Republicans found ‘non-partisan’ club

Five local veteran politicos are teaming up to start a so-called nonpartisan club as a way to take the divisiveness out of politics, and instead reach across the aisle to get more done in the neighborhood, according to one of the club’s founders.

“In light of the hyper-political divisiveness that is out of control, it is time for more civility and unity. We welcome anyone to join us because there is much more that unites us as Brooklynites than divides us,” said Bob Capano, in a joint statement with the other founding members of the newly formed West Brooklyn Neighborhood Club. “Our goal is to bring together residents to exchange ideas on improving our communities with respect in a social atmosphere.”

The club, which launched on Oct. 4, at first only consisted of three founding members, all Republicans — including former Brooklyn Republican county chairman Craig Eaton, attorney James McCall who ran for a Civil Court judgeship back in 2007, and Capano — before this reporter pointed that out that a truly non-partisan club should include some True Blues too.

That’s when, hours later, Bay Ridge District Leader Ralph Perfetto — who reclaimed his old gig after 10 years — and Sunset Park attorney and activist John O’Hara hopped on board.

The now-five politicos of the West Brooklyn Neighborhood Club plan to announce more members over the next few weeks, and host its first event next month, according to Capano, who said the group will meet at local bars and restaurants, and eventually hold monthly forums with guest speakers focused on putting progress over partisanship.

“This is the area where politics must be tossed aside for the sake of community interests,” he said.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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