A Republican Will Run in Vallone Country

Welcome Republican operative Robert Hornak officially to the 2009 race for City Council.

Hornak, who has been raising money to run for the Astoria seat that Peter Vallone Jr. will be term-limited out of, is having a kick-off event on February 2 featuring: Niger Innis, Herb London, Queens G.O.P. leader Phil Ragusa, and the unmistakable Curtis Sliwa.

Astoria has been electing the Vallone family—generally conservative (like on the graffiti issue!) Democrats—for generations, which has exposed Peter Jr. to some criticism from the left.

But in 2009, there won’t be a Vallone on the ballot in Astoria, since Peter’s brother Paul is running for a City Council seat in Bayside.

Hornak has been diligently toiling away in Republican circles for years and currently works for Republican Assemblyman and Minority Leader leader Jim Tedisco.

The question this race won’t be whether Hornak is Republican enough, but if a district that has elected right-leaning Democrats will vote for a someone with similar views, who happens to be in the other party.

Here’s Hornak’s announcement, which he emailed to supporters this morning:

Our very own Robert Hornak, former NYYRC President, Chairman Emeritus and valued YR advisor has declared his candidacy for City Council in Astoria, Queens. This is a very exciting event for this Club as one of our most prominent members sets out to seek public office in a race where he will be a very competitive candidate and has a very good chance of winning. This seat, currently held by the term-limited Peter Vallone Jr., is the most conservative district in the city currently represented by a democrat. Please give Robert your support in this challenging endeavor as he will surely need all our support in order to be victorious in this race. His kick-off fundraiser is on Monday, February 4th and we are urging all the members and supporters of the NYYRC to turn out in force to help send Robert to be our voice in the NY City Council!!

Please join special guest hosts
Hon. Anthony Coles
Niger Innis
Dr. Herbert I. London
Hon. Phil Ragusa
Curtis Sliwa
and the entire host committee* at a cocktail reception in honor of
Robert Hornak
as he officially kicks off his campaign for City Council and introduces the 2009 Urban Republican Platform.
Monday, February 4, 2008 Woman’s National Republican Club
3 West 51st Street
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Suggested Contribution
$100 – $500 per person
($50 – $100 special rate for Young Republicans)