City Councilman Robert Jackson posted a dismal fundraising number in the most recent filing period, reporting having raised under $10,000 for a possible borough president run. By comparison, two other likely candidates in the race, Community Board 1 chair Julie Menin hauled in close to half a million dollars, City Councilwoman Jessica Lappin posted nearly $150,000 and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal has over $100,000 in the bank.
But Mr. Jackson, who represents West Harlem up to Washington Heights, appears to be rectifying the problem.
Next month, Assembly member Denny Farrell will host a low-dollar fundraiser for the councilmember in honor of Mr. Farrell’s 80th birthday party–or, as he calls it, the 40th birthday celebration of his 40th birthday.
“Denny does not want gifts for his birthday but would rather if you wish, you give a donation of at least $20.00 to Robert Jackson who is running for Borough President,” the invite reads. “This donation is not a requirement but Denny and Robert would appreciate it.”
Mr. Farrell is the former head of the Manhattan Democratic Party, and so his raising for Mr. Jackson is a clear signal of where the machine will be in this race. Mr. Jackson, it is worth noting, has always been something of an outsider in Harlem political power structure. Harlem elected one of their own, Virginia Fields, to BP in 1997 and would have likely repeated the feat in 2005 had Keith Wright and Bill Perkins not split the vote.
Invite can be viewed below: