Monday, April 24, 2017

Liam McCabe did something that a lot of people on the GOP side of things in Brooklyn don't do very often --- HE STEPPED UP --- AND --- HE STOOD OUT…..


Republican City Council candidate speaks out at left-Democrat "Resist" event, presented by something called "Fight Back Bay Ridge" *  ---  which was falsely billed as a "Town Hall" held at Marty Golden's Bay Ridge Manor



Maybe, some of you read my earlier comment about Liam McCabe’s latest exploits  ---  It was posted on the thread to the post immediately below  (See my 4/24/17 Comment, “UPDATE FROM LEFT FIELD: THE "HORATIO AT THE BRIDGE" EDITION”  to my 4/22/17 post  “The Reverend Khader El-Yateem is a candidate like we have never seen before).   In that comment I mentioned that I needed to do a more complete post about Liam McCabe’s going into the Democrats’ and other leftists’ den  and bearding their latest lion  ---  Well, here it is.


To the uninitiated, the latest in left-footed, left-leaning  “lions”  are these so-called “Town Halls” to express outrage aimed at incumbent Republican Congressmen in what some people conceive of as competitive districts.  In this case it was the “Town Hall” gathering of the clans last week at Marty Golden’s home ballfield,  the Bay Ridge Manor  ---  organized by something called  “ Fight Back Bay Ridge” [see more about that group below at " * "].  

Several reports about the April 19th meeting organized by  “Fight Back Bay Ridge”  told the tale of Liam McCabe standing up to bell the cat and tell everybody what was really afoot at the Bay Ridge Manor that night  (See  “Donovan constituents come together at community-organized town hall” by  Meaghan McGoldrick  [with photo of Liam McCabe at the event],  4/20/17,  Brooklyn Reporter   [http://brooklynreporter.com/story/donovan-constituents-come-together-community-organized-town-hall/];  “Sparks Fly Across The Aisle As Bay Ridge Hosts Town Hall In Lieu Of Congressman”  by  Carly Miller,  4/21/17,  brooklyner.com   [https://bklyner.com/sparks-fly-across-aisle-bay-ridge-hosts-town-hall-lieu-congressman/];  “Bay Ridgites host town hall for Donovan — who didn’t show" by Caroline Spivak, 4/24/17, The Brooklyn Paper [http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/40/17/br-donovan-fake-town-hall-2017-04-28-bk.html]). 

The most detailed and definitive report appears to have be the one that showed up on the blog, brooklyner.com [ it also showed a photograph of Liam McCabe while he was speaking at the ”Fight Back Bay Ridge event].   According to that report,  McCabe was  “….   ‘The only Republican in the room’…   But some feel that the event was lacking in healthy debate — and inclusion — from both sides of the aisle….   ‘They didn’t call anyone from the Republican world and didn’t have any panelists that represent our interests. It was more of a leftist pow wow or rally against Trump and Donovan,’ said Liam McCabe, a former aid to Donovan and a Republican City Council candidate.   This was an agenda-driven rally as opposed to a town hall.’   McCabe admits that Republican events don’t reach across the aisle either, and that’s something that needs to change….”

MC CABE’S OWN VERSION OF HOW IT WENT DOWN

Early on Monday,  I had a chance to talk to Mr. McCabe about the goings on at the Bay Ridge Manor.   He said that none of the reports so far gave a real taste of how things went down at the  “Bay Ridge Fights Back”  forum.

According to Liam, as soon as he was identified as a questioner,  which occurred rather late in the proceedings,  there were a variety of hoots, hisses, boos and catcalls by many of the attendees.   He said his question was simple and straightforward  ---  how many people there were Republicans and had even voted for Congressman Donovan or President Trump.   McCabe then told me that once he had asked his question,  some started shouting that he was only there to disrupt and distract from the criticism of his old boss,  Congressman Donovan.

