Attached to a press release announcing Assemblywoman Grace Meng’s fundraising yesterday was a long list of current and former Queens elected officials who have endorsed her congressional campaign, and it’s not a short one. It hardly comes as a surprise though, many of those same officials surrounded Ms. Meng when she announced for Congress last month.
As far as can be determined, the only Democratic officials in Queens to get behind one of the other two candidates competing against Ms. Meng in the primary, Assemblyman Rory Lancman and Councilwoman Liz Crowley, have been Mr. Lancman and Ms. Crowley themselves.
This demonstrates an impressive unity within the Queens Democratic establishment, which officially granted Ms. Meng its backing before she announced her candidacy.
By thoroughly comparing Ms. Meng’s endorsement list to a list of Queens Democrats, a few unique names can be found on the latter, such as Congressman Greg Meeks and Councilman James Sanders, but they are few and far between, especially outside of the Assembly where both Ms. Meng and Mr. Lancman serve.
A partial list of Ms. Meng’s backers includes Congressman Joe Crowley, Borough President Helen Marshall, Comptroller John Liu, former Borough President Claire Shulman, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, Councilman Leroy Comrie, Councilman Mark Weprin, Councilman James Gennaro, Councilman Ruben Wills, State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, State Senator Tony Avella, Assemblyman Ed Braunstein, Assemblyman David Weprin, Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz, former Councilwoman Melinda Katz, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, Councilman Peter Koo, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, State Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblyman Francisco Moya, and Councilman Daniel Dromm.
(For what it’s worth, Mr. Lancman does have the notable endorsement of former Mayor Ed Koch.)