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Dems vying for Ridge state Senate seat blast Bklyn GOP for inviting alleged neo-Nazi to gala

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It’s not their party — but they’ll cry foul if they want to.

The two Democratic candidates challenging Bay Ridge state Sen. Marty Golden are joining many locals in slamming the Brooklyn Republican Party for inviting former President Trump staffer Sebastian Gorka — a firebrand Islamophobe with alleged ties to neo-Nazi groups — to headline its spring gala next month.

“The Republican Party is a personality cult built around the heinous presidency of Donald Trump. It’s not exactly surprising Brooklyn’s Republicans would invite a foot soldier of hate to our borough,” said Bay Ridgite Ross Barkan. “Sebastian Gorka is a neo-Nazi, an Islamophobe, and a disgraceful extremist. He doesn’t belong anywhere near Brooklyn. The Republican Party of Brooklyn is fund-raising off hate, fear, and shameless bigotry.”

Gorka, a Fox News contributor who has denied ties to neo-Nazi groups but was photographed wearing a medal connected to a Holocaust-era white-supremacist and anti-Semitic group in Hungary, will be the guest speaker at the May 16 event at the Dyker Heights Beach Club, hosted by Grand Old Party chairman Ted Ghorra.

Guests can pay $200 to attend, and those looking to shake hands with the President’s son, Donald Trump Jr., can cough up $500 for an exclusive pre-gala reception that he will be joining.

Golden — who insiders say handpicked Ghorra to run the faction-riven party in 2016 after his arch nemesis, former chairman Craig Eaton, stepped down — denied involvement in planning the party and said it’s not unusual for party organizations to invite guests not everyone agrees with.

“While Sen. Golden is a supporter of the Brooklyn Republican Party, he’s not a party planner. This is a Brooklyn GOP event, not a Marty Golden event,” said his campaign spokesman Michael Tobman. “Political organizations — Democratic, Republican, Conservative and Working Families Party — regularly invite political speakers that some agree with, and others disagree with.”

But Barkan’s competitor, Bay Ridge Democrats member Andrew Gounardes — who lost to Golden in 2012 — blasted the pol for denying his influence in the party and turning a blind eye to the problem.

“Shame on him for ignoring the real issue here. This is not a matter of simply disagreeing with a speaker who holds different views than you,” said Goundares, whose club is hosting a protest at the venue the same night. “Golden’s failure to repudiate Gorka and his anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, neo-Nazi views is a slap in the face of every single person in our community.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 5:45 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Homey from Crooklyn says:
Key word: "alleged"
April 27, 8:14 am
Mustache Pete from Windsor Terrace says:
So....Marty does not control the Bklyn GOP when it comes to fundraisers? Horse hockeys!
April 27, 9:27 am
Rock Quarry from Under the Narrows Bridge, Brooklyn side says:
Unfortunately, considering only 13% of the eligible NYC vote took part in the last election, ole Goldilocks and company are probably not fearing for their seats.
April 27, 10:28 am
Frank from Bay Ridge says:
That candidate Goundares is a pajama boy.
April 27, 11:09 am
Rock Quarry from Canarsie Pier says:
@henry ford - remember to wrap the water pitchers in cloth towels, so as not to let the sweat drip onto your patrons’ laps, as you “attend” to their water glasses, Garçón.
April 27, 11:54 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Your guilt by association is a reach beyond your grasp.

But let's get some more outrage over nothing.
April 27, 12:19 pm
Rock Quarry from Q Train says:
@ Henry Ford - Only the little people work. And only the stupid people pay taxes. Please make sure my water is chilled to exactly 39 degrees Fahrenheit.
April 27, 2:22 pm
SCR from Realityville says:
No,a supposedly Nazi-extremist Republican,is NOT anymore welcome in Brooklyn,NY;or any place else-than is a supposedly,anti-police(death to police) Democratic party member.
This is assuming that we are,totally stupid enough,to believe the hyper-partisan rhetoric;on either side? I am certainly,NOT!! Actually,we the superior humankinds,demand bipartisan;efficient,effective government-at ONCE. Then just maybe? we could have less homelessness,less poverty,less drug/substance,less obsesity,etc;in five or ten-years. Instead of more such human ills,and excuses by the policians;at all levels.
April 27, 7:34 pm
Fred from Windsor Terrace says:
“Islamophobe?” Is that like being a “Naziphobe?”
April 28, 2:30 pm
Cindy from Park Slope says:
If anyone is in doubt about the true nature of this person - let me remind you that he is a WHITE MAN ! Just by being one of those he’s a nazi in our minds. When was the last time he got on his knees in public to appologize for his PRIVILLEGE ??
April 29, 6:24 am
SCR from Realityville says:
Anyone,who think apartments in(NEW)Brooklyn,NY,are just a $1 million;or rents for only $4,000 per-month,are the only humankinds-who collectively,owe an apology for'PRIVILEGE". Especially so,if it is NOT,even their own money. Admittedly,such people,are very overwhelingly White or Asian(Yellow). And they will owe,even a greater apology,when such abodes;are only,'$2 million",in perhaps five-years-from now?
April 29, 10 am
Petey from Sunset Park says:
That's rich, lefties saying the Republicans "using hate, fear, and shameless bigotry.” They should know, they are the ones that have perfected that approach to politics.
April 30, 11:45 am

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