He is one of the few Brooklyn Republicans who has been talking about stitching the Brooklyn Republican Party back together again
Meanwhile, Brooklyn Republican Bob Capano continues to rack up space in local newspapers --- Part of that was by emerging as the only Republican “Leader” willing to speak out on topics of importance to the community
Quite often lately, this blog has followed Robert Capano, the once and future GOP candidate for the City Council from Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and parts of neighboring areas. Largely, this blog has been focused on Bob’s recent effective use of the local media to accomplish two things: first, get his name back in front of the public after he had been a few years out of the limelight, but still very active in Brooklyn Republican politics; and second, to help take a leadership role in the Republican Party in 2016 and 2017 following repeated destructive assaults on the Republican organization in Brooklyn in 2013 and 2015. Capano’s success in that regard is manifest by the continuing coverage of his activities and comments in and by local newspapers.
The most recent of those items is a guest spot doing an opinion column in the Brooklyn Eagle (See “OPINION: Brooklyn conservative calls for 'Common Sense' to fight crime, help NYPD” by Bob Capano, 3/10/16, For The Brooklyn Daily Eagle [http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2016/3/10/opinion-brooklyn-conservative-calls-common-sense-fight-crime-help-nypd]).
In that article, Capano basically said Mr. Paul Massey and NY1 polling was exactly right. “.... The vast majority of Brooklynites and New Yorkers, regardless of political party affiliation, fully support our NYPD and do not want to give our streets back to criminals. [Capano says that he knows] this is especially true in Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst, where [he has] spent many years working closely with our 68th Precinct and local residents....”
Most important, Bob Capano stepped forward as one of the new Republican leaders in Brooklyn when he said the following: “.... This is why it is surprising that local Brooklyn Democratic leaders have remained silent in standing up to these far-left policies of Melissa Mark-Viverito. Common sense dictates that we do not mess with what has worked to make NYC safe, and we stop the experimentation with these far-left criminal justice reforms....”
RECENT MEETING WITH CAPANO AND ONE OF HIS SUPPORTERSI recently met with Mr. Capano and one of his supporters in the leadership of the Brooklyn GOP. Although most of that conversation was off the record, Capano did authorize me to observe that he wanted to work toward unifying the Brooklyn GOP and its Conservative Party allies for the 2016 election cycle, long before he intended to actively and specifically campaign for the City Council in 2017.
He noted that there were many things that Republican conservatives could do immediately to show that they are both present and active in Southwest Brooklyn. Lately, his chosen method has been to speak out as an active Brooklyn Republican, both in local papers and at organized meetings. These presentations were on a variety of topical subjects relevant to Brooklyn generally, and Southwest Brooklyn in particular.
On the practical political side, Capano said he was getting ready to announce several early members of his financial and political committees along with several other significant patrons who were committed to support his efforts going forward.
The other person present expressed his belief that Bob Capano’s plan to keep both his name and his positions on topical matters repeatedly before the public will be part of a triad of notable things that will keep Capano at or near the top of the Brooklyn GOP — AND — way ahead of anybody else interested in joining the race for the City Council further down the road. The other two parts of that triad would be overwhelming financing for a Capano candidacy foe City Council; and a unifying leadership presence inside a Brooklyn GOP rising from the ashes, most recently from the 2015 primary, convention and Bd. of Elections conflicts, and the 2016 lawsuit.