From City Hall:
What a difference 30 hours can make.
In the space of that time, former Council Member Anthony Como went from confirming with City Hall on Sunday afternoon that he would not be a State Senate candidate, to being convinced by a deluge of calls from some of the state’s top Republicans, his county chair and constituents that he would, in fact, begin collecting petitions to challenge Joe Addabbo in Queens as early as Tuesday.
“It’s 10:30 at night, I’m talking to you, and I basically an hour-and-a-half ago decided that this city and state can use me in the 15th Senate District,” Como told City Hall late into the evening on Monday.
Como attributed his decision in large part to the response to a City Hall article from Monday morning that explained what had been his decision to skip the Senate race to focus on trying to be selected as the new executive director of the city Board of Elections. Though Como said state GOP chair Ed Cox was not among those who reached out, Queens GOP chair Phil Ragusa was, as were State Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos, Senate Republican Campaign Committee (SRCC) chair Tom Libous and Brooklyn State Sen. Marty Golden.
Golden: "Anthony, your last name is Como. Remember, voters in that district thought you were Mario's boy back in 2008."
Ragusa: "Yeah, Tony, his name is at the top of the ticket this time. This can only help you."
Skelos: "Just don't debate Joe and you'll be fine...."
Frank Lloyd Crap: "YES!!!"
Aaaaand Tom Ognibene is running for Lieutenant Governor.