Liam McCabe then made this assertion:   “I wasn’t there to distract or disrupt anything.  But,  I did want to make the point that the event had been billed as a “Town Hall” with elected officials,  and it was nothing of the sort….”   Then he said to me,  “It obviously was a left-wing partisan event to drive a particular anti-Donovan, anti-Republican narrative….”  He continued by saying,   It wasn’t a balanced or centrist event in any way;  and the only outreach was to and by leftist groups like the Bay Ridge Dems….”   Then he said the proof is in the record  ---  “Look at the extremist groups that the  ‘Bay Ridge Fights Back’ organizers listed as their  ‘co-sponsors’  and  ‘panelists.’…”

Liam McCabe also told me that It wasn’t until he was preparing to leave that two or three women came up to him and whispered their thanks for his being there and speaking up the way that he did.   One of the women said she too was a Republican and that the so called  “Town Hall”  was nothing like she had been told it would be.

LIAM MC CABE'S CLAIM ABOUT THE NATURE OF THE SO-CALLED "TOWN HALL" IS BACKED BY A PUBLICALLY REPORTED RECORD THAT SHOWS  ---  THIS PRESENTATION BY  “BAY RIDGE FIGHTS BACK”  WAS NEITHER FAIR AND BALANCED,   NOR WAS IT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE POLITICS OF THE MAJORITY OF THE BAY RIDGITES THAT IT PRETENDS TO REPRESENT

According to the Brooklyn Reporter article, cited above,  this so-called  “Town Hall” event was  >>>CO-SPONSORED <<<  by  “…   350 BK, the Alliance for Quality Education, the Arab-American Family Support Center, the Association of Muslim American Lawyers, CAIR New York, the Jericho Project, Metro New York Healthcare for All, the National Institute for Reproductive Health, the New York State Nurses Association, Staten Island for Change and Veterans for Peace Chapter 34….”   And the “…panelists included Jennifer Durkin, partner at Durkin & Puri, LLP; Danielle Castaldi-Micca, director of Governmental and Political Affairs for the National Institute for Reproductive Health; Kit Kennedy, director of the Energy and Transportation Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council; Tori Lyon, chief executive officer of the Jericho Project; and Andrea Shapiro, program coordinator for the Metropolitan Council on Housing….”

MCCABE SAYS HE WASN’T PULLING A STUNT EITHER  ---  HE SAYS,  “…  IT HAD TO BE DONE  …”

I put it to Liam,  was this a well-timed stunt or did he have a good reason to be at such a patently leftish agenda-driven forum only intended to benefit hard-core Democrats.

His answer seemed quite sincere;  and to many it might even border on the inspirational.   

Here’s how he answered me,  “I wasn’t there to defend my friend and old boss,  Dan Donovan.  At least not per se;  but my intent was to defend the Republican brand;  and in Bay Ridge,  that includes  Marty Golden,  Nicole Malliotakis  and  Dan Donovan.  Once I saw what was going down,  that my worst suspicions were right,  I had to speak up.   I might have made as many as 400 enemies,  but I think it had to be done….”  There  was a little more,   but nothing as good as that part.

Don’t get me wrong,  as far as I’m concerned,  Mr. Liam McCabe is far from a perfect Republican candidate for NY City Council or any other office at the present time.   However, more and more he’s showing that he is a real diamond in the rough.   It’s even possible that his time might be coming a lot sooner than I and many others would have thought.

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* Just who are the  “Fight Back Bay Ridge”  crowd ?
... And,  just what are they fighting against ?
  
A quick look at their Twitter site will tell and show you all that you need to know:   their logo is a raised fist above the word  “RESIST”;  their self-description is internally inconsistent, and minimally it is deceptive, if not an outright lie,   “…  Fight Back Bay Ridge@FightBackBR....   Fight Back Bay Ridge is a grassroots organizing group founded in November 2016 to mobilize in south Brooklyn for progressive action and localized support….”;   the rest is routine non-factual Democrat-liberal-progressive propaganda,  mostly in the form of Re-Tweets,  like our old friends the  “HRC Volunteers”  under their various names and styles.

More important that  “what”  they are fighting against is  “who”  they are fighting against  ---  That answer is simple and obvious  ---  THE  “WHO”  IS YOU,  and  THE  “WHAT”  IS  LOTS OF THE THINGS THAT YOU BELIEVE IN  ! ! !

