Bob Capano couldn’t be clearer than he was in his "The Right View" column in the current edition of Courier Life’s "Brooklyn Daily" --- “…. [T]his could be the year that the Marty Golden Era ends….”
There’s lots of simple meat and
potatoes in what the man of many hats,
Robert Capano, is serving up this
week as a Brooklyn columnist and a local political observer --- but
how far can all of that be from how he sees things going as the Reform Party’s
Brooklyn Chairman ???
The whole column is definitely worth a read, but Capano certainly bell’s Marty G’s cat with this: “… [R]ight now, Marty is weakened by a fractured Brooklyn GOP, thanks to his very public split with former Republican leader Craig Eaton, a former Community Board 10 chairman and well-respected civic activist. A united Brooklyn Republican Party would be an asset to Marty this year…. On top of that are the 67-year-old Golden’s recent missteps. He referred to then-Council candidate Justin Brannan as ‘fat boy’ during an endorsement event for his deputy chief of staff in that race. In December, he was accused of impersonating a police officer in order to get a bicyclist to move out of a bike lane his car was driving through. In 2012, after intense criticism, Marty’s office had to cancel an etiquette class he scheduled for women to help them to ‘walk up and down stairs elegantly’ and ‘sitting, standing, and walking like a model.’ Finally, Marty recently axed a long-time aide for sharing Facebook posts comparing a survivor of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting and gun control advocates to Hitler and Nazis. Put it all together and you may have a perfect storm that could lead to the end of the ‘Golden Era.’…” (See “Is the ‘Golden Era’ coming to an end? by Bob Capano, 4/11/18, Courier Life’s Brooklyn Daily [www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2018/15/all-right-view-marty-golden-2018-04-13-bd.html]).
BOB SAYS LOTS OF GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE DEMS’ CANDIDATES
Bob didn’t just limit himself to negative observations about “MARTY”….. He also had some good things to say about Steve Gounardes and Ross Barkan. It pretty much went like this:
“…. Democratic opponents are more aggressive than ever, having been boosted by the truckload of negative press Marty has been hit with. And it doesn’t hurt that many political wonks agree that the district, made up predominantly of Democrats to begin with, has tilted further to the left since 2012…. Throwing his hat in the ring for a second time, Andrew Gounardes, who received 42 percent of the vote when he ran against Golden in 2012, is the strongest Democratic challenger. Gounardes has raised more than $114,000 according to the last financial filing, is the Brooklyn Borough President’s counsel, has a respected civic record, and is a son of Bay Ridge’s large Greek-American community. Journalist Ross Barkan is also scheduled to run, setting up a primary that could, at the very least, get both of their names out there… Now that the Democratic schism has been healed, if two special state Senate elections on April 24 go to the Democrats, the chamber will have 31 Democrats, 31 Republicans, and one Simcha Felder, who caucuses with the GOP. But if state Dems also sense Gounardes has a chance to win, expect a huge influx of money and manpower into his campaign….”
*As used in the title of this post above, “THROW-DOWN” refers to the phrase "To throw down the gauntlet", which means to issue a challenge. In medieval times a knight would throw his armored glove, or gauntlet, at the feet of another knight to challenge him to combat. If the knight took up the gauntlet he accepted the challenge.