With Republican-Conservatives Grimm and Golden cruising to re-election, interest swings down to the only NYS Assembly race in Brooklyn where there was significant fund raising and resources expended
Whither the Lilikakis Campaign after the $$$ was spent and there were endorsements by Golden, Storobin and the LaGuardia Club leadership ?
The Problems with the “Steve for New York” Lilikakis Campaign
Some observers have criticized the campaign of Stamatis (Steve for NY) Lilikakis, because so much of its budgeted expenditures went directly into the pockets of people like Ryan Girdusky, Peter Cipriano and Karen Fischer. Actually there seemed to be much more in the way robo-calls and ground-game for the 2014 GOP primary than in the last days before Election Day 2014.
One long-time Brooklyn GOP operative noted that the most recent mailer for Lilikakis didn’t say anything meaningful about what the candidate stood for, or what he specifically intended to do for the 46th Assembly District. Also most of the photographs that appear all over the Lilikakis controlled media make him look overweight, out-of-control and often leaning over or against things — few of them were visually appealing in any way.
One Picture and Caption was worth A Thousand Words
The real problem with the Lilikakis campaign is that it seems to have been created and functions to benefit others, and not the candidate, Stamatis Lilikakis — most especially, it seems to benefit Marty Golden (maybe that was its purpose all along).
One needs to go no further than looking at the “symbiotic relationship” the Lilikakis Campaign has with the campaign to re-elect State Senator Marty Golden. With only one day to go, the ratio of Golden robo-calls, live calls and mailings, compared to those for Lilikakis, is somewhere between four- and eight-to-one (4- & 8-1). Looking at lawn signs and posters in store windows, the ratio of Golden to Lalikakis stuff is worse than that, it is immeasurably off the charts. And of course, there is the “shared” campaign headquarters for Golden and Lilkakis.... It’s tucked into a far corner of Bay Ridge, but since it mostly does phone work, it could be located almost anywhere.
And what about the picture and caption that’s supposed to be worth a thousand words ? — One of first pictures posted on the official Lilikakis Campaign page showed the candidate and three other politicos — the caption was entitled: “The winning ticket for Brooklyn and the State of New York” it mentions only ONE NAME - “Marty Golden” — Who were the others not-named in the picture, Rob Astorino, Nicole Malliotakis and Stamatis Lilikakis (kind of an odd editorial choice for the Lilikakis Campaign).
Temporary realignments won’t deliver permanent results
The ongoing fight for control of the GOP leadership in the 46th A.D. created an intractable problem for any “non-aligned candidate” running there; the candidate’s aligning with anyone involved in the 46th fight for control causes the others involved in the 46th fight to split off from his effort. The endorsement of Assembly Candidate by the LaGuardia Club was discussed on this blog a month ago, shortly after it happened (See my 10/514 post “‘All Republicans for Stamatis Lilikakis’ Comes to Life ... aims right at somebody, as yet unknown ... not Democrat Alec Brook-Krasny” below on this blog). Lilikakis started off aligned with the Golden faction and ran against the LaGuardia Club’s candidate, Lucretia Regina-Potter; so how does anybody think that the brokered deal for the LG Club’s endorsement will work out — regardless of any consideration from Lilikakis or on his behalf to the LaGuardia leadership.
Ultimately, the endorsement by the LaGuardia Club leadership now falls into more or less the same category as Steve Lilikakis’ other alliances. However, it is perhaps a little less egregious than the rest, because so little should be expected to come from it. Everybody knows that going forward, the interests of the LaGuardia Club will necessarily conflict with the plans and prerogatives of Golden’s “Republicans for Change” crowd, both vis a vis the GOP leadership countywide and within the borders of the 46th A.D. In any case, the boost to the LaGuardia Club of its alliance will not sit well with the Seergy Club and its prime mover Clorinda Annarrumo. So it remains to be seen if the LG Club endorsement turns out to be a net benefit or detriment.
This is from “The official Facebook page for Stamatis Lilikakis. Candidate for the 46th Assembly Seat in New York”:
“Thank You to former Republican Assemblyman and Founder/Chairman of the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Org. Dr. Ferraro and 46th AD Republican District Leader Lucrecia Regina-Potter for their endorsement tonight. It is the first time in 30 yrs we have a United Republican Party in our district behind one Assembly Candidate. Its an honor to be that candidate and i look forward to working with a united Republican Party.”[The accompanying photo of Lilikakis, Ferraro and Regina-Potter was demonstrative of the lack of a warm embrace of the candidate by this faction of the GOP].
It remains to be seen what work will be done and how many votes will be delivered from/by this Republican “organization.”
What to look for on Election Day and thereafter
Here is one of Steve Lilikakis’ last comments before the election “I want to take a minute to thank everyone who has volunteered during this election. Thank you so much for all your support, i am truly humbled by the love you have all shown me. As a first time Candidate we weren't suppose to win the Primary... We Won. We're not suppose to win tomorrow but all the indicators say We Will Win!!! Now we have less than 36 hrs to work hard and find out what the result will be. If your available today or tomorrow please come down to the office at 9712 3rd Ave and help us finish the campaign strong. Thank You again for all your support” (See Facebook– https://www.facebook.com/SteveforNY).
Don't focus on this or that erroneous detail, just think about what Stamatis Lilikakis is thinking right now, after all that was said and done along the way by and for the "Steve for New York" campaign.
Whether he knows it or not, Lilikakis will not win, but it will be interesting to see how good or badly he does, ED by ED from one end of the district to the other. Those results will make a good road map for the 2015 fight in the 46th AD, but it will also help Mr. Lilikakis understand what happened to him in 2014 --- especially when compared to Golden and Grimm. Maybe, Lilikakis already gets it. But, whether he gets it now or not, eventually he will --- just like so many GOP candidates before him got it after their elections.