Saturday, April 14, 2012
Crowley forgets there are other women in Congress
From Forest Hills Patch:
At the Forest Hills Civic Association meeting Tuesday night both U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley and Assemblywoman Grace Meng tackled questions about the upcoming Democratic primary — in which Forest Hills will be a key battleground.
Already, the race has seen its fair share of drama, with the retirement of U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman and the revelation that four Democratic contenders have an interest in the newly drawn seat.
Crowley, answering questions from a resident who said he was concerned about the overt role that ethnic politics was already playing in the campaign, said he felt now was the right time for New York to send an Asian-American legislator, and a woman, to Congress.
“I believe in this [race] we had an opportunity to send the first Asian-American to Congress from the Northeast,” Crowley said. “We have never done that here in New York and this is an enormously large and growing community, and that was one factor. We haven’t elected a woman in Queens County since when? Geraldine Ferraro right here in your neighborhood.”
Actually, Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velazquez currently represent parts of Queens, but I guess Joe was only thinking of the ones he handpicked.