Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Crowley, Ackerman stockpiling campaign cash
From the Daily News:
New York Democrats, shaken by a GOP win in the heart of New York City, are hustling to gobble up the gold, according to the latest campaign filings.
Queens Democratic Party leader Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Queens) took in $237,571 in the third quarter to amass a war chest of $933,462, according to the latest filings.
Crowley took a lot of the heat for picking a losing candidate, David Weprin, to run for Anthony Weiner's 9th Congressional District seat, which went to Republican Bob Turner.
Before the Turner win, Weiner's old seat was considered vulnerable to elimination in Albany's redistricting plan.
Now, Republicans want to hold on to a New York City district, and Turner himself said he would run for reelection - somewhere - if his seat vanishes.
Gary Ackerman (D-Queens), whose seat Turner might be eying, pulled in only $48,585 this quarter, but still had a campaign chest of $596,721.
Turner, for his part, finished the election with $26,681 left in the kitty.
"Twenty-six thousand against half a million? Good luck with that," a Democratic strategist said.
With redistricting plans still up in the air, Crowley was stockpiling cash for his own reelection efforts, not necessarily to help other Queens Democrats, sources said.
"Raising money is the equivalent of saying 'You want a piece of me? Come and try,' " said one Democratic operative.
The Crowley camp declined to comment.