Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Crowley pissed off a lot of Dems with his endorsement picks

From the Politicker:

When the Queens Democratic Party rolled out its endorsements this morning in Forest Hills, one notable demographic, African Americans, was left without a major candidate. Indeed, Queens' black political establishment looked on with disappointment as their favored candidates for mayor, borough president and public advocate were passed over for rivals.

Congressman Joe Crowley, the party chair, endorsed Council Speaker Christine Quinn for mayor and former Councilwoman Melinda Katz for borough president. While a vast majority of district leaders voiced their approval, Elmer Blackburne and several other black district leaders dissented, indicating that instead they would support Bill Thompson, the former comptroller, who is also black. Ms. Quinn and Ms. Katz are white.

"Our community tells us that they're gonna vote for him [Thompson] again," Mr. Blackburne, a district leader from a predominately black southeast Queens, told reporters after the endorsement meeting. "We feel strongly and we'll be working very strongly with Mr. Thompson. [Ms. Quinn] can't win in our district. She can't win the Bronx, from the numbers I'm getting. She can't win in her own district, I'm told--her own part of Manhattan--and she can't win in Brooklyn."

Mr. Blackburne said he understood the county organization had an appreciation for diversity but also made decisions that were not always popular with the local black political establishment. Archie Spigner, a former southeast Queens councilman and close ally of sitting Councilman Leroy Comrie, the black candidate Mr. Crowley was considering endorsing instead of Ms. Katz for borough president, expressed disappointment at the seemingly last-minute decision the county organization made to not support Mr. Comrie.

"I'm disappointed but I understand their logic," Mr. Spigner told Politicker. "We'll have to see whether Leroy continues in the race. If he continues in the race, I'll be with him. The reasons they gave me were that he was a very unsuccessful, unspectacular fund-raiser."

Sources indicated that Mr. Spigner and other Comrie allies were only informed of Mr. Crowley's decision to support Ms. Katz late Saturday and Sunday. Initially, Politicker reported that the county organization was expected to back Mr. Comrie, despite his poor fund-raising. However, according to several plugged-in Democratic sources, Mr. Comrie's candidacy was met coolly in the pivotal organized labor community, some of whom favored Ms. Katz. When other candidates, sources said, made it clear they were not going to step aside if Mr. Crowley backed Mr. Comrie, the county organization reevaluated their plans and chose Ms. Katz, a strong fund-raiser and former county-backed candidate for Congress.


Anonymous said...

"The reasons they gave me were that he was a very unsuccessful, unspectacular fund-raiser."

Who needs a lousy fundraiser running things, maybe he was too busy working.

Joe Moretti said...

What the hell does fundraising have to do with a politician doing his job. Just goes to show you how screwed up our political system has become. So pretty much we can just prop up some puppet to control, put people with deep pockets behind him and we have a winner. Does not sound democratic to me at all, more like a dictatorship with bows and ribbons around it to make it look good.

Anonymous said...

No peace no justice. Throw this Irish bum out on his ass.

Anonymous said...

stay in virginia stop your power play in queens , u do not even live here

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter.
Those knee jerk pissed off Dems will support county's pick.

We are a borough of sheep!
Sheep were first introduced here, to keep the Queens crabgrass frontier, well maintained in stupidity!

Anonymous said...

Why does the democratic candidate for queens borough president need to be a good fundraiser?

To fend off Estelle Cooper?