The Brooklyn GOP’s Strategy For a Storobin Victory

david storobin presser The Brooklyn GOPs Strategy For a Storobin Victory

David Storobin at a recent rally. (Photo: Colin Campbell)

With the Democratic dominance politics in the five boroughs, a decade in the City Council, the support of Brooklyn’s powerful Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club and a huge fundraising advantage, conventional wisdom is that Lew Fidler is the “overwhelming favorite” against David Storobin in the special election to fill convicted former State Senator Carl Kruger’s seat in Brooklyn’s 27th District, but members of the Brooklyn GOP, who describe themselves as the “boots on the ground” in Mr. Storobin’s campaign think their man has a chance to win.

“It’s a horse race, it’s a definite horse race and whoever works the hardest is going to win, and I think we’re going to outwork the democrats,” Gene Berardelli, vice chairman of the Kings County Republican Committee told The Politicker.

Only about a month after it began, the race between Mr. Storobin and Mr. Fidler is quickly shaping up to be one of the city’s most intense political battles with insults and accusations flying back and forth. The Brooklyn GOP believes Mr. Storobin can emerge victorious because of the district’s large Orthodox Jewish and Russian populations.

“The dynamics of the community that the 27th District includes, you have the Orthodox Jews, a large Russian community. You have to think about these things,” Brooklyn Young Republicans Vice President Eugene Pevzner said. “You can’t just write that off.”

Russell Gallo, President of the Brooklyn Young Republicans and a District Leader in Southern Brooklyn, said the impact of the Russian community on this race has been underestimated because Russian immigrants in the area haven’t always registered to vote.

“I do think they’re underrepresented voter enrollment-wise and the Democrats know what’s coming when it comes to this,” Mr. Gallo said. “When they register, to vote and they get politically involved, they’re leaning Republican.”

Brooklyn GOP volunteers are focusing their efforts on registering Russian immigrants.

“There is a hunger there to be politically active and politically motivated, mainly because they come from a culture where they were discouraged from any type of participation,” Mr. Berardelli said. “Now that they’re here, they want to exercise their rights and they’re coming out in droves.”

The Kings County Republicans believe Mr. Storobin’s Russian heritage will help him appeal to that community.

“A lot of the older Russian people, not even necessarily older, but who immigrated here, you know, they see this young successful man, they seem him as their son,” Mr. Pevzner said. “He came to this country, he worked hard, went to school, got an education, became a successful attorney. They see the work ethic and they really think that, if he gets elected, he can take that to Albany.”

They also expect his conservative positions on issues like gay marriage, business regulation and taxes to connect with Russian and orthodox Jewish voters.

“His values are the values of that community,” Mr. Gallo said. “That community is very conservative. Lew Fidler, on the other hand, he has some very liberal positions and, as that area gets to know Lew Fidler, they will be going to David Storobin in droves.”

Mr. Gallo also believes the Russian community has a special connection to the Republican Party.

“The immigrants from the Soviet Union or the former Soviet Union that are coming here, they have a very vivid recollection of Ronald Reagan and what he did, so a lot of them are naturally leaning Republican when they get here from the beginning, before we even have to convince them of anything,” he said.

Brooklyn’s GOP activists also say Republican Congressman Bob Turner’s victory in the special election to replace Anthony Weiner after his naked photo scandal showed the 27th District is fertile ground for potential victories by conservative politicians.

“There are people on the other side and in the media, frankly as well, that’ll look at a Board of Elections statistic of registered voters in the area with their preconceived notions of what the demographics usually do or have done in the past,” Mr. Berardelli said. They draw conclusions that are not accurate, 66 percent of Bob Turner’s win came from the Brooklyn piece of the district where Storobin’s running now.”

Mr. Gallo said he believes Mr. Turner’s win shows Mr. Storobin “could even be favored.”

“If you look at certain statistics, you could make the argument, I believe, that David could even be favored in this race,” Mr. Gallo said. “There’s no way you could look at Bob Turners results in the very same area, who was an Irish Catholic, and not say David Storobin doesn’t have a chance in this area.”

Whatever happens, one thing that’s certain is that the Brooklyn GOP will continue aggressively working on Mr. Storobin’s behalf.

