Eaton insiders and Brooklyn GOP coalition partners both unhappy with early moves against Golden by Gallo and Berardelli
So far Eaton’s response has been “Stop .... For Now !”
The Eaton brain trust is at loggerheads. Things like Russell Gallo’s early announcement of his intention to run against the only incumbent Republican official elected in Brooklyn and the openly hostile “The Golden Watcher” blog put out by Gallo and Gene Berardelli have caused controversy and consternation even among the Brooklyn Republicans closest to Eaton. I’ve heard the behind the back sniping; and I expect that it will soon be coming to an "open debate" among all those involved.
One long-time operative, who more or less has had a stand-back-wait-and-see-what-happens attitude, is almost speechless at what is viewed as the stupidity of openly trotting everything out for the world to see before any apparatus has been put in place for a real campaign with a winning strategy. That person had pressed for a multi-step slow walk toward any prospective primary. That approach would have started with a statement of shortcomings and grievances against Golden, either along with or in advance of a formal-style search for a state senate candidate to run either as an independent Republican or even as the Brooklyn GOP endorsed candidate. According to this operative, all of the Gallo-Berardelli activity is just a lot of noise that makes any slow-buildup approach, capitalizing on Golden's known and yet to be publicized shortcomings, impossible.
Other criticism comes from certain Brooklyn Republicans that had been allied with Eaton, but find it impossible to get behind a Gallo candidacy under any circumstances. Their opposition is both practical and heartfelt. They see Russell Gallo as a sure loser, because he is damaged goods inside the Republican Party due to his personal history of open attacks on a variety of Brooklyn Republican activists and Young Republicans over the years — they are especially annoyed by attacks on those associated with their own organization.
There will be some meetings in the coming days with an eye towards setting some kinds of ground rules or processes for going forward toward the 2014 primaries, and if there will be any candidate against a sitting Republican that could or would be endorsed by the Brooklyn GOP. Until then the word is that Eaton has told his guys, Gallo and Berardelli, to stop for now.