At least three elected officials in Queens have decided to compete against one another in the Democratic primary in June to fill the seat of Representative Gary L. Ackerman, who unexpectedly announced his retirement last week.
The three announced their bids, in succession, on a politically manic Monday morning. First, the Queens Democratic party confirmed that it had selected Assemblywoman Grace Meng as its nominee. A couple of hours later, Assemblyman Rory I. Lancman, who had been hoping to get the nod, announced that he would run anyway. Then, just before noon, in an unexpected family twist, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, a cousin of Representative Joseph Crowley, the Queens Democratic chairman, announced in a statement that she, too, was jumping in.
Um, "an unexpected family twist?" Yeah, ok. Dizzy Lizzy is only in the race because Virginia Joe ordered her to run to be a spoiler. If you split the white vote, Meng walks away with it.
Crowley announced she was running before county announced their pick in order to try to dissuade Lancman from throwing his hat in the ring. Let's think about the make-up of the district and also the fact that she never actually made an announcement.
Reporters have to call her office and ask for a statement, which is emailed to them. She doesn't even state herself that she's running and her press person says, "We're only giving out the statement to reporters that ASK for it."Notice that Liz Crowley did not hold a press conference to announce her candidacy and she did NOT send out a press release. Does this sound like something a serious candidate would do?
Apparently the Machine thinks the constituents of NY-6 were born yesterday.
Hey mainstream media, how about reporting the truth about this setup instead of going along with the deception by portraying this as a genuine primary challenge?