A City Comptroller’s Race About the Death Penalty

Here’s the David Weprin mailer that Maggie Haberman wrote about today, which paints two rivals, David Yassky and Melinda Katz, as having supported the death penalty at one point.

In a Democratic primary, that’s an unpopular position to be associated with.

Katz voted for it when she was in the Assembly, but no longer supports it. Yassky, as I noted earlier, was the counsel for a congressional committee where legislation passed through. As Yassky told me earlier, he was working for Chuck Schumer at the time and never actually voted for any legislation in Washington.

This may seem like somewhat heavy fare for a comptroller race. But the goal here, in theory, is to tie Weprin to Democratic voters’ “values.”