Earlier this evening, Democratic Assemblyman Rory Lancman went on Inside City Hall and discussed one of his opponents in a Queens congressional primary, Jeff Gottlieb, in very blunt terms. Mr. Lancman had already accused Mr. Gottlieb’s campaign of being a plot to split the district’s Jewish vote.
“I think what happened is after the Queens County Democratic organization designated one of my opponents as their preferred candidate, they thought that I would go away,” Mr. Lancman explained. “But, as I told you, we have been on quite a tear.”
Mr. Lancman proceeded to repeatedly describe Mr. Gottlieb as a “hack” in order to emphasize his argument that Mr. Gottlieb is a patsy for the powers that be.
“About a week ago, I think that they went into full panic mode, and reached down to find one of the hackiest hacks in all of hackdom,” Mr. Lancman said. “A guy who is … a patronage employee at the Board of the Elections with no FEC filings, no money, no endorsements, and no campaign whatsoever to speak of, but he does have a Jewish surname.”
Mr. Lancman later contended Mr. Gottlieb’s job is “one of the ultimate patronage hack jobs in all of politics,” adding, “If you work for the Board of Elections, you can’t blow your nose without the party saying it’s okay, so there are many layers of absurdity to all of this.”
For their part, Mr. Gottlieb’s campaign has contended they are very much a real force aiming to get their candidate elected to Congress.
The two other announced candidates in the June 26th Democratic primary are Assemblywoman Grace Meng and Councilwoman Liz Crowley.