11:37 am Jun. 15, 2012
President Obama issued another endorsement in the New York's contested congressional primaries this morning, backing incumbent Representative Nydia Velazquez against Councilman Erik Dilan.
"For the past two decades, Rep. Nydia Velázquez has been a constant advocate for middle-class families, helping to create an economy built to last where everyone has an opportunity to achieve the American Dream," Obama said in a release from the Velazquez campaign. "Rep. Velázquez has worked tirelessly to create good middle-class jobs through community projects, provide affordable housing so folks have a decent place to lay their head at night, and invest in education so that the children in her district receive the quality education they deserve. The people of NY's 7th Congressional need to re-elect Rep. Velázquez so that she can keep fighting for them in Congress."
It isn't Obama's first congressional-primary endorsement in New York: He previously endorsed Yvette Clarke in her contest. But Velazquez is facing a particularly aggressive threat from Dilan, who enjoys the backing of Brooklyn's Democratic chairman, Assemblyman Vito Lopez and, he announced today, lots of other local officials.
Last week, Velazquez was endorsed by three of New York's highest-ranking elected officials, Senator Chuck Schumer, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Congressman Jerry Nadler.
As a rule, Obama does not endorse in open-seat primaries—though he granted a photo-op to Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries—but sometimes endorses incumbents.