A tale of sugar plums and sour grapes

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Talk about crashing the party!

Leading borough Republicans allege that the widening split in Brooklyn’s GOP started with a dispute over the scheduling of a Christmas celebration in 2010.

A party insider said that the rift between state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) and Brooklyn Republican chairman Craig Eaton — which broke into open warfare at the county convention in September — began three years ago when Eaton refused to schedule the GOP’s holiday bash at Golden’s family catering hall.

Sources said borough Republicans had long held their yearly holiday party at the Bay Ridge Manor — which Golden opened in 1983, and sold to his brother after entering the Senate 20 years later. But GOP insiders said prices at the 76th Street venue kept rising, as Golden insisted that the party spring for a full bar and buffet — with one source alleging that the 2009 Yuletide gala cost close to $11,000.

“That’s just exorbitant. And the sticker shock got to people,” the insider said. “Marty liked to call Craig and say ‘you should do the full buff.’ A Christmas party is supposed to be a freebie, with a couple of cases of beer and wine and some finger food.”

In 2010, Eaton decided to throw a much cheaper party at the Brooklyn Bar Association in Brooklyn Heights. Golden was allegedly furious at the decision, and pressured Eaton to return the year-end shindig to the Ridge.

Marty was ribbing Craig over the phone every week leading up to the party, ‘nobody’s going to go to Brooklyn Heights, you should have done it at the Manor,’ ” the insider said.

But the Brooklyn Heights bash was a hit, and the party never went back to the Manor again.

Golden aides denied that the relocation of the revel had anything to do with the pol’s beef with Eaton — or with his effort to boot the sitting chairman and replace him with an ally, former Conservative Party congressional candidate Timothy Cochrane. The senator’s camp said that the real issue is a lack of financial and ground support from Eaton’s operation to Republican political contenders, and pointed to borough-wide losses in this year’s Council elections as proof.

“The rift has to do with the fact that the Republican Party does nothing to back Republican candidates,” said Golden spokesman Ray Riley.

Golden and his supporters attempted to vote Eaton out of office at the Sept. 30 convention. But Eaton allies who counted the votes threw out hundreds of proxy votes for Golden on a technicality. Golden’s camp launched a lawsuit to get the discarded votes restored, and both sides expect a judge to render a verdict in Jan. 2014.

Golden still owns the building that houses the Manor and collects rent from the facility, and his wife Colleen works there as an administrator.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at
Updated 5:27 pm, July 9, 2018
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Bobby D. says:
Ray Riley is full of it. Ask Michael Allegretti about his "support" for candidates. He does great sitting there on a computer doing nothing. Didn't Eaton help win elections for Congress and State Senate two years in a row without the "Golden touch"? Brooklyn had 5 Republican elected officials, the most in decades, under Eaton's watch. And thanks for Marty, those winnable districts are a distant memory. By the way, how did Marty's staffers do for City Council? I'll tell you. Much worse than they would have if Marty did pee in the Republican pool.
Dec. 16, 2013, 5:16 pm
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
Aside from BR Manor "business": When will someone probe these Golden shenanigans --
Dec. 16, 2013, 6:40 pm
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
"By the way, how did Marty's staffers do for City Council?"

What a half-a**ed operation THAT was!
Dec. 16, 2013, 6:56 pm
Jason from Marine Park says:
Was Marty the guy who orchestrated Hynes amazing 3 to 1 loss?
Dec. 17, 2013, 2:08 am
PoliGuy from B.R. says:
MG's picks imploded, despite heavyhanded fear and atttack modes, because they stank.
Some of the Hynes posters were right out of horror movies, along lines of 'vote for joe or corrupt giant Dinkensy insects will eat your babies!' And MG's CC staffer-picks were sad to watch.
Dec. 17, 2013, 4:32 am
rob from gravesend says:
Marty was quoted as saying that 2013 "was just a bad year for republicans, the left came out to vote and the right didn't." He said this at the brooklyn yr party and it is on youtube. Ray riley needs to check with hius boss before releasing statements.

Also, how much $ has Golden given to candidates and to the party? He picks losers (on purpose) to run and secretly works against guys like grimm. Watch and see how he plays this recchia grimm race.
Dec. 17, 2013, 9:26 am
Richie from Marine Park says:
Marty Golden is a shake down artist plain and simple. He is a democrat that dreeses up like a republican once in a while. I keep getting his taxpayer funded mailers. What is he campaigning for already?
Dec. 17, 2013, 1:45 pm
Joe from Bensonhurst says:
“The rift has to do with the fact that the Republican Party does nothing to back Republican candidates,” said Golden spokesman Ray Riley.....

Which Republican Party candidates are Riley and Golden referring to? And how much help? Is donations of hundreds of dollars to candidates not enough? Is help getting candidates on the ballot, opening a headquarters that any candidate can use, having volunteers make phone calls and canvas districts for candidates not enough?

Or is the real story Marty isn't getting as big a piece of the pie as he was when the Republican party in Brooklyn only had his campaign to focus on??
Dec. 17, 2013, 2:19 pm
George from Marine Park says:
One of Golden's council candidates this year served as candidate recruitment chairman four years ago -- and recruited an ex-con to run for office, while the ex-con was out on bail for sexual assault.

Golden is a disaster. Will someone please run against him as a Republican -- before he loses the seat to the Democrats?
Dec. 17, 2013, 6:03 pm
tony from marine park says:
Golden's nephews beat up a fireman in Bay Ridge not too many years ago at a bar. I never heard if they got into any troube. What's up Will?
Dec. 17, 2013, 7:12 pm
Desiree Anderson says:
Free pigs in a blanket and free beer. Doesn't matter who the host was. Now Marty will just funnel the cost of the party back to his family biz. What a load of baked beans. The fact that Quaglione didn't make mention of Golden on any of his campaign lit speaks volumes. Golden is done and he knows it. No patronage hack Christmas part is going to bring him back now. Desperate and sad. The old days at the 5th Avenue Board of Trade are over, Marty. Time to hang it up.
Dec. 17, 2013, 7:25 pm
The Word On The Street from 22nd Senate says:
I am hearing that it is a well-known fact among political insiders, both Ds and Rs, that there is indeed a candidate making the rounds setting up a run against Golden in a primary.
Dec. 18, 2013, 10:57 am
natalie from Colonial Rd says:
Marty is a real uniter - both Repubs and Dems want his greedy passe' self outta here ASAP, lol.
Dec. 18, 2013, 6:09 pm

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