The last of the Kings County Republicans
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Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis with State GOP chair Nick Langworthy.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis with State GOP chair Nick Langworthy.
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A few weeks back, we wrote about a New York Times article from 1987 that detailed how dysfunction in the Queens Republican Party was destroying the GOP’s influence in the borough. We noted the article could have easily been printed in 2020.

That inspired longtime reader Larry Penner to detail the long demise of the Queens GOP, from the days when it routinely backed winning candidates and won political seats, to today, when the Queens GOP only has one elected official holding office in Councilman Eric Ulrich, who will be term-limited out of office next year.

This week, Penner decided to tackle the Kings County Republican Party’s own slow downfall:

With the loss of Republican State Senator Marty Golden and Congressman Dan Donovan in the 2018 general election, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis became the last Republican elected official in Kings County.

By declining to run for reelection and instead run for Congress in 2020, the odds are she will be the last Republican to hold elected office in Brooklyn.

Her district’s demographics and enrollment numbers continue to change, favoring a Democrat.

The next 2022 reapportionment based upon the 2020 census with just minor tweaking of the district boundaries could easily make this a safe Democratic seat. There are plenty of registered Democrats in neighboring districts who could easily be added to the seat.

The same holds true for Congressman Max Rose's seat. Dreams of former GOP State Senator Marty Golden reclaiming his old seat, which overlaps with Malliotakis’ district, are wishful thinking.

The last Republican borough president, who also ran on the Fusion Party line, was Lewis H. Pounds, who served from 1913-1917.

The last GOP district attorney was George J. Beldock who served on an interim basis from August 10, 1945 to December 27, 1945. He was appointed to the position by fellow Republican Governor Thomas E. Dewey.

Based upon the recent election results and Board of Elections registration figures, Brooklyn continues to be a permanent Democratic Party bastion. There are a total of 1,461,103 registered voters, and over 1 million of them identify as Democrats. The numbers make Republicans irrelevant in virtually all contests for public office.

Crossover Democrats who voted for former presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush in the 1980s, former senator Alfonse D'Amato, former governor George Pataki, and former mayor Rudy Guiliani and Michael Bloomberg continue to move out of town, retire out of state, or succumb to old age.

There are no successful GOP outreach efforts to new Caribbean, Hispanic, Asian, or other immigrant groups or middle-class African Americans.

Once the GOP loses any incumbent, they are never able to reclaim the district.

Kings County Republicans haven't offered Democrats serious competition for public office at the city, state or federal level in years, with the exception of Bay Ridge.

Despite overwhelming Democratic Party enrollment in Kings County, creative gerrymandering by the GOP-controlled State Senate over five decades continued to preserve the Bay Ridge seat Marty Golden lost.

Previously, it was held for three other Republican in Bill Conklin, Chris Mega, and Bob DiCarlo.

After the 1982 reapportionment, Democrats eliminated the districts of Brooklyn GOP Assembly members Vincent Riccio (51st), Florence Sullivan (50th), and Chris Mega (49th).

The last GOP City Council members elected from Kings County were Minority Leader Angelo Arculeo, who served from 1962-1982, and Martin Golden, who won the seat back one last time, serving from 1998-2002.

For decades, party leadership has given up running real candidates with proper financing to challenge Democratic incumbents. They prefer living off political patronage crumbs from the Kings County Democrats in exchange for taking a dive.

In Kings County, running as a Democrat or winning any Democratic Party primary is a sure bet to winning any general election.
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