Both sides’ mailings and meetings, and the rest generated lists of hundreds of new names for Republican County Committee, even while some key Republicans wonder whether it’s worth the effort and expense to try to make all these new GOP County Committee members
The Brooklyn GOP Organization held three outreach meetings this week: the first was held in the Trump Village part of the 46th A.D. and was attended by about fifty people, half of which were eligible to vote and/or run in that district; the second was at Buckley’s in Marine Park where Craig Eaton, Russell Gallo and Diana Sepulveda spoke to a packed house getting a favorable response from most; the most recent event for “County” was earlier this evening at the Grand Prospect Hall, where Eaton, Gallo and Sepulveda were joined by Gerry O’Brien and introduced about 45-50 newcomers to the world of the Kings County Republican Committee.
Perhaps cutting into a few of those that might have gone to the GOP event at the Grand Prospect Hall, was the competing meeting thrown at Gargiulo’s by “Republicans for Change.” More than the selection of the site suggests that “Republicans for Change” is focused on a few districts in Southwest Brooklyn. The selection of the event’s speakers, Marty Golden, David Storobin and Clorinda Annarumo suggest that the “Republicans for Change” group does not cover a lot of territory. Nonetheless, the evenings offerings at Gargiulo’s might have succeeded in bringing out what one of my operatives described as a much larger contingent of supporters than the similar affair last week at the Bay Ridge Manor. However, maybe that should be taken with a dose of salt, because another source reported in some detail that the event was dismally similar to the earlier event that Golden threw at the Bay Ridge Manor, but this time with many more bumps along the way and a crowd that was largely confused as to why they were there. Interestingly, mayoral candidate Joseph Lhota was introduced but didn't give a speech. ( If I can get some second sourcing of some nifty quotes, I'll do another report on this event --- otherwise, I will just give an "UPDATE" with the details once they are established to my satisfaction.)
As a result of this week’s effort, the Kings County Republican Party might have added about 200-250 new names to the various Assembly Districts’ slates for Republican County Committee. It remains to be seen how many go out and petition themselves onto the ballot, or otherwise have their names circulated by others so as to qualify. Several may qualify for the ballot and still be challenged by other qualifying Republicans, who will be competing for the same positions; in which case the outcome will be decided in the GOP primary in September.
At least two Republican leaders have expressed to me that the resources committed by the two competing sides thus far could have made a sizable impact in any competitive City Council race in November ( John Quaglione and David Storobin should take special note of that, both now and again in late October or early November).