Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s congressional campaign was initially viewed as something of a third wheel in what was expected to be a marquee battle solely between Assembly Members Grace Meng and Rory Lancman. In front of a polling station in Forest Hills, however, Ms. Crowley said those expectations were flawed from the very start.
“I think those people were outsiders,” she said. “They were like politicos that didn’t know the realities of the district. I’m popular in my district and my district has a large portion of the overall congressional district. I represent more than my opponents do.”
Assembly Members Grace Meng and Rory Lancman, both candidates for an open congressional seat in northeastern Queens, have been taking shots at one another on issues ranging from Social Security to The New York Times endorsement, but the third main candidate in the race, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, has largely been keeping her head down. That changed this morning when her campaign released a video accusing Mr. Lancman of being hypocritical on the issue of independent redistricting.
“Assemblyman Lancman is very eager to attack his opponents, but seems to have forgotten to mind his own backyard,” a high ranking official in Ms. Crowley’s campaign declared. “If he tells a crowd of voters that he supports independent redistricting and always has, but told NY1 four months ago that he had a hand in drawing his own lines, it is a case of pandering at best and lying at worst.”
Assemblyman Rory Lancman has been sniping at his opponents’ Social Security positions in the media as of late, but it looks like the gloves might finally be ready to come off. Multiple voters in the district reported receiving a mailer, which his campaign sent out to reporters yesterday, directly criticizing his two main competitors: Assemblywoman Grace Meng and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.
Last month, The Observer wrote a piece detailing how the New York Times endorsement process works, what the editorial board looks for in a candidate, and how much getting the gray lady’s nod determines who emerges victorious on election day.
Now, with New York’s federal elections only a few weeks away, we take a look at each of the competitive elections on June 26, take a guess at which way the paper will go and deduce what kind of an effect it will have.
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U.S. Senate Republican Primary—Bob Turner vs. Wendy Long vs. George Maragos
It is no by means a certainty that The Times will endorse in the GOP Senate primary, and if they do, expect it to be a hold-you-nose-and-vote-for-the-guy-who-is-marginally-better-than-the-rest kind of endorsement. Expect something along the lines of the paper’s endorsement of Mitt Romney in the presidential primary in April, in which they mocked Mr. Romney for abandoning his moderating tendencies and slammed GOP extremism before declaring the Massachusetts governor “the best choice of the field.” For this little noticed Senate race for the right to go up against Kirsten Gillibrand, the paper is likely to go with Bob Turner, a Queens businessman-turned-congressman, who is far less strident in his social views than Wendy Long and more dynamic than George Maragos. Mr. Turner is running very much as the candidate of New York City, and hometown pride may count for something here. Continue reading “Who Will Win The New York Times Congressional Endorsements?”→
There have been quiet rumblings lately of multiple polls showing poor numbers for Assemblyman Rory Lancman’s congressional campaign and unexpectedly good number for one of his rivals, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, and earlier today, Colby Hamilton reported one of them from about a month ago showing Mr. Lancman “struggling to break into the low double digits.” We reached out to Mr. Lancman’s campaign about the numbers this afternoon, to which they responded with heavy vitriol towards the third candidate, Assemblywoman Grace Meng, who conducted the poll.
“Meng’s phony poll is a slap in the face to the over 1 million union members who have endorsed Rory Lancman, and distracts from the growing awareness in the district that Rory is the only candidate who knows what to do in Congress once he gets there,” spokesman Hank Sheinkopf said in a statement.
It had seemed practically every union in New York City had already endorsed in the race for an open congressional seat in northeastern Queens, but that’s not quite the case. Assemblyman Rory Lancman, who has gobbled up the majority of the big unions, announced the American Federation of State, County and Mucipal Employees of New York earlier this afternoon.
In recent weeks, another candidate competing against Mr. Lancman, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, has announced a host of smaller unions, including Uniformed Fire Officers Association, Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 46, and International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 210 and Local 553, but AFSCME stands out, as with its membership components like DC-37 and and CSEA, it represents over 150,000 workers in New York City (but a smaller number in the Congressional District in question, of course).