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Tom McCarthy beats Lucretia Regina-Potter in Brooklyn's Republican primary

McCarthy: I'm ready to take on Brook-Krasny

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The Republicans have picked their flag bearer in the GOP’s invasion on Coney Island.

Tom McCarthy trounced Lucretia Regina-Potter by a 70 percent margin during yesterday’s intra-party battle to decide who would take on incumbent Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny (D–Coney Island) in November.

The race for parts of Bay Ridge and Bath Beach, and all of Dyker Heights, Coney Island, and Brighton Beach, pitted a perennial candidate against a political newcomer: Regina-Potter, a Republican district leader, lost an election against Assemblyman Peter Abbate (D–Dyker Heights) in 2008 and then a Republican primary for the same seat in 2010. McCarthy, a banker at JP Morgan Chase and treasurer of the Kings County Republican Party, has never run for office — and was wowed by his results.

“It’s a great feeling to have so many people come out and support you,” the new nominee said, crediting his win to his aggressive door-to-door and phone campaign.

Republicans predicted that McCarthy would duplicate successes achieved by Rep. Michael Grimm (R–Bay Ridge), Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R–Bay Ridge), Rep. Bob Turner (R–Sheepshead Bay), and State Sen. David Storobin (R–Sheepshead Bay) — all of whom won unexpected victories against Democrats in recent years.

“He’s a businessman, and he’s running on the same model that Bob Turner ran on in 2011,” said Kings County Republican Party chairman Craig Eaton. “We’re going to continue our renaissance.”

Still, McCarthy has a tough fight ahead of him. Brook-Krasny has been in office for six terms, and Republican candidate Jerry Amalfitano received a paltry 17 percent of the vote when he went against the Soviet-born emigre in 2010. Coney Island and Brighton Beach has been Democratic since 1948, when Bertram Baker took over the seat.

The Democrat also has a much bigger war chest, with $69,000 in the bank to fight the Republican challenger — more than 11 times as much as McCarthy.

McCarthy acknowledged his financial disadvantage and said he didn’t expect to match his opponent dollar for dollar.

“It’s just something we’ll have to work around,” the contender said.

Regina-Potter could not be reached for comment by our midnight deadline.

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Statement from Lucretia Regina-Potter from 46AD says:
Statement from Lucretia Regina-Potter

All those that welcome the selection of an obscure and unknown member of the Brooklyn GOP to run for Assembly in the 46th AD, with the support of the “Gang of Five” elected Republican officials, and the Brooklyn GOP chairman, got what they deserved. The returns of the Primary election still show, when accurately interpreted, that more than one third of loyal and active Republicans in the new 46th Assembly district, are disappointed with such a choice, and they may also possibly express their disappointment in the upcoming November election.

One thing is for certain, I am still a duly elected member the NYS Republican State Committee, and I will continue to fulfill my responsibilities as such.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those Republicans who supported me and the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization and I look forward to meeting my new constituents in the near future.

Remember, your vote is the most valuable support a candidate can receive and supersedes any endorsement from any public official.

Thank You,
Lucretia Regina-Potter
Sept. 14, 2012, 5:59 pm
The Republican Whip from Shore Road says:
What the primary results above really showed was a Pyrrhic Victory for Marty Golden in his own back yard.

State Senator Golden injected himself into this primary in a very big way to tip the scales for MacCarthy. The better than 2 to 1 vote for Thomas A. McCarthy over Lucretia Regina-Potter, at around 800 for McCarthy to about 375 for Potter, showed what Marty Golden and Craig Eaton's Brooklyn GOP can do when they pull out all the stops in their own back yard. Very impressive ??? --- NOT IF YOU ARE A MARTY GOLDEN FAN !!!!! About 1/3rd of primary-voting Republicans said "No Thanks" to Golden’s endorsement, advice and other inputs !

In one sense, what it came down to is this: a small remnant of the Fiorello LaGuardia Club, formerly centered in the 49th AD, reorganized in the 46th AD and took on both the Seergy and Starace Clubs in their bases and the core of Bay Ridge GOP insiders in the camp State Senator Golden and County Chairman Craig Eaton. That was a tremendous first shot in the on-going war of "Regime Change," which has moved from Bensonhurst, and is now being fought in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights. In taking that fight right into Eaton's and Golden's home turf, Lucretia Regina-Potter has successfully raised the flag in Golden's own backyard.

The real "in the weeds" "take-away" here is that Republican voters had a chance to see what a GOP Primary race in Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bath Beach with MARTY GOLDEN up against a real social conservative Republican like Lucretia Regina-Potter might look like. That's because most of what the mailing and phone banks for Tom McCarthy talked about was: "Marty Golden...." -- "Marty Golden calling...." -- "Marty Golden says...." -- "Marty Golden supports ...." -- "Marty Golden wants you to vote...." -- "Marty Golden...." -- "Marty Golden...." -- "Marty Golden...." Okay, we get it !!! Okay, so State Senator Martin Golden won that Republican Primary 2 to 1, let’s see how he does next time, possibly with his own name on a GOP primary ballot.

Right now, with this new benchmark on State Senator Martin Golden --- about 1/3rd of Republicans are against him. (Remember in 2010 just over 1/3rd of ALL voters were against him; in November 2012 that number will certainly go up.)
Sept. 17, 2012, 12:48 pm
Fact Check from Bay Ridge says:
Mr. Bredderman,

For future reference, please take the time to make sure all the facts are checked. Two points: 1) Alec Brook-Krasny has been in office for 6 years, not 6 terms (which would be 12 years), and 2) Jerry Amalfitano was not at all the Republican candidate in 2010, he ran only on the Conservative Party line and the Republican line remained vacant.

That means in 2010, Brook-Krasny's opponent who ran only on the Conservative line, received 17% and didn't even have a campaign. From that angle, Brook-Krasny looks pretty vulnerable.
Sept. 18, 2012, 12:41 pm
Bounced Fact Check from Bay Ridge says:
"17% ... . From that angle, Brook-Krasny looks pretty vulnerable." Boy, that's a pretty oblique angle.

Don't worry though, Tom McCarthy will get lots more than that --- --- --- and still lose by a lot.

Ground-control to Major Tom... deep six the Facebook photos with all the GOP insider-folk ... run your own campaign... reach out to all the folks in your own party and elsewhere... being a GOP candidate is the first step to becoming a GOP independent... it's a right of passage
Sept. 18, 2012, 1:58 pm

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