Maybe, the GOP Candidates for City Council -- Quaglione, Sullivan, Storobin, Testaverde and Hayon -- have been placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program
Let the Council Candidates Speak at the Convention About the Kinds of Council Campaigns that have been Run in 2013
Sometime back in June, various GOP factions petitioned on behalf of a handful of City Council candidates. Thanks to a variety of efforts, those candidates made it onto the ballot. Since that time what has happened to these poor souls. Are they on the roadside somewhere buried in shallow unmarked graves ?
How are candidates for seats that have been long held by Democrats supposed to pull upsets when their underfunded campaigns are held in check until some time that will be less than two months before the general election ?
The reality is that in 2013 much less has been done for each and every GOP candidate for the council between their selection June and the November election than would be normal in a typical municipal election year. Instead of pursuing any kind of ACTIVE early summer or late summer campaign, the combined GOP operation in Brooklyn (all sides in the current split) has allowed most of the clock to wind down on its candidates without most of their making any substantial headway against their Democratic opponents or improving their standing in the communities where they are running.
With a full-scale mayoral primary going full blast around Brooklyn, the GOP City Council candidates should have been featured players along with their allied mayoral candidates -- or if deftly maneuvered, with both of the major candidates, Lhota and Catsimatidis. If anything like that did happen, then it was like the unheard tree falling in the uninhabited forest -- it made no audible noise or any other impression on the people who count -- THE VOTING PUBLIC. (However, I must admit that before the GOP mayoral primary, it was fun playing "Where's Waldo?" with the photos of GOP mayoral candidates to see if one could spot a Testeverde, Sullivan, Storobin or Quaglione in the backrows of people around the main characters or, if in the front row, half-cropped out of the shot.)
It's been told to me by one of the council candidates that at least three out of the five guys running for council and mentioned in this post are angry and upset that they have been left to hang out to dry by the combined GOP operation in Brooklyn (all sides in the current split). One or two are particularly annoyed by the very faction that solicited and obtained their support and cooperation, and then completely back-burnered any effort for or on behalf of the cooperating council candidate.
How about letting the GOP City Council Candidates, Andy Sullivan, Anthony Testeverde, David Storobin, Joseph Hayon, and John Quaglione, speak at the GOP County Convention and tell the delegates what the combined GOP operation in Brooklyn (all sides in the current split) have done for their various campaigns. There should be enough mud hitting the fan that everybody on all sides will have some spatter on them.
In spite of all that, somebody then needs to stand up at the convention and proclaim that 100% of the blame for what has happened to the Republican Council Candidates should fall on State Senator Martin Golden and his wholly owned subsidiary "Republicans for Change".... It was clearly foretold, on this blog and elsewhere, that any full-scale organizational fight inside the Brooklyn GOP in this election cycle would blow up the 2013 Republican campaigns for City Council everywhere in Brooklyn. In a perfect world, the person standing up and making that speech would be John Quaglione, the biggest victim in all of this. That won't happen, of course, either because he still doesn't see it; or, more likely, because he lives in a very constrained environment, he just can't tell what he really knows.