With only two weeks until Election Day — Several Brooklyn Republicans are putting the squeeze on Michael Grimm — Many in the Brooklyn GOP are not impressed that Grimm is the Republican-Conservative Candidate for Congress from Staten Island and West Brooklyn
Brooklyn Republican social conservative activist Joseph Hayon just sent an “Open Letter” to Congressman Grimm, Brooklyn GOP Chairman Eaton and others demanding that Congressman Grimm adopt specific positions, make public commitments and issue a particular statement of support for the "Marriage Amendment" — as a necessary condition for support in 2014 — AND TO AVOID OPEN OPPOSITION TO GRIMM’S RE-ELECTION
Brooklyn Republican Party Secretary Russell Gallo, normally an opponent and antagonist to Mr. Hayon inside the Brooklyn GOP, made a similarly hostile gesture against the hard-pressed GOP Congressman
Grimm’s almost invisible Brooklyn campaign is largely being run by Brooklyn Conservative Party, Grimm’s few Brooklyn GOP staffers and some of State Senator Marty Golden’s loyalists [And, yes, there is a lot of overlap there]
Politically, as far as the Republican Party is concerned, it’s usually Staten Island that is caught up in some kind of xenophobic fugue. This time around, it’s the Brooklyn GOP’s turn to push back with some intense parochialism of their own; and GOP Congressman Michael Grimm and his 2014 campaign for re-election are right in the middle of that.
Ole Sarge Gallo giving new meaning to “Behind Enemy Lines...” ?
It has been previously reported on this blog that Russell Gallo had published a “selfie” type photo of himself and the Democratic Party candidate for Congress from the 11th C.D., Domenic Recchia. Picture of Gallo and Recchia was first put up on Twitter by Mr. Gallo and then picked up and re-published on a conservative Republican oriented blog run by Russell Gallo and Gene Berardelli (See my 10/21/14 comment “UPDATE & BACKFILL: THE “SOMEBODY HAS SOME WELL-PETRIFIED, ROCK-HARD WOOD GOING FOR CONGRESSMAN MICHAEL GRIMM” EDITION” to my 10/19/14 post, “The Daily News Editorial — ...what the News thinks about Domenic Recchia as a candidate” [comment and post both below on this blog]). Whether that is the limit of what Mr. Gallo intends to do vis a vis Grimm remains to be seen. Lately, Gallo has been working for other GOP candidates in Staten Island and other parts of Congressman Grimm’s district — but definitely not FOR Congressman Grimm.
Another precinct heard from...
I have just received an “Open Letter” by Email from Brooklyn social conservative activist Joseph Hayon and former Brooklyn Tea party President, who is currently an appointed “Executive Member” and elected County Committee Member of the Kings County Republican Party. In that letter, Mr. Hayon strongly conditioned his support for Congressman Grimm’s re-election on Grimm’s adopting specific social conservative positions AND making open statements to that effect. The principal item for which Mr. Hayon demands Grimm’s immediate attention and action is that the Congressman quickly announce his support for “ The Marriage Amendment.”
Mr. Hayon’s letter starts off like this:
“Dear Congressman, *** I am your constituent for the last two years. I am a member of the Kings County Republican Committee since 2009. I am active in supporting all types of candidates and while I may not bring much to the table, I bring more than 2 votes. *** When I called your office many times, no one ever returned my call. You[ ] voted to diminish the rights of our religious freedom by supporting ENDA....”
And so it goes — from there, Hayon gave a detailed list of grievances against Congressman Grimm and urged that if necessary Grimm change his heart; and more important, that Grimm change his posture on specific items before the Congress of the United States. Mr. Hayon also noted that he had not yet voiced any active opposition to the Congressman, even after so many had already “... thrown Grimm under the bus...” However, Hayon was equally clear that all of that was about to change presently.
Hayon’s Email made it clear that if Grimm did not quickly and formally comply with his demand, Hayon would actively oppose Grimm, although he also made it clear that he would not be endorsing Domenic Recchia, a Democrat and a long-time supporter of the liberal social agenda.
This blog had been informed previously that Joseph Hayon has been in contact with insurgent Republican Richard Bell, who is mounting a write-in campaign for the 11th C.D. seat as a protest against the re-election of incumbent Congressman and current GOP candidate Grimm. Mr. Bell has reassured Hayon that he strongly supports the family values and other social conservative positions that are at the root of Hayon’s problems in supporting Congressman Grimm, including support of adding a “Marriage Amendment” to the U.S. Constitution.
The Joseph Hayon “Open Letter” was formally sent to Congressman Grimm through his campaign website's “Contact Us” system and procedure. Various others, including yours truly, the Kings County Republican Chairman Craig Eaton and local papers and columnists were cc’d through normal Email systems and procedures.