After emphasizing that he is not in direct competition with Justin Brannan --- Bob Capano turns around and goes after >>> Justin Brannan
“CAPANO SLAMS DEM CANDIDATE BRANNAN FOR GOING TO
WORK FOR GENTILE AFTER HE LEAVES DE BLASIO TO RUN FOR COUNCIL” -- Bob Capano
E-mail press release
Lately, there has been a lot of back and forth about Bob Capano’s fund raising effort showing relative weakness --- especially when compared to the very big haul by Democrat Justin Brannan in his early fundraising.
Some commenters had been quick to point out, in defense of Mr. Capano, that comparisons to Mr. Brannan’s fundraising were not apt, because Bob Capano was not yet in direct competition with Justin Brannan; and that Brannan was gearing up for his own possibly difficult primary fight with people like Peter Abbate and Kevin Peter Carroll, and even some other notable Democrats from the Asian and Arab communities. These Capano supporters argued that before any race against an, as yet unidentified, Democratic Party nominee, Capano was in his own intra-party fight with Republicans John Quaglione and Will/Liam McCabe; as a result, any fair fund raising comparisons should only be vis a vis Capano’s Republican opponents.
CAPANO SHIFTS HIS AIM AWAY FROM REPUBLICAN PRIMARY ADVERSARIES AND TOWARD A SINGLE DEMOCRAT IN A LARGER FIELD OF DEMOCRATS
Capano’s latest press release targeted Democrat Justin Brannan with stuff like this: “CAPANO SLAMS DEM CANDIDATE BRANNAN FOR GOING TO WORK FOR GENTILE AFTER HE LEAVES DE BLASIO TO RUN FOR COUNCIL…. CAPANO: ‘THIS IS EXACTLY WHY VOTERS ARE TIRED OF POLITICAL INSIDERS’ ”
Here are the guts of the Capano attack on Brannan: “…. Today, Bob Capano, the leading Republican candidate for Brooklyn's 43rd Council District (Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst) and staunch supporter of the NYPD, slammed Democratic candidate Justin Brannan for quietly taking a job in the office of Councilman Vincent Gentile shortly after he left a patronage position with Mayor de Blasio. Councilman Gentile is term limited out of office this year…. Capano, a Bay Ridge resident who manages a business in the private sector stated, ‘This is exactly why voters are tired of political insiders like Justin Brannan. I am not sure if Mr. Brannan left his position with Mayor de Blasio voluntarily because he understood the political risks of being associated so closely with his mentor, or if he was forced to leave because he was running his campaign from City Hall on the taxpayers' dime. Either way, you do not have to be a rocket scientist to know that Gentile gave Brannan a wonderful Valentine's gift by allowing him to continue to collect a government salary while he campaigns. The councilman's office should be used to help constituents, not serve as a launching pad for a political campaign.’… According to a Facebook post by the Commodore Barry Club of Brooklyn, on February 6, 2017 ‘Justin Brannan, Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs for Councilman Gentile, installed the Commodore Barry Club Officers for 2017.'..."
CAPANO’S LATEST RELEASE STEPS ON HIS PRIOR DEFENSES AND REVIVES THE NEGATIVE IMPLICATION THAT BRANNAN IS WAY AHEAD OF CAPANO – AT LEAST WHEN IT COMES TO $$$$ IN THE BANK
One Republican wag recently went down a laundry list of problems that he saw with the early campaign of Bob Capano. At the top of his list was a lack of a recognizable strategy as to how to obtain the GOP nomination and then win in November against whomever the Democrats choose as their candidate Close behind that was his strong belief that Bob Capano had made a big mistake by not emphasizing fund raising in his early campaign --- specifically that wag mentioned the negative aspect of any comparison of Capano’s early fund raising to that of Justin Brannan.
By shifting his campaign’s focus to Brannan, Capano has only succeeded in re-shifting EVERYBODIES’ attention to direct comparisons of Capano and Brannan. Without getting too far into the weeds on this, to date it appears that Justin Brannan has raised about five times (5X) the money raised by Bob Capano. Equally important, Brannan’s donations are largely small and local --- easily qualifying for the big multiplier of “matching funds.” So far, Bob hasn’t reached that plateau (and he has repeatedly assured some of his more skeptical supporters that he will easily reach that level in his >>>NEXT<<< round of fund raising).
So far we can only compare what Brannan has done already with stuff that Bob promises that he will get done some time in the future.