Lancman suggests an anti-Jewish conspiracy in a reported fourth Democratic candidacy for the Ackerman seat
"[P]arty insiders responsible for this hatchet job should be ashamed of their attempt to deny the Jewish community a fair and legitimate election."
Nothing about adding a stalking horse into the race is actually denying anyone anything, but playing the victim so aggressively is a strategic move by Lancman to go on the offensive against the county organization and marks a new level of hostility in the race. Earlier, Lancman had expressed reservations about talking about other candidates in the race. And, if Lancman were to lose the congressional race, he still has an Assembly seat he'd, presumably, like to retain.
Since Rep. Charlie Rangel announced his bid for a 22nd term in office, I've contacted a number of elected officials and politicians to see who's prepared, right now, to support him. Rep. Joe Crowley's office said the congressman is supporting Rangel.(1)
City Councilwoman Liz Crowley launched her congressional campaign yesterday afternoon, saying she hoped to become the first woman elected to Congress in Queens since Geraldine Ferraro.
"The Assembly district that I have right now is incredibly diverse," he said. "On any given week, I can be in a Korean or Chinese church, a synagogue, a Sikh temple, a Bangladeshi mosque, you name it. That diversity of my current district really prepares me well to run in the sixth congressional district."(2)
Minutes after Queens County Democratic chairman Joe Crowley threw his support behind Assemblywoman Grace Meng for Congress, his cousin, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, announced her intention to run for the same seat.
The Queens County Democratic Organization will back Assemblywoman Grace Meng to run for the congressional seat vacated by Rep. Gary Ackerman, according to multiple knowledgable sources.
Meng was first elected to represent Flushing in 2008 and re-elected in 2010, taking over the seat held by her father, Jimmy Meng, who in 2004 became the first Asian-American elected to the state legislature. (He left after one term amid questions of voter fraud.)
-Mark Weprin, a gregarious city councilman and former assemblyman with close ties to the Democratic County organization, who also happens to be the brother of the last candidate picked by the Queens Democrats to run for an open congressional seat
-Grace Meng, an assemblywoman and the daughter of the first Asian-American elected to the state legislature, who has also been touted as a borough-president candidate
The congressional lines proposed by Judge Roanne Mann this morning have very few changes from what she proposed a week earlier.
The district currently represented by Rep. Charlie Rangel would keep all of northern Manhattan together and absorb a portion of the south Bronx, increasing the number of Latino voters there.(2)
Assemblyman Rory Lancman is very interested in running for Congress, but like every aspiring candidate in New York at the moment, he's waiting to see how a federal judge will react to the vastly different redistricting proposals submitted by the Republican State Senate and Democratic Assembly.
The legislature released conflicting congressional redistricting maps around midnight last night. The differences between them were particularly stark in Queens, where Assembly Democrats drew Rep. Joseph Crowley into the same district as Rep. Bob Turner, thereby effectively eliminating the old district of Anthony Weiner.
Republican state senator Michael Nozzolio played the upstate-downstate card to defend the idea of a 63rd State Senate seat, the creation of which is central to a Republican-backed redistricting scheme that would likely allow them to hang onto their narrow majority in that chamber.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. articulated what may very well be a sticking point in redrawing congressional districts for Rep. Charlie Rangel and others in the New York City delegation.
There's speculation that Rangel's district in upper Manhattan will extend north, all the way to Mount Vernon, in order to regain enough African-American voters to make it more likely that Rangel will get re-elected, and to make it easier, theoretically, for an African-American to succeed him.(1)
Assemblyman Rory Lancman has declared his intention to challenge Republican Bob Turner for the congressional seat Turner won in September following Anthony Weiner's resignation from Congress. And he believes he can beat Turner no matter what the shape of the district is after redistricting.
According to his latest filings, Rep. Joseph Crowley has $849,296 in his campaign account, far more than the newly elected Republican in the neigborhing district whom he could face after their congressional lines are redrawn.
Republican Rep. Bob Turner, who won his seat in a special election last September, has only $72,600 on hand, according to his latest filing. (Two weeks before election day last year, Turner's campaign was down to just $2,000.)