“We’re going to be the guys knocking on everybody’s door annoying everybody, and handing out literature, and delivering signs, and filling the calling banks,” Mr. Berardelli said.

Comments

  1. Republican In-fighter says:

    Some points need to be made about any effort by the Brooklyn G.O.P. on behalf of the Strorobin campaign.  The Brooklyn Republican Party has  a notoriously weak organization and party apparatus, whose numbers hardly exceed the few individuals with guady title that were  quoted in this article. There is very little  Brooklyn Republican presence in the Orthodox Jewish and Russian immigrant communities in the 27th Senatorial District that is separate and apart from David Storobin’s own closest supporters and personal friends.  In fact there has been a lot of internal bickering in the Strorbin specifically caused by the very lean pickings  coming to the Storobin effort from the  Brooklyn Organization Republicans.  

    Also the local media in the Russian community is not supporting Mr. Storobin for various reasons.  Also, several of Mr. Storobin’s extreme veiws have caused a stir among the Russian expatriots, not the least of which are his strongly expressed and very positive views of the regime of Vladmir Putin. Having  Russian community media support was a key element of Congressman Bob Turner’s success among the voters in that community.   

    1. Fact Finder says:

      Would that include some who claim to be Republicans who are actually helping Lew Fidler in this race by sitting on there hands or just blogging away and throwing stones while the real Republicans are on the ground.

      Like Lucretia Regina Potter female district leader of the 49th Assembly District which is included in the 27th Senate district?

      How about Peter Cipriano former candidate of the 49th Assembly District?

      Former Democratic state senate candidate James McCall, didn’t he once upon a time try for the transgender vote in a Boro Park based district, maybe it’s a good thing he’s relegated to blogging anonymously.

      Former one term assemblyman turned tax-cheat Arnaldo Ferraro?

      David Weprin and Tony Avella donor turned Democratic patronage hack Jonathan Judge, who by the way was spotted at an event Lew Fidler spoke at?

      I could go on but no need to waste time on those who call themselves Republicans but are really Democrats.

      1. RosemG1951 says:

        All of that is a very old and warmed over rant about “the usual suspects” among the Brooklyn Republican Opposition to the regime of Kings County Republican [anything but “Leader”] Craig Eaton.

        How about addressing what was said about the Brooklyn Republican Organization’s very weak beer contribution to the Storobin campaign.

      2. Fact Finder says:

        Would that also include the same old anonymous commenter former Democratic State Senate candidate James McCall, the same anonymous commenter who has blogged against Republican candidate after Republican candidate while in his own failed recent run for office tried to get the transgender vote in a Borough Park district, while kissing up to some of the most liberal Democratic district leaders in recent memory?

        How did that work out again, for ya?Can Lucretia Regina Potter address the comments that she has used her position to stand idle for Republican candidate after Republican candidate while endorsing Democratic candidates in recent elections?Maybe that’s why her former co-leader hit the bricks and moved far away from the Bensonhurst cabal and it’s rudderless regime. If Lucretia Regina Potter is about unity and helping the Republican party than she should get her club members, the few that are left in the 49th Assembly district to march over to help the Republican candidate win a crucial senate seat, David Storobin at his office.However we all know Lucretia’s above helping Republicans, then again hearing Lucretia’s voice or having her knock on a few doors would probably warrant the calling of the police and cost David Storobin the election.

        Last but not least it’s good to know she and Jim McCall are throwing stones, there probably better at that then all there runs for political campaigns combined.

      3. The Brooklyn Republican Whip says:

        Your premises are false and “your facts” aren’t facts at all.
        To reiterate: You haven’t addressed the charge that the Brooklyn Republican Party has  a notoriously weak organization and party apparatus, whose numbers hardly exceed the few individuals with guady titles that were  quoted in this article,  probably one of whom is you

      4. Fact Finder says:

        You mean sort of like how your on “defense” and you have no “facts” at all.

        To reiterate: You haven’t address the following charges that.

        Lucretia Regina has used her position to stand idle for Republican candidate after Republican candidate while endorsing Democratic candidates in recent elections?

        Which would also include now ally Peter Cipriano, (How long with that last), Lucretia even ran a campaign under the orders of her good friend assemblyman Peter Abbate against him after the 2010 primary.

