Wait a minute, there's Republicans in Brooklyn?
We here at Pol Position were under the impression that to spot a real live Republican here in New York City you had to venture to the nether-regions of Queens or (gasp!) cross the Verrazano Bridge or hop on the ferry and make your way to Staten Island, so it is with great shock that we finally discovered that there are Republicans living among us in Brooklyn as well.
See, we thought that Kings County politics was one big Democratic puppet show, but it turns out that there is something called the Brooklyn Young Republican Club, and they really aren't that much different from us or you.
In fact, the club is pretty active and apparently a thorn in the side of other Republican clubs throughout the state because of its penchant for independent thinking and tendency to go against the party bigs. Read what the New York Times had to say about the club:
“Their organization is respected and feared because its motives are unselfish, its conduct courageous, and its methods business-like. The club is not composed of men who make politics a trade, who seek in party service a passport to public position, or who endeavor to justify their fitness for office by manipulation of primaries or the packing of conventions. In fact, the club is an organized protest against the supremacy of just such persons in party politics.”
And that was published in 1882! At that time the group was refusing to endorse the nominations of their party for governor and lieutenant governor of New York State, rankling upstate Republicans.
Well, it appears the club is still up to the task of upsetting the proverbial apple cart.
According to a message posted on the club's website by President Jonathan Judge, the club's state charter was revoked and given to another Young Republican Club that has close ties with Brooklyn GOP leader Craig Eaton.
To make matters worse, the new club doesn't even have any glowing articles from the 19th century attesting to its legacy – in fact, the new club just held its first meeting about two weeks ago. Not exactly a storied history, but to be fair they could have accomplished a fair amount in a fortnight - we can't speak to the industriousness of the club leadership.
Judge's statement read in part:
“Throughout our organization’s history, we have never shied away from calling out the corruption and misdeeds in both parties, while organizing voters around principled candidates and common-sense solutions. The Brooklyn Young Republican Club believes that we need to put people before politics, good policy before patronage, and reform before the ‘go-along, get-along’ status quo. We pledge to continue our commitment towards those ends and welcome all young Republicans, Tea Party activists, and young Brooklynites fed up with a failed, do-nothing establishment to join us in this tremendous opportunity to make sure the job gets done right.”
We've really got nothing against Republicans here at Pol Position. No really, some of our best friends are Republicans, honest. Although, we do admit they can be a little hard to deal with and are a bit too aggressive at times - and they can't drive worth a lick - but no matter what side of the aisle you find yourself on, Pol Position thinks Judge espouses some refreshing political rhetoric that we can all get on board with.