Martin Golden says he’s pulling for Trump

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Brooklyn’s reigning Republican wants to make America great again.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) said he’s digging Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. The borough’s lone Republican state senator said he still has to toe the party line, but he’s pulling for The Donald, with whom he as a personal relationship.

“I’m leaning Donald so let’s see what happens, whoever the Republican party supports, that’s who I will support. But I am leaning Trump,” said Golden. “He’s been to our conferences in the past, we have a relationsh­ip.”

Pundits have claimed that a Trump nomination would devastate the national Republicans by causing a turnover in the legislature benefitting Democrats. But Golden is not concerned that his brand will suffer among suffragists if he formally endorses the controversial candidate.

“I’m not worried about that at all,” he said.

Golden believes Trump is better equipped to handle the country’s $19 trillion debt than Gov. John Kasich (R–Ohio), who cites his accomplishment of balancing Ohio’s budget every opportunity he gets.

Trump successfully utilized America’s lenient bankruptcy laws and filed four of his businesses for bankruptcy.

But he has come out on top, said Golden.

“People are fed up with the government — and the budget that’s out of control,” he said. “If you look at his overall approach, that he’s managed his businesses.”

And Trump is the right-wing embodiment of a populist zeitgeist that is motivating new Republican voters and left-wing Bernie Sanders supporters alike.

“They are looking for someone that’s different than what they have seen in the past,” he said. “As many people as Trump is going to drive away, he’s bringing people who haven’t been to the polls in years, as is Bernie on the Democratic side.”

Golden met with both Kasich and Trump while up in Albany on April 11, and said the amount of people who came out for Trump’s Albany rally inspired him.

“Very uplifting, very different,” he said.

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And after Bob Capano made public his desire to run for Vincent Gentile’s (D–Bay Ridge) Council seat next year, a few others have come out of the woodwork — including Golden staffer John Quaglione.

Quaglione slammed Capano for angling to represent a neighborhood he doesn’t even live in.

“If he lives in Staten Island and he wants to run again, then maybe he should run in Staten Island,” Quaglione said. “But for our sake, Brooklyn deserves level-headed Republicans in the City Council, and we deserve someone who is in touch with the neighborhood and not someone who has left.”

Quaglione says he knows the area better than carpet-bagger Capano, who would have to move into the district by election day to qualify for office.

The state senate staffer would focus on constituent services if elected, he said.

“The conversation needs to go back to basics,” Quaglione said. “If you don’t feel safe, your garbage isn’t getting picked up, you’re getting a flat tire, you’re not happy with city services — that’s where the focus will be.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 5:51 pm, July 9, 2018
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Joe from Bay ridge says:
Tell john quaglione the city has bigger issues now than flat tires!
April 15, 2016, 6:25 pm
Larry from Bay Ridge says:
If Quaglione is so offended by Capano not living in Brooklyn than why did he cross party lines to back corrupt DA Hynes who lived in Boozy Point?
April 17, 2016, 3:04 pm
Jim from Bay Ridge says:
I met John Quaglione when he was campaigning at the 77th street subway- his hand shake is like a jelly fish.
April 19, 2016, 5:17 pm
Lucretia Regina-Potter from 46 Assembly District says:

NYS Senator Marty Golden stated that he is “leaning Donald, so let’s see what happens, whoever the Republican party supports, that’s who I will support.”

This attitude is certainly not an indication of leadership, but only an inclination towards his own interest and to make sure that he covers his bases while “waiting for things to happen,” during this very important and historic Presidential campaign.

One would expect that the only person who is supposed to represent all Republicans in Brooklyn in the State Senate in Albany would lead the charge with so many divided Republican voters. Why isn’t he choosing the Republican candidate that he believes to be helpful to the Republican Party? Does he believe that none are beneficial to the Party? OR Is he waiting to see which Presidential candidate will be more beneficial to Marty Golden?

In our opinion, Marty Golden’s convenient lack of choice, by not choosing any of the three candidates for President who are battling for delegates in NY State and in Brooklyn, is another divisive tactic that clearly indicates insecurity and lack of conviction, especially for his Republican constituents. Apparently, lack of conviction for the betterment and growth of the Brooklyn GOP has become a familiar modus operandi for our esteemed State Senator. He has become the role model for taking advantage of a situation, like many dysfunctional Albany politicians, and he is obviously looking for the best “deal,” not just for April 19, but for his own political future.

We of the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization have already come out with an endorsement supporting Donald Trump. No one else has taken a definitive stand.

We are not “waiting and seeing” what will happen, nor are we waiting for opportunistic circumstances to give an endorsement to a candidate that will not imply any political risk

All the Brooklyn Republican Leaders that support the endorsement of Donald Trump for President are working very hard to send their message to all the Republicans in the districts they represent.

We are not waiting

We are taking action and do what leaders do: LEADING THE WAY!

Our message is loud and clear, We Endorse Donald Trump for President!

Lucretia Regina-Potter

Republican District Leader 46 AD
April 25, 2016, 5:17 pm

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