Bill Thompson’s campaign announced they were endorsed by the Out People of Color Political Action Committee.
“The vote was overwhelming,” said the club’s spokesman, Bernard Tarver, who declined to give a vote total.
I heard a rumor that supporters of another candidate may have tried to win the club’s support by joining the club at the last minute. Tarver said that was not the case, and it wouldn’t have work if anyone tried.
He said the club’s bylaws restrict voting to members who joined the club 30 days earlier. Also, voting is only allowed for members who “people of color” and LGBT. So if you join the club and are straight and or white, no votes for you.
The club also endorsed Bill de Blasio for public advocate, John Liu for comptroller, Richard Aborn for Manhattan district attorney, and, surprisingly, two candidates running to replace Melinda Katz in the City Council, Mel Gagarin and Lynn Schulman.
Tarver said the club was formed in 2001, when most of the City Council was turning over because of term limits. Due to the racial diviseness of the Democratic mayoral primary that year (Mark Green narrowly edged out Fernando Ferrer), Tarver said the club ended up supporting the Green Party candidate, Julia Willerbrand.
She got 7,155 votes in total.