After Crain’s Insider reported Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz was eyeing a run against Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, sources close to Mr. Markowitz walked back the campaign to City & State, saying although he had “strongly considered” the run, he was not moving forward with his campaign.
This afternoon, Mr. Markowitz’s office released a statement saying the Borough President was furthermore endorsing Ms. Clarke for reelection.
“I am flattered by all of the encouragement I have received to take my ‘Brooklyn attitude’ to Washington and make sure everyone in our nation’s capital knows that Brooklyn is ‘in the House,’” he said, characteristically dropping in Brooklyn-themed phrases. “However, my dream job has always been Brooklyn Borough President and I intend to make my final 21 months in office the most productive ever.”
“Congresswoman Yvette Clarke has represented Brooklyn and her constituents well, and I wholeheartedly support her bid for re-election,” he added.
Mr. Markowitz pulling the plug on his campaign leaves attorney Sylvia Kinard as the sole candidate currently challenging Ms. Clarke in the June 26th Democratic primary.