Friday, March 1, 2019
Lobbyist Joe Crowley is holding a St. Patrick's Day fundraiser.
Joe Crowley, the ex-congressman and former Queens Democratic leader who just landed a job at a powerhouse DC lobbying firm, is holding a St. Patrick’s Day campaign fundraiser March 9 as if he’s running for another office.
After losing in a stunning upset to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in last June’s Democratic primary, Crowley created a new state campaign committee called “Joe for NY.”
The move was a head-scratcher, since Crowley lost to Ocasio-Cortez by 15 points in a Bronx-Queens district that he represented for a decade.
The fundraiser is raising even more eyebrows because Crowley last week stepped down as the longtime Queens Democratic Party chairman after taking a job at the lobbying firm Squire, Patton, Boggs — seeming to remove himself from electoral politics.
Tickets to the March 9 Crowley fundraiser at the Globe Tavern in Sunnyside, Queens, are going for $40 to $250.
Crowley’s family resides in Alexandria, Va., though he has kept a house in Woodside, Queens.