Two former Schumer aides run for office, one gets a Schumer endorsement

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Schumer and Squadron. (Azi Paybarah)
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Sen. Chuck Schumer generally avoids taking sides in fights among New York Democrats, but he makes an exception for State Senator Daniel Squadron.

Schumer officially backed Squadron, a former aide, in his campaign for public advocate in a fund-raising email today.

"Want to know why?" Schumer asks in the email. "One simple word: Results. Daniel gets them. For us."

The senior senator previously supported Squadron in his surprise, and ultimately successful, bid to topple incumbent state senator Marty Conner in 2008.

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Schumer's support for Squadron, and the bit about "results," comes as the senator refuses to even talk about Anthony Weiner, another former aide who is running a citywide primary, whose ability to achieve legislative results has always been outstripped by his ability to garner attention and manage media.

Weiner and Squadron roughly represent the two ideas that Schumer has fused together so sucessfully in his career: Squadron is a wonky legislator focused on delivering, while Weiner is a camera-friendly showman inclined to push his causes in the press.

In his email, Schumer rattled off Squadron's successful efforts: "fighting corruption in Albany, writing landmark new gun laws, and improving everything from affordable housing to parks to public transportation."

Schumer made an appearance at Squadron's community convention in lower Manhattan in April, delivering an extended update on his work in Washington that also included praise for Squadron's work in Albany.

Squadron co-wrote Schumer's 2007 book Positively American, a blueprint for Democratic politics which was apparently "must reading for anyone who cares about winning in 2008," according to Hillary Clinton's blurb on the cover. (Clinton lost her primary that year, but Democrats did well in the general election, with Schumer at the helm of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.)

"Daniel has talent to burn;" Schumer wrote in the acknowledgements to the book, "any path he chooses, political or otherwise, I have no doubt he'll continue to hit home runs."

Squadron is facing a difficult fight in his path to public advocate, running against Councilwoman Tish James, who has attracted considerable labor support, and Reshma Saujani, who has raised money on par with Squadron.