Assemblywoman Grace Meng, who has the backing of the Queens County Democratic Party as she campaigns for her party’s nomination in New York’s 6th Congressional District, pointed out in two separate interviews yesterday evening that this election is the first time she’s had the Democratic establishment’s backing in a competitive primary, not to mention the small army of elected officials that have endorsed her candidacy.
“I’m proud for the first time of one of my primary elections to even have the support of Congressman Crowley and the Queens County Democratic organization,” she said on Capital Tonight. “When I first got elected I didn’t have any institutional support.”
On Inside City Hall, she made the same point but lumped in her labor support when asked about some of the unions that got behind one of her electoral competitors, Assemblyman Rory Lancman and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.
“I mean, everything’s important,” she responded. “I’m proud to receive the endorsement that we’ve gotten from various local elected officials. I’m proud to receive the endorsement of the Democratic Party in Queens. I’m proud to receive the endorsement of local unions, Local 1500, Hotel Trades Council.”
“When I first ran for office I didn’t have any institutional support, no labor, no Queens County,” she added. “So I’m really proud of what we’ve been able to receive so far.”
Of course, Ms. Meng doesn’t have a large pool of past elections to look back upon. She was first elected in 2008 by ousting the Democratic incumbent, Ellen Young, and didn’t even have an opponent in the 2010 election.
Update: It’s also fair to note that Ms. Meng is the only candidate in the race who has ran against the county organization before.