“David, right? Not [brother] Mark [Weprin, a City Councilman?] The guy that looks like Hercule Poirot?” he continued. “He is a nice guy, but he is definitely a machine politician and he has played ball with the Queens machine all these years and I guess he has been well-rewarded.”
Credico is a stand-up comedian and political activist who said that he was brought on to the Weprin ’09 campaign because “a friend of mine, [Weprin campaign manager] Eben Bronfman, wanted me to give the guy some kind of degree of personality when was running for public advocate or whatever position he was running for. What was he running for?”
Weprin ran for comptroller, coming in last place with 10 percent of the vote. Credico said that in addition to the monthly retainer he was paid to ”give the guy some personality,” he organized a fundraiser on Weprin’s behalf at the Yippie Museum in Greenwich Village.
“That was the draw–David Weprin doing stand-up comedy. So we did a fundraiser at the Yippie Museum, and the whole place was filled with old potheads and he didn’t even realize it. I think we raised about five cents. It was a Hail Mary.”
Credico also said that he took Weprin to a book party for Charles Grodin in order to try to snag him the endorsement of Mario Cuomo, who was also in attendance.
Credico was reached by phone in Las Vegas, where he said he was attending a reunion of some his Vegas nightclub buddies. He seemed anxious to put his time in the Weprin camp behind him.
“Jesus Christ, that’s not the thing I want to be remembered for,” he said. “I ran for Senate.”
Credico came in last in the 2010 election for U.S. Senate with %0.5 percent of the vote, 66 percentage points behind Chuck Schumer.
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