Regular readers of this blog know about our observations of Jerry Kassar’s potshot at Dan Donovan, the Conservative Party endorsed Congressman from Staten Island and Brooklyn --- Now, this bit of --- BACKFILL --- a right-leaning group of several so-called “Republicans” have demonstrated in front of Donovan’s S.I. office --- ostensibly it was over Donovan’s suggeste “NO” vote on the GOP “Replace and Repeal” Bill
Simultaneously, battle lines in the upcoming GOP City Council primary contest reflect SOME of the divided loyalties with respect to the Congress-member from the 11th Cong Dist
FYI, Craig Eaton has told several of his associated GOP movers and shakers that he has personally assured Dan Donovan that he would --- "…do everything necessary inside the Brooklyn GOP…” to help Donovan in any feuds with State Senator Golden and the new court-appointed Republican leadership
According to a local press report appearing on-line --- “Two Saturdays after progressives on both sides of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge applauded Congressmember Dan Donovan for declaring that he would be voting against the now-defunct repeal and replacement plan for Obamacare, constituents on the other side of the aisle descended upon the pol’s Staten Island office to throw what they called a ‘betrayal party.’… The ‘party’ came just nine days after members of Staten Island 4 Change hosted what they called a “birthday party’ for Obamacare (which is now seven years old) that also served as a personal thank you to the pol for his commitment to vote down the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was pulled on Friday, March 24 (just one day after it was slated to be voted on by the House) due to lack of support (though a new version of the legislation is reportedly currently in the works)…. According to organizer and conservative grassroots activist Bobby Zahn, those in attendance at the ‘betrayal party’ felt that they were shorted by a congressmember they proudly elected….” (See “Republican protesters throw ‘betrayal party’ in response to Donovan’s would-be ‘no’ vote on Obamacare replacement” by Megan McGoldrick, 4/5/17, Brooklyn Reporter [http://brooklynreporter.com/story/republican-protesters-throw-betrayal-party-in-response-to-donovans-would-be-no-vote-on-obamacare-replacement/]).
Megan McGoldrick’s article goes on to say this, quoting Staten Islander, and former Donovan supporter and “Tea Party” activist, Bobby Zahn: “…. ‘There is a lot of anger at Dan, even from some of the people on the right that support his ‘no’ vote, but not for the reasons that he did it,’ said Zahn. ‘The bottom line is that Republicans ran on repealing and replacing Obamacare, and they’ve been running on that since 2010 when [former Congressmember] Michael Grimm was elected and now Dan has been elected on it. He voted on it in the past when it wasn’t going to make any sort of difference, so he made people believe he was a repealer. He swept his victory with a big margin, along with Donald Trump, in 2016, and a lot of us just feel like he let us down.’… Though the protest was held on April Fool’s Day, Zahn contended that local Republicans’ feelings on Donovan are no joke…. ‘Every one of us, no matter where we stand on [the AHCA], we know it’s not perfect,’ he said, ‘but there [was] nothing in it that warranted a “no” vote.’…”
OUR OWN COVERAGE OF DONOVAN’S PROBLEMS WITH FORMER SUPPORTERS AROSE OUT OF A JERRY KASSAR COLUMN
At the same time that Bobby Zahn’s protest was making news, Jerry Kassar had fired something that was more of a pot-shot than a warning shot at his own Conservative Party-supported Congressman --- that pot-shot was fully discussed in my own prior post on this blog (See my 4/3/17 post, “Donovan’s Crossing” below on this blog).
NOT LONG AGO, EATON TALKED ABOUT HIS SIDE’S SUPPORT OF DONOVAN AGAINST GOLDEN
A little while back, after a little feud blew up at a local diner between Golden & Quaglione, on one side, and Donovan & McCabe, on the other (also previously discussed on this blog) --- Craig Eaton mentioned that he had spoken to Congressman Donovan and promised his full support of Dan in any flap that might blow up with Marty (I have since heard other versions of that Eaton-Donovan compact from sources other than Eaton).