        Again If Lucretia Regina Potter is all about unity and helping the Republican party than she should get her club members, the few that are left in the 49th Assembly district to help the Republican candidate win a crucial senate seat, David Storobin. 

        If Lucretia Regina Potter is all about unity then why in her role as district leader did she fail to reach out to anyone but Italians.

        Maybe that’s why Lucretia is only advocating for an Italian majority assembly district.

        You can always go over the bridge, Lucretia there’s a seat open.

        However once again we all know Lucretia’s above helping Republicans, then again hearing Lucretia’s voice on the phone or having her knock on a few doors would probably warrant the calling of the police and cost David Storobin any chance of winning the upcoming special election. 

        Once again last but not least it’s good to know the likes of Lucretia Regina Potter and Jim McCall are throwing stones since there probably better at that then all there runs for political campaigns combined. 

      5. Republican In-fighter says:

        Same old — same old from the failed Eaton-Gallo-Berardelli Republicans since 2009. Three years of disorganization and decline — and all the good staff spots in Brooklyn going to the Conservative Party and independent Republicans because  Turner, Grimm and Golden know they do more and count for more.  btw, see the comment by “The Brooklyn Republican Whip” above — yuh gotta luv it.

      6. Fact Finder says:

        You mean like the same old-same old from the Lucretia Regina Potter–Arnaldo Ferraro-James McCall now Peter Cipriano-Karen Fissure Democrats since probably forever.

        Speaking of which why won’t Lucretia answer the charges good, honest, real Republicans have brought to discussion here..
        Years and years of disorganization, years and years of blogging instead (you can really tell by just looking at them, well that is a hideous sight) 0f pounding the pavement, and all the good jobs period going to qualified people period.Though it does make you wonder what jobs do Cipriano, Fissure, and Potter hold again, McDonald’s is hiring guys, and how does McCall still hold his again?Btw, see the comment by “The Colonial Gardener’s Whip” above-yuh gotta luv it.

      7. The Brooklyn Republican Whip says:

        Just give us the numbers ….
        total Brooklyn GOP volunteers for Strobin…. total KCRP Executive Members working as Storobin volunteers…. State Committee Members with EDs in the 27th S.D. that have not  volunteered or contributed services to  Mr.  Storobin….

      8. Republican In-fighter says:

        So far, it only looks like Russell Gallo and a few of his “people” in 47th are the entire Brooklyn GOP “boots on the ground” effort for David Storobin…

      9. The Brooklyn Republican Whip says:

        That’s hardly the “all in” effort described above by Gallo, Berardelli and Pevzner

      10. The Brooklyn Republican Whip says:

        Just give us the numbers ….
        total Brooklyn GOP volunteers for Strobin…. total KCRP Executive Members working as Storobin volunteers…. State Committee Members with EDs in the 27th S.D. that have not  volunteered or contributed services to  Mr.  Storobin….

      11. Contact says:

         So that there will be no misunderstanding, and in order to
        clarify the erroneous guessing and conclusions of some people, the Leadership
        of the 49th Assembly District has not received any information or
        invitation to participate in the Special Election campaign of Mr. Storobin for
        the 27th Senate District seat. This should not be interpreted that
        the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization would not like to have another
        Republican Senator from Brooklyn. On the contrary, we could have assisted the Republican
        candidate for this seat in the four election districts of the 27th
        SD within the 49th AD.  We
        understand very well why we have not been contacted, but that is a decision
        made by the Storobin campaign and the Kings County Republican Party leadership.
        Once again, this is another blatant example of the lack of organization and
        unity in the Brooklyn GOP. Good Luck Mr. Storobin!

        Lucretia Regina-Potter
        Republican District Leader 49AD

      12. Dr. Doolittle says:

        I would like to know why time and time again Lucretia Regina Potter sat idly as a district leader for Republican candidate after candidate.

        After all she is a 47 year old unemployed homemaker, the kids are out of school now, and the family business is making a pretty penny now that they sold space to the Chinese.

        Lucretia I thought you were all about the Italians?I guess I have answered my own question though.At the end of the day Lucretia Regina Potter’s days are numbered, she basically said that last month in her broken English tirade which probably be had to be translated.However, I just have one question for Lucretia.Stars and Stripes club or the Shorefront Dems?Stay tuned.

