Borough Republican and Conservative leaders were served a disappointing double-whammy on Election Day as they faced the prospect of four more years of President Obama and watched their grasp on Southern Brooklyn fall apart.
Bay Ridge GOP incumbents such as Rep. Michael Grimm, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, and state Sen. Marty Golden were all re-elected, but Brooklyn Republicans lost two neighborhoods to redistricting: Sheepshead Bay, which was led by Rep. Bob Turner, and Brighton Beach, which state Sen. David Storobin held for less than six months.
The GOP also lost a chance to seize the new so-named “super Jewish district,” with Storobin getting just over 30 percent of the vote against former Councilman Simcha Felder.
That, coupled with the fact that less than 25 percent of Brooklynites pulled the lever for Romney has made it a very disappointing week for borough Republicans.
“I’m concerned the country will fall into deeper debt and continue it’s downward spiral,” said Kings County GOP chairman Craig Eaton, who cited the Republicans’ continued majority in the House of Representatives — which includes Grimm — as the week’s single bright spot. “I’m really surprised, because I thought that with the momentum over the last three months and the need for change in America, Mitt Romney was going to win.”
Senator Golden is also sore over Obama’s victory in Brooklyn.
“I thought Mitt Romney had a great vision for America, but President Obama won, and we’re going to have to live with that,” he said.