
    between Judge and Eaton. Even “Atlas Shrugs In Brooklyn” is
    prominently mentioned as a major outlet for detailed analysis with
    colorful vigor as it does battle with the other side’s propaganda
    organ, TJIUA. Bottom line, the world now sees that Craig Eaton is
    still stuck holding the Jonathan Judge tiger by the tail. What
    isn’t mentioned is the fact that, Eaton is up for re-election in
    2011 and his bravado suggests that doesn’t seem to get it. Not to
    worry, he will soon enough. I’m sure with reporters like The
    Eagle’s Harold Egeln covering things, Eaton will be reminded of
    that with some frequency over the coming months.

  35. Craig Eaton's blog crows about “Brooklyn Young Republicans[’] Continue[d] Success With National Coverage.” permalink
    March 10, 2011 12:31 am

    Just when you think that Eaton, Gallo, Berardelli and company cannot look more ridiculous, they show the world their true genius at looking even more ridiculous than before.

    On March 9, 2011 TJIUA’s post “Brooklyn Young Republicans Continue Success With National Coverage.” by “AAA” demonstrated the depths to which the Brooklyn GOP establishment has sunk trying to look successful in its “Re-launched ‘Official’ Brooklyn Young Republicans Club fiasco. This time Chairman Craig Eaton’s crew is braying about an “article” about Gallo’s bootleg Brooklyn Young Republicans that appeared in something called “Image USA – Jewish Image Magazine”. Sure, it’s not quite Time or Newsweek, but it’s even WORSE than you might think – so far after a few days up, the article has had forty-seven (47) hits [a few of those by us].

    Re-using the same crappy “Pearl Room Disaster” photo, which has no connection whatsoever to the Image USA – Jewish Image Magazine article, everybody behind the Brooklyn GOP, Gallo’s swag YRs, TJIUA, and the rest are trying to squeeze any juice they can out of this lemon with all their might ( as in, “When the world deals you lemons, make lemonade”).

    We have a very simple, yet profound, question to ask TJIUA, “AAA”, “Gino Bernardelli”, Russell Gallo, Craig Eaton or anybody still “proudly associated” with the Brooklyn GOP establishment’s “Official” Young Republicans, “WHAT’S THE POINT OF GOING ON WITH THIS IF THAT’S THE BEST YOU CAN DO?”

  36. Somebody is looking for a spanking – maybe he likes [or they like] that sort of thing! permalink
    March 14, 2011 7:11 pm

    Oddly, Eaton and Gallo and Gino Bernardelli seem to think that the Brooklyn Young Republicans flap is good PR for Chairman Eaton and the Brooklyn GOP. What other explanation could there be for going back to that poisoned well? Nonetheless, they did.

    TJIUA’s 3-13-11 post by “AAA”: “Breaking News: Jonathan Judge Endorses Russell Gallo As Official Brooklyn Young Republicans President!!!” is completely false and constitutes a malicious business libel on behalf of the Eaton-Gallo bootleg Brooklyn Young Republicans, Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton, and 47th A.D. GOP District Leader Russell Gallo, the Eaton-Gallo bootleg Brooklyn Young Republicans’ “President”.

    When looking for a culprit [or culprits], always ask, “Who benefits?”

    Wait one minute… could it be????? It’s just crazy enough…!!!! What are the chances that Jonathan J. Judge has been running “The Jig is Up Atlas” all along? That would sure explain a lot. Lately, hasn’t Judge’s picture appeared in TJIUA lots more than Eaton’s?

    • Russell Gallo's Dying Follicles permalink
      March 14, 2011 9:57 pm

      You can tell that picture is old because Russell’s hair line has only receded to half of what it is now–you know, kind of like a tree trunk! LOL

  37. Caught up in the Nuclear Gyre of Chaos Resulting From Recent Debacles, Eaton's Hate Blog Adds Comics permalink
    March 19, 2011 9:11 pm

    Still reeling from many recent drubbings following the attempt to create a bootleg GOP Establishment “‘Official Brooklyn Young Republicans’ Club”, Craig Eaton and his propaganda team decided to copy William Randolph Hearst’s “King Features.” On March 19, 2011, Eaton’s propaganda-hate blog “The Jig is Up Atlas” decided to try its hand at comedy – perhaps it might even qualify as a comics section – with : “Legislative Paperless Bill Sponsored By Bay Ridge Assemblywoman Malliotakis Seeks To Save Tax-Payers Money and The Environment.” In the first success for Chairman Craig Eaton in a very long time, the post by “AAA” was really very funny. It made us all laugh a lot.

    One little bit of editing advice, though: “The question begs, Let’s take a look at this ‘Paperless’ bill sponsored by Bay Ridge Assemblywoman, the ‘Queen’ Nicole Malliotakis.” should have read: “The question begs, Let’s take a look at this ‘Clueless” bill sponsored by Staten Island Assemblywoman, the increasingly ‘Goofy’ Nicole Malliotakis. Then again, “The Jig is Up Atlas” may be sensitive to the possiblity of a copyright or trademark infringement “Cease and Desist” letter from the folks at Disney for infringing on their “Goofy” character’s name and look alike. We get it; too many of those one after the other might be tough to explain to the KCRP Executive Committee. ( We do hope that the KCRP Executive Committee are kept informed of such things. Maybe, you can refer to the Assemblywoman as “Rosebud”! Even though Hearst and RKO didn’t love it, in the end it all turned out wells. )

    The comments following AAA’s 3-19-11 post about the “… [Clueless] ‘Paperless’ bill sponsored by… [our Rosey-Buddy]” are even funnier than the work under the “AAA” byline. The best was “Hank said… *** After the debacle with the ‘Healthcare’ bill in congress last year, this seems like a ‘no-brainer’ to pass the assembly. *** Than again most of the ‘Democrats’ in the Assembly have no brains.” This must be a real subtle bit of federal-state irony, which we must admit we didn’t really get, but it seemed quite hilarious, nonetheless.


  38. Non-coverage-coverage of a non-newsworthy non-event by nonentity discovered covered in mal-functioning house organs permalink
    March 22, 2011 6:52 am

    “… not with a bang but with a whimper…” [ “The Hollow
    Men” by T. S. Eliot] On March 21, 2011, “The Jig is Up Atlas” did
    its routine maladroit job getting out the word on the “Brooklyn
    Young Republicans Meeting Tonight.” in a post by “AAA”. The phony
    comments thread was even duller and more listless than usual. From
    the early reports, last night’s gathering looked and sounded
    becalmed. Could it be that legal moves by the legitimate Brooklyn
    Young Republican Club has taken the wind out of the sails of the
    Eaton-Gallo bunch? Has someone behind the scenes at the “‘Official
    Brooklyn Young Republicans’ Club” figured out that the statement,
    “Let us be clear: we will not allow you to occupy or wreck what you
    have not built nor reap where you have not sown.” is a declaration
    of war by any and all means. (Later today or tomorrow the Brooklyn
    GOP may well find out what that means for the 2011 election cycle
    and going forward.). Who knows, maybe in the light of a new day
    we’ll see and know more about the trademark and trade name
    infringers whose only tactic so far appears to be skullduggery and
    bad organizing, with a backfill of false and misleading public
    relations and reporting.


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