The Karen Fischer Problem: Divisive Figure Remains Hidden As Establishment Figures Express Discontent
Where did she go?
That’s the question a number of reformers and readers are asking us about the mysterious Karen Fischer, the failed campaign manager whom Craig Eaton was poised to raise to a position of “Executive Director,” with unknown duties and for an undisclosed salary.
Now, amidst controversy among GOP establishment loyalists, Ms. Fischer’s appointment has, apparently, been permanently put on hiatus.
Or at least that’s what our sources have led us to believe.
One source and a corresponding commentator both indicated that Ms. Fischer herself has expressed displeasure over not taking a more public role in the position that was offered to her by Chairman Eaton. Indeed, whether she has even had an offer extended to her is in doubt.
Ms. Fischer was supposedly exposed to Mr. Eaton through the unsuccessful bid of GOP neophyte Peter Cipriano, who betrayed (to use a word his detractors would) or “worked against” (to use a more benign expression) the 49th Assembly District leadership that had nurtured him as a teenager politically. Cipriano blamed old hand Arnaldo Ferraro for strategy issues surrounding the Lucretia Regina-Potter campaign and, some say, covertly changed sides to support Eaton against them.
It was Ms. Fischer who aided him in winning a lackluster primary, with a heavy dose of negative campaigning via mailed literature on the part of Ms. Fischer. Universally, the campaign was considered to be run worse than the latest superhero musical, even from pro-Eaton supporters… Ms. Fischer’s skills were apparently only useful against fellow Republicans. Cipriano was trounced in the general election, a fact Dr. Ferraro tut-tutted to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in a post-election piece.
Since her arrival on scene, individuals close to Eaton have expressed dismay, shock and anger over the potential elevation of Ms. Fischer, who is rumored to have a less than pleasant demeanor.
“She’s all bark and no bite,” said one person who had contact with the would-be Director. “I don’t know what else she does but some people seriously hate this woman.”
And, as of yet, no one has come to her aid aside from a random comment on this blog once or twice.
Not good news for Ms. Fischer.
So, maybe you can teach an old Chairman new tricks after all…