|Congressman Bob Turner's 72-hour run resulted in qualifying for the ballot for US Senate. And it all started with Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton - again.|
This has got to be some kind of record!
Congressman Bob Turner, who announced his candidacy for US Senate on Tuesday after Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton suggested that the NY GOP get him into the race to unseat Kirsten Gilligan... I mean, Gillibrand, earned ballot access on the very first round of voting, garnering over 25% of the weighted county vote.
Turner joins judicial activist Wendy Long (the top vote-getter on the strength of upstate counties - and some vote whipping by Carl Paladino) and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos as the three GOP hopefuls in the June 26 Primary.
Now, yeah, I know I'm biased - but this is a tremendous victory not only for Turner, but for our Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton. He put himself out there, he said how he felt about the field, he saw an opportunity and he successfully led the surge that got Congressman Turner on the ballot. This is a familiar story, as it was Chairman Eaton who pushed for then-citizen Turner into contention for another designation - candidate for the 9th Congressional district that he now serves.
But here's the real impact for Brooklyn - think about the boost that having our local Congressman on the top of the state-wide ticket would be to Senator Marty Golden, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, Congressman Michael Grimm and all of our other down-ballot candidates in Brooklyn.
Think about where the Brooklyn GOP was when new leadership led by Chairman Eaton was in the fall of 2007 - one elected official, a negative account balance, few motivated volunteers, no base of operation and no real credibility or influence.
Well look at us now, four elected officials (with a fifth on the way in David Storobin on Tuesday in the SD27 special election), a positive account balance (with more money on the way!), the "Victory Center" in Bensonhurst, an awesome vibrant Young Republican organization that is known and liked statewide, innovations like Brooklyn GOP Radio - and respect and credibility among our peers.
So add the Brooklyn GOP and Chairman Eaton among the winners today in Rochester. And get ready for Turner For NY 2012!