A majority of the Republican-Conservative politicians in the Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island district supported Trump --- Only a few did NOT
Meanwhile, NYS Special Elections were not kind to those in the GOP & Conservative Party, who had been active and/or interested in some of those contests
Today, many Republican-Conservative politicians are basking in the glory that is Donald Trump.....
According to the only daily whose beat is wholly inside the borders of the 11th Congressional District of Republican-Conservative Dan Donovan, “…. Trump, who visited [Staten] Island on Sunday, got an astounding 80 percent of the vote [t]here….”
The Staten Island Advance article went on to say this: “…. Local Republicans gathered at Giovanni's Trattoria in Eltingville, where Ron Castorina Jr. celebrated his victory in his unopposed race for state Assembly…. Castorina is a Trump supporter, as is Councilman Joe Borelli, whose former Assembly seat Castorina was just elected to. Borelli (R-South Shore) is a co-chair for Trump's campaign in New York and was in Manhattan for the big win…. Pleasantly surprised by Trump's big win in the 11th CD, GOP Chair John Antoniello said, ’t's pretty awesome, for any candidate in any election to get 80 percent. That's a landslide by far.’… Trump's visit to Staten Island Sunday probably helped him here, Antoniello said…. Sean O'Sullivan, a former Republican, now a registered Conservative who couldn't vote in the primary, isn't a Trump supporter and sees the win as inevitable because [he said that] Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ‘shot himself in the foot’ with his disparaging ‘New York values’ comment, and John Kasich is too moderate for many Staten Islanders…. But ‘Donald Trump is a Republican of convenience…. "For some people, he's saying what people want to hear. I don't know if he believes it,’ he said….” (See “New York primary: On Staten Island, big Trump win, narrow Clinton victory” by Rachel Shapiro, 4/20/16, Staten Island Advance/ silive.com [http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/04/on_staten_island_big_trump_win.html]).
Except for the snarky anti-Trump stuff by the Conservative guy, I think Ms. Shapiro’s report pretty much captures what happened in the 11th Cong. Dist.; however, the article is obviously and understandably Staten Island-centric. So far there hasn’t been a lot of reporting about the Brooklyn GOP supporters of Donald Trump.
Here's what the Home Reporter did say: ".... a majority of south Brooklyn nabes opted for Republican candidate Donald Trump, who took the win with more than 60 percent of all New York votes.... Just over 2,500 Republican voters turned out in Bay Ridge, 69.2 percent of them voting Trump. Meanwhile, candidate John Kasich claimed 20 percent of the Bay Ridge votes, and Ted Cruz, just 10 percent.... Trump won by even more in ‘hoods like Dyker Heights (76.3 percent of just over 1,000 votes), Bensonhurst (77.9 percent on the eastern side and 76.5 percent on the western side), Bath Beach (78.6 percent) and Sheepshead Bay (78.6 percent). He also scored victories in Windsor Terrace (53.1 percent) and Sunset Park (54.1 percent on the eastern side and 62.5 percent on the western side)..... The businessman-turned-hopeful politician collected over 80 percent of the votes in Seagate-Coney Island (scoring 259 votes compared to Cruz’s 33 and Kasich’s 26), and 81 percent in Gravesend (snagging 425 votes to Cruz’s 51 and Kasich’s 43)...." (See "Here’s how Southern Brooklyn voted in the primaries" by Meaghan McGoldrick [w/ add'l reporting by Helen Klein], 4/20/16, Home Reporter News/ Online [http://homereporter.com/heres-how-southern-brooklyn-voted-in-the-primaries/]).
WHAT’S UP WITH GOP-CONSERVATIVE STATE SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN AND HIS “FACTION” IN THE BROOKLYN GOP ???
Republican-Conservative State Senator Marty Golden is a crypto-supporter of Donald Trump, who recently was reported to have said this jazz: “…. Golden said that whatever one wants to say about bombastic billionaire presidential front-runner Donald Trump, ‘he is adding to the Republican Party.’… Trump, Golden said, ‘is bringing people out in big numbers.’ Voters are turning to Trump, according to Golden, because the national Republican Party establishment ‘has failed them.’… Brooklyn has more than 2 million people, Golden reasoned, and the GOP should be reaching out to as many residents as possible. ‘This is the environment to do it in. It’s a presidential year,’ he said....”