      13. Fact Deliverer says:

         Well Fact Finder, “ask and you shall receive”. I wonder if Mr. Storobin has even asked those individuals for their help. Oh wait I can answer that: he hasn’t!

    2. The Brooklyn Republican Whip says:

      Since the interview with Gallo, Berardelli, and Pevzner in the article above, a stunning report has emerged about the Brooklyn GOP regime of Craig Eaton and it’s relationship to the David Storobin campaign. In spite of the strong personal endorsement of Mr. Eaton which appeared in Gene Berardelli’s Brooklyn GOP Radio blog on January 10th, it’s been reported by Gatemouth that “… a top member of the Brooklyn GOP [stated] pointblank that the GOP thought it had no chance to beat Fidler with Storobin, but were going to spend a lot of money on the race to soften Fidler up for November [2012], by which time the district lines would be redrawn to their advantage. [The GOP wants] to tear Fidler down and hold him below 60%. [Gatemouth’s GOP source said further] It’s going to be a mudfest….” [From “Room 8 – New York Politics” on 2-16-12 by Gatemouth in “Gatemouth Calls Bull—-“]. That might explain a lot of what’s happened and not happened in the Storobin Campaign vis a vis the Brooklyn GOP “Organization” under Eaton and operated by Berardelli and Gallo. It also might explain why Storobin’s GOP handlers have kept him off of substantive issues, like family values, and on the personal attack material that has dominated this campaign .

      1. Colonial Gardener's Whip says:

        Just a thought here did James McCall anonymous commenter and former Democratic state senate candidate, the same James McCall who when it came to social and family issues campaigned hard for the transgender vote in a Boro Park based district, how did that work again by the way post his latest anti-Republican tirade on or off the tax-payers dime.

        $95,000 a year of tax-payer bloggings not exactly conservative there Jim.

        However, one does wonder why would former Democratic candidates blog anything pro-Eaton, or pro-Republican.

        Old blogging habits die hard Jim, sadly for tax-payers it burns a hole in there pockets.
         

      2. The Brooklyn Republican Whip says:

        The issue is simple — don’t quibble and evade.  If there is any Brooklyn GOP under the “leadership” of Craig Eaton, with “boots on the ground”, Russell Gallo and Gene Berardelli, if it’s behind the Storobin Campaign, where has  it been and where is it now ?????????? 

        btw, I have personally confirmed that there was a  “a top member of the Brooklyn GOP” who did make the statement above  to Gatemouth on January 13th.  When I specifically confronted that  “top member of the Brooklyn GOP”,  he or she  said that at least two or three other Brooklyn GOP leaders could have made the statement — then he or she specifically mentioned  “Craig Eaton” by name.  Could the other two have been Russell Gallo and Gene Berardelli?????  

      3. Colonial Gardener's Whip says:

        Speaking of quibbling, and evading which our very old anonymous blogger does, on the job or off the job on or off tax-payers expense to be determined.

        However, when it comes to boots on the ground just where is Lucretia Regina-Potter, Jonathan Judge, James McCall, Peter Cipriano, and Karen Fissure?

        Hey wasn’t Arnaldo Ferraro an assemblyman once upon a century ago.

        But you know I also can personally confirm there was a “top member of the Fiorello LaGuardia” club who did make a statement at the Storobin HQ that these names above are all supporting “Lew Fidler”- then when further discussed just what there plan was….

        To personally attack “Craig Eaton”, “Russell Gallo” who by the way gave $800 to the Storobin campaign, how much did any of the figures mentioned give again? Oh that’s right “Zero” which amounts to there political careers and “Gene Berardelli” as much as possible under the order from “Lew Fidler” and “Peter Abbate” because that’s just what Democrats do…

      4. The Brooklyn Republican Whip says:

        Can you give a precise name of the maker, date when it was made  and time of the day of the statement referred to along with  your  personal confirmation contained in your  comment above, as follows:  “…  I also can personally confirm there was a ‘top member of the Fiorello LaGuardia’  club who did make a statement at the Storobin HQ that these names above are all supporting “Lew Fidler”- then when further discussed just what there plan was….” 

        Really, I’m afraid that  nobody will believe you without more details……….  

