Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Brooklyn Young Republican Club has Grand Old Party at Downtown Brooklyn Watering Hole for its annual Christmas-Chanukah Party

GOP luminaries Joe Lhota, John Burnett and State Senator Martin Golden lent their flash and dazzle to the BYRC holiday gathering at the Ceol Irish Pub


Earlier today, Glenn Nocera hit an inside the park home run hosting a very festive crowd of young and near-young Republicans at the normal meeting place of the Brooklyn Young Republican Club on Smith Street in Downtown Brooklyn  The right mix of seasonal and political messaging was delivered by Nocera, Joe Lhota and Marty Golden at the opening of festivities. A while later, the Brooklyn BOE Commissioner Simon Shamoun and Frankie Russo of the Brooklyn Tea Party each came in and did their seasonal greetings and exchange of well-wishes. Later still in the waning afternoon, the spirit of fellowship and good cheer overflowed recent intra-party boundaries when a pretty large contingent of the traditionally rival “Official” Brooklyn YRs came by to join in the festivities of their senior or “Original” youngish GOP brethren.

At various times there were knots of Young Republicans of various stripes looking like a joint gathering of the Star Belly and Plain Belly Sneetches at play; with the likes of Jonathan Judge, Russell Gallo, Diane Sepulveda, Gene Berardelli and Glenn Nocera all posing for snapshots by a hand-full of amateur paparazzi. There were even blogsters like myself and Gatemouth on hand to observe the Sadie Hawkins-like celebration of the solstice, where at least for a few moments the roundup of  Republican weird sisters and libertarian odd couples didn’t seem so very odd at all.

On the political front, most in attendance acknowledged the comradeship and apparent unity seemed to work far better than much of this year’s open hostility. However, a post-party rump debate between several late hangers-on showed that a lot of the 2013 Brooklyn GOP history is still too fresh in everybody’s memory or consciousness to be easily forgotten, but the competing sides in the friendly chin-wag seemed gratified  that the mutual grievances could be aired without serious rancor or animus among the participants.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Golden, Lhota and Burnett................. "flash and dazzle" ?

Does anybody need to wonder why the Brooklyn Republican Party is in trouble ?

Anonymous said...

That is an overly rosy description, Galewyn. The divide between YR club is different than the divide in the party. That divide is not being healed anytime soon.

Anonymous said...

Golden tried to cripple the Brooklyn GOP - he failed....and now he needs to go...2014 will be his ticket back to the Manor

Anonymous said...

Hold on guys! Don't think for a second that the split between the Brooklyn YR Clubs is fixed or even close to it. Gallo & Berardelli and their crowd camped out near the front end of the bar and played board games, while the Brooklyn Young Republican Club held its party at the opposite end of Ceol "in the back room."

There was a little interaction by a few people like Diana Sepulveda and a couple named Ruth and John, but the guys running for big men on campus like Jonathan Judge, Glen Nocero, Gene Berardelli and Russ Gallo hardly interacted at all.

Plus there was a direct confrontation between Gallo and Simon Shamoun over the BOE pre-Christmas firings of Gallo's and Eaton's guys.

Galewyn Massey said...

UPDATE: THE “DON’T THESE PEOPLE KNOW THAT THEY HAVE A SERIOUS BACK-LIGHTING PROBLEM” EDITION

There are several videos of The Brooklyn Young Republican Club Annual Christmas /Chanukah Party posted on the internet. The introduction by Glenn Nocera and remarks by State Senator Martin Golden are on YouTube ( See “Seasons Greetings from the Brooklyn Young Republican Club & State Senator...” [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAaDwofaFe0&feature=youtube_gdata]); along with Frank Russo of the Brooklyn Tea Party, who wishes everyone Happy Holidays while speaking of his upcoming radio show ( See “Brooklyn Young Republican Club & new radio personality Frank Russo...” [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrYU8a9NzyE&feature=youtube_gdata]). Part of the festivities even made the “City-Wide” blogs with Celeste Katz picking up on Joe Lhota’s remarks giving traditional Season’s Greetings along with a promise to stay active in the Republican Party and a strong pitch for the re-election of State Senator Golden ( See “New Year, New Wake-Up Call” by Celeste Katz, 12/16/13, Daily News/Daily Politics [http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2013/12/new-year-new-wake-up-call] with a link to “Joe Lhota Promises To Stay Active Politically And Speak Out Against De Blasio If Needed” by Jacob Kornbluh, 12/15/13, Yeshiva World News [http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/206207/joe-lhota-promises-to-stay-active-politically-]).

Rumor also has it that Gatemouth scored the photo of the day with Gallo, Berardelli, Nocera and Judge all in a single shot — haven’t found it myself so I can’t verify it exists — I do know that Gate’s producer, Howard Graubard, was hard at work trying to set up such a shot for the Gateman.

Anonymous said...

Wow!

Marty and Joe seem pretty worried about Marty's re-election prospects. As far as I know there still aren't any (Republican or Democratic) candidates that have announced that they are challenging him...

Anonymous said...

https://twitter.com/RussGallo/status/412420634720088064/photo/1

4 horsemen of the blogocalypse. @gberardelli @RussGallo @BklynGOPRadio #Gatemouth #Galewyn

Anonymous said...

Every TV show ends with everyone getting along.

Anonymous said...

This ain't a tv show and it ain't gonna end good for Golden. He is looking desperate and I hear that there is a small army of newly unemployed BOE staffers that heve pledged their support to anyone but Marty.

Gatemouth said...

a good time was had by all; even the Democratic spy

Anonymous said...

Who was the spy? Ray riley? Glenn? Gene?

Galewyn Massey said...

"...The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together..." [Isaiah 11:6]

Anonymous said...

If Gale tells you who the dem spy is than he, or she, wont be much of a spy.

Donald Segretti, Laurel Maryland.

Galewyn Massey said...

Gatemouth was the Dem spy who came in from the cold.... How else would he have known that the Dem spy had a good time ?