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Grimm Staff Pick Highlights Rift With Eaton, Deference to Conservative Chieftain Kassar

February 13, 2011

"All By Myself"? That could be the theme song for the GOP Chairman, sources say.


We all know that Chairman Eaton was heard talking up his special “relationship” with Congressman Grimm last month, which was revealed to be mere puffery and nothing more.

In a follow-up to that story I covered last month, a trusted Brooklyn Republican source has disclosed some interesting facts and observations about Mr. Eaton’s continued irrelevance in the scheme of GOP politics, particularly involving Rep. Grimm.

What we are beginning to see is the influence of the Brooklyn Conservatives (and by extension Sen. Marty Golden) and the increasingly diminishing role of the GOP Chairman in affecting the decisions of local Republican elected officials.

As evidence, my source points to the definitive evidence of the lack of influence Eaton has had on staff appointments for elected officials, which was first discussed on this blog in my prior piece.

The primary example of this? The choice of Liam McCabe as Brooklyn Director of Community Affairs for Grimm. McCabe is a long-time friend of Conservative Party Chieftain Jerry Kassar. (Aside–while at one time Mr. Kassar was highly critical of our blog and of various reformers, he has toned down his rhetoric of late from what we can tell, opting instead to avoid confrontation as the eddy of civil war turns in the Brooklyn GOP).

My source informs me that the choice of Mr. McCabe was not met with elation by Mr. Eaton.

“Eaton went through the roof when he found out about it after the fact,” my source informs me. “Eaton does not have any of ‘his’ Brooklyn Republican loyalists anywhere on Grimm’s staff.”

A salient point, indeed.

Nor have we seen any genuine evidence of Mr. Eaton’s impact on Nicole Malliotakis beyond an appearance at her swearing in.

Actually, it seems to be Sen. Golden keeping his hand on the reigns as the GOP’s Bay Ridge Duke drifts through the wind, his infamous paranoia over his chairmanship proving that he is his own worst enemy. Wisely, Sen. Golden has elected not to rock the boat within the party as he enjoys another term in a Senate that is now back in the hands of GOP control.

And why not?

It would be foolish and unnecessary for Sen. Golden to get involved in a civil war that’s of Craig Eaton’s making and no one else’s. If he is wise, he will wait it out and seek to make a deal with whichever side moves to the top…

Back to Mr. Kassar. While we have not had frequent occasion to discuss the relationship of Mr. Kassar and Mr. Eaton, our source says it’s rocky at best.

“It is no secret that Eaton is envious of Kassar and his influence in Brooklyn politics… Eaton is an observer and when he does act, he fails.”


Examples of Eaton’s ineffectiveness given by this source and others include the endorsement of Michael Allegretti, the Young Republican debacle, and the recent Executive Director controversy.

None of these decisions has earned him anything more than bad press and a lack of respect amongst party insiders.

So, are the sharks circling the GOP Duke in Bay Ridge?

We’ll have to keep our eyes out to see how events unfold in the coming months.

But one thing is certain: there is blood in the water.

(We invite comment via email by Mr. Kassar, Sen. Golden, Mr. Eaton, Mr. McCabe, or anyone else to continue this discussion–also, please comment below this post, as well)


On a personal/side note, it is good to see Rep. Grimm so active and throwing himself entirely into the task of representing the 13th Congressional district. He is an excellent face for the district and for what is going on nationwide in GOP politics. While the year is still young, we hope to have much more to cover on our blog as Congressman Grimm continues to make his way through the thicket of Washington politics.

  1. Over a year ago there was one observer who had predicted that NYSCP would be... permalink
    February 13, 2011 6:54 pm

    …the tail that would WAG THE DOG. Now the tale of the tail has come to pass, locally. Sooner or later, it will come to pass in the state. The only question is will NYSCP Chairman ML still be there to preside at the takeover.

  2. no friends? permalink
    February 13, 2011 7:47 pm

    Wow, this is interesting. It seems eaton is all alone with no allies- or influence…

  3. was good observation permalink
    February 13, 2011 8:07 pm

    Good observation. It has already been happening in brooklyn it seems.