More enlightening about where Golden really was on Trump prior to the primary was where most of his key peeps were; and here’s what they were up to. ---- In an “in-the-know” Brooklyn blog, it was reported that “…[S]ources in the Kings County Republican group led by attorney Ted Ghorra, confirmed [that they endorsed] Trump…. Ghorra [himself] would not confirm or deny the sources, but noted that Trump is a native New Yorker and thus a home state favorite that has a lot of rank-and-file Republican support…. [Ghorra] dismissed notions that Trump is so divisive that he will turn off minorities and immigrants from joining the GOP….. ‘I think he (Trump) will have a lot more of a calm, serine disposition moving forward,’ said Ghorra, adding that Trump’s wife is an immigrant and that Trump is only seeking of a temporary ban of some immigrants until security concerns are worked out….” ( See “Amid Litigation Both Brooklyn GOP Factions Endorsing Trump” [ by Stephen Witt], 3/26/16, Kings County Politics Blog [http://www.kingscountypolitics.com/amid-ensuing-litigation-brooklyn-gop-factions-endorsing-trump/]).
So far, there has been no credible report of Marty Golden or any “faction” of Brooklyn Republicans being part of any significant Donald Trump victory celebration --- that’s neither last night nor since.
On the other side of the slate, neither Assembly person Nicole Malliotakis nor Golden staffer John Quaglione were down with the pro-Trump crowd. In fact, both Malliotakis and Quaglione were prominent at GOP candidate John Kasich's events inside the 11th Cong. Dist. --- almost on the eve of the primary.
POSSIBLE SHIFT IN NYS SENATE LEADERSHIP AFTER NASSAU SPECIAL ELECTION
Meanwhile, it looks like bad news in the “Special” with the greatest significance for Brooklyn Republican-Conservative Marty Golden. In Nassau County, the apparent victory by Todd Kaminsky, a current member of the Assembly, over Republican Christopher McGrath, would give the Democrats a one-seat, mathematical edge in the 63-member Senate [ However, it should be noted that the “Republicans” in the majority have made deals with several Democrats to keep the GOP in control in the Chamber]. The outcome could determine which party controls the Senate, which now has 31 Democrats and 31 Republicans. There are almost 800 vo
tes separating Kaminsky from McGrath --- with all precincts in Nassau's 9th NYS Senate District reporting, Kaminsky led by just 780 votes, garnering 49.9 percent of the vote to McGrath's 48.8 percent.
REPUBLICAN-CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE W-A-A-A-A-A-Y BEHIND IN RACE FOR SHELLY SILVER’S SEAT
In lower Manhattan, Democrat Alice Cancel defeated three other candidates to win Silver's old seat in the 65th Assembly District. Cancel was a local Democratic leader, who worked in the office of the New York City Comptroller. She faced an unusually strong challenge from legislative staffer and Working Families Party candidate Yuh-Line Niou; and a not-so-strong challenge from the distant third-place finisher Republican-Conservative Lester Chang. Green Party candidate Dennis Levy came fourth in the race in the Deep South of Manhattan district.
The main interest of those in Southwest Brooklyn in that Manhattan race comes from the fact that the “Republican” in the scrum was thought to have had a chance to make a decent showing --- and Liam McCabe, the Conservative party activist, had taken a key role in the Lester Chang campaign. The way it looks neither Chang nor McCabe covered themselves in glory with this clunker.
AND THERE WAS ANOTHER BROOKLYN RACE
In Southeastern Brooklyn, Jaime Williams, a Democrat, prevailed over Republican-Conservative Jeffrey Ferretti.
Williams is the former chief of staff to Roxanne Persaud, who represented the district in the Assembly until she won a state Senate seat in last year's elections. The heavily Democratic 59th Assembly District is mostly in Canarsie; but it includes many other neighborhoods of southern Brooklyn, and some of its EDs are in areas represented by State Senator Martin Golden.