New York City’s Metropolitan Republican Club took in only $330 at its door at a club event last week, far below typical $1,000 to $2,000 nightly takes in years past, according to a report compiled by Met Club Secretary Ambrose Benkert. The club has fallen on hard times after working against President Donald J. Trump throughout the general election.
“I think if [club board leadership] would have read the writing on the wall a little bit better—that this is the era of Trump—then they could have avoided a lot of this trouble,” says Allan Stevo. Stevo was among presidential loyalists on the club board before unpatriotic members purged the loyalists in January.
Adds Stevo, “Sadly, with all of this infighting, some of the enthusiasm has been zapped from the club.”
In a presentation earlier this year, Benkert reported his expectation that 65% of the club’s annual budget would come from the club’s annual dinner on May 22. He said, with a $120,000 buffer in its coffers, the club could handle a bad financial year—despite, according to one source familiar with the club’s bottom line, a $52,000 property tax bill due in the summer.
“We’ve been desperate to sell tickets [to the dinner],” says a Met Club board member. “At this point we just don’t want to be embarrassed with a half-empty event. Leadership at the club is at an all-time low.”
Over the course of just a few days last week, club leaders sent out six solicitation emails pleading with members to actually buy event tickets, according to multiple Met Club members.
Peter Hein is event chair for the annual dinner, and an attorney with the firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
“Ultimately, if we can’t get enough tickets sold,” says a board member speaking on condition of anonymity, “we’ll let [Hein] buy them at a discount and invite some of his Democratic friends to the event. They’ll fit in better at the dinner than conservatives anyway.”
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After the purge, and banning pro-Trump speakers like Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, the club saw a painful 20% drop-off in membership.
This year, headlining the annual dinner is New York Rep. Chris Collins (R), the first Trump-for-president supporter in Congress. The club invited Collins to help improve its image after the unpopular purge.
Also set to speak at the dinner are New York City mayoral candidates Nicole Malliotakis and Paul Massey.
Malliotakis is an anti-gun New York State assemblywoman.
Despite a half million illegal immigrants in New York City, Massey, at the club just days after President’s Trump’s inauguration, announced support for Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio’s sanctuary city policy.
Should the Metropolitan Republican Club go under, according to a bizarre clause in its bylaws, the very people driving it to ruin—establishment Republicans and their Democrat supporters—would profit from the sale of its $20 million property at 122 E 83rd Street.
Stay tuned for more.
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