Parts of southeastern Queens may have bucked the county’s Democratic establishment in various races this year, but in the contest for public advocate, at least some local officials are falling into line.
In an announcement involving a whole host of pols, Congressman Gregory Meeks and Assemblyman William Scarborough, both legislators hailing from the borough’s predominately black neighborhoods, endorsed Girls Who Code Founder Reshma Saujani as their pick to replace outgoing Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
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.”
Anthony Weiner is almost officially an ex-congressman, and one of the darker horses mentioned as his replacement is Cody McCone, a lawyer at O’Dwyer and Bernstein.
McCone lives in Bay Ridge, which is outside of the 9th Congressional District. This is a major disadvantage on its own, but is compounded by the fact that Congressman Joe Crowley and the Queens County Democratic Party are far more likely to choose someone from their home borough. Continue reading “McCone Makes His Case for Weiner’s Seat”→