Saturday, January 18, 2014

Markey may have primary opponent

From the Queens Chronicle:

Democratic sources are suggesting one longtime member of the state Assembly may face a serious challenge in this year’s Democratic primary.

Dmytro Fedkowskyj, who served as Queens’ member on the Panel for Educational Policy, the city Department of Education’s policy-making arm, from 2008 through 2013, may run for the Assembly seat in the 30th District.

That would put Fedkowskyj, a Middle Village resident, up against 15-year-incumbent Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth). The 30th District is based in Maspeth, but also includes Woodside and parts of Astoria, Long Island City, Middle Village and Sunnyside.

In a statement, Fedkowskyj said he has not yet decided if he would enter the race, but kept the option open.

Markey was elected to the Assembly in 1998, succeeding Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), now chairman of the Queens Democratic Party.

Some Democrats see Markey as vulnerable because she has rarely faced a competitive election. Since taking office, she has never had a competitive Democratic primary race and was unopposed by Republicans between 2000 and 2006.

According to several Democratic insiders, Fedkowskyj may be just the first of many Queens Democrats eyeing challenges to incumbents this year.

“Many see the party leadership as being the weakest it’s been in a while,” said one longtime Democratic insider, saying Crowley’s defeat in the mayoral race, in which he backed former Council Speaker Christine Quinn; public advocate’s race, wherein the party initially backed Reshma Saujani who failed to make the runoff; and in the speaker’s election, during which Crowley endorsed the ill-fated bid of Councilman Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan), may have left the impression that the party’s establishment is weak.


georgetheatheist said...

Markey. What has this face-lifted Alte Kakker ever done to stay in office this long?

Anonymous said...

"what difference does it make"
the dems have been infiltrated by the MARXISTS.

Anonymous said...

The Dems are probably running this guy against her because she's pushing 80 and is ready for a retirement home.

Anonymous said...

Anon No. 2:

A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. - Marx (Groucho).

Anonymous said...

Oh great, a Marshall appointee that is a one trick pony....

now that is a step forward.

Anonymous said...

Another party hack replacing another party hack.

Anonymous said...

Nyc,the more useless you are,the more votes you garner!