City Hall Chatter has an interesting item about Diana Reyna, a Democratic councilwoman from Queens, heaping praise on Republican state Senator Serf Maltese recently. Reyna’s council colleague, Joe Addabbo, is challenging Maltese in what is sure to be a high-profile race.
"Let’s make sure that our friend Serf continues to remain in our community because without Serf, I don’t think this community could have struggled and survived and improved," Reyna is quoted saying. "I have great respect for this man and he has always been a friend. I don’t see partisan lines. I see a human being who cares and never says no."
That last line, about not seeing "partisan lines," is the exact opposite of the attitude that her fellow Democrats hope prevails this fall with voters in district’s like Maltese’s, where Republicans are at a clear disadvantage in terms of party registration. It’s also the sort of independent-themed message that one can imagine Michael Bloomberg delivering yesterday, had he weighed into that race.
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