A Candidate Grows in Brooklyn
On the Mark
Roxanne Persaud, a community activist with close ties to the local Democratic establishment, will run for a Brooklyn Assembly seat vacated by now-Councilman Alan Maisel.
If a special election is held, she will likely be handed her party’s nomination for the Canarsie-based district, sources said.
Brooklyn In The House
Unlike his county leader brethren to the east and north, Frank Seddio is not an influential Congressman or a much gabbed-about potential successor to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
The chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party is a genial attorney by trade who, as recently as three days ago, was everyone’s long-shot to help broker a deal to potentially elect Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito speaker of the City Council.
There Will Be Blood
Members of the City Council’s Brooklyn delegation gathered this afternoon at Brooklyn Borough Hall to solidify their support for Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito’s speaker candidacy–capping a whirlwind day that has drastically narrowed the field for the city’s second-most-powerful post.
The city’s most powerful Democratic county organizations and its allies are bracing for political warfare after Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio began telling council members that he would like to see Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito elected the next City Council speaker.
“This is going to be an all-out war,” a source in one of the county organizations told Politicker today, as the clash reached a new phase. “De Blasio is bullying members to go with Melissa. The new members are really afraid. But most county leaders and veteran council members want anyone but Melissa.”
King of Kings County
As at least seven candidates jockey for the role of City Council speaker–the second most powerful post in the city–Brooklyn’s role in the backroom contest remains an open question.
Nearly 40 supporters of Ken Thompson’s Brooklyn district attorney campaign gathered on the steps of Borough Hall today to demand incumbent Charles Hynes apologize for allegedly accusing Mr. Thompson of being a gun trafficker–which they linked to a larger plot to scare white voters in the November election.
The Bill Thompson Show
The chairman of the Brooklyn Democratic Party was left scratching his head when Democratic officials endorsed a Russian media mogul write-in candidate over the party’s nominee in a City Council race yesterday.
Frank Seddio was almost as amused as he was bewildered by the decision, less than three weeks before Election Day.
Bill Thompson’s mayoral campaign shifted into high gear yesterday, embarking on a dizzying five-borough, 24-hour tour that took him from the Staten Island ferry to Bronx meat freezers into the wee hours of the morning.
Politicker hung out with Mr. Thompson from 2 a.m. to past 7 a.m. on this journey, where Mr. Thompson, grinning and sipping coffee, maintained his stamina well into the morning, hoping to dispel the sleepy-campaigner branding from his 2009 bid.
Hell hath no fury like a county organization scorned.
Multiple Democratic insiders confirmed to Politicker that Queens State Senator Malcolm Smith, the fifth member of the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference, could face a primary challenger in 2014. Mr. Smith, it should be noted, has flirted with running for mayor as a Republican and is not going out of his way to strengthen his Democratic bonafides.
“It’s clear that Malcolm Smith is on his last term in the Senate,” said one source. “Caucusing with Republicans is not a viable tactic.”
“Our Democratic Party, all I can tell you is, it went from darkness to light. It’s the best way to put it,” Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said last night as he stood before $300,000 of Christmas lights and animatronics. “And the wisdom prevailed and guess who becomes the head of one of the largest Read More