  4. Colonel DeVerite d'Eton permalink
    February 13, 2011 9:04 pm

    Craig Eaton’s pathetic response through his hate blog, “The
    Jig is Up Atlas” was the typical phony comment purportedly through
    an anonymous comment-maker who has no real life analogue; in this
    instance the February 13th comment was made by GW, “Anonymous
    said…” The purported maker of the comment ignorantly stated that,
    “I am a supporter of Michael Grimm’s, and Chairman Eaton’s
    [horrible syntax], from what I have been told by the congressman he
    does not know who Jonathan Judge is….” This item has the content
    and style, look and feel typical of about 90% of the posts and
    comments appearing in TJIUA. In other words, this is a typical
    Eaton-generated-TJIUA inside job. The “anonymous” comment is either
    by Eaton, himself, or Berardelli, or Gallo, or some other regular
    “paid” contributor to TJIUA. FYI, the Congressman certainly does
    know who Jonathan Judge is, since Jonathan Judge was one of the
    first Brooklyn Republican leaders to introduce Michael Grimm as a
    candidate for congress “very early” in the last election cycle. The
    anonymous comment went on, “…However, I do know that the
    congressman and his supporters such as myself who supported him
    from the beginning….” This is an obvious a flat out lie since
    none of the Eaton Brooklyn GOP Establishment were allowed to
    support Grimm from the beginning – especially none of Eaton’s
    regular contributors to TJIUA.

  5. Mike from Park Slope said... permalink
    February 13, 2011 9:18 pm

    As always, excellent article.

    Thanks for keeping us up-to-date on the behind the scenes Republican politics in Brooklyn.

  6. Frank from Bay Ridge permalink
    February 13, 2011 9:22 pm

    Sounds like very lonely.

  7. Who is Eaton? Where did he come from? Why is he the Chairman of Brooklyn Republicans? permalink
    February 13, 2011 11:45 pm

    Whether you call him “Chairman Eaton”, “The Duke of Bay
    Ridge”, “Easton”, “Craigie”, “Mutt” or “Jeff”, THE QUESTION
    BEGS[sic]: what caused us to be in this sinking boat with KCRP
    Chairman Craig Eaton. He was put in place by something called “The
    Team”, a group (only some of whom are Republicans) that includes
    several State Senator Martin Golden Golden loyalists. This occurred
    after the sudden successive resignations of Hy Singer and Gladys
    Pemberton as Republican County Leader in the summer of 2007. The
    only question is “WHY?”.

    • Ever After permalink
      February 14, 2011 3:00 am

      Once upon a time not too long ago, a special city agency underwent several changes from investigations that revealed corruption going on within. Certain individuals who owned large parcels of property were becoming very nervous. Sherman “My” Ringer also known as Mr. Rabbit Island was in possession of several buildings and large tracts of land in that area. My was also known as a slumlord and many of his propeties were issued large amounts of violations heading into the high six figure range. As an older man in the twilight of his years, My did not need these problems anymore. A ray of sunshine known as the god Thor, with mighty Joe young at its helm, came into My’s life. Thor would be his salvation and allow My to retire as a much wealthier man. Those damn violations were in his way. What was he to do? As the Leader of an influential party at the time, My knew many people but did not realize his power. He cried to all that would listed to his tales of woe and worry. My reached out to a golden haired sorcerer and asked for help in his situation. You see dear reader, My could not sell his land with all those silly violations! The golden haired sorcerer called upon his magicians who waved their magic wands and made many of My’s problems disappear. But not without a price..My had to resign as Leader and make the sorcerer’s apprentice in charge. Now the apprentice was a vile evil man with a heart as black as night who only cared for power and might. The apprentice did not like the fact the sorcerer was his master and tried very hard to work his own black magic within his little new found realm, but that story is for another time. Now the sorcerer and his shrewd magicians were not satisfied with that powerful position. They wanted more from My and made him pay dearly with the one thing that meant the most to My and what My worshipped as his own god. My glady gave up his realm and parts and parcels of other riches he had to appease the sorcerer so this new god Thor would shower him with more riches. My kept his end of the bargain and retired handsomely basking in the rays of sunshine. The sorcerer and his magicians were very pleased, they were able expand their manor onto the neighboring property and became slumlords themselves,working their magic to live happily ever after.