      5. Colonial Gardener's Whip says:

        Can you personally give me a precise name of the maker, date, when it was made and time of the day of the statement referred to along with your personal confirmation contained in the comment above, as follows: ”
        I have personally confirmed that there was a  “a top member of the Brooklyn GOP” who did make the statement above  to Gatemouth on January 13th.  When I specifically confronted that  “top member of the Brooklyn GOP”..

        Actually I am going to do that favor for you.

        The man who’s worked against not one, not two, but three candidates endorsed by Craig Eaton and the Brooklyn GOP.

        Gerald M. O’Brien, 30 year friend of James McCall’s.

      6. The Brooklyn Republican Whip says:

        Of course you “answered” a question with a question, which isn’t a quibble, but is an evasion… and as I said  nobody will believe you about the LaGuardia Club nonsense…

      7. Colonial Gardener's Whip says:

        We don’t want to have tax-cheat Arnaldo Ferraro and unemployed homemaker Lucretia Regina-Potter’s low-level Bensonhurst thugs to have to come after that person in the LaGuardia club leadership who mentioned to us about there open support for Lew Fidler-but thanks again for the quick response.

      8. The Brooklyn Republican Whip says:

        More likely you just made it up, just like all the rest of the Gallo, Pevzner, Berardelli nonesense that’s all over this post and comments

      9. Fact Finder says:

        You mean sort of like how Cipriano, Fissure, Potter, McCall, and Judge make up there own nonsense that has been exposed in this post and in comment after comment?

        Most likely you still never answered our facts and never will.

      10. Republican Wag says:

        Our inquiries indicate that when  Gerald M. O’Brien was specifically asked about the Gatemouth material he denied it, without reservation or equivocation —  so I guess you’re  WRONG  about that — but  thanks for playing

      11. Colonial Gardener's Whip says:

        Good to know the Lew Fidler campaign,  I mean Gerry O’Brien is on defense, I guess you have not read “City Hall News”- so I guess you’re WRONG about that- but thanks for playing.

      12. Republican In-fighter says:

        Maybe this  just proves that another one of Craig Eaton’s  Brooklyn GOP Republican “insiders” may be supporting Lew Fidler

      13. Colonial Gardener's Whip says:

        Or maybe it just proves as the saying goes once a “Democrat” always a “Democrat”.

        Right, Jim.

      14. Colonial Gardener's Whip says:

        Good to know the Lew Fidler campaign,  I mean Gerry O’Brien is on defense, I guess you have not read “City Hall News”- so I guess you’re WRONG about that- but thanks for playing.

      15. The Brooklyn Republican Whip says:

        Berardelli really should follow-up on his initial research, like calling  O’Brien and asking him what’s what.   If he did ,he’d know that  O’Brien’s $500 charge was for photographic work  and O’Brien says he had done similar work for Storobin.

      16. The Mouse in Kassar's Hair says:

        Wake up “Colonial Gardner’s Whip”!  It’s the quick or the dead!  This is old news….maybe by the same person “Martin From Brooklyn” who posted a similar comment concerning chatter among Senator Martin Golden’s staffers and  a circulated memo by somebody whose identity would “shock and scare  most GOPers in Brooklyn”.   That was item was over a month ago on 1/16/12 as a comment to “GOP: Let’s turn southern Brooklyn red!” Daniel Bush’s January 16, 2012 article/post  in , “Courier Life’s – Brooklyn Daily”

  2. The Brooklyn Republican Whip says:

    Does what appears in this blog and the war of words that follows it about the Brooklyn Republican Organization contribution to the campaign of  Republican Candidate David Storobin make it look like The Brooklyn Republican Party under Chairman Craig Eaton has either the strategy or the capacity to deliver any kind of victory anywhere?
     
    Look at how quickly and completely “Fact Finder” and “Colonial Gardiner’s Whip” (Gallo and/or Berardelli) got way off their message of the supposed “Brooklyn GOP[ ] Strategy For a Storobin Victory” ….

    The whole exercise at this site after the Brooklyn GOP  propaganda message  about  helping David Storobin was first exposed as a fraud by “Republican In-fighter” betrayed the actual priamry agenda of  Eaton’s regime and his toadies — attack and malign any and all critical voices among the Independent Republican Caucus of the KCRP and its allies among the only real Brooklyn Young Republican Club, the one led  by its President Glenn Nocera and its Board Chairman Jonathan Judge. To the Brooklyn GOP under Eaton, Gallo and Berardelli, internal GOP  discipline trumps all other goals, including electing David Storbin State Senator in the 27th S.D.

