The Queens Democratic Party is expected on Monday to endorse three women in marquee 2013 political races: Council Speaker Christine Quinn for mayor, Reshma Saujani for public advocate and Melinda Katz for Queens borough president.
On Monday morning at party headquarters in Forest Hills, district leaders will still have to cast votes making those picks official, but are expected to adhere to the wishes of Congressman Joe Crowley, the Queens Democratic leader. Leadership of the Queens Democrats placed calls to district leaders on Sunday afternoon informing them of the selections, four Queens Democrats said.
For City Council, the party is expected to back attorney Paul Vallone, the brother of Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., despite a sometimes turbulent history with that family. Paul Vallone is running in a multi-candidate race to replace indicted Republican Councilman Daniel Halloran.
The endorsement of Ms. Quinn, of Manhattan, had been expected, though the decision to pass over Comptroller John Liu, a native of Flushing, is sure to be unpopular with some party regulars. Mr. Liu's campaign has been hampered by the recent convictions of a former fundraiser and treasurer in "straw donor" schemes. Ms. Quinn has long had a strong relationship with party leadership.
Perhaps most surprising is the expected endorsement of Ms. Katz, a former Queens councilwoman. As of last week, Queens insiders still believed that former Councilman Leroy Comrie had a decent chance of winning the nod for Queens borough president in part because of party leadership's desire to have an African-American on its slate. Mr. Comrie, however, has struggled badly to fundraise, and Ms. Katz was seen as the most viable candidate to take on Peter Vallone Jr., another strong candidate in the race, who does not have a close relationship with party leadership.
The expected endorsement of Ms. Katz also raises the prospect that several other candidates in the race, including Mr. Comrie and former deputy borough president Barry Grodenchik, could drop out. Representatives of those campaigns did not immediately return requests for comment.
So County is endorsing a woman who is shacking up with a rabid Republican and another one that is a clone of Bloomberg? More proof that Democrats and Republicans in this borough are really the same animal.