State Sen. Marty Golden Demands Chairman Involved In Smith-Halloran Scandal Reveal Himself and Resign

Unnamed figure in Smith-Halloran scandal could be Brooklyn GOP head

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State Sen. Marty Golden is demanding the outing of a shadowy unnamed figure in the Smith-Halloran scandal — who could very well be his old ally, Brooklyn Republican Party chairman Craig Eaton!

Golden (R–Bay Ridge) penned a letter to United States Attorney Preet Bharara asking him to release the name of the mysterious “County Chairman #1” mentioned in the bombshell legal complaint against state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D–Queens) and Councilman Dan Halloran (R–Staten Island) — who stand accused of attempting to bribe three GOP borough chairmen into letting Smith run for mayor as a Republican.

Golden said the identification and resignation of “County Chairman #1” was a necessary service to members of the Republican Party — despite the fact that the anonymous figure is not accused of accepting bribes and was not arrested in the April 2 bust that netted Smith and Halloran, though the complaint does indicate that he was in talks with the accused.

“This is about cleaning house,” said Golden. “Somebody should have been smart enough to stop those conversations, somebody should have been smart enough to call the U.S. Attorney’s office. We’re not going to put up with people who are going to sell our party or not act in a responsible way.”

But the man behind the curtain could be Golden’s fellow Bay Ridge resident, former Community Board 10 chairman, and current Kings County GOP chairman Craig Eaton — long aligned with Golden against a rival faction of Bensonhurst Republicans and the rebellious Brooklyn Young Republican Club.

The complaint states that on Nov. 16, 2012, Smith met with an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigations agent posing as a wealthy real estate developer and a “cooperating witness” — now known to be Assemblyman Nelson Castro (D–Bronx) — and discussed the possibility of getting “County Chairman #1” to back Smith for mayor instead of another candidate whom the chairman had already publicly endorsed.

Eaton said on Nov. 13, 2012 that he was supporting former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion — another Democrat — as the Republican candidate for the title of hizzoner. By contrast, Manhattan chairman Dan Isaacs and Queens chairman Phil Ragusa endorsed supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis in Jan. 2013, and former Staten Island chairman Robert Scamardella indicated that he would back Joe Lhota that same month, then resigned his post in February. Then-Bronx GOP head Joseph Savino was arrested for his involvement in the scandal and is mentioned by name in the complaint.

Golden said he personally had no suspects for “County Chairman #1,” and seemed surprised when confronted with the strong possibility that the man in question was Eaton, acknowledging their history as allies.

“I would hope that’s not it. I don’t know who was endorsing whom at what point,” said Golden. “We do know each other fairly well. And I don’t know who it’s going to be.”

But a Brooklyn GOP source said that the enigmatic figure has to be either Eaton or Isaacs.

“They’re the only ones who fit the profile,” the insider said.

Golden said he strongly opposed Eaton’s endorsement of Carrion, and has announced his support for Lhota. Eaton himself dropped Carrion for Catsimatidis on April 9.

Eaton did not respond to repeated calls for comment.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at
Updated 10:10 pm, July 9, 2018
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Jeff from Bath Beach says:
Marty Golden is despicable. Craig Eaton MADE Marty Golden and helped him become a superstar in the GOP and now Marty is power hungry and wants to take down Eaton. Despicable. Says a lot about Marty Golden. He forgets where he came from!
April 14, 2013, 10 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
We need Term Limits in Albany. Martin Golden and Shelly Silverman are awful...we need real reform in Albany...make the state senate and assemblymen jobs fulltime and limit outside income (which should be fully disclosed to the public.)
April 15, 2013, 11:42 am
PJ from Bay Ridge says:
Golden is not the senator of the 22nd district, Jerry Kassar is. Golden is the puppet on the string and Kassar is the puppet master. The joke is on Golden and he is the only one who doesn't seem to know it. Kassar has not only hijacked the senate seat but also the republican party of the county and Golden has been his instrument. Letters like this one are being sent from Golden's office and under Golden's signature written by Kassar in an attempt to throw Eaton under the bus because Eaton is wise to Kassar and has confronted him for his abuse of his position. Everyone knows that. Golden can't pick out his socks without Kassar and Kassar abuses the power of the senate office which is only available to him because Golden allows it. In the last election Golden lost Bay Ridge. Hopefully, by the next election the other areas in Golden's district will wise up like Bay Ridge has, vote him (or should I say Kassar) out, Kassar will be jobless and therefore powerless (until the next puppet drinks the cool-aid) and Golden can go back to being a caterer. Maybe then we will have an elected official who actually cares about his district and about helping people rather than just giving his friends money and jobs and getting reelected. Hey reporters, do your homework, talk to the right people, ask the right questions and protect your sources -- all roads will lead to Kassar!
April 18, 2013, 1:12 am

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