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Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton may have thought he won his intra-party generational war when Jonathan Judge, the leader of the insurgent Brooklyn Young Republicans club, announced he would relinquish his seat — but Judge’s replacement vows that the tusk bashing will continue.

“We’re going to challenge [Eaton] to reform the Republican party,” said incoming Brooklyn Young Republicans President Glenn Nocera. “He’s not going to overtake us.”

Judge, 24, has led the Brooklyn Young Republicans since 2008. Under his leadership, the Young Republican Club’s criticized Eaton, a 50-year-old attorney, for supporting Mayor Bloomberg for re-election in 2009. The group also thumbed its nose at the Brooklyn GOP by not supporting Peter Cipriano — the party’s candidate — against Assemblyman Peter Abbate last year.

Judge’s group even soured Eaton’s celebrations over victories by Rep. Michael Grimm and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis by pointing out that neither candidate won the Brooklyn portion of their cross-harbor districts.

“There have been persistent failures by the GOP to earn a majority of support from voters [in Brooklyn],” said Judge, who lost a bid for an open City Council seat in Borough Park last year.

The ongoing dispute between the Kings County Republican party and its younger offshoot widened the generational gap among the Brooklyn GOP. And earlier this year, Eaton formed another Young Republican Club — and got the state organization to sanction his club, not Judge’s. He hand-picked Russel Gallo, an Eaton loyalist to run the club in hopes of reducing the clout of Judge’s club.

Now, Eaton and Judge aren’t talking.

“I can’t imagine there would be anything for us to discuss until [Eaton] shows some interest in working towards progress with all Republicans, not just the sycophants in his exclusive cadre,” Judge said.

Judge’s departure will not change this dynamic: when he takes over, Nocera said he’ll lead an independent Young Republican club destined to compete with Eaton’s “official” Young Republican crew led by Gallo.

“They made us independent [by creating the second group],” said Nocera, who is currently the club’s treasurer and is expected to be voted in as president later this spring.

Nocera’s ready for a street fight, but also said he’s clutching an olive branch in his bare-knuckled fist.

“We’re about reforming this party, and if [Eaton] wants to work with us and promote those issues, that’s fine with us,” Nocera said. “There’s hardly a pulse to show that Brooklyn’s Republican party’s alive. It’s ridiculous that there’s all of this infighting going on.”

Repeated calls to Eaton were not returned by our midnight deadline. Attempts to reach Gallo were unsuccessful.

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Joey from Clinton Hills says:
I think this schism was caused by a difference of opinion on how to interpret the rules of advanced Dungeons & Dragons.
April 14, 2011, 10:37 am
Guido Fauci from Bay Ridge says:
Joey, just where is Clinton Hills, Kansas?

With the election of Glenn Nocera, the Golden-Eaton faction of the Brooklyn Republican party has completely lost control over the resurgent-insurgents in the Republican Party in Brooklyn. Soon there will be two separate countywide Republican organizations opposing the Golden-Eaton Bay Ridge Cabal. Nocera's Brooklyn Young Republican Club and something completely new.

Jonathan Judge has moved on and is now Acting Chairman of a newly formed countywide caucus of independent Republicans in Brooklyn.

At present, there are two active initiatives being pursued by that caucus, grass roots organizing in about six ADs, and outreach and recruitment of disaffected Republican activists among existing Republican organizations in those few parts of Brooklyn where Golden’s and Eaton’s have some influence. So far the reception of the new group has been positive and key members in two exising Republican Clubs have agreed to meet and discuss common goals with the new caucus.

Of course that does not include the Fiorello LaGuardia Republicans, who have been instrumental in helping Mr. Judge get his countywide group up and running. For any insurgency in the Brooklyn Republican party to succeed, it must include a strategy for victory in the 49th AD -- just like Grimm over Allegretti.
April 15, 2011, 9:32 pm
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Guido, did you steal my 20 sided die?
April 16, 2011, 6:58 pm
You from Whoooooo says:
Ginger
April 16, 2011, 7:26 pm
clorinda from dyker heights says:
Count the 46th AD in!!
April 16, 2011, 11:57 pm
arnaldo from bensonhursy says:
Count the 49th AD in!!
April 17, 2011, 9:32 am
Joan G. from Bensonhurst says:
Down with Duke Eaton!
April 17, 2011, 10:50 am
R.H. Massey from Dyker Heights says:
Just like Grimm over Allegretti...
April 18, 2011, 11:41 pm
Matthew Graves -- Out! from B-hurst & B-Beach says:
Craig Eaton's guy in the 49th AD, Matthew Graves, was taken off the ballot by the Brooklyn Supreme Court.

Eaton was beaten in his 49th AD gambit by his former protege, Peter Cipriano, and the Brooklyn GOP's former Executive Director, Karen Fischer, who had been hand-picked for that job by Eaton.

On March 26, 2011, Craig Eaton's GOP blog, "The Jig is Up Atlas" in a post by "Judas Judge" entitled "Executive Director Karen Fischer Loved By All" stated that:
"Our boys over at Atlas have no insider Brooklyn GOP sources. However, we do.
Our sources have told us that Karen Fischer is universally loved by all Executive Committee members of the Kings County GOP. She has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Republican Party in Brooklyn and is worth every penny of her $10,000/year salary."

My, how times have changed; and how they have been unkind to the Brooklyn GOP "Boss"!


Aug. 6, 2011, 2:48 pm

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