Political operative Jay Golub is primarily handling the signature gathering operations for Jeff Gottlieb’s congressional campaign in Queens, but he also seems to be handling the press at this point, and earlier this morning, he repeatedly told The Politicker that the various allegations against the campaign will be responded to, just not now.
Notably one of Mr. Gottlieb’s rivals for the Democratic nomination, Assemblyman Rory Lancman, has argued not only that Mr. Gottlieb is part of a plot orchestrated to split the district’s Jewish vote, but is “one of the hackiest hacks in all of hackdom.”
Two candidates, one Democrat and one Republican, each have opened committees and are looking at possibly running for term-limited Queens Councilman Peter Vallone’s seat in 2013. Democratic District Leader Costa Constantinides and former New York Young Republican Club President Daniel Peterson are both actively considering campaigns while declining to officially declare their intentions to run.
In a recent interview, Mr. Peterson, who also sits on the Queens Republican Executive committee, confirmed that he’s exploring a bid for the Council seat but stated he hasn’t made a definite decision yet.