After months of speculation, the former city comptroller and scandal-scarred mayoral contender, was nominated this morning by the Queens Democratic Party to run against State Senator Tony Avella, marking the first step of a potential political comeback.
Mr. Liu was not present at the meeting in Forest Hills–but numerous attendees said he will definitely challenge Mr. Avella, an eastern Queens Democrat, who earned the scorn of his party when he became a member of a breakaway faction of Democrats who governs the State Senate with Republicans.
“Mr. Avella was elected as a Democrat and has decided to empower the Republican minority in the State Senate and in essence putting them back into power when clearly the voters of the state more than indicated they wanted to have a Democratic majority in the State Senate,” Congressman Joe Crowley, the chair of the Queens Democratic Party, told reporters.
“John Liu’s record, his tireless efforts on behalf of all of New York as the comptroller of the city, as someone who was an experienced legislator, who has been true to the principles of the Democratic Party of both here in Queens and citywide–I think the choice is going to be very, very obvious and clear in that primary,” he said.
Oh, that's just soooo funny. A guy who accepted donations from fake donors to raise money for his mayoral campaign is true to the principles of the Democratic party... What Joe means is that he can't pull Tony Avella's strings and John Liu is more than happy to be his puppet.