In interviews with local political officials, staffers and observers, Mr. Gioia was consistently described as a young man with a bright political future, and as someone who is, as one local activist put it, “there when the camera’s there.”
“Eric’s eagerness has served him as a double-edged sword,” said Morgan Pehme, former managing editor of the Queens Courier who now runs a blog called the Brooklyn Optimist. “It has won him notoriety and the affection of the media, while turning off others who see a facade to conceal naked ambition.”
“He’s at least going to be mayor, if not president of the United States,” said one City Council member, not sarcastically, but not kindly, either.
The council member added, “The image overwhelms the reality.”
The Upwardly Mobile Councilman
By the way, Crappy was asked to provide my opinion on Gioia, apparently for this story. Here's what I contributed:
"Eric Gioia is a typical politician who, the day after the 2001 election, was thinking about the next office he will hold. He was elected as an independent, anti-machine candidate, kind of a hometown hero, but wasted no time selling out to the very people he fought against. Developers and the real estate industry have him in their back pockets. He should take a walk around his district and see what has become of it. But instead, he's holding fundraisers in Manhattan."
Didn't make it in.