Late Night in Ridgewood

The Politicker’s intern cut out of the Queens GOP’s organizational meeting in Ridgewood last night around 11:00 p.m., complaining of the “longest roll-call ever,” but another correspondent stuck it out as County Leader Serf Maltese battled to suppress a Bloomberg-funded insurgency in which Mike aide John Haggerty tried to replace Serf with John’s brother, Bart. (This has to be The Politicker’s favorite sideline skirmish in this Mayoral contest.)

The first real action in the long-anticipated fight came, we’re told, around 1:00 a.m., when Maltese disqualified nearly 300 of Bart’s proxy votes from absent county committee members. Chants of “Why? Serf, Why?” apparently ensued from quarters dissatisfied with his explanations for why he was striking signatures, including John Haggarty’s own.

Bart lost the vote around 2:45 a.m., and all parties went home to rest up…for court.