“In breaking with the detrimental tradition of lack of unity within the Brooklyn GOP, the LaGuardia Republican Organization, an Independent Republican group in Kings County, officially endorsed Stamatis Lilikakis for the NYS Assembly in the 46 AD....”
What is behind this apparent realignment is still a mystery — The name and characterization of the group as "independent" is suggestive of a riddle — The real agenda of this group is something of an enigma
According to the heading of an Email from the LaGuardia Republican Club received today by one of my closest operatives, “[THE] LAGUARDIA REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATION AND REPUBLICAN LEADER REGINA-POTTER ENDORSE LILIKAKIS FOR 46TH ASSEMBLY SEAT” ...
Truly, in spite of its apparent simplicity of content and style, such a release raises in miy mind many questions as to what this is all about.
To start off, the missive “FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE” is dated “October 1, 2014,” but it was received by my operative by Email on October 4th (even by USPSmail with a stamp on it, it would have gotten there sooner). However, as the release proceeds things get even more murky — the first paragraph is as problematic as it is positively cryptic: “At the recently well-attended meeting of the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization, Wednesday evening, the 46 Assembly District Republicans experienced a renewal of the Brooklyn GOP in their district. In breaking with the detrimental tradition of lack of unity within the Brooklyn GOP, the LaGuardia Republican Organization, an Independent Republican group in Kings County, officially endorsed Stamatis Lilikakis for the NYS Assembly in the 46 AD.”
What well-attended Wednesday meeting of the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization (the accompanying photograph shows only three people) ? And where and at exactly what time did this meeting take place ? But, in most need of explanation is the paragraph’s most problematic and cryptic element, this very complex piece of phrasiology: “In breaking with the detrimental tradition of lack of unity within the Brooklyn GOP, the LaGuardia Republican Organization, an Independent Republican group in Kings County...”. Now what, pray tell does all of that mean ?
The rest of the Email contains the usual encomiums back and forth that one might expect an endorsement of Stamatis Lilikakis to contain. It also contains two clues as to what might be going on. First, in the wording of the release is this “Stamatis Lilikakis was visibly pleased and excited at the recent turn of events....” The “recent turn of events” of course being “ ...[t]he support of this independent Republican organization...” Second, and most telling, is the complete absence of any mention of Marcus A. Nussbaum, the Male Republican Leader of the 46th A.D., and until recently a close associate of Lucretia Regina-Potter and Arnaldo Ferraro.
It looks like this “recent turn of events” is a tectonic shift of a few Republicans that had aligned with County Chairman Craig Eaton in 2013, but now sees itself as no longer aligned with “the detrimental tradition of lack of unity within the Brooklyn GOP...” preferring another stab at being “an Independent Republican group in Kings County...”
This whole endorsement of Mr. Lilikakis by the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization and/or Club probably falls into line with what was discussed at the rump meeting about two weeks ago that I said had been called by a leader of the 46th AD Republicans (See my 9/25/14 comment, “UPDATE & INQUIRY: THE ‘HELLO CASSIUS, WHERE IS BRUTUS’ EDITION – ‘SECRET’ SMALL MEETING OF GOP LEADERS -- RUMORED” to my 9/24/14 post “Three different calls — three different corners of the Brooklyn GOP — one sorry story”; and my 9/29/14 followup comment, “BACKFILL & FOLLOW-UP: THE ‘IDES OF MARCH’ EDITION – AT LEAST SEVEN GOP ‘LEADERS’ WERE AT THE RUMP MEETING MENTIONED ABOVE” both on the same comments thread, below on this blog). In addition, to the “leaders” who were specifically invited, I have been informed by one of my most “insider” Baker Street Irregulars that it was Anthony Testaverde, who was the leader that crashed the meeting, but was allowed to stay.
Whether this signals any long term realignments among Marty Golden, Arnaldo Ferraro and Lucretia Regina-Potter remains to be seen.
As I have said many times before — Ah ! Good times, good times....