Congressional candidate Grace Meng hires campaign help, spurring a Queens newspaper tiff

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Grace Meng. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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Grace Meng's congressional campaign recently hired a company run by the associate publisher of the Queens Tribune, which is covering the campaign. This weekend, a rival paper, the Queens Chronicle, questioned whether that would affect the Tribune's ability to cover the race fairly.

"So what does she get for hiring Multi-Media? Political advice mailers and just, maybe last weeks' Tribune front page, which focused on Meng's 'making history' with her campaign (she's Asian, you see) and relegated her competitors to insert-style photos," the Chronicle wrote.

Also: "if we find the paper showing favoritism again, we'll report on it."

"I stand by our coverage," the Tribune's editor and publisher, Michael Schenkler, emailed me when I asked him for comment. (Disclosure: I worked at the Tribune from 2003 to 2005.)

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The company in question is Multi-Media, which is run by Michael Nussbaum, the executive vice president and associate publisher of the Tribune. He's also an ocassional player in city politics.

In 2005, Nussbaum was also a member of "Democrats for Bloomberg" which led to a retelling of his less-flattering ties to the disgraced former Queens borough president Donald Manes. 

Meng has hired the company in the past, as have lots of other politicians and campaigns, including: Michael Bloomberg (2005), former Democratic councilman Tom White of Queens (2008, 2009) and Dennis Mehiel, who, at the time, was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor (2002).