“We pride ourselves on always getting our candidates on the ballot,” boasted a Brooklyn Republican leader in conversation recently.
“Ok, but after all that effort, what about after they get on the ballot?” I asked.
“Oh, c’mon, it’s not like any of these people are going to win anyway!” he exclaimed.
“So what’s the point in getting people on the ballot who you know are just going to lose and when no one really is going to do anything about that?” That question remained unanswered.
This brief exchange reveals a lot of about the unfortunate mentality of the current Brooklyn Republican Party leadership, and that of many other Republican leaders throughout the state when it comes to petitioning.
In fact, I was told that, at one petitioning cleanup session, after realizing that a last-ditch effort to get a candidate enough signatures to qualify to be on the ballot succeeded, Brooklyn Republican Chairman Craig Eaton exclaimed, “Well, we’ve won the battle to go on to lose the war!”