With Kruger in Hot Water, Is Eaton Losing Control Over His Own Frankenstein’s Monster?
The recent self-surrender of Carl Kruger to the authorities really struck me and my colleagues. Why? because it actually might become a source of even further division in an already fractured GOP establishment that is currently in the midst of a war against the non-bootleg Brooklyn Young Republicans.
Not many of you may recall this, but Carl Kruger was the state Senator who put forth a “resolution” to commend GOP Chairman Craig Eaton for his community service award given to him last year. That alone raised questions about the relationship between the two men.
Now, with Duke Eaton so fearful and paranoid over the potential loss of his chairmanship, it seems more and more like forces loyal to him are acting outside of his authority, making moves to challenge Kruger without the apparent consent of the Chairman.
In case you do not recall the resolution Sen. Kruger gave up for Eaton, here is the story.
I made the following observation last year about the fact that Kruger provided the resolution and not a more seemingly friendly senator:
Carl Kruger? Why not Marty Golden? Those of us realists in Brooklyn politics know that no good deed goes without a bad motive. Why is this Democrat so interested in praising a Chairman of the Republican Party? Is it because he’s not threatened by him? Is it because a deal was made under the table? Forgive my dismissiveness of altruism, but why the tome about Eaton’s doings?
Again, something about this rubs me the wrong way. Maybe you disagree, and we can agree to disagree.
Marty Golden has, of late, wisely distanced himself from Mr. Eaton publicly, escaping entirely the wave of bad press that battered the GOP Duke in the wake of his childish decision to attack the 1880 Brooklyn Young Republicans.
Even more curious is Mr. Eaton’s supposedly “sanctioned” blog talk program, which has been propping up GOP unknown David Storobin. Interestingly, Mr. Eaton does not once offer a single quote of support for Storobin in the blog’s overly choreographed and blathering piece.
At the same time, Storobin was mentioned in a recent SheepsheadBites piece as an almost certain GOP candidate for Kruger’s district:
Sources involved in Southern Brooklyn Republican politics say that lawyer David Storobin might be the party’s pick for the 27th Senate District election. Storobin is an attorney whose Russian-American background and Republican politics may play well with the neighborhood’s demographics.
When we called Storobin to confirm, he said that he’s definitely got an eye on the seat.
“It is something I’m mulling over. If I were to get the support of the Republican party, it’s something I would strongly consider,” Storobin said. And though the area is traditionally considered Democratic, he’s optimistic considering recent voting history. “I think that if I would run, I would win. I would not agree this is a Democratic area. It voted for McCain, for Giuliani, for Bush” and others, he said.
Just last week, Storobin published an article slamming Carl Kruger’s abuses and declaring the need for more Russian-American representation in city and state politics. Storobin argued that Russian-Americans need to be “seen as equals who can break through the political glass ceiling” by winning elections. A Republican insider told Sheepshead Bites that Storobin may be one of the few candidates from the Republican party to have the clout and fundraising ability to successfully challenge a Democrat.
But where is the Chairman in all of this?
Does he approve of this propping up of Mr. Storobin? Is he staying silent because he does not want his unusual political relationship with Sen. Kruger to be exposed? From what we’ve been told, we know Eaton was none too pleased to be exposed for receiving the previously mentioned commendation from Sen. Kruger last year.
Or does he harbor concerns over Storobin?
Storobin has been much more present within the Bay Ridge Cabal in the past year. He has been active with the amateur GOP radio’s two host buffoons and has been closely tied to Eaton’s “Bootleg Young Republicans.”
Yet, with multiple rumors of his all-emcompassing paranoia, the question truly begs: has Mr. Eaton lost his grip on the electrodes of his own personal Frankenstein’s monster? Are Storobin and Mr. Eaton on the same page?
After all, Mr. Storobin’s personal friends comprise, according to various sources, the small collective of “young” adult members in Mr. Eaton’s personally financed Brooklyn Republican Youth, a counter-club to Jonathan Judge‘s Spirit of 1880.
Any of these individuals would be loyal to Storobin, not Eaton.
“David probably wants to be Chairman,” said one trusted source of ours. “Either this time around or the next. He can’t seem to keep himself from being noticed in the press. He wants to be recognized. And while this might not be saying much, he’s been getting more press (and better press) than the Chairman himself has been of late.”
And Mr. Storobin is not alien to the world of political opportunism from what we can tell.
Indeed, another source (familiar with the workings of the 49th Assembly District) indicated to us that Mr. Storobin actually supported Arnaldo Ferraro for Chairman to replace Craig Eaton two years ago.
“A lot has changed since then, and so has he,” said the source…
So as Republicans look for a standard-bearer to seek Sen. Kruger’s seat in the near or far future, they might be doing so outside the whims or authority of their beloved Duke.
Meanwhile, the GOP civil war might actually be about to splinter even more.
We will be exploring Mr Eaton and Sen. Kruger’s relationship in the coming days and weeks, and we will also keep following the story about Mr. Storobin as we learn more about this new face on the scene of GOP politics in Brooklyn. Also, an update on Karen Fischer is soon to arrive, as well as the 49th Assembly District.
So be sure to come back to Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn!