It could be a new test for the Queens Democratic Party, viewed as the strongest and most cohesive of all the boroughs. The party still wields considerable power, but has a spotty endorsement record - especially when it comes to citywide races.
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"They are not omnipotent but they are still potent," said Doug Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College. "They have the troops and the wherewithal to make life miserable for a challenger."
The Queens party was key in selecting the past three Council speakers. Even though the last two - Gifford Miller and Christine Quinn - were from Manhattan, the party scored by getting key committee appointments for the Queens delegation.
And Muzzio said the party may be more interested in the most local races of all - the district leaders and judges.
"The key element is the selection of judges," Muzzio said. "That is the last great bastion of political patronage."
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