Sean Coffey is about to announce the endorsement of three major gets from Brooklyn: Congressman Ed Towns, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, and City Councilwoman Diana Reyna.
The three represent the first major endorsements for Coffey of the campaign, and represent a concerted push by the Coffey campaign to enter the top tier of candidates in the five-person race. He also recently announced that he was pouring $2 million of his own money into the race.
One thing that all three of these endorsers have in common is that they are all aligned against Kings County Democratic chairman Vito Lopez. Lopez pushed the powerful county organization to support Kathleen Rice, so the move today could be read as (another) snub of him. Also, it is somewhat curious that neither of these three are backing State Sen. Eric Schneiderman nor Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, since both have been angling for the city vote and have garnered the bulk of the city’s elected officials.