Liz Crowley Running for Congress, Complicating Matters for Rory Lancman

Queens City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley announced this afternoon that she too intends to seek the Congressional seat recently left vacant by Gary Ackerman’s retirement.

“Born and raised in Queens, Elizabeth Crowley is running for Congress as an independent advocate for our neighborhoods and our communities,” said campaign spokesperson Eric Yun. “She has been a staunch advocate for women and children, for working families and for our seniors. While the county organization as a whole may not want to endorse a family member of its Chairman, Elizabeth Crowley’s campaign will demonstrate that she is the best candidate to represent all of the communities in the new congressional district.”

Ms. Crowley’s entrance into the race is curious. Today, the Queens County Democratic Party endorsed Grace Meng for the seat. The county party is led by Congressman Joe Crowley, a cousin of Liz and a big supporter of her previous efforts to get to the City Council. But later today Assemblyman Rory Lancman will declare his own run for the seat, but the district is majority Asian, and if Ms. Crowley peels non-Asian voters away from Mr. Lancman, it is almost certain to favor Ms. Meng, a Flushing Assemblywoman