      • Doesn't THOR have a secret identity -- something like "Dr. Donald Blake"? There are other secret identities not mentioned, until now. permalink
        February 15, 2011 12:59 am

        If this story were really just a Marvel, it just would not be complete or make as much sense. So I spoke to a graphic artist who did a lot of “My” artwork on the Rabbit Island strips.****Now, this is might be too much to believe, because this artist says the story line mixes in a “DC” character or two, actually including the biggest and the strongest and the greatest name in superheroes. But to keep things simple, let’s just deal with secret identities and say that a “Clark” had a real hand in the double-reverse hand-off, but he wasn’t really using his super persona in this story, like he might have years ago (even though Lois called him “Clark” we should call him Mr. Kent, as a formality), but since he sure did know “My” and his “Gal Gladdy” for a long time too, he definitely would have been “Clark” to them. Don’t mix up father and son because then you might get a wrong “George” into the mix, and George Kent is not part of the story at all.****Back to the artist who did lots of “My” stuff in this story, he says it wasn’t so much about the mess in Rabbit Island as much as it was about what the “Silver Surfer” wanted to help get Mr. May or June more involved, before the bloom was off the berg. Now,THAT’S a Marvel, isn’t it?

  8. Trinitarianist permalink
    February 13, 2011 11:50 pm

    Michael Grimm is philanderer. This is also the reason why our new Congressman resigned from the FBI. It will come to light soon enough. Mark my words.

  9. Peas In Many Pods permalink
    February 14, 2011 12:05 am

    That would explain much. Similar personalities repel.

  10. Long Memory permalink
    February 14, 2011 1:47 am

    Elaine Guido and others from the Brooklyn GOP were to come out in full force support as sponsors and members of the host committee for Grimm at the Greenhouse Cafe fundraiser in Febrary of 2010. She backed out and issued a written statement basically calling Grimm and his campaign staffers liars. She and her ilk denied ever stating that she would sponsor Grimm or host any fundraising events for him.
    Mario Bruno had egg on his face once again despite the close relationship he had with Eaton and Golden which was further developed with the Dr. Wyne campaign against Straniere, who received more votes than Grimm did in Brooklyn in 2008.
    Grimm was never supposed to win his election. Allegrett was supposed to get the Republican endorsement as Craig’s “horse in the race” and tell SI where to go. Friscia had other ideas and threw a monkey wrench into the game with plans for a Fossella endorsement.
    McMahon was supposed to win the election as part of the deal. Craig stated in 2008, “he’s a really nice guy…he works with Marty”. Marty was in the minority at the time and had a terrible relationship with Fossella.
    The conservative endorsement for Grimm was really meant to split the vote all the way down the line.
    The scenario that should have played out: Allegretti as the Republican candidate, Grimm as the Brooklyn Conservative candidate and McMahon, as the Democratic and Staten Island Conservative candidate was to walk away the winner once again.
    Molinari, miserable but shrewd bastard that he is, smelled opportunity with Santarpia and his SI Tea Party. Guy, who was on the outs with the SI GOP made a deal with the Brooklyn GOP to get full support for Grimm early on. He knew of Friscia’s plans and tried to screw them up as payback for a laundry list of wrongdoings. Bruno was the front man for that deal.
    Elaine Guido’s “inaction” for Grimm set the scenario for the bitter relationship between Grimm and Eaton. Golden did not want Eaton to show his hand to early in order to milk more money from the Allegretti family. Jerry Kassar under orders from his boss, Marty, with blessings from Mike Long was told to endorse Grimm around Christmas of 2009. Long and Jimmy Molinaro (the SI Conservative Party Chair) also have a bitter relationship going back years. The Brooklyn Conservatives jumped at the chance to give it to Jimmy M. once again.
    Grimm with his schoolboy charm and glowing resume-aka-the perfect candidate, utilized all this to his own “non-paisan” advantage and became self procalimed hero and saviour of the 13th CD.

  11. allegretti who? permalink
    February 14, 2011 9:05 am

    If you read the other blog michael allegretti never existed, eaton and the brooklyn GOP has now idea who allegretti was or is (I’m sure he and linda are thrilled about that)..if you believe the other blog eaton and the brooklyn gop were supprting grimm since, well 2005! Please..I spoke to mario bruno 10 minutes ago and he is laughing at eaton still..

  12. nicole help permalink
    February 14, 2011 5:20 pm

    I have a reliable source in staten island who said eaton called nicole malliotakis chief of staff to beg for a statement of support from her to send to the brooklyn papers about his new young republican club and his help and advice during her campaign.

    • Atlas Got It Right permalink
      February 14, 2011 6:35 pm

      Same thing as with Golden: the smart thing is for her not to get involved with anything Eaton is doing right now. Atlas is right. That would just pull her into the gravitational pull of bad press circling Eaton. His dumb decisions don’t have to be those of the candidates trying to make names for themselves. They can always come back at the end of the year and work with whoever is the chairman/chairwoman, be it Craig, Clorinda, or Jonathan.

  13. nicole help permalink
    February 14, 2011 8:27 pm

    Agreed- it definitely seems to be the strategy malliotakis, golden, grimm and oddo are following- not getting involved in eaton’s mess and just working with whomever the chair is later this year.

  14. Real nature of commentary on hate blog TJIUA is libel and intentional infliction of mental distress permalink
    February 15, 2011 8:27 am

    On February 14, 2011 defendant “The Jig is Up Atlas” contained, made, published and/or republished various statements concerning several people, in the commentary thread to the February 12, 2011 posting, “As Record Breaking CPAC Wraps Up Brooklyn Young Republicans Help Close Out The Show.” by “AAA”.

    **** The material contained in the anonymously authored comment of February 14, 2011 “In On Hour Post Anti-Catholic Lawyer Shows Wife’s Business to be Slumlord Like said…” is the latest in a more than year-long pattern of intentional and malicious libels and slanders, and statements intended to inflict mental distress without legitimate purpose. In many instances over the last year, these libels and slanders, and statements intended to inflict mental distress without legitimate purpose were directed at individuals, their friends and families and business associates by “The Jig is Up Atlas”, its moderator and contributors blogging under various pseudonyms, as the purported posting authors of dated and titled feature postings in “The Jig is Up Atlas”, and anonymously and/or pseudonymously as purported comment-makers of separately dated comments on the commentary threads to the titled feature postings in “The Jig is Up Atlas”.

    **** To date over one hundred pages (in twelve point type) have been compiled of over five hundred separately paragraphed statements, many containing quoted libelous and slanderous comments and postings similar to those of February 14, 2011, as well as others containing statements intended to inflict mental distress without legitimate purpose.

    **** “The Jig is Up Atlas”, its moderator and contributors blogging under various pseudonyms, as the purported posting authors of dated and titled feature postings in “The Jig is Up Atlas” and/or as purported comment-makers of separately dated comments on the commentary threads to the titled feature postings in “The Jig is Up Atlas” did not CEASE and DESIST from these acts when directly confronted in a series of E-mails during 2010. Thus they have demonstrated an intent to continue their pattern of intentional and malicious libels and slanders, and statements intended to inflict mental distress without legitimate purpose directed at various individuals and their families.

    **** Let’s see what happens next.

  15. BrooklynPolitico on Cipi Cup permalink
    February 15, 2011 10:39 pm

    “Republican Peter Cipriano, a 19 year-old drop out, was unemployed until after the election when he went to work in the local pizza place. Word on the street is Abbate helped him get the job since Eaton and Marty threw him overboard. He received 23 percent of the vote. If anyone knows the 49th, at least 30% goes to the republican candidate every election. Cipi Cup is not Nature Wonder boy, he is more like Bat boy and he struck out. I didn’t see any pictures of him at the Manor on Election night, just Grimm and Nicole.The kid was used to divert attention away from these two races by throwing him in.

    “For the record, there are a significant amount of the GOP living in the 49th, but most of them vote for Peter Abbate. I spoke to many neighborhood and voters that day and was told that abbate was a gentleman and this kid was a punk. As I was standing at a School, handing out lit for Grimm an 89 year voter said the kid was a creepy punk who spoke nasty to people when he was ringing their doorbells. They said he reminded them of Obama with his arrogance.”

  16. who are friends permalink
    February 16, 2011 1:46 pm

    I hear eaton had a mental breakdown last night at GOP HQ wondering who is allies are, wondering about clorinda annarummo, elaine guido, joe kovac, jerry kassar, bob capano, nicole malliotakis, mike grimm, and even marty golden

    • Young GOP Kid permalink
      February 16, 2011 5:27 pm

      That is very telling. And I hear the meeting wasn’t as success at all. Just hack after hack that showed up.