    Eaton and his very very small cadre of  extremists and personality cultists actually has tricked Mr. Storobin, Storobin’s followers and possibly the NYS GOP into thinking something real would be done for Mr. Storobin by the Brooklyn GOP.  After the first month of the campaign, the  Storobin supporters at Storobin headquarters have done their headcount of Brooklyn GOPers — it doesn’t jibe with what Gallo, Berardelli and Pevzner said in the post above.

  3. Storobin Supporter says:

    To the Republican District Leaders,

    Get your ass helping David Storobin.  David will be the next elected State Senator, and he will know where his votes come from. 

    The absurd policy of not helping until being asked for help that the DL in the 49th has is a clear violation of the volunteer requirements of being a DL.  If you have just 5 ED’s, then you should round up your team like you did for MIke Grimm, and make it happen.

    The 47th is full of propaganda.  Their volunteers should be focusing in the 47.  Win the 47 for David, nobody cares about James McDonald. 

    The 41?  Is Gladdys on vacation again?  A little reminder:  Bob Turner lost Brooklyn in 2010 primarily because of Gladdys superb 41 District Leader capabilities.  Anthony T. is part of Golden’s volunteer team.  He isn’t leading the 41.

    Pinkus?  Surprised his name is not endorsing Fidler.  Pinkus is supporting Davidzon Radio.

    Then there is the 59.  A married old couple that doesn’t even know what the word politics means. 

    David will look at the % results, and Dvaid will remember the district leaders pulling their weight

    1. The Brooklyn Republican Whip says:

      Don’t leave out somebody who thinks of himself as “The Republican County Leader”, the KCRP Chairman Craig Eaton.  If anybody has been AWOL in this effort to get Republican Party “Boots on the Ground” it’s Eaton, personally.

      More than even Gallo and Berardelli, (with the possible esception of one other key ReEpublican person in Brooklyn [ more about that at another time]) nobody deserves “The Brooklyn Republican Whip” as much as Craig Eaton.

      1. Stones says:

        Don’t you think it is odd that “Storobin
        Supporter” conveniently left out the district leaders of the 46? Doesn’t
        Storobin live in the 46?  The 46 shouldn’t be throwing stones if they keep making deals with Assemblyman Alex.

    2. Someoneelse says:

      Gene B can’t win his own vote.  Fat chance he can win his ED.

  4. Characterization says:

    If character counts, why does Mr. Storobin say things like he did in the Hamodia interview.  He said that he is the first immigrant from the former Soviet Union to run for elective office. What about his own assemblyman, Brook-Krasny?

    He also said that the claims of his associations with right wingnuts like the skinheads happened after Fidler got some negative polling.  Does he have any proof of that?

    Why does Hamodia say that David Storobin is from near Pinsk in Belorussia after interviwing him, when the New York Times says he’s from Makhachkala  near Chechnya after interviewing him?  Those places are not near each other.

  5. Characterization says:

    If character counts, why does Mr. Storobin say things like he did in the Hamodia interview.  He said that he is the first immigrant from the former Soviet Union to run for elective office. What about his own assemblyman, Brook-Krasny?

    He also said that the claims of his associations with right wingnuts like the skinheads happened after Fidler got some negative polling.  Does he have any proof of that?

    Why does Hamodia say that David Storobin is from near Pinsk in Belorussia after interviwing him, when the New York Times says he’s from Makhachkala  near Chechnya after interviewing him?  Those places are not near each other.

  6. Characterization says:

    If character counts, why does Mr. Storobin say things like he did in the Hamodia interview.  He said that he is the first immigrant from the former Soviet Union to run for elective office. What about his own assemblyman, Brook-Krasny?

    He also said that the claims of his associations with right wingnuts like the skinheads happened after Fidler got some negative polling.  Does he have any proof of that?

    Why does Hamodia say that David Storobin is from near Pinsk in Belorussia after interviwing him, when the New York Times says he’s from Makhachkala  near Chechnya after interviewing him?  Those places are not near each other.