Queens Borough President Helen Marshall told the more than 400 guests at a fund-raiser last night that Michael Bloomberg is going to win her borough in the upcoming mayoral election, according to sources at the event.
"It's a pleasure to welcome the Mayor back to our borough. He won this borough before and he will again," Marshall said, according to one person there. Other sources confirmed Marshall expressing confidence Bloomberg would win the borough.
Marshall was speaking to guests at City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr.’s fund-raiser at Central Lounge on Steinway Street in Astoria, where the mayor was among the guests.
Marshall is a Democrat and an African-American, like one of the mayor’s main challengers for re-election, City Comptroller Bill Thompson.
A spokesperson for Marshall said she would get back to me with a comment.
The event raised about $100,000 for Vallone who, for now, is running for re-election. He was planning on running for Queens Borough President before term limits were extended, allowing Marshall to seek a third term. There's a theory that she may withdraw at the last minute in order to enable another candidate, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, to get into office without a bruising primary.