      • Fly On The Wall permalink
        February 16, 2011 10:07 pm

        What was the average age at this “Young Republican/Eaton Youth” meeting anyway? Looked like a pretty old bunch to me. Not much fresh here, just the smell of distrust as Eaton wonders who of those around him he can really trust. Ah, there is the rub. At what point will those that value their own political future start distancing themselves from this falling paranoid leader. There may be a fly in the ointment! 0!0

  17. fly on the wall is correct permalink
    February 16, 2011 10:22 pm

    After the official meeting eaton had another meeting with a select few, highlighting the fact he can’t trust those around him….the walls are closing in mr. Chairman

    • February 16, 2011 10:35 pm

      thats a lie

  18. fly on the wall is correct permalink
    February 16, 2011 10:44 pm

    No its not

  19. home reporter slams eaton permalink
    February 17, 2011 12:43 pm

    Boy, eaton takes some hits in the home reporter today about the whole young republican saga. In steven witts political column, he cites eaton “unceremoniously” creating a new young republican club. Judge quoted saying “the republican voters of brooklyn should seriously evaluate the performance of the current administration and give serious consideration to a change in leadership”. And the best of all the column noted the silence from brooklyns GOP elected officials, including Golden stating “the elephant in the room is the borough’s ranking GOP elected official, state sen. Marty golden. Golden, at press time, has not issued a statement on the brouhaha.” No word from malliotakis, oddo or grimm either. WOW, I’m sure eaton was not expecting this from his Home Reporter- a slam dunk in his own backyard. The tide has turned against him.

  20. outside observer permalink
    February 17, 2011 1:05 pm

    I respect the stance of Golden, malliotakis, oddo and grimm staying out of this.. Kudos to them.. They may even gain more respect and support from reformers

  21. observer permalink
    February 17, 2011 1:34 pm

    To show how desperate eaton and the other blog is they literally just made up quotes stated in the home reporter article. I have it in front of me and the quotes noted above on this blog are there, the ones on the other blog are not. What a disgrace.. Now, the other blog may just cut and paste this comment and say their quote is there – its NOT, just look at the eaton cronies are making fools of yourself for him.. And by the way, as the article noted, fred, luctetia and arnalso were NOT asked to comment- and Golden WAS and there was “no comment”

  22. nice job Brooklyn GOP electeds permalink
    February 17, 2011 1:36 pm

    Good job by golden and othere brooklyn GOP electeds in realizing they represent all brooklyn GOP voters (not just eaton) and staying silent on this.

  23. kudos marty permalink
    February 17, 2011 1:42 pm

    I have new found respect for marty golden and even more for malliotakis, oddo and grimm for staying on the sidelines here- even when pressed for comment by the reporter.

  24. The Battle for David Storobin, Gene Pevsner and Avi Rosenberg is over.... permalink
    February 17, 2011 8:56 pm

    Between the “YR Re-launch Meeting” of February 15th and the “Brooklyn GOP Radio CPAC and Brooklyn YRs Meeting Recap” of February 16th one thing is clear, cynically calculating operators, like lawyer David Storobin, Gene Pevsner, who likes to play “Cato” to everybody else in sight as “Green Hornet,” and Avi Rosenberg, “one new GOP insider” who’s been victimized and batted around by Eaton’s guys more than your average pinata, have cast integrity and character aside for expediency. All three are personal agenda guys and clearly see Eaton, Gallo, Berardelli and the rest of the ruling Brooklyn GOP regime as the best way to accomplish their own agendas.

    Unfortunately, Storobin, Pevsner and Rosenberg have been soiled and polluted by their own hands and their chosen association with the kind of people that are now running the Brooklyn GOP to its ruin. These three newish Republicans need genuinely cleansing mikvah’ot from the well-springs of real reform Republicanism before any right-thinking and virtuous Republicans can politically interact with them in any future endeavor.

    But no need to cry over a few lost souls, when there are countless others to replace them, from the very same communities and areas in Brooklyn. Remember these three have proven that they are neither “the best” nor “the brightest.” Talented young Russian-Americans are ready and neady to hear the truth which shall make them free to embrace a real libertarian and entrepreneurial Republican message. Similarly, there are many more motivated socially conservative Orthodox Jewish Republicans than the tiny handful who might have followed Avi Rosenberg to a one night encounter at the GOP Victory Center.

    The darkened battle of the early birds for the early worms is over; and the battle in the light of day for the more substantial Brooklyn Republican mainstream is about to unfold.

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