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm DEFINITELY attending Liam's Meet and Greet Thursday night, April 27 at 7:00.

It will be held at the American Legion Post located at 345 78th Street in Bay Ridge.

Anonymous said...

Should be good. Liam's the only one with some fight in him!

Anonymous said...

Gail, you keep tweaking this article, I think that you keep burying the lead on this story. The big news is that Republican State Senator Martin Golden lent his family-owned and operated hall and the prestige of his elected office in an attack on a fellow Republican office-holder, Congressman Dan Donovan by a bunch of left wing fanatics.

Anonymous said...

Marty dont lend nothing

Anonymous said...

Everybody pays the Manor. Everybody.

Galewyn Massey said...

RESPONSE: THE "MARTY GOLDEN" EDITION

TO THOSE COMMENTERS ABOVE TALKING ABOUT MARTY GOLDEN AND MY POST

I DIDN'T BURY NO LEAD IN THIS POST


My sub-headline mentioned that the "Fight Back Bay Ridge" "Town Hall" was held at the Bay Ridge Manor; that's all that I know about it.....

Whatever nuances the commenters above want to discuss is their business; the story that I thought needed telling was about Liam McCabe and his moment in front of the adversary forces of evil in our midst.




Anonymous said...

Gail, isn't 'adversary forces of evil in our midst' a little harsh? It sure seems kind of dark.

Anonymous said...

yeah gale will you lighten up

all they want is free stuff

Anonymous said...

"McCabe also told me that it wasn’t until he was preparing to leave that two or three women came up to him and whispered their thanks for his being there and speaking up the way that he did."

This tale sounds strangely like the fable of Liam and the promise to his dad down by ye olde railroad tracks.

What a bunch of baloney ! ! !

Galewyn Massey said...

RESPONSE: THE "POSSIBLE AND PROBABLE, OR EVEN CREDIBLE AREN'T AT ISSUE" EDITION

TO: "ANONYMOUS SAID... AT 8:10 PM"

YOU ARE LIKE THE HARD GROUND IN THE PARABLE ABOUT THE SOWER AND THE SEEDS

What is your point ??? You clearly don't want to discuss slices of tubed meat, do you ???

YOU use the word "fable" --- I use the word "parable".....

Both of the things that Liam McCabe said, and to which you referred, are possible and, if you are a credulous sort, even probable. However, neither of Liam's accounts of either incident is particularly material or probative of anything material.

What you are missing is Liam's ability to be affirmatively evocative. His remarks often go well beyond "FACT" or "FICTION"; "YES" or "NO"; or even the "TRUE" or "FALSE" of things.

Liam McCabe often communicates about impressions and impulses; and when he does, he seems very genuine. That counts for a lot --- especially in politics.

Besides, fables can often stand for some very big truths --- just ask Aesop.....

Anonymous said...

Uhhmmm.... All righty Gale... Whatever you say

Anonymous said...

Is Bob still running?

Galewyn Massey said...

RESPONSE: THE "RIGHT ANSWER TO THE WRONG QUESTION" EDITION

TO: "ANONYMOUS SAID... AT 8:52 PM"

At this moment it's more important to talk about a DEMOCRAT that looks very much like he is still running for the 43rd District council spot, Kevin Peter Carroll.

The Paula Katinas article on that subject in the Brooklyn Eagle is one of those news anomalies; it doesn't seem like there was really anything new in it, other than an announced formal endorsement that probably surprised nobody (See "Dilia Schack endorses Carroll for City Council" by Paula Katinas, 4/27/17, Brooklyn Daily Eagle [http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2017/4/27/dilia-schack-endorses-carroll-city-council]).

Nonetheless, >>> I <<< have to say this isn't insignificant.....

With Dilia Schack stirring the pot a little for KPC, the exit of Peter Abbate from the city council race is confirmed; and "THE COUNTY" looks like it's moving its biggest stack of chips over to Carroll.

My Democrat contributors appear to be at odds about what I'm saying --- one thinks this is significant, another not-so-much --- but, since when do Democrats really know that much about what's really happening in their own party ???

