We were 'Kings' once
Nov 11, 2015 | 13185 views | 0 0 comments | 493 493 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

The recent election between outgoing Kings County GOP Chairperson Crain Eaton and State Senator Marty Golden for control of the party was the equivalent of two hyenas fighting over the dead carcass of a once-vibrant Kings County Republican Party decades ago. It is a repeat of the Queens County GOP situation.

The last Republican Brooklyn Borough President who also ran on the Fusion Party line was Lewis H. Pounds, who served from 1913-1917.

Based upon the State Board of Elections registration figures as of April 1, 2015 for 1,273,395 active voters, Brooklyn continues to evolve into an overwhelming Democratic Party bastion.

There are 909,734 Democrats versus 111,319 Republicans. The numbers make Republicans irrelevant in virtually all contests for public office.

Kings County Republicans haven't offered Democrats serious competition for public office in years with the lone exception of Bay Ridge. This neighborhood is represented by GOP Congressman Dan Donovan Golden and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis. The majority of voters represented by Donovan and Malliotakis reside in Staten Island.

Since the 1990's, party leadership gave up running real candidates with proper financing to challenge Democratic incumbents. They preferred living off the political patronage crumbs from Kings County Democrats in exchange for taking a dive. Democrats in return gave the few GOP officeholders a free ride.

In Kings County just as in Queens County, running as a Democrat or winning any Democratic Party primary is a sure bet to winning any general election.


Larry Penner

Great Neck

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