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.