Hoop Dreams

Apparently, Mike isn’t the only one who gets a little bi-partisan.

At the Queens Republican County annual dinner, Serph Maltese gave a friendly shout out to “the most conservative Democrat in the City Council,” Democrat Peter Vallone, Jr.

A Vallone source said he dropped in on the party at Roma View Caters in Howard Beach to show support for Long Island Congressman Peter King (he’s Republican too) for his work on security issues.

Another eyebrow-raising moment came when Randy Daniels tried showing that his gubernatorial race wasn’t over. For inspiration, he referred to an autistic basketball player in Syracuse who scored six 3-pointers. According to a source there, the story was more inspiring than the actual campaign.

Dept. of Clarification: Vallone’s office IM’s the following statement: “I think its important to realize that there is no solely Democratic or solely Republican way to keep the city safe. They have always supported our efforts to keep the city safe from terrorism, hire more police officers, and go after even minor crimes like graffiti and I look forward to working with them on these important issues in the future.”

Azi Paybarah

Article continues below
More from Politics
(FILES): These two file photos show then Labor Secretary Thomas Perez (L) speaking to reporters about the minimum wage for federal contractors at the White House in Washington, DC, on Feburary 12, 2014; and Minnesota Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison (R) during a press conference about Islamophobia at the National Press Club on May 24, 2016 in Washington, DC.

US Democrats, licking their wounds from last year's election debacle, will pick a new leader on February 25, 2017 to take the fight to President Donald Trump and his Republicans. The race to chair the Democratic National Committee (DNC) features front-runners Tom Perez, a Hispanic-American and former secretary of labor under Barack Obama who is the establishment pick, and Keith Ellison, a black Muslim congressman from the party's progressive wing who has left open the prospect of pushing to impeach Trump. / AFP / Mandel NGAN AND Brendan SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN,BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Sanders 2020 Just Became Much More Likely With Tom Perez as DNC Chair