The Democrat Primary for the 43rd Counc. Dist. nomination is shaping up into a real multi-dimensional horse race; BUT, WHAT'S UP WITH SOMEBODY BUYING A HOUSE ON STATEN ISLAND ???

Anonymous said...

Oh my sweet, patient Gale o mine. How often aghast I find myself with just how little you seem to comprehend. Here, come sit upon thy knee and let me educate thee...........Dilia Schack's endorsement is worthless. Dilia and her co-leader the dishonorable Mark Trebek are at odds because Trebek is supporting Nancy Tong. Dilia is supporting Kevin because Kevin has been giving her pedicures every Sunday for the past 5 years and Dilia wants to make her despondent daughter a Civil Court Judge. But last I heard the guards had removed Kevin's belt and shoelaces,, if you know what I mean. Therefore race now belongs to the anti-Israel Father Khadek Elyateem. As long as nobody finds out that he is in the process of buying a house on Staten Island I think he will pull off a major upset and then easily dispose of Johnny Boy Quaglione in the General Election contest and we can finally bring Sharia Law to Ridge Bolevard!

Anonymous said...

Dilias endorsement means Abbate is not running. That means something.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone heard from Craig Eaton lately? Him and Capano have fallen off the face of the earth.

Anonymous said...

Eaton is too busy trying to locate all of his one time supports who can equally be divided into those who moved away and those who are now supporting Teddy Ghorra

Anonymous said...

Word is Justin is dropping out and endorsing Carroll.

Galewyn Massey said...

RESPONSE: THE "FAKE NEWS" EDITION

TO MANY OF THE COMMENTERS ABOVE

LET'S LIFT THE DEBATE AS IF ON EAGLES WINGS

It's probably not a good idea to knock what is arguably a significant part of my product on this blog, but a few of my E-mails do indicate that some of the comments above are not factually sound. In fact, it is probably no secret that some are actually "fake news" about certain candidates that is coming directly from opponents or operators aligned with opponents of those candidates.

Let's all try harder to be proponents rather than opponents in the race for the 43rd Counc. Dist. nominations; and then do it again in the general election campaign.....

OR, to put it another way: "...to be affirmatively evocative..." like one of the candidates described by me in one of the comments above.....

Anonymous said...

Hey, anonymous at 323 and 618, I guess you dont go to the good events, and neither does Ghorra because I saw Eaton a lot the last few months. He still is going to all the events he went to while he was the chair for over 9 years...lets see I saw him at the Cathedral Club Dinner, the Heartshare Dinner, the Inner Circle Dinner, the St Finbar Dinner, the Fontbonne Hall Cigar Party....just to name a few..but funny, Ghorra wasnt at any of these events. Guess he is too busy going to the beauty salon on 3rd.

Getting serious now, as a Chairman, he must attend functions, he must be visible and he must be accessable. All three of these he is not. If he doesnt have the time, he shouldnt be the Chair - plain and simple. But in any event Marty and Gerry are the real GOP Chairman. Look at the Riley hiring at the BOE. He was an employee of Goldens for many years. Clearly this was a Golden hiring that Ghorra had no say in....

He told the press, he was consulted....he confused it with insulted. The only type of consultation he got was, WE ARE HIRING RILEY....THAT IS WHAT SIMON, (the other puppet) IS GOING TO DO...

Galewyn Massey said...

RESPONSE: THE "I WONDER - WONDER WHO, WHO-OOO-OOO, WHO WROTE TH[IS] BOOK..." EDITION

TO: "ANONYMOUS SAID... AT 5:34 PM"

"... TELL ME, TELL ME, TELL ME.... I'VE GOT TO KNOW THE ANSWER.... WAS IT SOMEONE FROM ABOVE...."


Everybody knows --- "... [In] (Chapter one [it] says to love 'em, love 'em with all your heart..."; but "... In chapter four you break up..." And wasn't there something more about --- "... But you give 'em just one more chance..."

Hmmmmm !!! "Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, who !!! Who wrote the ["book" in the comment above ???]"