If you don’t get that word play then you didn’t go to school with Steve Saperstein --- or me…..
Steve Saperstein is stuck in a “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern” rut. Not to worry, Tom Stoppard was briefly stuck in the same rut; and he still emerged to become one of the great contemporary playwrights in the English language, if not the greatest
How can Steve gain some traction; and maybe get his campaign down the runway and airborne ?????
Steve starts out with a great education. And degrees, boy, does this lad have degrees !!! And solid background, boy, does this lad have a solid background !!!!!
And his first foray into politics, the City Council race against Chaim Deutsch --- not so great, but not shabby either --- maybe, some might even say, “Pretty good”…..
SO WHY IS STEVE HAVING A PROBLEM GETTING TRACTION IN THIS “WINNABLE” RACE FOR THE ASSEMBLY IN THE 46TH A.D. ???
I think it’s all about Steve’s having to carry so much intra-GOP baggage that belongs to everybody hanging around him in this race --- and perversely, also the intra-GOP baggage of the Republicans that won’t lift a finger for him as the GOP standard-bearer in the 46th A.D. race.
The Democrats are still locked in a bitter fight to select their nominee against Steve in the 46th. In spite of all that entails, it is easy to predict that the Democrats eventually will be more united in the 46th A.D. than the Republicans going forward to the general election in November.
HERE’S SOME OF THE BAGGAGE
Let’s start with the Gerry O’Brien and Bob Capano things. Even though, neither Gerry O’Brien nor Bob Capano are enrolled Republicans any longer, their shadows still loom very large over the Brooklyn GOP. I won’t get into all the “he-said-she-said” rigamarole, but there are two fault lines there. Minimally, those lines are routine trip hazards --- at worst, either are threats to become sites for “the big one” in a tectonic sense.
I’ve spoken to both Gerry and Bob about Steve --- many times (you can see how I had commented about Steve in 2017 and compare that to how I talk about him and his campaign lately --- draw your own conclusions). Both do speak well of him personally, and both say that they have separated amicably and that there is no kind of animus in their relationship(s). Then comes the “but”….. And in this instance I’d say it’s a lot closer to the “butt" in: “It’s gotta be the butt, Bob” (NB -- Bob Eubanks on the “Newlywed Game” -- not Bob Capano); neither Gerry nor Bob seem to like all the people who appear or claim to be “running” the Saperstein campaign in 2018; and the former Republicans really don’t like a lot of HOW they are running it for Steve. Enough said about all of that.
Almost certainly related to what I mentioned above is the big picture of the ongoing guerilla war between the Eaton and Golden factions in the Brooklyn GOP; note: the 46th A.D. is the epicenter of their still percolating conflict. On one side are all the Republican activists that now want Marty Golden to lose his State Senate seat in order to break his headlock on the Brooklyn GOP; and all the Republican and Conservative Party types that want to defend Marty at all costs, with no sacrifice too great. Almost certainly, Steve Saperstein will be one of those costs or sacrifices --- without a doubt Jerry Kassar has a special stiletto with Steve Saperstein’s name on it (just ask Lucretia…..). Since primary night, Marty has been so hungry for a deal, that he has been slobbering all over Frank Seddio’s, and Peter Abbate’s and Mark Treyger’s shoes --- and that doesn’t bode well for Steve.
Can anything be done to save Steve ?????
So, what can be done to save this fine young man, Steve Saperstein; and maybe even win this assembly seat ??? Well, frankly I don’t know, but I am open to suggestions…..