Saturday, May 25, 2013
Another unholy alliance: Vallone & Liu
From the Politicker:
Queens Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. is a self-proclaimed conservative Democrat, a sharp-tongued proponent of stop-and-frisk and a perpetual thorn in the side of the borough’s Democratic establishment. John Liu is perhaps the most left-wing candidate in the mayoral race, in favor of abolishing the controversial anti-crime tactic and was once a darling of the Queens Democratic Party.
Yet Mr. Liu, the city comptroller running for mayor, and Mr. Vallone, who is running for borough president, may form a seemingly unlikely alliance that could further both of their ambitions.
The two Democrats have been in discussion about a plan to endorse each other, help carry petitions for each other and aid in pulling votes from certain constituencies, according to several Queens Democratic insiders familiar with their plans.
“Nothing’s set yet and I am weighing my options when it comes to mayoral endorsements,” Mr. Vallone told Politicker this afternoon when reached for a response. “But certainly, I would absolutely be considering the only candidate from Queens County.”
Mr. Liu is extremely popular in the Asian community and, with no Asian candidates in the borough president’s race, the large Queens voting bloc is up for grabs. Mr. Vallone, whose dad was a storied institution in Astoria, has his own loyal following, potentially bolstering Mr. Liu’s standing in the neighborhood.
“I think John Liu is going to help Peter Vallone in a big way in Flushing and with the Asian community,” said one insider. “What is John Liu’s option at this point? He needs someone to get petitions, signatures and share the costs–it’s very expensive.”
Though far apart politically on many issues, Mr. Vallone said he and Mr. Liu have long been friends, riding motorcycles and wave runners together.