OMG, do I really have to stop writing my snarky posts about HRC and her E-mails problems; and/or Donsey the blonde Fonzey showing that gravity still does exist --- in spite of his personal take on the "Unbearable Lightness of Being" ? ? ? The answer, of course, is a tree-falling-in-the-forest-resounding --- YES ! ! ! --- regardless of how boring this chicken shot local GOP politics now is --- and, is likely to remain for the foreseeable future.....
The KCP blog -- is talking-up a guy named Ghorra [sort of a rhyming cross between "horror" and "whore" -- and don't even get me started on having "A Ghorra Phobia"] as SSMG's guy --- to which I say: "AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ! ! !" --- In other words, if "I ain't heard o' him, he's going nowhere" --- OR --- to put it slightly differently, come Thursday he'll be ".... sitting in his nowhere land making all his nowhere plans for nobody" [cue the Beatles for their musical interlude]
There's going to be a meeting on Wednesday, September 30th --- it will involve key Republicans from Kings County [Brooklyn] --- At that meeting [possibly at Remsn Hall] they will select the Kings County GOP Chairman for the rest of 2015 all the way through to September 2017 --- after that meeting the 2015 GOP County Convention will be convened at Remsen Hall to ratify that choice
According to a recent report, the one on the Kings County Politics blog, "The ongoing feud between Kings County GOP Chair Craig Eaton and Bay Ridge Sen. Marty Golden – the borough’s highest elected Republican official – is about to go politically ballistic come Wednesday.... That’s when attorney Ted Ghorra, with Golden’s blessing, is set to challenge Eaton for the Brooklyn Republican Party County chairmanship at the party’s bi-annual restructuring convention.... Ghorra, a born and raised Brooklynite now living in Bay Ridge, said he decided to seek the chairmanship after a number of people at the city, state and federal level approached him about the position...." (See "Brooklyn GOP Battle Brews: Ghorra Challenges Eaton For Borough Chair" by 9/26/15, Kings County Politics [http://www.kingscountypolitics.com/brooklyn-gop-battle-brews-ghorra-challenges-eaton-for-borough-chair/]).
TED GHORRA IS PROBABLY A NICE ENOUGH GUY --- BUT I DON'T KNOW HIMBut --- doesn't it take more than being a neighbor living near State Senator Martin Golden to be the leader of the KCRP -- remember where Timmy Cochrane lived before he fell from the bluff overlooking the Narrows ? [I know, I know, Craig Eaton was Marty Golden's neighbor too -- but at least CE had some established GOP and community credentials before becoming the GOP County Chairman.]
There's no nice way to say this, however I don't know this guy, Ghorra [didn't Golden get burned enough with a recent candidate who spelled his named with some consonants, an "ho" in the middle, and an "a" at the end ?]; and neither Marty Golden nor anybody on his staff cleared Ghorra's being GOP County Chairman with me [the same was true two years ago with Mr. Cochrane; and look at what happened to him]. Of course NYSS Marty G should know better, but he thinks like an old-fashioned cop [remember, Marty was like one of the lesser guys in the police "crew" in TNT's "Public Morals" ..... ]. Nonetheless, I'm sure the real blame for this will fall on Marty Golden's Bay Ridge political go-to guys, Gerry Kassar and John Quaglione ( I thought the guy from Queens was brought on board to avoid this kind of stuff).
WHAT BLAME ? ? ? YOU ASK.....I've been around, and this don't look like it's going to fly. Yes, I've spken to a few people, too, and they all agree. Ted Ghorra --- No, not this time..... Maybe, sometime, but not this time.
What the folks at " Kings County Politics" missed is that there are more than two factions in the Brooklyn GOP. --- An old Brooklyn wag, since departed, called the the Brooklyn GOP a three-legged stool. If you have to, you can balance on just two legs; better to have all three, but in a pinch, two will do.
No doubt, SSMG thinks that he has the solid support of at least two such factions; and his staff whips probably have assured him of the count and the reliability of the "deals" that went into this. However, based on just two calls that I made about this whole Ghorra thing, I'm pretty sure that the Golden-Ghorra faction doesn't have all its ducks in a row. What Marty has never gotten is that elective governmental office holders, either a state senator, or a member of the state assembly or the city council, does not convey any direct control over the political apparatus.
OH MARTY ! AND THERE IS SOMETHING ELSE --- AND THIS MIGHT ATTRACT PREET B'S ATTENTIONThere is another thing that Marty and his staff whips have failed to get under control; and it involves the NYC Board of Elections in and for Brooklyn.
At this moment, SSMG exercises some real control "... at the Brooklyn Board" through his hand-picked Commissioner Simon Shamoun, and through a deal that kept Diane Rudiano and Khashed Choudry in their positions at the Brooklyn/ Kings County Office of the BOE [of course, Georgea Kontzamanis an "executive employee" of the BOE is in the mix of SSMG's operators at the Board, as well]. Here's the rub, there appears to have been a little gorilla [note: not "guerilla"] activity on behalf of the candidate selected by SSMG; and it was directed at the residual crew of Craig Eaton supporters, elected County Committee members, who were still working at the Brooklyn BOE.
The threats of "... we'll know how you vote for County Chairman, and don't think it will be overlooked this time..." are not just heavy-handed and thuggish, they are illegal under the NYS Election Law. This would be two consecutive election cycles where Golden and his staff peeps tried to influence the selection of County Chairman by improper political activities at the BOE. This time a few professional people have spoken about taking the problem to the NYC DOI and to the IG of the BOE.
The failure to ride heard on -- or even worse, possibly to have encouraged this kind of unlawful behavior at the BOE -- shows a complete breakdown of good staff work. This is especially egregious in light of the Federal corruption investigations by US Attorney for the Southern District of NY Preet Bharara.
*"As it is used hereinabove, "guys" means "guys 'n' gals"; however though guys 'n' gals might both smoke pot, even together, only guys are likely to engage in a roman candles duel in a fireworks plant.