Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Will Republicans be going a different way in 2014 in their attempts to unseat Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny ?

The leading Republican, Marcus A. Nussbaum, who has emerged to challenge Brooklyn Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny does not fit the profile of earlier GOP candidates that have run for that office

It’s been mentioned that State Senator Marty Golden’s operation is trying to line up other Republicans from Bay Ridge or Dyker Heights for "the more traditional” losing effort against the long term Democrat incumbent from the much larger Brighton Beach/ Coney Island part of the assembly district


According to a report in the Politicker blog, “Stamatis Lilikakis, a Bay Ridge business owner and political newcomer, and Marcus Aurelius Nussbaum, a Republican district leader, are planning to face off in a Republican primary that insiders are calling another stage of a Brooklyn GOP civil war....” (See “Two Republicans Battling to Challenge Alec Brook-Krasny” by Ross Barkan, 3/17/14, NY Observer/ Politicker [http://politicker.com/2014/03/two-republicans-battling-to-challenge-alec-brook-krasny/]).The post by Ross Barkan goes on to state that “In addition to a challenge against Mr. Brook-Krasny, the face-off, Brooklyn sources say, represents a growing rift in Brooklyn Republican circles. Brooklyn GOP chair Craig Eaton is said to be supporting Mr. Nussbaum, while Republican State Senator Marty Golden, a power broker in Bay Ridge, is pushing Mr. Lilikakis. Mr. Golden recently tried–and failed–to oust Mr. Eaton from his leadership position.”

An important fact that isn’t mentioned is that Marc Nussbaum is the newly-elected Republican State Committeemember for the 46th AD and the candidate selected by the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Club, which recently easily defeated the incumbent leadership candidates of the Edmond Seergy Club, who had run as the slate supporting and supported by State Senator Golden. More important, or at least equally important, Mr. Nussbaum lives in the more populous southern part of Brook-Krasny’s 46th AD; and he is ethnically right for that part of the district. Such a candidate would be a first for the GOP, which has traditionally run Irish or Italian candidates from the Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights part of the 46th. Recently, those candidates have struggled to get a third of the vote in the general election in November.

Very little is known about Mr. Lilikakis, who is apparently a complete newcomer to Brooklyn and/or Republican politics. One wonders whether Jerry Kassar and Nicole Malliotakis were discussing the Stamatis Lilikakis candidacy when they were together at the Bridgeview Diner late last week.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Word around the camp fire is that Tim Cochrane will also be jumping into the race. This will lock it up for Marcus.

Marcus can not win the general though. He has zero experience working a campaign and has not made friends with anyone except the dinosaurs in the Laguardia leadership.

I thought a former army captain would be more of his own man. God help us.

Anonymous said...

On paper, Marcus is a terrific candidate. Problem is Lucretia and Arnaldo will force him to run a 1947-style campaign, and he'll be blown away by the opposition.

Galewyn Massey said...

Tim Cochrane ? Get serious !

Galewyn Massey said...

Everybody should keep their powder dry and trim their sails (that's called mixing metaphors -- unless you are an afficionado of some of Melville's naval, rather than whaling or clerical work).

There's a storm brewing in 2014; and it should have some strong gusts favoring the GOP, and that includes the Brooklyn GOP if it is ready to strike.

One of the places to strike is the 46th AD -- and you're right -- Marcus IS a terrific candidate. The LaGuardia Club has something to prove -- can they follow-up on their 2013 victory with something big in 2014; remember, although they have won and held onto their leaderships over the years, but they have had real problems with assembly primaries in the even numbered years.

As a result of all that, Marcus Nussbaum might well have bigger and more professional campaigns, primary and general, than some might expect. Also, those who are really concerned about there being some very parochial influences on Marcus should reach out to him directly. If it were worth doing with Peter Cipriano, how much more so with somebody of the caliber of Mr. Nussbaum.

Anonymous said...

Gale you are funny......Tim would be a great candidate....could bring hit dogs and a stand.....he is just looking for a job...lets see - he lost the congressional race on the Cons line; lost all of this jobs to date; lost the Chairman's race....one more loss would be good for him...LOSER!!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh and I forgot....did you come to the Parade in Bay Ridge today and see Kassar walking with his Banner in the parade for the Brooklyn Cons Party - I counted three people marching behind the Banner and only counter Kassar for 1 person....what a laughing stock.....

Anonymous said...

The caliber of Mr. Nussbaum? Hah!

Anonymous said...

Nussbaum is a clown. He is a puppet on a string and the puppet master (if u can believe it) is arnaldo ferraro.

He will get blown away. Has no support. No volunteers. And I believe that part of the eaton faction would join goldens team in resisting an arnaldo win...