3:52 pm Sep. 4, 20121
While Democrats from around New York and the country are converging in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention this week, New York City Comptroller John Liu is is traveling in South Korea and Taiwan, to promote investment in the city and "foster greater cultural and economic ties."
New York 1's Josh Robin tweeted earlier that Liu had been "denied" a delegate pass, and took the trip overseas as a consolation prize.
Liu's campaign treasurer and one of his bundlers are under federal indictment for misstating the source of some campaign funds. Liu has not been charged with any wrongdoing, but the accounting mishap has greatly damaged his mayoral prospects. (Liu says he's still planning to run next year.)
I asked Liu's campaign spokeswoman, Chung Seto, about the delegate pass, and she responded by saying, "We never requested delegate credentials."
The other major Democratic contenders for mayor—City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and former comptroller Bill Thompson—are in Charlotte.