From the Daily News:
A Queens Democrat is making a bold statement in the election to succeed embattled City Councilman Dan Halloran — he's backing the Republican over the Democrat who beat him.
Paul Graziano, a civic leader, will endorse Republican Dennis Saffran Tuesday. He lost to Paul Vallone in the Democratic primary.
Graziano blamed Vallone for mud-slinging campaign literature that targeted them. The flyers were sent by Jobs for New York, a real estate industry political action committee that endorsed Vallone.
Since Vallone’s developer-aided win, Saffran, chief of the appeals bureau for the Nassau County Attorney, has hammered him as too cozy with the real estate community.
In addition, Saffran has promised to push for a law that would bar sex offenders from living within 500 feet of a playground or school — slashing the current limit in half.
“Dennis is passionately committed to ... keeping predators away from our children, and bringing serious ethics reform to the Council,” said David Zuniga, Saffran’s campaign manager. “Paul Vallone is passionately committed to getting himself elected.”
Vallone got some other bad news in the race: The narrow loser of the Democratic primary, Austin Shafran, is not making an endorsement. He was also on the receiving end of the questionable flyers.
Also got word that neither Chrissy Voskerichian nor Steve Israel nor Tony Avella are endorsing Vallone.