From the Queens Campaigner:
City Council candidate Jacques Leandre’s association with a controversial religious group may have cost him a key endorsement for his race against Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton), a source close to the contest said.
Leandre, who plans on running against Sanders in the Democratic primary this fall, did not receive the backing of the Queens Democratic Party last month despite picking up the support of Democratic District Leaders Elmer H. Blackburne and Jacqueline Boyce.
A person with knowledge of the factors behind the endorsement who asked not to be identified said members of the Queens Democratic Party and Working Families Party grew concerned about the 38-year-old candidate when they learned shortly before they made their endorsement picks that he was a member of the Nation of Islam and threw their support toward Sanders.
Leandre confirmed he has worked with the Nation of Islam in the past and defended them in State Supreme Court in a lawsuit filed against the group by the NYPD in the 1990s. He was also a guest on the Dec. 24 episode of the Sankofa Experience, a podcast hosted by Brian E. Muhammad, an advocate for the group, which Malcolm X joined and is currently led by Louis Farrakhan.