Young Republicans Announce Leadership Change, Pledge To “Keep Moving Forward”
Last week, we were the first to report the fact that Young Republican President Jonathan Judge would be stepping down in his role as leader of the GOP club that traces its roots back to the 19th century.
Recently, Mr. Judge issued a statement explaining his decision, his hopes for his organization and the cancer that has metastasized within the ranks of the GOP establishment in Brooklyn.
Here is an excerpt of his remarks (for the full statement, click here):
After many recent inquiries, I wanted to personally share with you the news that I have decided not to seek a fourth term as President of the Brooklyn Young Republican Club. Moreover, in light of all the recent developments in Brooklyn Republican politics involving our organization, I feel that you ought to know exactly what my decision means for the Young Republican reform movement in Brooklyn. It means we keep moving forward.
Since the current administration was elected in 2008, we have attracted many new, energetic Young Republicans who have gained a tremendous amount of experience and accomplishments in grassroots politics, and that has made us an invaluable resource in Brooklyn. These notable individuals have also given the club much of their time and energy to advance many of the issues we have been promoting over the years…
Now, my job will be to oversee the administration of the club as a whole, as opposed to being responsible for the day-to-day administration of the club, which is the job of the Club’s President.
So despite the fact I’m not seeking a fourth term, I’m here to stay to pursue the next level of the work that we’ve started, much to the chagrin, I’m sure, of certain people in Brooklyn politics.
For those of you concerned with what, if any, impact recent Brooklyn Republican politics has had on this decision, let me assure you that it has not had any in the least. We were quite aware from the time even before I was President that current Brooklyn Republican Party Chairman Craig Eaton, in his full-blown paranoia, was continuously looking at ways to try and eliminate the presence of the Brooklyn Young Republican Club over which he did not have any direct or indirect control.
Our internal strategy from the beginning was building the organization to be fully independent and self-sufficient in the event that a hostile chairman made a hostile move to try and harm our organization. We have thoroughly succeeded on that front, and they have failed miserably. In fact, there has only been a positive gain for us in membership and donations ever since!
Now that one of our main internal priorities from the beginning has been met, all of us in the current administration agreed that the next step is to help a new administration take over with our continued participation and leadership in the club, albeit in different capacities. This way, for instance, we can begin to implement our recently adopted candidate recruitment initiative, for which we have been cultivating our Political Action Committee, BYRPAC. Plus, we all have our eyes fixed on making further inroads in the Republican county committee convention this fall, where county-wide leadership is up for election.
We are anything but discouraged. If anything, the fact that the party leadership is still more concerned about what other Republicans are doing than competing on real issues in general elections has emboldened many of us to continue the pursuit of reform inside and outside the party.
We will be reaching out to Mr. Judge in the coming weeks and other members of this organization to provide a context for these events.