Do they care --- one way or the other ???
Or is it >>> THEIR STRATEEGERY <<< to go after that part of the electorate that has been clambering for decades, “Why doesn’t anybody go after the Neo-Nazi – Fascist vote ?????”
Here’s the tepid lead in to the Brooklyn Eagle article about this very controversial upcoming GOP event: “Two luminaries of the far right wing — the president’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and controversial former presidential adviser Sebastian Gorka — will headline the Brooklyn Republican Party’s Spring Gala next month in the borough’s GOP stronghold….” (See “Donald Trump Jr., Sebastian Gorka to headline Brooklyn GOP gala’ by Paula Katinas, 4/23/18, Brooklyn Eagle [http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2018/4/23/donald-trump-jr-sebastian-gorka-headline-brooklyn-gop-gala]). However, the other side of the story was never that far away.
Starting with the her sub-headline, “… Hopeful Ridge Democrats are seeing red…”, Paula’s article got very interesting after about the halfway point, with this: “…. Gorka’s appearance at the dinner is making blue Democrats see red…. ‘Gorka has stoked Islamophobia and hatred of Muslims in this country. He … sees immigrants as enemies. His values are completely un-American,’ said lawyer Andrew Gounardes, one of two Democrats hoping to unseat Golden in the fall…. Gounardes will protest outside the May 16 event…. The other Democrat in the Golden race, Ross Barkan, also decried the GOP for inviting Gorka to Brooklyn. ‘It's not exactly surprising Brooklyn's Republicans would invite a foot soldier of hate to our borough,’ he said. ‘However, it’s still despicable and all Republicans involved in these efforts, including Marty Golden, should be ashamed of themselves.’…”
The Republicans’ riposte was very thin gruel, indeed, given the severity of the Democrats genuine outrage --- “…. Michael Tobman, a spokesman for the party, defended the high-profile party guests and dismissed the Democrats’ contention that the GOP is a fringe element in Brooklyn. 'The Brooklyn GOP is both contributing to current successes and building for the future,' he told the Eagle. Brooklyn is diverse and dynamic and the Brooklyn GOP reflects that energy.” ( I wonder if he wanted to add, ".... and that energy includes people that are comfortable with Neo-Nazis and Fascists..." among other things.....
AND THEN THERE WAS THIS INTRIGUING BIT:
UPDATE: After publication, the spokesman for the Brooklyn Republican Party, Michael Tobman, said, "Yesterday's story on an upcoming Brooklyn GOP fundraiser incorrectly implied that the party's Chairman, also an attorney, used his professional position and business contacts to facilitate obtaining speakers and special guests for the event. He did not."