The article that appeared yesterday in the “Kings County Politics” blog says — “.... Glenn Nocera announced [ ] that he is seriously considering taking on Kings County Republican Chair Craig Eaton for the party’s reins at next month’s reorganizational meeting....”
According to the “Kings County Politics” blogs, “Seeking to invigorate Brooklyn’s fractured GOP, Glenn Nocera announced yesterday that he is seriously considering taking on Kings County Republican Chair Craig Eaton for the party’s reins at next month’s reorganizational meeting.... Nocera, a lifelong Kensington resident, chairs the Brooklyn Young Republican Club, is its’ former president, and is the Republican District Leader for the 44th Assembly district. He ran unsuccessfully against Dov Hikind for the assembly seat in 1998, and against Kevin Parker for the state senate in 2008....” ( See “Brooklyn GOP Leadership Struggle: Nocera Challenges Eaton For County Chair” by ? ? ?, 8/18/15, Kings County Politics [http://www.kingscountypolitics.com/brooklyn-gop-leadership-scrum-nocera-challenges-eaton-for-county-chair/]).
Based on sources close to the newly announced prospective Kings County Republican Party Chairman, Glenn Nocera specifically timed his announcement to come out on the “Kings County Politics” blog prior to the monthly meeting of the Kings County Republican Executive Committee meeting. To be certain that the matter would be an item of discussion at the meeting, Nocera himself placed strategic phone calls to certain individuals that he felt would be likely to attend the meeting.
EARLY REPORTS FROM THE FIELD INDICATE LITTLE INITIAL DIRECT SUPPORT FOR NOCERAReports back from the Executive Committee meeting indicated that -- for the most part, Nocera's announcement was not taken seriously. Even some of the 44th A.D. members at the Executive Committee meeting were somewhat dismissive of Nocera's opening gambit.
In addition, one of Brooklyn's more venerable political consultants said that his inquiries indicated that the Golden faction was neither behind the Nocera announcement nor ultimately likely to be supportive of his candidacy.
THE REAL AGENDA OF GLENN NOCERA — IT'S NOT QUITE CLEARGlenn Nocera had told me before either last night’s Executive Committee meeting or the post that appeared in the “Kings County Politics” blog, that his run against Eaton would be contingent upon the ABSENCE of any other challenger to Eaton that Nocera believed might be in a better position to win the chairmanship of the party.
An interesting proposition for Glenn was the possibility of backing Lucretia Regina-Potter, a State Committee Member in the 46th A.D.; however when he had last the matter with her, she had insisted that Arnaldo Ferraro, former member of the NYS Assembly, former Member of the GOP State Committee, Executive Vice Chairman of the KCRP and founder of the Fiorello LaGuardia Club had to be the next County Chairman for the La Guardia Club to back the effort.
Inasmuch as Glenn Nocera has long been associated with Gerry Kassar (???) and the GOP faction backed by State Senator Marty Golden, I asked Nocera if he had the support of any of them. He was evasive on the point, but he said to me that they knew what he was doing and that nobody had told him that they were opposing him.
During a conversation earlier today (Wednesday), Glenn Nocera specifically noted that he considered former mayoral candidate and Brooklyn Republican, Joseph Lhotta, a person who could lead the Brooklyn GOP. Nocera also mentioned that he had conversations about Lhotta’s being the Kings County Republican Chairman at various times. Nocera, stated that if Lhotta’s name were to be put forward at almost any stage of the proceedings to select the GOP chairman for 2015-2016, Nocera would be likely to support him — even if Nocera’s own name was being considered at the time. When I asked Glenn if he was a stalking-horse for Joe Lhotta, Glenn said that he was never asked to do that and he didn’t consider himself a stalking-horse for any other candidate, named or un-named.
My recent prior conversations with Chairman Craig Eaton indicated that he believes that he has the support of many members of the County Committee, just like he did in 2013. He expects that number to climb on Primary Day and in the days before the 2015 GOP County Convention, as a result, he is relatively confident that he will be re-elected to another term as GOP County Chairman.
I have sought a comment from Eaton about the Nocera announcement; however, Mr. Eaton has not been available to be interviewed on that issue since the announcement.
MY "DISCLAIMER" — OF SORTSAlthough I don’t support Glenn Nocera at this time, I believe that he has the requisite GOP background to run for County Chairman. On the other hand, although I have been an often-time critic of Chairman Craig Eaton, he does articulate several legitimate arguments for continuing to allow him to operate as the CEO of the KCRP.
End Note: A former BSI contributor to this blog claimed authorship of an article concerning the Brooklyn GOP Chairmanship, indicating that the former BSI’s impersonator “Galewyn Massey” had written the article.... My conversations with Glenn Nocera indicated that the most likely author of the blog piece in the “Kings County Politics,” cited in my post above, was Steve Witt, without any apparent contribution by any former BSI contributors of my blog.