State Committee Members Proposed by Eaton were approved by GOP State Committee over objection of a few Brooklyn State Committee Members affiliated with Marty Golden's "Republicans for Change" faction
GOP Chairman Craig Eaton runs on a record of almost unprecedented electoral successes in pre-convention mailing to County Convention Delegates
After a longtime member of the Republican State Committee from a hollow GOP district on the Brooklyn-Queens border had risen to disrupt normal procedure and object to the replacement State Committee members to fill the seats still-open after the 2013 Petition-Primary process, the State Committee Counsel attempted to steer NYS Chairman Ed Cox against a ruling to seat the Eaton-proposed replacement committee members. Chairman Cox then made two key rulings: first, that NYS Republican State Committee Counsel Jeffrey Buley had to stand down, because he had previously had a hand in legal proceedings to remove some of the replacement State Committee Members proposed by Chairman Eaton; second, he favored the Eaton slate to be seated as members of the State Committee from Kings County. As a result, the new State Committee Members will serve as Distrcit Leaders in the previously vacant districts through September of 2015.
Meanwhile, back in Brooklyn, most delegates had received a mailing on Monday or Tuesday with an envelope emblazoned with a flashy sidebar that culminated in this "It was the biggest Republican upset in decades . . . Democrats lost a Brooklyn congressional seat they had controlled for an entire century . . ." That mailing was touting the performance and accomplishments of the incumbent Kings County Chairman Craig Eaton.
The most important component of the pro-Eaton mailing was a detailed letter of endorsement from former Brooklyn-Queens Congressman Bob Turner. Among other favorable comments about Mr. Eaton, Turner made this important point about the impact of Craig Eaton's leadership:
"...What you don’t know is that the man responsible for me becoming the Republican candidate for Congress in that special election was Brooklyn’s Republican Chairman -- and your neighbor -- Craig Eaton. *** Craig Eaton was the first person to suggest I should run. He fought for me, when other party leaders were talking about running other candidates, because they didn’t think we could win..."
That letter was accompanied by an Eaton palm card whose main pitch was the following: "Brooklyn’s most successful GOP Chairman in half a century needs your vote at the County Convention to continue our winning streak..."
The card also identified and characterized the menacing force faced by Chairman Eaton and all "Brooklyn Republicans" like this: "At the upcoming County Convention, Craig is being challenged by those who opposed his reforms, and who want to turn back the clock, and keep local Republicans ﬁxated on a single section of our borough. That’s wrong, and it’s what has kept Republicans from winning for so many decades...."