Party insiders said the endorsement by the Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens is part of a web of political favors being exchanged at a time when Queens Democrats are going through an upheaval caused by term limits and a key race for control of the state Senate.
City Council hopeful Elizabeth Crowley in tight spot over gay backing
Crowley has told the editorial board of a Queens weekly newspaper that she does not support gay marriage, sources said. She does support civil unions.
The Crowley camp refused to discuss her position on gay marriage with the Daily News.
Ober accused the club's founder, Democratic district leader Danny Dromm, of gift-wrapping the endorsement for Crowley in hopes of getting party backing for a potential 2009 run in the 25th Council District, where Helen Sears is term-limited.
Party insiders said Dromm faces competition from at least two other district leaders for Democratic Party backing in next year's 25th Council District race.
"Danny is making sure that he does whatever [party leaders] want right now," one insider said, referring to the club's endorsement of Crowley, whose cousin, Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Queens), heads the Queens Democratic Party.