As the rain came drizzling down earlier this afternoon, Assemblywoman Grace Meng formally kicked off her Congressional bid surrounded by a small army of Queens Democratic elected officials.
If successful, she will be the first Asian-American Congressional Member elected anywhere on the East Coast of the United States. However, the historic nature of her candidacy went unmentioned today, and was possibly even downplayed slightly as her campaign signs contained only her first name.
Instead, in addition to focusing on traditional Democratic themes like education and labor, Ms. Meng’s announcement event seemed at least partially geared towards the district’s sizable Jewish constituency. One of her two opponents, Assemblyman Rory Lancman, has struck out with an Israel-oriented campaign platform and Ms. Meng clearly isn’t interested in being outflanked on the issue. Read More